New Amateur String Ensemble Comes to the Valley – Comox Valley Record

The Comox Valley is hosting the launch of a new string orchestra this fall.

The really exciting part? You don’t have to be a top musician to join.

Led by Helena Jung, conductor of the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra, Hello Strings is a brand new amateur string ensemble aimed at offering beginner to intermediate level string players a chance to improve their ensemble skills, while creating beautiful music.

Unlike the SSO, Hello Strings is a strings-only collective, working to fill a void in the Comox Valley music scene, which Jung says has long been neglected.

“Here in the Comox Valley, we don’t have a ropes program to speak of,” Jung said. “In our local school system, students don’t have an outlet to learn the strings in their orchestral programs. We want to create an environment for string players to thrive.

Hello Strings is the result of Jung’s collaboration with music teachers from across the Comox Valley.

“I brought together some of the wonderful string teachers in the Valley to form this program. Musicians need a way to get involved in this type of setting without having to be an advanced player.

There’s a lot to be said for playing music in a group.

“Students play music alone and with their teacher, but there’s so much more to learn and experience when they play with a larger ensemble,” Jung said.

Hello Strings is open to violin, viola, cello and double bass players, ages 8 to adult. The musicians will meet Monday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 1599 Tunner Drive in Courtenay.

The registration day for the 1st term will take place on September 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the same location. For more information, including registration and fees, email or visit

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