Program at Hillcrest is Cancelled for Thursday

Hillcrest Elementary School is Closed due to Inclement Weather therefore the Big Sound Program will not be operating today, Thursday January 31st because of this …

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The Big Sound is cancelled for January 30th

The Big Sound Program at Hillcrest Elementary School is Cancelled for January 30, 2019

We have been advised that the Bluewater District School Board has advised parents that the afternoon buses have been pulled and they are requesting parents to attend the school to pick up their children as soon as possible.

See you tomorrow, hopefully!!

Gabi’s Sax

Many thanks to Gabi, one of our stalwart volunteers, for introducing us to her saxophone last week.  While everyone starts out on the violin, the plan is to eventually expand to all the instruments of the orchestra, so this was a great learning experience.  

Exhibit AND Performance

WOW!! Despite the Arctic like weather we’ve been experiencing, 2019 just keeps getting better.  On Saturday we had a terrific turn out to the exhibit of the paper violins The Big Sound team from Hillcrest made last fall.  Not only that, but Centre Director Robin Zettel led the kids in their first public performance which was met with rave reviews!!!  WAY to go everyone!!!!

Another Big Sound thank you to the Kim Skene and the Tom Thompson Art Gallery for hosting us during the build and at yesterday’ exhibit and performance  @tomthomsonartgallery

Also, a big shout out to the Community Foundation Grey Bruce @communityfoundationgreybruce for their support, our friends at Home Depot @homedepotcanada, and all of our trusty volunteers.

We Just Love the Focus on These Faces!!!!


Way to go Audrey!!!

















Awesome concentration Arya!!!!


















Great posture and bowing Meadow!!!!

Save The Date

Please mark Saturday January 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on your calendars for this special event!

The Tom Thomson Art Gallery (840 1st Ave W, Owen Sound) has graciously offered to host an exhibit of the ‘paper’ violins that the Big Sounders from Hillcrest Elementary School created last fall.  There will also be brief concert and light refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you there!




Sistema Global

We have recently joined the Sistema Global family and would like to thank them for all of the support they have provided so far.

Sistema Global is a network that connects, encourages, and inspires El Sistema teachers and leaders everywhere.   Their site provides learning tools and provides up-to-date information about the El Sistema model for long term public health and wellness, both physical and mental.


An Early Present

We are feeling extremely privileged and fortunate at The Big Sound these days.  We held our very first concert for a small group consisting mostly of parents and a few supporters on December 20th.  We could not have been more impressed with what these young people accomplished in 10 short weeks.   The concert consisted of 3 string selections and 5 choral pieces that featured not one, not two, but three part harmonies!!

A Big Sound shout out to Nancy Stewart for her amazing donation of over 80 pieces of choral music.

Also, a HUGE THANKS to Robin and Ann-Marie for their hard work in pulling this all together.