Rainy Lake Community Orchestra is a semi-classical group


Of string players that meet on Monday evenings

5:30 pm until 7:00 pm in The Dungeon at Backus Community Center.  

For more information or next practice date, please call Joe Belanger at 240-4484 or John Faith 286-3281 or text to (218) 330-4853.

The entire group also belongs to and attends The Borderland Community Orchestra rehearsals every Tuesday from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm, during the school year, at the Elementary School in Emo, Ontario.  If anyone needs a ride, we leave from behind City Drug at 5:30 pm, call John Faith at 286-3281 for details.

Literature that is worked on at Monday evening rehearsals is from medium through difficult range.  In other words, the music starts at a High School level of difficulty and proceeds through major works from major composers.  These latter works can be quite technical and difficult to master.  

The group performs about once a month for functions at Backus Community Center, perform with the Borderland Community Orchestra in Emo, hold a string camp each year in August at the Ranier Community Building for beginning through advanced string players, perform at area churches and educational institutions, and are available for a fee for weddings and special events.  Booking contact is John Faith (218) 286-3281.

Instructors available in the Borderland area:

  • Kelly Anton, International Falls (218) 283-3058 -- Violin
  • Nancy Cole, 2122 82nd Avenue N, Williams (218)783-2325 -- Violin & Piano
  • Joe Belanger, 400 10th Street, International Falls (218) 283-3414 -- Piano
  • John  Faith, International Falls (218) 286-3281 --  Plays and teaches most instruments, but specializes in brass (Upper and Lower), stringed Violin, Viola, Cello, Standup and Electric Bass) instruments and analog synthesizers.  Lessons are held in various places, but mostly at St. Thomas or The Dungeon
  • Kathy Tompkins, 119 Riverview Blvd, International Falls (503) 333-8391 -- All strings, Harp and Piano
  • Brian Tolley, Fort Frances (807) 274-4377 -- Cello
  • Katherine Williams, Emo (807) 482-1417 -- Violin and Viola