Our 2022 edition of the South Delta Jazz Festival has drawn to a close. 

We started with a short Online section which I taught this year. This was followed by week 2 with four groups in the workshop this year,  capped off with a beautiful concert on Saturday, August 13 with hundreds of people in attendance, and our student combo concert on Sunday, August 14.

Our first Vocal Jazz workshop followed the next week.  Nine students took part in our first year of offering the program with Jennifer Scott and Laura Harrison from Capilano University. This event was capped off by our faculty and student concert on the final day of the three-week Festival and Workshop.

Thanks to our board at Delta Community Music School, our wonderful jazz faculty, and the wonderful folks at Southlands for making this all possible. 

Looking forward to planning for next year…



Fiftieth Anniversary Season for RDYO!

September 11, 1971, was the date of the very first rehearsal of the Delta Youth Orchestra, at the Ladner Community Centre in Ladner Village, Delta BC.  i am proud to have been working with the group now for more than thirty years and to be the one to lead us through our 50th anniversary season and a return to live performances after two years of the pandemic.  2021 – 2022 is actually our 51st season if you do the math, but we have not been able to plan anything for two years because of the pandemic. Hence, we celebrated this year with a special concert at the Chan Centre of the Performing Arts in Vancouver featuring all of our divisions.

We capped the year off with a special performance again with all divisions for the VSO Day of Music, June 4th, 2022 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Vancouver. What a special day and wonderful feeling to lead our combined orchestras through a performance of local Vancouver composer Christopher Tyler Nickel’s Horizons with some eighty of our students on stage.

Bravo to our orchestra and all the parents and volunteers who have kept our organization alive through the past two years of this pandemic. Looking forward a staying around for a few more years of music-making with this organization. 



Congratulation to my students who took part in Music Festivals this Spring

VAYA Awards –

Anka S – VAYA International Music Festival Outstanding Senior Performer Award – Reeds and Brass:
              – Gold and Platinum awards in three categories

Kitty S – VAYA International Music Festival – Outstanding performance medal – Winds and Brass
               – Gold awards in two categories

Nicole V. – VAYA International Music Festival – Honorable mention for Outstanding Performance – Winds and Brass
                – Gold Award in her category

Josuha E – VAYA International Music Festival – Outstanding Composition Award 2022
                  – Gold and Silver awards for compositions submitted

Spencer LC – VAYA International Music Fesival
                   – Bronze Award for music composition

Vancouver Kiwanis Fesitval

Anka S –  Recommended to Provincial Finals – Woodwinds
                 – Platinum,  and Gold Awards – 3 categories

Kitty S –   Silver award 

RDYO Live in Concert

March 5th was the day we returned to a live concert performance after two years of lockdown, virtual sessions, and recording sessions.   Our String Divisions were in concert at 3 pm, with the Symphony and Winds divisions at 7 pm. 

Bravo to the students who pulled this off, performing Beethoven’s Symphony no. 4 with eight rehearsals, 4 of which were completely online only. 

I recorded audio and video for the concert, which appears on our YouTube Channel. 

Coming up next for the orchestra will be our 50th Anniversary Concert at Chan Centre on Saturday, May 7th at 3 pm.


A new year…

As we start the new year headed toward more lockdowns and a pivot back to online events, here is a recap of the end of 2021

In lieu of an in-person concert, we once again organized recording sessions for the various divisions of the RYDO. Many of our usual venues for performances remain closed. We are very grateful for the Austrian Vancouver Club allowing us to use their facility for this project. 

At the music school, we were able to hold a more traditional recital with small audiences. These performances were recorded and are available and linked to from the music school website. 

A few of the planned gigs did go ahead at the end of 2021, with reduced venue sizes, reduced ticket sales, and such. I am very grateful that these opportunities were able to go ahead. As of now with the looming shutdowns, there will be probably no new performance opportunities during the next few weeks. We shall see how things go. 



“Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra Winter Concert – recorded November 27, Dec. 4 and 11, 2021 Featuring all divisions.”


Last summer we spent a great deal of time creating a virtual faculty concert. This is one of the videos from that concert,  a rendition of the Jazz standard “Tenderly” that features Rob Kohler on bass, and Stan Taylor on drums. 

We recorded this virtually, first creating some bed midi tracks, then recording the bass, then the piano and drums separately on different days and locations. The Pandemic has resulted in closed borders here between Canada and USA, and this is still ongoing. Playing together virtually was really the only way that we could do this for the 2021 Festival. I hope we can all be together again next year. Until then…

You can find more of this concert, and also our three student bands from this year on the Delta Community Music School YouTube Channel. 




Jazz Festival and Workshop – In-person and Virtual

The 2021 Faculty

So it has been a busy few weeks with the South Delta Jazz Fesitval and Workshop – running August 3 – 21 this year, so  3 weeks.  The first week was completely online, and the second and third weeks are a mix of in-person and online components.  An interesting challenge this year has been the festival component with COVID interrupting so many plans. 

Our faculty this year has been recorded virtually, spread around the globe from London England to Massachusetts, to Montana, and Vancouver. 

So we are now about 2/3 of the way through this years festival, and it seems to be going very well. Many challenges in delivering this program online, as so much more had to be thought through and preplanned compared to our normal operations, but so far it seems to have been worth it!

Looking forward to next week and to planning for next year!

Virtual Clarinet Choir

This year Clarinetfest is Virtual, with many wonderful performances available for a short time for free on Youtube by some of the world’s most outstanding players.  This coming together of clarinet folk happens usually each summer somewhere in the world. I have been fortunate to attend a few of the conferences in person.

In 2019 in Knoxville, I was able to participate and perform with the world’s largest clarinet choir. This year there was no such gathering, but I did record myself for the virtual choir, the link beside here should be available for a few weeks.

Thanks to the ICA for making this possible.  




“ICA presents the Guido Six Virtual Clarinet Choir”