At Lord Byng Secondary School, the mission is to inspire the musical and personal development of talented young musicians by providing unparalleled opportunities and mentorship. We strive to advocate for continual development and involvement in classical music. Additionally, we aim to enrich the cultural foundation of our community through enriching, live performances.
The nationally and internationally recognized Lord Byng Strings program was established by Ms. Sherie Wilson and continued by Ms. Odette Kurth. Under their leadership, the program has grown to accommodate almost 140 students in seven distinct levels of string/orchestra instruction. Dedicated to instructing students in the musical arts, as well as inspiring them to become active members of the community, Lord Byng Strings strives for excellence in music education at the secondary school level under the new direction of Ms. Ruth Anderson.
The purpose of orchestral instruction is to improve the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding young musicians. By providing such development opportunities, the youth of tomorrow will be better prepared for leadership positions in orchestras and ensembles around the world, enriching the cultural life of their communities.
Ms. Ruth Anderson began her musical journey in a school string program in Texas, USA. She was fortunate to be guided by amazing music educators, including Dr. Julia Hardie, Sonhild Kitts, Barbara Allen, Stephen Heyde, Bruce Berg, Dr. Dale Lonis, Ardith Haley and others. At a young age, Ms. Anderson assisted her violin teacher in the Suzuki method and realized that she wanted to teach strings as per profession.
Upon graduation from Baylor University, Ms. Anderson completed all levels of the Suzuki Method Training Course and taught thirteen years of violin/viola lessons and youth orchestras. At the same time, Ruth taught strings classes at public and private schools in the area. Her orchestras received top honours and award nominations in local competitions.
Ms. Anderson moved to Vancouver in 2006 and began working with the Vancouver School Board in the Itinerant District Strings Program. Her schools completed various concerts at the Chan Centre and Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC. In 2018, she completed a two-year Masters in Music Education degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, NS.
As a music educator for 20 years, Ms. Anderson has worked with diverse student populations from the elementary through high school level. She served as coordinator for two years of the Texas Private School Music Educators Association, organizing top members of the state to perform in clinics and workshops. Under her leadership, her orchestras received top nominations for outstanding orchestra in a Musical production.
In her spare time, Ms. Anderson enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, reading, and performing in chamber music ensembles and orchestras. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her two children: Cooper and Audrey.
Students have the opportunity to participate in live and virtual public performances, attend instructional seminars, and learn from experts in the music profession. In addition, students attend field trips to enhance learning, and competitions to gain experiential feedback.
We perform music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern and popular music in unique concerts. Our choice of repertoire focuses on music that is commonly used for orchestra auditions.