The Oceanside Classical Concerts Society (OCCS) will soon welcome Dr. Calvin Dyck as its new artistic director. (Diamonds Edge Photography photo)

The Oceanside Classical Concerts Society (OCCS) will soon welcome Dr. Calvin Dyck as its new artistic director. (Diamonds Edge Photography photo)

Oceanside Classical Concerts Society welcomes new artistic director

Dr. Calvin Dyck will take over role from David Douglas

The Oceanside Classical Concerts Society (OCCS) will soon welcome a new artistic director.

Dr. Calvin Dyck will take over the role after David Douglas decided to step down following eight successful seasons with the society, according to a news release by the OCCS.

“Douglas has programmed some of the most noteworthy concerts ever to be performed in Oceanside, including the upcoming 2022-23 season,” the release read. “The board and subscribers of OCCS are eternally grateful and wish David all the best in his future endeavours.”

Dyck is in his 23rd season as concertmaster for the Vancouver Island Symphony and is the director of the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra. He holds a doctor of musical arts from the University of Southern California in violin performance, with minors in conducting, music education and music history.

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He has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community and an honorary doctor of humanities by Trinity Western University.

Dyck will perform in the fifth concert of the 2022-23 season, when the Vancouver Island Symphony presents ‘The Pictures Project’.

Subscriptions can be purchased on the society’s website or in person at the McMillan Arts Centre (133 McMillan St.) in Parksville.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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