2018 Summer Music Education Directory

Even though it may feel as though 2018 has only just begun, summer, surely and steadily, is on its way – and with those longer days and freer schedules comes the chance to think about music-making in a whole new light. If you are considering summer music programs for yourself, your children, or your whole family this year, our annual Summer Music Education Directory is a significant resource.

Whether you’re an amateur musician or an early-career professional, there are many options to choose from; the profiles below, submitted by the programs themselves, display a wealth of opportunity to hone your skills and make connections and friendships that could last a lifetime. Some programs are geared toward classical musicians and vocalists, with plenty of performance opportunities; others offer sessions in songwriting, jazz, rock, music theatre and guitar. There are programs for kids and toddlers too, as well as everything from out-of-town residential intensives to day programs and courses closer to home. There truly is something for everyone. (We’ve also included programs with application deadlines that have passed – we want you to be aware of what’s out there, if not for this summer, then for the future.)

This directory will be maintained and updated online on an ongoing basis, year round, so check back at thewholenote.com/resources for updates.

To join The WholeNote Summer Music Education Directory: address inquiries to karen@thewholenote.com or call 416-323-2232 x26.

The WholeNote Directory Team

Project Manager: Karen Ages

Project Editor: Kevin King

Layout and design: Susan Sinclair

Proofreading: Sara Constant

463 Woodbine Ave, Toronto
July 9 to August 24

Contact: Courtney
Deadline: May 31
Cost: $399+
Day programs

Beyond the Beat Summer ProgramsWhether you’re looking to advance your skills at writing music, singing or making beats, Beyond the Beat has the program for you. Our week-long summer projects range anywhere from Songwriting workshops to Vocal Summits, Recording and Production workshops, Electronic Music Production Intensives and Band camps. From beginners to experts, we invite you to refine your craft under the guidance of some of Toronto’s most qualified and talented industry professionals.

Lake MacDonald, 85 Chemin Cammac, Harrington, Québec
June 24 to August 12

Contact: Julie Roy
819-687-3938  x223
Deadline: August 1
Cost: $775 - $2000
Residential program

CAMMAC Music CentreThis is a family music camp for amateur musicians aged 5 years to 99 years. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult participant. The program consists of 7 independent week-long sessions, each with a different musical theme, from Early Music to Classical to Jazz; Chamber music to Choral music; traditional to Celtic to other world music. Professional musicians, carefully chosen for their positive attitude and their excellent pedagogy, coach, conduct, teach and encourage all participants to improve their musical level. Amateurs of all levels are welcome, and all have the life-changing opportunity of making music with other amateurs, in a supportive atmosphere and a stunningly beautiful natural environment situated on the banks of Lake MacDonald in the Laurentians.

Bishop’s University, Lennoxville (Sherbrooke), Québec
July 1 to 8

Contact: Nancy Golberg
No Deadline
Cost: Registration $75, educational program $620, food and lodging $520
Day and Residential programs
Camp Hours: 8:45am to 9pm; 8:45am to 5:30pm for very young children

Camp musical TuttiCamp musical Tutti takes place the first week of July at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville (Sherbrooke) in the picturesque Eastern Townships of Quebec.
Our goal is to encourage students to love making music.
We run residential and day camps, and we offer a flex-stay program. Partial scholarships are available. As a non-profit organization, we will present our annual benefit concert, featuring Sharon Azrieli and the Trio de Montréal, on April 4, 2018.
We welcome participants of all ages (children/adults), all levels and all instruments. We teach in English, French and Russian.
Courses include choir, masterclasses, individual lessons, chamber music and orchestra, theatre, art, swimming and other recreational activities.
We end with a gala concert open to the public.

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
145 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario
July 3 to 28 (Little Company: July 3 to 6; Junior Company: July 9 to 13; Intermediate Company: July 16 to 20; Senior Company: July 23 to 28)

Contact: Bryna Berezowska, Children Youth and Family Programs Manager
416-363-8231 (COC Box Office)
Deadline: Until full
Cost: $300 (Little company)/$310 (Junior company)/$330 (Intermediate Company)/$360 (Senior Company)
Camp Hours: 9am - 3:30pm (Little, Junior and Intermediate Companies); 9am - 4pm (Senior Company)

The Canadian Opera Company’s Scotiabank Summer Opera Camps offer children and youth entering grades 1 to 12 an immersive operatic experience. Participants playfully explore opera as both creators and performers, while developing their skills in a fun yet intensive one-week camp. Weekly activities include story creation, singing, composing, acting, improvisation, and costume, props and set design. Each week ends in a special rehearsal open to family and friends.

London, Canada and Lucca, Italy
May 1 to 25 and July 2 to August 12

Contact: Carmen Specht and Brianna DeSantis
519-661-2111 x80047
Deadline: Until full – contact for details
Cost: Various – see website for details (housing included for AEDO)

Canadian Operatic Arts Academy and Accademia Europea DellOperaTwo opera intensives from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University: COAA is an elite international program that provides singers, pianists and directors with the skills to obtain, realize and sustain a prolific and rewarding career in the operatic profession. AEDO, in Lucca, Italy, presents the ultimate European opera experience for singers, pianists, directors and instrumentalists with four fully-staged operas*: Handel’s Serse, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Puccini’s La Bohème. Audition required. *Final repertoire selection to be confirmed upon completion of auditions. General director: Sophie Louise Roland. Artistic director: Simone Luti.

Wellandport, Niagara region
July and August

Contact: Craig or Julie Hartley
Cost: $1940/2 weeks
Residential program

Centauri Arts CampCentauri is an overnight camp with a focus on the arts. Choose from 40 specialty arts programs including music, rock band, musical theatre, acting, film production, creative writing, dance, fine art, singing, digital arts and stage combat. Located on the Niagara escarpment in Ontario, Canada, Centauri welcomes young people from across North America and all over the world. With an outstanding faculty of arts instructors, fun-loving and talented counsellors, exciting camp activities and a nurturing, community focus, Centauri is the place to be if you love the arts! Choose from one- or two-week sessions. For ages 8 to 18.

Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, London, Ontario
August 25 to 29

Contact: Jennifer Moir
Deadline: Until full - see website for details
Cost: $595 + HST
Day program

Choral Conducting Explorations in Gesture Sound and PedagogyJoin us at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University for an intensive five-day summer session course designed for choral music educators of all levels of experience. School, community and church choir directors along with those currently engaged in the formal study of choral conducting will benefit from a balanced offering of interactive activities, group discussion and individual coaching. Instructors: Jennifer Moir, Babette Lightner.

Jumblies Theatre, 132 Fort York Blvd, Toronto
May 19 to 20

Contact: Victoria Yeh
Deadline: May 12
Cost: $500
Camp Hours: 10am to 6pm

Creative Strings WorkshopA weekend improv intensive with masterclasses, group lessons and chamber music coaching for performers and teachers on bowed strings seeking transformative growth and professional development.
Focus on Creative Musicianship – free improvisation; arranging; composition; modal, harmonic, and rhythmic internalization; contemporary styles; and more!
Students, professional performers and teachers are welcome, including advanced jazz players and those with no improvisation training.
Taught by celebrated violinists Christian Howes and Victoria Yeh, and sponsored by D’Addario Canada.
Attend the entire weekend for $500, or join us for a 3-hour intro session for only $125.
More CSW dates available in Ohio, California, North Carolina, Texas, Switzerland and England.

Grafton, Ontario
August 20 to 26

Contact: Bozena Hrycyna, education and outreach
Deadline: End of July
Cost: $300 - $700
Residential program

Folk Camp CanadaFolk Camp is an arts-based intergenerational summer camp that offers participants a week-long immersion into folk culture through workshops in traditional singing, craft, dance and cooking, with a focus on polyphony and Eastern European folklore. Participants attend up to 3 workshops a day that run the course of 5 full days, in addition to participating in evening dances, storytelling and bonfire jams. A temporary “village”, the camp provides an opportunity for singing, dancing and crafting practices to be embodied in cultural context. The singing workshops this year include: Georgian, Kalevala (Finnish ballads), Central Ukrainian Polyphony, European Folk Dance Tunes, hand drumming and more. A complementary children’s program runs alongside the adult program.

Camp Manitou, McKellar, Ontario
August 19 to 24, August 25 to Sept 2

Contact: Anne Fleming-Read
Cost: $799 - $998
Residential program

IMC offers programs for orchestra, band, rock, jazz, choir, musical theatre, songwriting and sound engineering. The camp has been providing young musicians with exceptional musical training and unforgettable summer-camp experiences since 1961. Campers fine-tune skills as musicians, develop friendships and forge a lifelong love of music while enjoying the setting of one of Canada’s finest camp facilities. The IMC experience includes housing, meals, classes, sectionals, large and small ensembles, faculty concerts, recreational activities and evening programs. Each session, IMC concludes with performances for family and friends. Our faculty includes Canada’s finest performers and educators. For more information, visit www.campIMC.ca. IMC – the highlight of a young musician’s summer!

Geneva Park on Lake Couchiching, Orillia, Ontario
June 30 to July 10

Contact: Jacob Lakirovich
Deadline: May 1
Cost: $2,560
Residential program

JVL Summer School for Performing Arts International Music in the Summer FestivalThis festival will feature a full program of masterclasses, concerts and competitions. The programs of the school encompass private instrumental lessons with internationally-renowned teachers, masterclasses and workshops, chamber music classes, orchestral and ensemble classes, concert solo performances with the Academy orchestras, and solo and chamber music recitals, as well as special seminars for Ear Training, Composition and Theory of Music. Performances in an acoustically superb concert hall and Serenade Concerts under the moonlight shore of Lake Couchiching will mesmerize our audiences and guests. Participation in the festival is incredibly valuable for musicians of all ages and levels. The extensive musical training they will receive during this period will inevitably have a great impact.

Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. E, Toronto
August 20 to 24

Contact: Patricia Wright
416-363-0331 x26
Deadline: June 15
Cost TBA
Camp Hours: 9am to 3:30pm

During this day program, children ages 4 to teens will sing, play instruments, learn about acting and participate in visual arts programming by experienced teachers.
Children ages 4-6 will participate from 9am until noon, while older children will stay through the lunch hour (please provide a lunch) until 3:30pm.
More details will follow as soon as possible.

Kincardine, Ontario
August 13 to 17

Contact: J. Schnarr
Deadline: August 10
Cost: $180 - $200
Camp Hours: 9am to 3:30pm

Kincardine Summer Music FestivalCelebrating its 27th anniversary, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival is renowned for consistently excellent programming, presenting fabulous live concerts starring brilliant vocalists and instrumentalists. August 12 to 17, enjoy free 4 O’Clock in the Park concerts.
Daytime music classes August 13 to 17 are for everyone from beginners to experienced players. Last year, half of our students were adults! Guitar, Strings, Fiddle, Bands and Vocal programs – have fun, meet new friends and include your family! Fees run $180 to $200 and include tickets to August Evening Concert Series. Secure online registration. Discounts and scholarships available. Kincardine on Lake Huron – Music and the Beach!
KSMF – creating fabulous musical experiences for 27 years!
Find us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! See you there!

Kingsway Conservatory of Music, 2848 Bloor St. W, Toronto
July 2 to August 17 (weekly programs)

Contact: Sharon Burlacoff
Registration open; early-bird savings deadline March 30
Program costs vary
Program hours vary

Kingsway Conservatory Summer MusicCommitted to “Inspired Learning,” KCM provides summer programs for various ages and experience levels to engage, challenge and excite. Offerings for Summer 2018: Kingsway Chamber Music Festival – Strings & Piano for Intermediate & Senior levels (strings min RCM Gr 3, piano min RCM Gr 5) including chamber coaching, orchestra rehearsals, group composition, workshops, guest artists; “Seussical KIDS” (8-11 years) and “Legally Blonde JR” (11-14 years) Music Theatre Camps – preparing and presenting fantastic, full-scale musical productions on a professional stage; Triple-Threat Arts Discovery Camp (4-10 years), inspiring self-expression through music, art and drama; Suzuki/Traditional Strings Camp (4-10 years) for string players in their beginning years; Private Instruction on all instruments.

Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, London, Canada
July 2 to 13

Contact: Kim Eyre
Deadline: Until full – contact for details
Cost: $795 + HST
Day program

Kodály Certification ProgramsIn this two-week intensive program at Western University, participants will strengthen their personal musicianship and pedagogical skills, with content grounded in a contemporary understanding of the philosophy inspired by Zoltán Kodály. Participants will engage in supportive musically educative opportunities through singing, reading, writing, moving and creating to build personal skills and knowledge to assist in classroom music teaching and learning. Level I is appropriate for experienced teachers, emerging teachers and graduate students. Level II builds on the learning in Level I and is open to those who have successfully completed a KSC or OAKE certified Kodály Level I course. Instructors: Kim Eyre, Cathy Benedict, Eila Peterson.

Lakefield College School, Lakefield, Ontario
August 12 to 19

Contact: Andrew Wolf
Deadline: June 30
Cost: $1199 - $1499
Residential program

Lake Field Music CampLake Field Music camp brings together adult amateur musicians of all ages with intermediate to advanced skills in a friendly and supportive environment. The one-week program focuses on classical and jazz with a sampling of world and popular music. Participants build their own program from more than 50 workshops, technique classes and masterclasses, and choirs and instrumental ensembles coached by 20 experienced instructors specializing in vocals, strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, guitar, bass and percussion. Classes for beginners are also offered for those wanting to try something new. Evening concerts provide performance opportunities and a chance to hear the instructors. The beautiful waterfront campus includes a performance theatre, onsite accommodations and meal plan. Day program also available.

5 rang Saint-Antoine, C.P. 672, Saint-Irénée, Québec
June 10 to August 19

Contact: Rachel Tremblay
Deadline: February 15, except Composition (January 29), Collaborative Piano, Dance and Guitar (April 1) and Choir (May 1)
Cost: $740 - $3765
Day programs

Le Domaine Forget de Charlevoix International Music and Dance AcademyLe Domaine Forget Academy offers serious students the opportunity to perfect their skills under the auspices of world-renowned artists. The beauty and tranquility of the setting at Domaine Forget inspire creativity and the facilities are perfectly suited to the needs of both students and teachers. Whether you are a young professional or an advanced student, you will benefit from the opportunity to further your musical training through the tutelage of established teachers and the participation in masterclasses given by distinguished international artists.

Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University
June 6 to 9

Contact: Patrick Schmidt
Deadline: Until full – contact for details
Early bird pricing until March 15 – $195 ($60 students)
Day program

MayDay Group Colloquium 30 Music Education ConferenceThe internationally regarded MayDay Group will host its 30th Anniversary Symposium at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University. The conference – featuring keynote speaker Dr. Henry Giroux – will focus on the theme of curriculum in music education, exploring Mayday Action Ideal VII, addressing “effort towards understanding the context of music curriculum and education [that] must serve as a common starting point for nurturing robust communities of music educators and learners.” Registration for the MayDay Colloquium also allows participants to attend sessions and events at the Progressive Methods in Popular Music Education Symposium (see separate listing) June 8-9. Coordinator: Patrick Schmidt.

Clock Tower Cultural Centre, 36 Front Street South, Campbellford, Ontario
June 21 to 23

Contact: Donna Bennett
Deadline: June 7
Cost: $25 - $235
Camp Hours: 1pm to 9pm

Michael Warren Vocal Intensive at WestbenSing along with Westben! We welcome back Dr. Michael Warren for another powerful 3-day immersion experience designed for all levels and genres of singers, ages 16 and older. Sessions are aimed at heightening a singer’s vocal and artistic development in a group setting. Participants work one-on-one with Dr. Warren in half-hour lessons that are observed by the other participants. A limited number of private lessons will also be available. A gifted and positive teacher, Dr. Warren has helped students who have sung leading roles in all the major opera houses of the world, performed leading roles on Broadway, or sung in major jazz venues globally. Ask about overnight accommodation. Westben presents 22 concerts of international and Canadian artists at The Barn, June 9 to August 4.

Prince Edward County, Ontario
July 15 to August 12

Contact: Meg Hill
Deadline: rolling admissions
Cost: $825-$950/week, financial aid available
Residential program

Music at Port Milford2018 marks Music at Port Milford’s 32nd year of bringing internationally-renowned artist faculty and students with a passion for chamber music together to create an inspiring summer music experience. Throughout July and August, this experience is proudly shared with Prince Edward County, as the students and faculty bring the highest calibre of chamber music to Ontario. 2018 Faculty Artists include the Harlem String Quartet, Quatuor Saguenay (formerly Alcan), Tokai Quartet, pianists Angela Park and Allison Gagnon, and select members of the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and National Ballet of Canada.

Niagara-on-the-Lake (St. Marks Anglican Church)
July 21 to July 29

Contact: Barbara Worthy
Deadline: June 15
Cost: $990 + HST
Residential program

Music Niagara Performance AcademyMusic Niagara’s Performance Academy is a 9-day program offering a unique blend of interactive workshops, masterclasses and public performances, for gifted young musicians ages 11-21, to complement, enhance and improve overall musical performance. Overview: Masterclasses, open lessons, and solo/group chamber music instruction with acclaimed festival artists. Workshops: Public presentation, vocal skills, body language and performance presentation style
Drama: from Shakespeare to improvisation, scenes, games, text and activities
Period Dance: body movement and fitness, dancing to the music you play
Alexander Technique: relieve physical stress, improve performance strength
Students are also guaranteed at least 4 public performances.
Daily personal practice time included in schedule.

Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., Toronto, Ontario
July 3 to 29

Contact: Denise Williams
Deadline: June 1
Cost: $1500 - $1800
Camp Hours: 9am to 5:30pm

No Strings Theatre Summer Music Theatre IntensiveA 4-week music theatre training and performance intensive for youth (aged 12-21) led by industry professionals; SING, ACT, DANCE! Improve vocal, acting, and dance technique, as well as role and audition preparation, with weekly singing masterclasses, stage performances and rehearsals for the culminating show. This season will highlight contemporary music theatre singing and the influences of Afrocentric styles, including soul, jazz, rap, and managing the mix-belt for teen voices. The featured musical will be The Wiz by Charlie Smalls.

Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, London, Ontario
July 24 to 26

Contact: Shelley Heron
519-661-2111 x85844
Deadline: April 30
Cost: Fundamentals: $150 participants/$125 for auditors; Performance Prep: $75 participants/$50 for auditors (+ HST)
Day program

Over 22 hours of masterclasses, tutorials, reed-making and recitals designed to improve your oboe performance skills! Days 1 and 2 (July 24 and 25), “Oboe Fundamentals” – Oboists of all skill levels and ages are welcome. Day 3 (July 26), “Performance/Audition Preparation” – Participants should have advanced skills; suitable for university students and young professionals. Oboists of all skill levels and ages are welcome to audit. Oboists registered for the Western University Summer Band Camp (see separate listing) taking place the same week are welcome to audit the Oboe Intensive at no additional charge. Please visit the website for complete program information or contact Shelley Heron. Instructors: Shelley Heron, Faith Scholfield, Ian Franklin and Joris van Daele.

Harmony Centre Owen Sound, Owen Sound, Ontario
July 16 to 21

Contact: Chantal Lemire
Deadline: June 30
Cost: $125 - $299
Camp Hours: 9am to 5pm

Orchestra North Summer Program Owen SoundOrchestra North presents a week-long summer music program in the heart of the scenic city of Owen Sound. Join us for orchestral and chamber ensembles, workshops, masterclasses, lessons, and more! Now offering three programs:
1) Beginner Strings: A half-day program suited to string players who have been studying for less than 2 years
2) Orchestral Winds and Strings: A full-day program suited to musicians of all ages eager to develop their technique and refine their musicianship skills
3) Orchestra North Academy: A mentorship program for musicians who are currently enrolled in or have recently completed post-secondary education. Academy players train with and perform alongside our professional faculty, and receive an honorarium upon completion of the program.
See you this summer!

Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University
July 2 to 6

Contact: Jill Ball
519-661-2111 x80175
Deadline: Until full – contact for details
Cost: 18 and under: $300 + HST; Adults: $400 + HST
Day program

PercShop Percussion WorkshopPercussion workshop for high school students and teachers at Western University. Two streams available: Pre-University stream for grades 9-12, and Adult stream for teachers and university students. Participate in more than 30 hours of hands-on instruction and playing on professional quality instruments, including keyboard percussion, snare drum, concert percussion, ensemble and additional exploratory sessions, culminating in a final concert Friday afternoon. Instructor: Jill Ball.

Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University
June 8 to 9

Contact: Ruth Wright
Deadline: Until full – contact for details
Cost: Early bird pricing until March 15: $195 ($60 students)
Day program

Canadian and international teachers, musicians and scholars will gather at Western University in a process of knowledge exchange and discussion, leading to identification of future research areas and practice development around the use of popular music and associated pedagogies in music education. The symposium seeks to bring together researchers, practitioners and others concerned with viewing popular music education through a progressive lens and will be organized according to three strands: Diversity & Inclusion, Practice, and Culture & Society. Registration for the Progressive Methods Symposium also allows participants to attend sessions and events at the MayDay Colloquium (see separate listing). Instructor: Ruth Wright.

273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario
July 3 to August 24 (varies by program)

Contact: Conservatory School
Deadline: various
Cost: $275 - $1600
Camp Hours: 9am-4pm with extended care options available

Royal Conservatory School Summer Camps 2018Play, sing and perform at the Royal Conservatory School this summer! We offer camps for ages 4 through adult. Try out different instruments at Instrument Exploration Camp (ages 4-7), sing, act, build sets and perform your favourite songs from musicals (ages 8-10), or explore the violin, viola, cello, or double bass at the Summer String Institute (ages 4-17). Students starting or continuing a band instrument are invited to join our Summer Band Camp (ages 9-16). For teens, we offer the international Voice Performance Intensive for serious young singers. For teens and adults, the Cadence a Cappella Bootcamp – taught by renowned vocal group, Cadence – will provide the opportunity to sing in a fun and relaxed environment. Camps sold out early last year, so register now! (rcmusic.com/camps)

Stratford, Ontario
July 28 to August 5

Contact: Lana Mau
Deadline: May 1
Cost: $600
Residential program

Stratford Summer Music TorQ Percussion SeminarNow in its seventh year, TorQ Percussion Seminar is an opportunity for college-level percussionists to come together for an intense but rewarding week of rehearsals, discussions, masterclasses, creation and performance, under the direction of the TorQ Percussion Quartet (Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy).
The core of the TPS experience is ensemble rehearsal. Each participant will be part of 3-4 ensemble pieces that will be rehearsed throughout the week; that rehearsal process will culminate in a final concert presented as part of Stratford Summer Music. Pieces will include a mix of “classics” (John Cage, Steve Reich, etc) and new and recent percussion ensemble compositions, with a focus on Canadian composers (including some works by members of TorQ).

Stratford, Ontario
August 12 to August 21

Contact: Lana Mau
Deadline: March 16
Cost: $1200
Residential program

Stratford Summer Music Vocal AcademyWe are an intensive study program for singers and for pianists with a keen interest in pursuing careers as coach/accompanists. Our internationally-recognized faculty focuses on the perfection of musicianship, language and technique within a supportive and creative atmosphere. We believe in the importance of a complete repertoire, therefore all participants are expected to work on art song, oratorio and opera. Applicants should have a degree/training program with a university, conservatory or opera company or have recently completed such training.
2018 Faculty: Phillip Addis, voice instructor; Emily Hamper, vocal coach; Johannes Debus, music director, Canadian Opera Company; Nathalie Paulin, soprano; Krisztina Szabo, mezzo; Howard Dyck, oratorio specialist; Geraint Wyn Davies, acting.

Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY, USA
June 25 to August 3

Contact: Andrea Schuler
585-274-1074 or toll-free 1-844-820-3766
Deadline: June 1 (some programs have earlier deadlines; see website for details)
Cost: $270 - $4830
Residential and day programs

SummerAEastmanThe Eastman School of Music’s Summer at Eastman program offers students and the community an individualized and world-class music education experience. Choose between residential music programs for high school students (Summer Jazz Studies, Music Horizons), week-long institutes devoted to various instruments or specialties (for students and adults), and collegiate classes in music education, music history and music theory. New programs this year include the Summer Wind Conducting Institute, the Eastman Trumpet and Trombone Retreat at Keuka, Acting for Singers, Encouraging Ensemble: Integrating Theater into the Music Classroom, and two new online music theory courses: The Music of Alban Berg and Theory & Analysis of Rock Music. Visit summer.esm.rochester.edu for more information.

Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
June 10 to 23

Contact: Caitlin Cross
416-964-9562 x241
Deadline: March 1
Cost: $1375
Day program

Tafelmusik Baroque Summer InstituteThe Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (TBSI) is a world-renowned training program in instrumental and vocal baroque performance practice, led by some of the world’s finest musicians in the field. Since its inception in 2002, TBSI has continued to attract high-calibre musicians from far and wide. Consider joining an amazing group of musicians to delve into the world of baroque music: we promise you an intensive learning experience, and lots of wonderful music-making.

The TBSI program includes orchestra and choir rehearsals, masterclasses in solo repertoire, chamber ensembles, opera scene study for vocalists, private lessons, lectures and workshops, classes in baroque dance and public concerts by both participants and faculty.

The Linden School, 10 Rosehill Ave., Toronto, Ontario
July 23 to 27

Contact: Mary Fisher
Deadline: June 15
Cost: $485 Full Day; $295 Half Day available for younger campers
Camp Hours: 9am to 4pm

Toronto School for Strings and Piano Summer Day CampThe Toronto School for Strings and Piano offers an enriched musical and artistic experience for children ages 4-12 in a friendly and supportive environment. Activities include instrumental classes (Suzuki violin and fiddling), viola, cello, guitar and piano, art, Orff rhythm classes, music literacy, chamber music, orchestra, African Drumming and musical theatre. Our instructors are experienced top-notch professionals. Teens may apply to volunteer for Community Service Hours. “It was my favourite Camp of the whole summer”

Edward Johnson Building (University of Toronto Faculty of Music)
July 30 to August 4

Contact: Jennifer Mak
647-430-5699 x111
Deadline: Rolling Applications (April 30, 2018 for the Chamber Music Program)
Cost: $750 for the Chamber Choir, $950 for the Chamber Music Program and the Piano Masterclass
Camp Hours: 9am-5pm, with evening concerts and events

Toronto Summer Music Community AcademyAre you an advanced amateur musician looking for an opportunity to connect with other musicians who share your passion? Apply now to the Toronto Summer Music Community Academy, where you can hone your skills and spend a fun week with the artists of the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Choose from one of three programs: Chamber Choir, Chamber Music, and Piano Masterclass. Participants enjoy access to all mainstage TSM Festival Concerts, lectures, events (July 30-August 4), as well as the opportunity to perform onstage at Walter Hall. The TSM Community Academy takes place at the Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

The Royal Conservatory’s TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario
August 13 to 19

Contact: Lessia Tkach/Marianna Zaparyniuk
Deadline: Until full. Enrollment limited to eight participants
Cost: $800
Camp Hours: 9:30am to 6pm. Assigned rehearsals in evening. Accommodation available.

Ukrainian Art Song Summer InstituteUkrainian Art Song Summer Institute 2018 will be a unique, dramatic experience limited to eight young professionals/emerging artists to further develop their skills in singing classical song and new repertoire: Ukrainian art songs that reflect a spirit of love, poetry and history. Through collaboration, intensive training and a course anthology, they will come away with a clearer understanding of how to express an art song, no matter what form, no matter what language. The week will end with a public, showcase performance.

Participants are required to learn and memorize four assigned art songs before starting the program. Faculty include Pavlo Hunka (bass-baritone), Albert Krywolt (pianist), Robert Kortgaard (pianist) and Dr. Melanie Turgeon (choral director). Accommodation is available.

Whistler and Vancouver, British Columbia
June 24 to July 3

Contact: Christin Reardon MacLellan
604-684-9100 x246
Deadline: March 11
Cost: $1350
Residential program

Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at WhistlerThe Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler offers young musicians an experience and education like no other, joining together the GRAMMY® and JUNO Award-winning VSO with Whistler, one of the world’s finest mountain resorts. Students will be immersed in a collaborative musical environment mentored by a world-class symphony orchestra, under the direction of the VSO’s internationally acclaimed music director, Maestro Bramwell Tovey. Participation in two performances of the Whistler Institute Orchestra, chamber music, a concerto competition, masterclasses, and a variety of unique performance opportunities will fill students’ warm summer days and cool, refreshing evenings in the mountains of beautiful British Columbia.
You may also apply for the UBC Chamber Music Festival: July 3-8.

Westben Centre for Connection & Creativity, 6698 County Road 30, Campbellford, Ontario
July 8 to July 12

Contact: Ben Finley
Deadline: April 1
Cost: $0
Residential program

Westbens PerformerComposer ResidencyWestben’s inaugural Performer-Composer Residency is an international gathering of creative risk-takers whose practice involves some combination of both composition and performance. It is an intensive 4-day collaborative workshop culminating in a final performance – deeply woven into the beautiful rolling hills of Canada’s Northumberland County. This is not a typical summer music program; it is not based on a division between teachers and students or tuition and competition. Designed for leading professional and dedicated emerging musicians from Canada and beyond, the Westben Performer-Composer Residency encourages a multi-generational exchange within a plurality of approaches to music-making while sharing a commitment to building communities through music.

Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, London, Ontario
August 20 to 24

Contact: Scott St. John
Deadline: May 1
Cost: $380 + HST
Day program

Western 360 Summer Music FestivalA chamber music festival designed to look at music from every angle. With an emphasis on chamber music, new music, First Nations’ influences, and Canadian music from many cultures, students will learn about new trends in the music world in a wholly non-competitive environment. In addition to chamber music coaching from internationally-renowned faculty, students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of health-and-wellness activities, including Tai Chi, Alexander Technique and yoga, specifically curated for the well-rounded musician. The 2018 festival is open to violin, viola, cello and piano students in high school or undergraduate programs. Artistic director: Scott St. John.

Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, London, Ontario
July 23 to 27

Contact: Kevin Watson
519-661-2111 x85896
Deadline: Until full – contact for details
Cost: $250 + HST (includes lunch)
Camp Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm (final concert at 7pm on Friday)

Western University Summer Band CampOffering students entering grades 8-11 a musically engaging experience on the beautiful Western University campus, including a final concert presented in the Paul Davenport Theatre. In addition to performing in a concert band, students will be able to choose from other elective musical experiences, including sound painting and jazz ensemble. Because this is primarily a band camp, every student must participate on a wind or percussion instrument (see website for instrument list). Students may participate in the elective Jazz Ensemble on piano or guitar. Oboists are also welcome to audit Western’s three-day Oboe Intensive (taking place the same week – see separate listing) at no additional charge. Conductors: Kevin Watson, Colleen Richardson.

75 University Ave. W., Waterloo, Ontario
May to July

Contact: Mieke Barette, Outreach Coordinator
519-884-1970 x2492
Deadline and cost based on program
Residential programs

Wilfrid Laurier UniversityLaurier’s Faculty of Music offers summer programs for students of all abilities. New for 2018: Voice Lab, a two-week workshop for post-secondary students offering intensive individual and group focus on voice technique and repertoire (June 1 to 17). Music Theatre Academy (May 7 to 25) focuses on improving classically-trained singers’ skills in acting, dance and belt/mix vocalization. QuartetFest, Laurier’s international intensive chamber music workshop for young artists, is led by the Penderecki String Quartet and is open to string quartets and string ensembles with piano (May 31 to June 17). The Faculty of Music’s Conservatory offers children summer camps for ages 5-13, which incorporate music, drama and art, as well as a Jazz for Adults program with coachings from local jazz professionals.

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