The CSFA has an impressive history of group travel.
The CSF’s first big trip was in the year 2000 when they travelled to Iqaluit in Nunavut and performed for the Governor General Adrianne Clarkson and participated in Toonik Tyme, Iqaluit’s spring festival. Since then the CSF has taken two groups to Scotland (2005 & 2010) to participate in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, and participated in an exchange trip to Belgium. They’ve also made several performance trips closer to home to Washington State, the Okanagan, Power River and Vancouver.
In 2016 BTTB travelled to Ireland where they participated in the Joe Mooney School of Music. They have also travelled to Washington State to participate in the Skagit Valley Highland Games and a workshop on Whidby Island. Travel within BC has included a mini-tour to Comox and Victoria with the BC Fiddle Orchestra in 2013, and regular trips to Vancouver to perform at the PNE or to take part in Vancouver’s Celtic Fest.
The CSFA recognizes the many benefits of supporting group travel experiences. Travelling to places beyond the Sunshine Coast to participate in musical camps & workshops, or to perform provides our fiddlers with the opportunity to experience making music in settings different to their own. This greatly enhances their musical education by exposing them to different teachers, techniques of fiddling and performance styles.
In addition to broadening their musical knowledge, our fiddlers are given the opportunity to experience another culture first-hand which, in turn, deepens their understanding of their own culture. For many participants, it may be the very first time they’ve left Canada, BC, or the Lower Mainland.
The process of organizing a group trip also builds critical life skills such as goal-setting, budgeting & fundraising, and leads to the development of self-efficacy in our students.