Dress Rehearsal

Our Dress Rehearsal program gives students, seniors, educators and individuals who otherwise cannot attend a concert an opportunity to attend a dress rehearsal and see a professional orchestra at work! 

People who participate in this free and accessible program are better able to realize the amount of work involved in putting a professional quality performance together.  

To enhance the experience, the RDSO provides a Study Guide with information such as Orchestra Etiquette, music being performed, composers, Guest Artists and their instruments, different sections of the orchestra, things to listen for, etc.  RDSO will facilitate post-rehearsal Q&A and sometimes our musicians also provide a short pre-rehearsal chat and demonstration in the lobby!  

Dress Rehearsals will be open on the following dates in the 2016-17 Season:
December 10, 2016 - Christmas With The Red Deer Royals
January 14, 2017 - Classical Mood featuring Robert Uchida (violin)
March 11, 2017 - Spring Potpourri featuring Gianetta Baril (harp)

For more information on programming for specific dates,
please review our Main Series concerts listing.

If you are interested in attending a dress rehearsal, please download, complete and return 
this form to the RDSO office no later than the Friday prior to the dress rehearsal you'd like to attend.

Attendance is free, but seating is limited -
please contact the RDSO office for more information or questions about attending.

Choir Kids    

This is a unique, one of a kind program in Canada, offering the opportunity for elementary school children in central Alberta to rehearse and perform with a professional orchestra. Choir Kids has been an annual 19 years and counting, having been created for our community by Music Director, Maestro Claude Lapalme!

Each year, Maestro Lapalme coordinates with the participating music teachers and arranges two pieces of music for orchestral accompaniment. Choirs rehearse in their classrooms for months prior to the performances. Each school choir has an exclusive afternoon rehearsal with the RDSO, and  then in the evening performs their two pieces with the musicians for a packed room! At the end of each concert is a Grand Finale, with all school choirs in attendance singing together.

As a result of our dedication to providing musical education experiences, approximately 800-1,000 central Alberta kids get to sing with our symphony every year.  Thanks to TD Bank for stepping up to once again sponsor Choir Kids - to date, their contribution totals $20,000 in support of this program.  Choir Kids is fortunate to have the ongoing and generous support of:

Piper Creek Optimists Club

Nova Chemicals

Jack & Joan Donald

Eileen McKee

Themes & Variations

Morris & Hazel Flewwelling

Choir Kids 2017 will be hosted at New Life Fellowship, located in Kentwood at 20 Kelloway Crescent.  Performances are on May 1 and 8, 2017 at 6PM and 7:30PM each evening.

Purchase Tickets to Choir Kids 2017 Here.

Music Plus Explorers

An after-school music education program that is to be available to socio-economically challenged, elementary - middle school aged children.

In partnership with the Red Deer Public School District Foundation, the RDSO has been working on developing and implementing an El Sistema inspired program that utilizes music, creativity and accountability as levers for social change. Targeting at-risk youth in North Red Deer, Music Plus Explorers is being piloted in GH Dawe and Normandeau schools in 2017.

To date, funding for this program and its development has been received from MusiCounts, 100 Men Red Deer and the City of Red Deer.  An instrument drive, held throughout the summer and fall of 2016, featured on Big 105 FM, 106.7 The Drive and CBC Radio 2, saw community members dust off old instruments and donate them to the Music Plus cause.  Together, as a community, we are creating and implementing a program that serves to benefit many children who often times are marginalized and socially challenged by their lack of  ability to or interest in participating in sports and other extra-curricular, recreational activities. We are actively pursuing additional funding by way of grants and sponsorship, to ensure this program is piloted with sufficient resources and materials so that it has the capacity to be sustainable well into the future.  

We require volunteers to assist in after-school delivery of this program, which runs Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. Volunteers are happy to assist with snack preparation, homework assistance, and supervision of physical activities from 2:55PM - 4:30PM.  

Please contact us or the Red Deer Public School District Foundation to find out how you can play an important role in creating social change through music in Red Deer.​​