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Music begins early with Sunrise program

August 30, 2016 3:30 P.M.

Sally Arai, a longtime Kamloops Symphony musician, will be teaching a Sunrise program class this year as part of the Music for Young Children (MYC) classes at Kamloops Symphony Music School.

The 10-week program—which begins Oct. 4—is for children 2-3 years of age.

The Sunrise classes are 45 minutes long and run once a week on Tuesdays. These parent-participatory group classes offer an introduction to music, with a focus on rhythm instruments. Students who move up in the program each year will progress to a piano focus, and can complete their Music for Young Children education with Grade 1 piano certification.

Arai has been the symphony’s principal clarinetist since 1989. She completed her masters in music performance at UBC. Since moving to Kamloops, she has also performed with the Okanagan and Prince George orchestras, and with Orchestra Viva in B.C.’s Interior.

Arai is in demand as a clarinet adjudicator. A respected teacher, she has had many former students pursue bachelors, masters and even doctoral music degrees. She is well known for her clarinet teaching at the KSMS as well as her MYC classes.

Jane Dyck and Linda Shwaylyk will continue to teach MYC as well, allowing the school to continue to offer different levels of the program at the music school. Private and group lessons for all ages are also available at the music school and include: piano, theory, voice, strings, bass, cello, viola, violin, bassoon, clarinet, flute, French horn, oboe, trombone and trumpet.

Kamloops Symphony Music School is a non-profit music school operated by Kamloops Symphony Society. Those interested in signing up their child can contact the office at 250-372-5000 or email

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