Welcome! Eastview Secondary School is located in the northeast end of Barrie, Ontario, and has an enrollment of around 1200 students. We are the only high school in Simcoe County’s to offer a full orchestral program, and are home to one of Central Ontario’s leading choral programs.
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We offer courses for string instruments, wind instruments, guitar, and voice. We have a large orchestra and concert choir, as well as several smaller ensembles. Each year, approximately 200 Eastview students are involved with some aspect of the music program. We provide travel opportunities to students on an annual basis, and are frequent participants in Musicfest Canada.
Contact information for the department can be found here.
Name: Mrs. Lorna Gillies
Phone Extension: 55333
Specializing In: Winds, Guitar
About: Coming soon!
Name: Mrs. Paula Kowalchuk
Phone Extension: 56287
Specializing In: Strings
About: Mrs. Kowalchuk has had a lifetime of musical experience. At the early age of four she demonstrated a strong connection with music through singing, and easily learned multiple musical instruments. By her Junior High School Grade Seven year she knew in her heart her lifetime career was to be a music teacher. She studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music (downtown Toronto) as well as the University of Toronto, graduating with her Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She then completed her Bachelor of Education – Intermediate/Secondary Division (focusing in Music) at Nipissing University in North Bay. She is a Specialist in Woodwinds and Strings and continued on in Nipissing University to receive her Advanced Degree in Education with First Class Honours.
Mrs. Kowalchuk has had the privilege of being trained by the best in the business: Doreen Rao, Eleanor Daley, Cam Walter, Lori Dolhoff, Phil Nimmons , Jeff Reynolds, Nora Shulman, Virginia Markson, Marianne Carefoot, Vladimir Orloff, Laryssa Kuzmenko, Earl Mlotek, Earl Simard, Lee Bartell, Stephen Chenette, and Melvin Bermin just to name a few. She has supply taught for the North York Board of Education, volunteered at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts and the Etobicoke School for the Arts, taught at four private music schools in Bolton and Toronto, as well as played in small ensembles for weddings and special occasions in her days before the SCDSB. She taught Music and Visual Arts at Stayner Collegiate Institute for 12 years before coming to Eastview Secondary School where she is delighted to provide excellent opportunities for any and all students whom she has the honour to teach.
Name: Mr. Dave Stewart
Phone Extension: 57724
Specializing In: Vocal
About: Mr. Stewart received much of his musical training in his youth through his experience singing with the Toronto Children’s Chorus and through studying piano initially with his mother, and later on with Ruth Watson Henderson. He completed a degree in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, and then chose to go into Education at Nipissing University. Upon beginning his teacher career, Mr. Stewart decided to share his passion for music with his students. He directed choral ensembles at Stayner Collegiate Institute and Bear Creek Secondary School for six years before joining the music team at Eastview. In recent years Mr. Stewart has played trumpet with the Baytowne Big Band and has sung Tenor with the Cellar Singers. He enjoys spending time with his two young daughters, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the music students at Eastview.