This is how we would like you to recognize……. Waterloo

We are collaborative, confident, creative.


“There has been no recession in the Arts in Kitchener-Waterloo”

Battle of Jericho, arranged by Moses Hogan, performed by Laurier Singers, conducted by Lee Willingham


Our Successes

Kindergarten to Grade 12 Successes

  • Increase of # of music specialists in the school – flagged as really successful – more are teaching music in schools in the region


Post-Secondary Successes

  • programs offered at Wilfrid Laurier and Waterloo universities
  • volunteer placement program for student music educators (SAME) that provides students a feel for teaching before they go off to teachers college, and supports connection between public school and university
  • Potential Masters in Community Music program at Laurier
  • Centre for Laurier Music in the Community raises awareness about potential alliances in the community
  • volunteer placement program for student music educators (SAME) that provides students a feel for teaching before they go off to teachers college, and supports connection between public school and university


Community Successes

  • children getting the basics of music at a young age through children’s choirs
  • community schools all around the region
  • Kitchener-Waterloo musical theatre program
  • Amanda Brunk and Singer’s Theatre – KW Glee  (Renaissance Music School)
  • Community Music School of Waterloo Region – working to provide access to formal music training to those who wouldn’t have access
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony,
  • Wilfrid Laurier University,
  • Bob’s Guitar Service,
  • Beckett School, students referred through various community organizations such as Pathways, Kids Link, various community centres
  • Laurier students who are volunteering and teaching


Music Community Successes

  • Contact presentation – brings local and regional performers to the KW area
  • Music Works conference through the Business Improvement Associations – hire musicians to play on the streets
  • Grand River folk community – many local events
  • Public piano project Waterloo – Piano placed in the square
  • Various organists
  • Many composers in the region
  • Choirs:
    • WAO choirs
    • DaCapo Chamber Choir
    • Capital Choir
    • A cappella Men’s Choir/ completely volunteer-based program, one of the biggest clubs in Waterloo
  • Music Groups:
  • Festivals:


Partnership Successes

  • Cultural Roundtable – every major decision that takes place in the city to be informed by a cultural component
  • Creative Enterprise Initiative – local organization that brought in a CEO to look at the community to see what creative arts activities are happening within the community – visual arts, theatre, music, – committed to ensuring that Waterloo Region’s cultural creators have the best possible environment to practice their craft, and that they have access to the resources and services necessary for their ongoing success
  • Collaborations between composers and performing groups in the area, between universities and the community
  • Avenues for non-musicians to be learning music too – learning music for a life
  • Workshops that happen in community – Sing Fires of Justice, St. Matthews and a # of programs connected with this
  • performing and mentorship opportunities – partnership of experienced musician who’s willing to support a program
  • Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics – it’s connection with music brought top level international and local artists; through Black Hole Bistro concert series there was a great combination with music/science and cross pollination ideas
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Awards – exciting for bringing awareness to the breadth of cultural endeavour in the community




We think these key ingredients make Waterloo a vibrant music community
  • collaboration, partnering and cross-pollination between groups
  • linking with the university
  • mentorship
  • confidence and cooperation
  • general passion for music
  • creating emotional health – people feel validated when they create music
  • respect
  • creating safe atmospheres where people feel comfortable with themselves and others
  • ensuring variable ages, abilities, backgrounds come together for success
  • freedom to make mistakes
  • Amount of choral music that goes on in the community – has a lot to do with the Mennonite Heritage in the area
  • Economic development looking to the arts as an economic generator