Lord Byng Music Department
Under the direction of the Fine Arts department head, Scott MacLennan, Lord Byng has one of the best music programs in the Lower Mainland. Many of the groups, including the high-level Senior Honour Orchestra and Senior Wind Ensemble, have consistently placed 1st or gold in provincial and national competitions.
Under conductor and teacher Odette Kurth, Lord Byng's strings ensembles have won over twenty-five Kiwanis Festival Gold Awards (Provincial Competition) and three Gold Awards from the National Competition MusicFest. In 2008, the Senior Honour Orchestra won the trophy for first place in the North West Orchestra Competition in Portland, Oregon, and in 2010, both Junior and Senior Honour Orchestras received gold standing in the Heritage Music Festival in Seattle, Washington. The Senior Honour Orchestra were invited to compete in the 2012 American String Teachers Association National Orchestra Festival in Atlanta, where they placed second against advanced American school orchestras.
The Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra is one of the few public school symphony orchestras in the province. Students are expected to perform unabridged symphonies and pieces. A few grade 12 soloists (at least one per term) are chosen to perform concertos. For the Vancouver Courier's 2012 "Stars of Vancouver Readers Choice Awards", readers placed the Lord Byng Symphony Orchestra in third place under the category "Classical Music Ensemble", behind the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the UBC Symphony Orchestra.
some of the classes that are offered in band and strings are:
- Beginner Band
- Junior Band
- Intermediate Band
- Senior Band/Wind Ensemble
- Junior Jazz Band
- Intermediate Jazz Band
- Senior Jazz Band
- Beginner Orchestra
- Intermediate Orchestra
- Senior Orchestra
- Junior Honour Orchestra
- Senior Honour Orchestra
- Junior Symphony Orchestra
- Symphony Orchestra
Some of the band trips include Osaka, Japan (1970), Austria and Germany (2003), New York City (2005), Italy (2007), England (2009), and China (2011).
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