ExpiredUkulele Ensemble

Join the ukulele ensemble in our various instrumental musical explorations! Keep scrolling for more details and to register.


January 2021 Update: We intend to continue meeting both in person & on zoom as of January 31st – or as soon as the covid restrictions permit. The next session will begin on Zoom on Jan 31st even if covid restrictions don’t permit the in person sessions.

New members are welcome!

If you are interested in joining the Ensemble, don’t hesitate to reach out to Joel to discuss it here: ukeboxlessons@gmail.com

Come and play your part in this Ukulele Ensemble! Are you looking for a way to play your ukulele that goes beyond strumming and singing songs? Would you like to explore a wide range of musical styles, including styles that don’t involve singing to an accompaniment?

The Ukulele Ensemble is a casual daytime musical experience intended for retirees or flexible hour workers. In this group, we are building a repertoire of instrumental music arranged in two to four parts. The repertoire can range from jazz to classical to popular music. It is selected and arranged by the instructor, Joel Jacques, but based on the suggestions and wide ranging interests of the Ensemble Group itself. Though not for the absolute beginner, practically all skill levels can participate. Whether you’ve ‘just started recently’ or you’ve been ‘playing for years’, there is a part for you in this ensemble.

Though principally intended for participant’s enjoyment, you will also develop these skills: standard notation and/or tablature notation reading; listening skills; timing; dynamics and melodic playing up & down the fingerboard.

  • Sheet music for all the arrangements be will be provided for all the parts by the instructor.
  • Also, get access to an online practising tool called Soundslice that will help you learn and practice your parts between rehearsals.
  • Here is the Soundslice link to Manha de Carnaval, shown in the video above as an example.

New members are always welcome! Before registering, reach out to Joel (ukeboxlessons@gmail.com) to see if the Ensemble is perfect for you. 

Below are some Soundslice links for some past Ensemble arrangements. Have a listen and see if you would like to work on music in this way. Don’t worry if you feel you can’t immediately play any of the parts. Remember, we take our time learning and developing these arrangements. There will be some guidance to help you get a handle on things.

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You’ll receive the ZOOM link from the reminder email that comes the day before our lesson. The link will remain the same for each lesson. When you follow the link the first time, it’ll prompt you to download the right app for your system. It really doesn’t take long. If you want to do it in advance, try this link: https://zoom.us/support/download

If it’s your first time using Zoom, here are a few steps that should help you navigate the sign in process. Once you’ve done it once, it’ll be really easy next time. Just a couple of things to know the first time around. To sign into a Zoom lesson:

  • Click the provided link above from whichever device you’re choosing to use. For best results, a computer will offer the most features. That being said, a tablet and phone can work as well.
  • If you don’t yet have the Zoom app on your device, it should prompt you to download it. I’d recommend going ahead and doing this.
  • If you cannot or prefer not to download the app, you should be able to find the option to ‘start from your browser’.
  • You’re almost there. If prompted for an audio setting, choose ‘Join Audio by Computer’.
  • Hang tight from here, if we’re not already talking online to each other, I’ll join you soon and I’ll finish showing you around. See you online!
  • If all else fails, call me on my cell and we’ll figure it out together: 613-323-1689

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    September 23, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    November 11, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    January 20, 2020
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    November 16, 2020
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    January 11, 2021
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    January 31, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
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    January 7, 2022
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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