Grand River Music

Who We Are

The Music Department is a community of student musicians who share a common love of making music and a desire to be involved in the life of the school and wider community.   

Mrs. LeeMr. Dirks

What We Offer


  • Strings Magnet Program*
  • Band & Strings (Grade 9,10,11,12)
  • Vocal (Grade 10,11,12) 
  • Guitar and Keyboard (Grade 10,11)
  • University/College Credits in grade 11 & 12 Band, Strings, and Vocal Classes


  • Involvement – small and large Music ensembles for instruments and voices
  • Leadership  – planning events, organizing small ensembles, creating programs and posters, mentoring younger players.
  • Social – music camps, trips, performances

Ways to Get Involved

  • For Band Instruments – Concert Band, Honour Band, Senior Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra, Small Ensembles
  • For Guitar – Lunch Hour Guitar Club
  • For String Instruments – Junior String Orchestra, Senior String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Quartets
  • For Voices – Concert Choir, The Six, Small Ensembles

Strings Magnet Program*

The strings magnet program is a WRDSB recognized magnet program, which means qualified students within and outside the GRCI boundary are eligible to enter the program.

Instrumental strings is a program that focuses on the development of a broad range of musical skills for students with a particular interest in instrumental string music.  The GRCI music program includes many extra-curricular groups and small ensembles including two string orchestras and a full symphony orchestra.  Students participate in off-campus events and performances throughout the year.  Each year students are also given the opportunity to participate in 2 off-site music camps that builds both skills and a strong sense of community.  Please note that students attending Instrumental Strings from areas outside of their designated home school boundary are responsible for their own transportation.