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O'Neill Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Let Talent Flourish

The instrumental courses offered in the Performing Arts program at O’Neill combine solo, small ensemble and technical work geared towards each individual student. Students entering the program have a skill level unique to themselves and the instructors at O’Neill strive to challenge each student to foster growth as an artist. Students will also study theory and history of music as stated in the Ministry of Ontario Curriculum Documents. Performing Arts students will also research and present information to the class in each year of study. All instrumental students are required to perform in a concert band at the appropriate level. The more active a student becomes, the more they will get out of the program. O.C.V.I. is also very proud to offer Instrumental Repertoire courses for those students who would like to further develop their instrumental abilities. At the grade nine and ten levels the course focuses on techniques used in performing solos and small ensembles. At the grade eleven and twelve levels the focus shifts to performance is large ensembles, namely Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble.


 Concert Band Program

​All instrumental students are required to perform in the concert band program at the appropriate level. Students involved in the vocal, dance and drama program are also invited to participate in the concert band program. Two out of the three Concert Bands at O’Neill are non-auditioned groups. At every level many challenges and possibilities are available to further develop musical skills and techniques.

Students at the grade eleven and twelve level are eligible to take the concert band credit course upon completion of a successful audition. Each ensemble performs at a number of concerts at O’Neill Collegiate through the year, attend the Ontario Band Festival and receive clinics from professional clinicians.

O’Neill is unique in that the Junior Concert Band is an ensemble solely for the grade nine students. O’Neill’s Senior Wind Ensemble is considered to perform at a college level and the Symphonic Winds at a Senior high school level. Both ensembles explore a wide variety of music ranging from contemporary concert band music to folk songs to transcriptions. Rehearsals are mandatory and are after school one night each week.


 Jazz Band Program

​O’Neill’s three instrumental jazz ensembles are auditioned groups that are eligible to all Music and Performing Arts students. Students at the grade eleven and twelve level are eligible to take the senior jazz band credit course upon completion of a successful audition. This senior ensemble
performs at a very high level and is recognized throughout Canada for its accomplishments.

Students in the intermediate and junior jazz ensembles also perform at levels that are well above average. All ensembles explore a wide range of jazz styles ranging from swing to contemporary jazz forms. They also explore the concepts surrounding improvisation. O’Neill C.V.I. is proud to
host the Southern Ontario Jazz Band Festival every year. O’Neill’s Jazz Ensembles not only participate in this festival but run the event.