History

Canta Arya School for Strings is a Registered Charity located in Kingston, Ontario.

Founded in 2002 by Denise Williams and Karen-Michele Kimmett and based on
the teaching principles based on the Suzuki method, the bilingual school today has over sixty violin students from four to sixteen years of age with three teachers offering lessons from the beginner to advanced level.

Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to perform in solo recitals, gala group concerts, masterclasses,  workshops and retirement home recitals.

The school’s acclaimed senior ensemble, Canta Arya Strings, has performed extensively throughout Ontario including performances in Ottawa, at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, for her Imperial Highness, the Princess Magaba of Japan,  at the Westben Festival and the Kiwanis Festival. This past season, Canta Arya students have presented concerts at various retirement homes and schools as well as at the KCCR Lobby Concert series at KGH.

Canta Arya’s outreach extends beyond Kingston with students regularly participating in summer camps and workshops across the province including an exchange with the Guelph Music
School in April of this year.  Canta Arya students also participate in masterclasses with renowned professors from across the country. Last summer, more than twenty Canta Arya
students participated in summer camps across North America.