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The Thunder Bay Conservatory of Music (TBCM) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to offer educational musical programming to the community of Thunder Bay and surrounding areas.


Spring Showcase

Wednesday, May 15, 7 PM to 8 PM – Join us at Trinity United Church for an informal concert featuring the Stringlings, the Children’s Choir, and the Community Orchestra. See what these great groups have been up to this term!

Admission is free!

Summer Strings

LatinoAmericana concert, Wednesday, August 21, 7:00 pm. The Annex Quartet, our guest string quartet from Toronto, showcases works from their latest album, which explores chamber music from South America and beyond. Works by Piazzola, William Grant Still, Miguel del Aguila. Also featuring young artist Matt Sellick, flamenco guitar.

Northern Stars concert, Friday, August 23, 7:00 pm. Workshop faculty collaborate with the students from our Chamber Week workshop to present string orchestra and chamber favourites. Also featuring young artist Nicole Waboose, violin.

Journey to the East concert, Thursday, August 29, 7:00 pm. Local piano quintet Cosbey Quintet perform works written by Asian and Asian-Canadian artists. Works by Sean Kim, Zhou Yuguo, Jean Cras. Also featuring young artist Heran Zhou, guzheng.

Chamber Week August 19-23. Intermediate and advanced string students (ages 8-22) will have the opportunity to work closely with string pedagogues of the highest calibre for five intense days. This year’s guest faculty: the Annex Quartet.

Junior Week August 26-30. This is where it starts! Workshop aimed at children ages 3-10, this jump starts learning for young violinists and cellists.

Adult Workshop Tuesday, August 20, 6:00 pm. Dust off your bows and instruments! Aimed at string players over 18 at any level from beginner to Tchaikovsky. Work with the Annex Quartet on your chamber skills and linger to chat over coffee and dessert.


The Thunder Bay Conservatory of Music currently offers the following programmes:

  • Children’s Choir is a great way to have fun while developing singing skills, group performance skills, and other skills foundational to all branches of musicianship.

    Spring session starts January 16. Check out the brochure and sign up today!

    Choir brochure

  • Student Recitals provide an opportunity for students of Thunder Bay area music teachers to gain experience and build confidence performing in front of an audience.

  • Group Classes provide an opportunity for young string students to learn the joys of playing with others as part of a musical team.

  • Community Orchestra provides a venue for adults who play orchestral instruments non-professionally to get together to rehearse and to perform.

  • Summer Strings provides a week of fun and skills-development for young string students at various levels.


Contact Us

For more information, or to sign up for any of our programmes, call Michelle at 807-252-7275, or email

Support Us

There is a need for high-level summer music programming in Thunder Bay. Serious music students need to keep their skill sharp, and continue to take lessons through the summer months, often travelling to far- away places like Domaine Forget in Charlevoix, Quebec, or the Banff Centre in Alberta for much-needed training with prestigious guest teachers. But the travel, accommodation, and fees of these summer festivals are out of reach for many families.

Your donation can help support the flights and fees of our guest string quartet, to support us in bringing a high-level summer string festival right here where the students need it. For more information, please have a look at our donation letter.

Join Us

Would you consider becoming a member of the Thunder Bay Conservatory of Music? Members have a vote at the Annual General Meeting and help to strengthen the Conservatory’s grounding in the community. You can apply for membership using this form, or contact us (see above) for more information.