June 2020 at Place des Arts
Home to our arts community

Happy June! As we are winding down our 2019/2020 season, this newsletter will be a celebration of the Place des Arts community. Our students, teachers, partners and staff, past and present.

All of the artists in our June exhibitions are the aforementioned community members. On June 5, you can view the  Student and Alumni Digital Exhibition  and  2020 Teacher and Staff Digital Exhibition  digitally.

We are excited to announce, our Coquitlam Youth Theatre troupe has been given permission to premiere their performance of Oh, What a Lovely War! 2.0 online. Join them on June 26 at 6pm . Find out about the play below. For students ages 10-17, you can still submit your audition to be a part of the 2020/2021 season of the Coquitlam Youth Theatre and become a part of future performances.

If you are getting ready to plan your summer, consider our reimagined Summer Fun! art camp. This year we will be offering our camp in two formats, live-streamed online and a limited in-person camp. Find out more below.

We are continuing to offer online classes, including two music classes we have starting tomorrow for children under five. Find the class information below. Be sure to check our  online classes page of our website for new opportunities.

With the year coming to a close, I can't help but reflect on how wonderful this season has been for me since starting in September. On a personal note, I would like to thank the Place des Arts community for being a supportive and welcoming place. I am thrilled I can interact with such great people daily and that through thick and thin, we are a home for our arts community. 

Aurora van Roon
Communications Coordinator
what's on?
Join us for the Coquitlam Youth Theatre online premiere of...
Oh, What a Lovely War! 2.0
What happens when you take a two-and-a-half-hour comedy musical about World War One performed by clowns and plonk it in the middle of a worldwide pandemic? You get a heartfelt reflection on the tragedies of war and the resilience of the human spirit during unprecedented times.  Oh, What a Lovely War! 2.0  tells not only the British side of World War One, but also the interwoven stories of 20 talented, adaptable and thoughtful young actors wanting to find creativity in a dark time.

This year-end showcase for CYT will premiere on June 26 at 6:00pm on Place des Arts Youtube page. Please subscribe to be alerted when the premiere goes live.

Please join us afterwards for a Q&A with the director hosted live on our Facebook with questions from you!
Online 4-day music classes for kids starting June 2
We are offering two live music workshops for kids 5 and under from June 2-5 , with teachers Ryan and Sabina Siverns.

Classes will be held through Zoom. Both are suitable for children and their caretakers with or without prior music experience. Find out more and register below!
Young Children will enjoy learning songs and rhymes building the fundamentals for music-making literacy! Social skills, language development, self-confidence and creativity will be strengthened through play, movement, improvisation, and other fun and interactive ways!

Learn the fundamentals of music through singing songs, chanting rhymes, playing music games, and more! Musical concepts including pitch, rhythm, pulse, dynamics and musical form will be covered in these fun, interactive classes.
what's new?
Find out about our reimagined Summer Fun! Art Camp
We are very excited to share with you how we have adapted to the challenges presented by COVID-19 to ensure that the Summer Fun! program will be as beloved this year as it has over the past 30.

Naturally, the health and safety of our campers is our number one priority. As such, we are not offering our Summer Fun! program in its usual format.

We are looking forward to launching a reimagined Summer Fun! camp in a creative online format. The classes will be live-streamed through Zoom and taught by our amazing Summer Fun! teachers. The new format includes a variety of visual and performing arts classes providing you flexibility and choice. You will see some familiar classes as well as some innovative new options.

In addition to our online camps, we will be offering modified, in-person, one-week camps for up to ten (10) campers each week from July 6 to August 14. This boutique-style camp will be offered for full days only for campers aged 6-11 years. 

The new Summer Fun! guide will be available online on June 8 and will include the revised schedule. Online registration opens to the public on June 15.
June exhibitions celebrate Place des Arts Students, Teachers and Staff, past and present
On June 5, settle into a cozy chair, grab your favourite beverage and check out the launch of our new digital exhibitions:  2020 Student and Alumni Digital Exhibition , various mediums by current and past Place des Arts students and  2020 Teacher and Staff Digital Exhibition , various mediums by current and past Place des Arts teachers and staff.

These digital exhibitions can be viewed at placedesarts.ca/exhibitions.
get inspired
What makes you laugh? with Place des Arts staff
Our 2019/2020 season is winding down, and therefore so is our year of humour!

Humour is something that brings us all together. We hope this will give some joy and inspiration during tough times.
Artist Mini-Feature: Noel McRobbie
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, pianist Noel McRobbie first received national attention after receiving top prize at the Eckhardt-Grammatté Piano Competition. In addition, he has received prizes at the CBC Début Concert Artist Series, Grand Konzerteum International Piano Competition, Seiler International Piano Competition and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition.

Noel’s solo performances include the Steinway Series at the University of South Florida, Vancouver Chopin Society, Eastport Arts Centre in Maine, Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Seoul Arts Centre and the Asian Composers League at Sejong Chamber Hall. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra, Jeonju Philharmonic Orchestra, Westcoast Symphony, University of Michigan Philharmonia, Dongduk Women’s University Symphony Orchestra and the New Westminster Symphony. Recent performances include the Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Piano Academy, Turning Point Ensemble and Canadian Music Centre Concert Series. His performances have been broadcast on CBC radio, and he was featured in International Piano magazine and KBS television’s Classic Odyssey.

For many years, Noel was a student of Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, where he received an Artist Diploma and Bachelor of Music respectively. Other teachers include Arthur Greene, Patricia Zander and Svetozar Ivanov. He received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory. Previously Noel was Assistant Professor of Piano at Dongduk Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea, and faculty member at the Summer Music Festival for the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and the St. Andrews Piano Festival in New Brunswick. Currently, he teaches at the Vancouver Academy of Music, where he is on the college faculty, and Place des Arts. His students have furthered their piano studies at institutions such as the Manhattan School of Music, Mannheim University of Music (Germany), University of South Florida, and Roosevelt University.
get informed
Registration for 2020/21 Season is delayed
Many of you are eagerly awaiting our 2020/21 season registration announcement.
We ask that you stay tuned! We are diligently working on a plan for our new season that ensures the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff.
Stay subscribed to our newsletter for announcements and check our news section regularly.
Auditions deadline June 7 for our Coquitlam Youth Theatre program!
Performers ages 10 – 17, we are still accepting auditions to be part of Coquitlam Youth Theatre for the 2020-21 season.

Place des Arts’ Coquitlam Youth Theatre (CYT) is a performance-based training company made up of emerging theatre artists.

Audition Submission deadline: 1:00 PM on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

This year we are taking online video submissions for auditions. Find out more about the Coquitlam Youth Theatre and how to audition here.
what's funny?

A sculpture is just a drawing you fall over in the dark.

Al Hirschfield (1903 - 2003)
American Caricaturist