Listen Up!

A community-based arts creation project anchored in local schools, Listen Up! hands students the reins in the creative process. Students explore an artistic theme through words, visual art, movement, and music throughout the school year. The final result is an innovative showcase performance with the Gryphon Trio, featuring a new musical work for choir and piano trio using student-generated content across all artistic disciplines. Listen Up! was developed by the Juno award-winning Gryphon Trio in collaboration with music educator, composer, and conductor Rob Kapilow.

2016-17: Listen Up! Ottawa – “IDENTITY”

Listen Up!’s inaugural year with Ottawa Chamberfest is in collaboration with Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School and follows the theme of identity.

Listen Up! Poetry


From September to October, students from 10 grade 4, 5, and 6 classes create poetry on the subject of “identity.”

In November, they work with slam poet Jamaal “JustJamaal” Jackson Rogers to develop their poetry. Coached by Jamaal – Ottawa’s first English-language poet laureate in nearly 30 years – they build confidence by delivering spoken word performances.

Listen Up! Musical Composition

Music Composition

In November and December, grade 6 classes learn about the basics of music composition from composers Dr. James Wright and Matt Devost.

Through April, James and Matt work on a six-movement composition for choir and piano trio, inspired by the poetry and motifs the students have developed.

Listen Up! Visual Art

Visual Art

Through January and February, students work with their teachers on visual art following the theme of “identity.”

In March, they are joined in two days of workshops by Kingston-based artist and designer Susanne Langlois, who provides new ideas and inspiration for the art at May’s Grand Finale.

Listen Up! Choral Performance

Choral Performance

Beginning in March, select students work with choral conductor Jackie Hawley and the Cantiamo Girls Choir in preparation for their final workshop and performance with the Gryphon Trio and conductor Rob Kapilow.

Listen Up!’s 2017 Grand Finale will take place May 17, 2017 at Longfields-Davidson Heights High School.

Listen Up! In Action

Listen Up! Alumni

2015-16: Kingston, Ontario
2014-15: Yellowknife, Norman Wells, Inuvik, Hay River, Fort Smith and Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories
2013-14: Powell River, British Columbia
2012-13: Ottawa, Ontario
2011-12: Hamilton and Midland, Ontario
2010-11: Almonte, Ontario

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