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Summer camps and schools

Each summer musicians of all ages and abilities meet at music camps and schools across Canada to participate in programs of specialized instruction, supervised music-making, and, often, social and recreational activities. At many of these camps, music is one facet of a larger arts program.

Summer camps and schools

Each summer musicians of all ages and abilities meet at music camps and schools across Canada to participate in programs of specialized instruction, supervised music-making, and, often, social and recreational activities. At many of these camps, music is one facet of a larger arts program. Such programs may be sponsored by universities, community colleges, school boards, musical organizations (including performing groups), or private concerns, and some have received support from federal and/or provincial arts councils and agencies, through direct grants or through monies for scholarships for students.

Teaching Staff and Requirements
The teachers may be established performing musicians or teachers from schools, conservatories, or universities. Many summer music programs feature noted artist-performers who give master classes and conduct workshops. Levels of instruction and opportunities for performance vary. Some programs offer instruction in solo-instrumental and chamber music performance, others workshops in orchestra, opera or musical comedy, still others vocal and choral tuition. Most schools have entrance requirements. Some hold auditions. Though some camps call themselves schools, certain essential differences identify them.

Music camps usually are located in rural woodland settings, often near natural swimming facilities, and offer one to eight weeks in residence. They attract students at all levels and both professional and amateur adult performers. The CAMMAC (Canadian Amateur Musicians/Musiciens amateurs du Canada) centres in the Laurentians of Quebec and the Muskoka district of Ontario encourage family participation.

Some Early Canadian Music Camps

A few camps were founded during the 1940s and early 1950s: several by the Salvation Army, the first ca 1940; C.F. Thiele's short-lived Bandberg, a band camp for boys in Waterloo, Ont, in 1946; the Jeunesses musicales du Canada Orford Art Centre near Magog, Que, in 1951; the aforementioned CAMMAC centres in 1952 and 1978; and the Camp musical St-Jean, Ile d'Orléans, Que, in 1952. Interest in and support for such camps increased in the late 1950s and 1960s, and by the 1970s music camps could be found in every province. Not all were residential. The Kelso Music Centre's Children's Music Workshop at Oakville, Ont, for instance, was a day camp.

Institutional Accreditation

Music summer schools, whether urban or rural, often are operated by accredited educational institutions, and many offer intensive studies that lead to scholastic credits. One of the first to program such high-level courses was the Banff School of Fine Arts (Banff Centre for the Arts), established in 1933. The Royal Conservatory of Music Summer School, begun in Toronto in 1938, traditionally has been attended from all parts of Canada by music teachers seeking refresher courses and master classes. An organization that operates independently (ie, not linked to a parent institution) but is sufficiently important and unusual to be singled out in this context is the National Youth Orchestra, which, despite its name is in fact a summer school for the intensive conditioning of talented instrumentalists in the techniques and traditions of ensemble playing.

The ensuing list - which is not comprehensive - describes camps and schools in chronological order of foundation within each province. Those with entries elsewhere in the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada may be named but are not described here.

British Columbia

Okanagan Summer School of the Arts, Penticton; established in 1960 for students of all ages and levels of proficiency. Music courses include string workshops (the Purcell String Quartet was in residence 1973-88), wind ensemble, piano, guitar, and voice. Courses added in the 1980s included jazz, bluegrass, and computer composition. A Suzuki string class began in 1981.

Victoria Summer School of Music, at St Michael's University School in Victoria, active from 1964 to ca 1979, for young music students. String instruction, string ensemble performance, and piano classes were offered. The founding directors, who continued to teach until ca 1979, were Clayton Hare and Dorothy Swetnam.

Courtenay Youth Music Centre, founded 1966.

Shawnigan Summer School of the Arts (Johannesen International School of the Arts), founded 1971.

West Coast Amateur Musicians Society Summer Music Camp. The West Coast Amateur Musicians Society began to offer a family music camp at Miracle Valley, near Mission, B.C. 1984-7, organized by Jack and Ruth Downs. There were 50 attendees the first year. The camp was moved to Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island 1988-96 and renamed the Shawnigan Lake Music Holiday. The one-week family camp offered a wide range of music courses for adults, and string, Orff and Kodály courses for children. Offerings expanded to include brass, guitars, and other subjects. The camp was held at Brentwood College School in 1997 and at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. beginning in 1998. In 1991, the society commissioned Imant Raminsh to write a Gloria.

Fort Festival Summer Strings, Langley; begun in 1988 as part of the Fort Festival. A string chamber-music program, including guitar, for all ages, with teachers from the Langley Community Music School alternated on a yearly basis with a Suzuki Institute program.

Nelson Summer Songfest; a one-week educational experience in voice, held in August. Songfest was inspired by the work of Dr Amy Ferguson (b London, England 6 Nov 1886, d Nelson, BC, 20 Feb 1972; BA, ATCM, hon D MUS), director of the Nelson Boys' Choir.

The Powell River Academy of Music has offered summer music camps since the 1980s.

'Holiday with a purpose,' Beautiful British Columbia, Summer 1977

Poisson, Helen Ferguson. Sing As You Go: Amy Ferguson and the Nelson Boys' Choir (np, 2002)


Musicamrose; established as Alberta Summer Music Workshops in 1960 and co-sponsored by Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism. Workshops were held in various locations throughout the province until 1967, when they became permanently established at Camrose. Band, piano, string and choral instruction has been offered for students aged 10 to 17.

'Provincial summer music workshop,' Music in Alberta, Spring 1973


School of the Arts, Echo Valley Centre, Fort Qu'Appelle 1963-89; sponsored by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. In 1963 the arts board, the Saskatchewan chapter of the Canadian Band Association, and the Canadian Bureau for the Advancement of Music organized the first annual music workshop. By 1967 the music program was integrated with the other summer arts programs and centred at Echo Valley. By 1979 students of 10 to 18 years could enrol for band and orchestra programs, instrumental instruction, a jazz clinic, and courses in Highland piping and drumming. Directors were Frank Connell, Vernon Bell, and Jim Ellemers. The school ceased activities in 1989.

Briercrest Fine Arts Camp, Caronport. Begun in 1988, the camp offered vocal and instrumental instruction, the latter including piano, guitar and handbells. Music theory courses are also offered.

Emma Lake Fiddle Camp, Kenderdine Campus, Emma Lake. Begun in 1988 and sponsored by the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society, the camp offers classes for all ages in old-time fiddling, and guitar and piano accompaniment.

Other Saskatchewan camps include the Saskatchewan Suzuki Piano Institute (Regina) and the Honeybee Family Music and Dance Camp (Tisdale).

Mitchell, John O. 'Music instruction courses at Saskatchewan Summer School,' CanComp, 30, Jun 1968

'Piano teacher accepts challenge - Emma Lake Fiddlers Camp 1990,' The Exchange, Aug 1990


International Music Camp, located at the Peace Garden on the US-Canadian border near Boissevain, Man, and Bottineau, N Dak. It was established in 1956 by Merton Utgaard, who remained the director until 1983 and was succeeded in 1984 by Joseph T. Alme. The camp's students (junior high school to adult) and faculty are drawn from both countries. A broad 7-week program (band, jazz, instrumental ensemble, electronic music, orchestra, piano, guitar, choir, barbershop singing, theory, piping, drumming, and dance) is supplemented by credit courses for music teachers. Scholarships are available.

Manitoba Holiday Festival of the Arts, Neepawa; begun in 1966. Two weeks of participation and instruction in visual and performing arts, including dance and music, for all ages.

Lawrence, Marguerite. 'International Music Camp,' Sharps & Flats, vol 4, Oct 1965

Wright, A.G., and Newcomb, S. 'International Music Camp band,' Bands of the World (Evanston, Ill, 1970)

Paterson, Eilene. 'News from the International Peace Garden Music Camp,' Canadian Band J, Spring 1991


Inter-Provincial Music Camp; established in 1962. By 1969 the senior division (14 to 19 years) was located at Manitou-wabing Sports and Arts Centre near Parry Sound. By 1991 the junior division (grades 5 to 9) was run independently at Camp Wahanowin near Orillia. The IPMC offers instruction in various instruments; ensembles include chamber groups, orchestra, concert band, stage band and chorus. In 1987 the IMPC began a jazz camp at the same Parry Sound site, open to teenagers and adults, under director Phil Nimmons.

The Junior School of Arts of Northern Ontario (JSANO), Kirkland Lake; established in co-operation with Northern College in 1963. The varied summer arts program for children and adults included instruction in woodwinds, brass, and voice under the direction of Serge Moreau.

Ontario Youth Music Camp, Beaverton, on Lake Simcoe; active 1963-80 and sponsored by the Ontario chapter of the The Canadian Band Directors' Association for high-school-age students. Directors have included Frank Banks, Wilfred L. Manning, Harry Hamilton, and Allan J. Ford.

Elliot Lake Centre Summer School of the Arts/Centre d'Elliot Lake Programmes d'été-Arts; active 1966-72. Programs for students over 16 included voice and opera workshops, study of Lieder and oratorio, and instruction in guitar.

Algoma Music Camp, at Camp Pauwating, north of Sault Ste Marie; established in 1966 by Ed Gartshore. While the camp at first emphasized string instruction, in the 1970s it added wind, brass, voice, piano, guitar, band, and orchestra training. The Algoma Music Camp Orchestra, made up of local campers, is active year-round and attended the 1976 Canadian Festival of Youth Orchestras at Banff. John Montague conducted. (See also Youth orchestras.)

National Music Camp of Canada, Lake Couchiching, near Orillia. Established as a non-profit entity in 1966, the camp offered instruction to pupils aged 9-18 in band and orchestral instruments, and classes in Suzuki and music theatre. A jazz program offered classes in ear training and improvisation.

Kelso Music Centre, Oakville; active 1971-7. Founded by piano teacher Louise Thompson, the centre offered a quartet camp for advanced string quartet students at various locations, most often at Erindale College, Mississauga (1972, 1975-7). Coaches were the Orford String Quartet (1971-4) and the Vaghy String Quartet (1975-7). The centre also offered a music workshop in Oakville 1972-6 for children 12 and under.

Ontario Youth Choir; begun 1971

Blue Mountain School of Music, near Collingwood; active 1974-9 for students of all ages, and offering orchestral programs, participation in concert and stage bands, and a contemporary music program.

Ottawa-Carleton Summer Music Camp (formerly the Ottawa-Carleton Summer Orchestra). Begun in 1974 by James Wegg, and, from 1983 to 1991, co-directed by him with Peter Morris. Staff was drawn from the Nepean Symphony Orchestra. The camp offered orchestral and ensemble coaching for all orchestral instruments, and recorder and piano for children of 8 to 14 years.

Artsperience, North Bay; begun in 1978. This summer arts program, sponsored by Canadore College for children of 6 to 15 years and for adults, offered choral and choral conductors' workshops, and organ, guitar, piano, string, woodwind, and brass courses. Recitals by faculty members were a feature.

CAMMAC (Canadian Amateur Musicians/Musiciens amateurs du Canada) on Lake Rosseau; begun in 1978

National Capital Music Academy Music Camp, Ottawa (later called Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy). Begun in 1984 as the National Capital String Academy Music Camp by John Gomez, the camp offers courses in choir, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion for pupils of 8 to 20 years, and a pre-school program. Teachers have included National Arts Centre Orchestra players.

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, Conrad Grebel College, Waterloo. Begun in 1984, the camp offers children of 12 to 15 years an instrumental and choral program centred on the musical heritage of the Christian church.

Lakefield Camp International, Lakefield College School, Lakefield; begun in 1985. A variety of courses offered to children of 10 to 17 years, including some musical study, eg, in piano and violin.

Centauri Summer Arts Camp, Wellandport, Niagara region; offers camps in musical theatre and other arts and theatre activities.

'Film making at music camp,' CanComp, 43, Oct 1969

'Ontario Youth Music Camp prepares for biggest year,' CanComp, 17, Apr 1967

'Music camp schedules concert,' Sault Star, 18 Aug 1977

White, Peter. 'Young music school struggles to be heard,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 14 Jul 1976


Jeunesses musicales du Canada Orford Art Centre; begun 1951

CAMMAC; begun 1952

Camp musical St-Jean; 1952-78 for the boys of the Maîtrise du Chapitre de Québec (later Petits chanteurs de la Maîtrise de Québec) and held in various locations on the Île d'Orléans. In 1974 the camp settled at St-Jean on the island, and was so named. Until 1976 it was restricted to members of the choir school. However, for the two final years of its existence (1977 and 1978) it was opened to the general public.

Camp musical d'Asbestos; established in 1960 under the name Camp musical de l'Harmonie d'Asbestos and restricted to members of that band until 1966, when registration was opened to all young band musicians over 10 years. By the 1990s the camp operated year-round and held a summer jazz clinic for adults.

Villa Musica, at St-Jean-des Piles (near Trois-Rivières); operated 1961-70 by its founding director, Czeslaw Kaczynski

Camp musical du Lac St-Jean, Métabetchouan; begun in 1963. The camp offers instrumental (including keyboard) and vocal classes for children over 10 and for adults. One week of advanced courses is given for voice and piano specialists. Teachers have included Victor Martens, Joseph Rouleau, Pierre Jasmin, and Michel Dussault.

Camp musical Accord Parfait, Lac Simon (later at Lac Trois-Saumons, Portneuf County); begun in 1964 for music students aged 9 to 17 years. Beginner and intermediate level instruction in piano, orchestral instruments, chamber music, jazz and choir.

Camp musical de Lanaudière, St-Côme; begun in 1967. Offers intense coaching for students aged 9-17 on a variety of instruments and voice, string orchestra and chamber music instruction.

Camp musical Vivaldi, begun 1970. See Létourneau method.

Camp musical St-Alexandre, St-Alexandre; begun in 1971 for music students aged 10 to 17 years. Courses for beginners and advanced students in theory, choir, various instruments, and chamber music. Featured production of a musical comedy.

Camp musical du Domaine Forget, St-Irénée; begun in 1978 by Françoys Bernier, its co-director with Marie Tremblay. Sessions include instruction in orchestral and band instruments, renaissance music, jazz, and choral singing. No age restrictions.

Camp musical de l'Outaouais, Hull (now Gatineau); begun in 1979; a day camp run by the École de musique de l'Outaouais. It offers pre-school and primary classes and instrumental instruction for all age groups at the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau.

Camp musical d'été de Montréal, University of Montreal; day camp begun in 1988 as a project of music students at the University of Montréal. Courses were offered for children 5-18 years in improvisation, composition, and instrument making.

Camp musical de l'Estrie, Bishop's University, Lennoxville. Begun in 1990 as a joint venture of the Vivaldistes de l'Estrie, the Sherbrooke Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the music department of Bishop's University to provide training and ensemble experience for strings players aged 6-17.

Camp musical des Laurentides, St-Adolphe-de-Howard. Founded and directed by Raymond Dessaints in 1985. Offers intermediate and advanced courses and master classes in voice, piano, strings and winds at the Laurentian Music Centre.

Camp musical de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue (formerly Camp musical du Nord-Ouest), Malartic; begun in 1973. Courses for beginners and intermediate students. Courses in teacher training are also offered to teachers and advanced students.

Brosseau, Cécile. 'Le Domaine Forget, un sanctuaire des arts,' Montreal La Presse, 29 Aug 1980

Hémond, Élaine. 'Le Domaine Forget, vacances studieuses ou formation détendue?' Musicien québécois, vol 1, 15 Aug-15 Oct 1989

New Brunswick

Instrumental Music Camps, Mount Allison University, Sackville; operated 1959-89, established by Stanley Saunders, who was succeeded as director by Rodney McLeod (1974-89). The camps offered instruction in individual instruments and participation in orchestra, band, and choral programs, and in chamber music.

New Brunswick Summer Music Camp, Rothesay; active 1969-88; another camp of the same name was begun in 1993 by Richard Hornsby. The original Rothesay camp offered instrumental training, including piano and organ, to day students and boarders. Directors were Clayton Hare, 1969-77, succeeded by Robert Skelton and Peter Ellis. Staff included Steven Staryk and members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Acadia Piano Camps and Summer Workshops, Acadia University, Wolfville; begun in 1981 and directed by John Hanson. It offered courses for piano students from 8 years of age to university level, including an advanced performing seminar and a teachers' workshop.

The University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) offers a summer music camp that includes Suzuki instruction.

Saunders, Stanley. 'Instrumental music camps,' Mount Allison Record, Fall 1971

Nova Scotia

Acadia Summer Music Institute; formerly Summer Bandstand; formerly the Summer Music Camp, Acadia University, Wolfville; begun in 1967 by Janis Kalejs. Subsequent directors were M. Wilfred Harvey and Peter Riddle. The camp gave courses for concert and stage bands and classical guitar.

Nova Scotia Summer Music Camp, Truro; active 1975-9 and directed by Ronald MacKay

Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts (formerly Maritime Conservatory of Music, formerly Canadian Conservatory of Music, Halifax). Begun in 1985, this rock-music workshop included seminars on rhythm, harmony and improvisation.

ther Nova Scotia camps include the Acadia Summer Music Institute (Wolfville) and Scotia Festival of Music - Young Artists' Program (Halifax).

Prince Edward Island

Youth Music Camps, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown; begun in 1975 and directed by Hubert Tersteeg. Choral, orchestral, instrumental and band courses for students aged 9 to 17.


Summer Instrumental Music Camp, Memorial University; first in Stephenville, then in Burin; established in 1972 by the Extension Service of the university, for music students aged 9 to 19. The founding director was D.F. Cook. Beginning in 1985 the camp was held in Corner Brook under the aegis of the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Private and ensemble instruction in all band and orchestral instruments.

Eastern Music Camp, Mount Pearl. Begun in 1986 by co-directors Paul Woodford and Gerard Walsh. The largest summer music camp of its kind in Atlantic Canada, it offered instrumental instruction and orchestra, full band and choir ensembles to 240 students aged 9 to 18 years. The camp offered a conductors' workshop for local music teachers and university students and, with the support of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, annually commissioned a new work for band. In 1988 Ovation and in 1989 Choral: Hommage to Anton Bruckner, both works by Michael Parker, were premiered at the camp.

Suzuki instruction is included at summer camps offered by the Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute (St John's) and the Tuckamore Festival: Chamber Music in Newfoundland (St John's).

'Eastern Music Camp ready for 1989,' Opus, Apr 1989


Yukon Summer Music Camp. An annual one-week camp for children and adults, operated at the Yukon Arts Centre and the Yukon College in Whitehorse, starting in the mid-1990s. The camp offers band, jazz, choral music, strings, ensemble coaching, and professional development.

Northwest Territories

Strings across the Sky. Begun in 1988 by Andrea Hansen, violinist with the Toronto Symphony, to help keep the western Arctic fiddling tradition alive. With financial support from the oil industry and other donors, teachers travelled each summer to several communities teaching violin and fiddle to children of 6 to 16 years. Guitar, square dancing, and story telling were also offered.

Crossman, Bill. 'Strings across the sky,' Arctic Circle, Sep-Oct 1991


Iqaluit Music Society Summer Music Camp, begun in 1995. This camp offers instruction in traditional music such as throat singing, drum dancing, and fiddling, as well as workshops in guitar, band, etc., and concerts by Iqaluit performers.

Summer schools

University of British Columbia summer school, Vancouver, established in the mid-1950s. It offered high school band and orchestra workshops, opera workshops, master piano classes, and chamber music classes.

Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music; founded in 1978 by the Kamloops Symphony Society. The 1989 session had 300 pupils and 40 teachers and offered three weeks of private instruction in strings, brass, woodwind, piano, percussion, guitar, and voice. Courses included chamber music, jazz improvisation, and music theatre.

Simon Fraser University, Summer Institute, Vancouver. Begun in 1986, it offered intensive courses for professional musicians, composers and advanced students in the playing techniques and music of the Indonesian gamelan and in the use of computer-controlled synthesizers in composition and performance.

Summer Academy of Music, Malaspina College, Nanaimo; begun in 1988 by the Arts Alive Society of Nanaimo, and, beginning in 1991, co-sponsored by the College. Under director John Capon the academy offers pupils over 15 years courses in jazz on piano, guitar and in ensembles and in jazz improvisation.

Kelowna School of the Arts, Kelowna; begun 1989. Courses in jazz, classics and musical comedy are included in a broad arts program.

The University of Victoria School of Music; beginning in 1982 it operated the Victoria Piano Summer School with tributes to Murray Adaskin, and a Jean Coulthard composition competition.

Credit and non-credit summer courses, including master classes, are given yearly at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the Victoria Conservatory.

The Amati String Studio, Vancouver; offered a wide range of summer school programs, including chamber ensemble and music appreciation, Suzuki strings, landscape and soundscape adventures, and preparatory classes for Royal Conservatory of Music examinations.

Suzuki instruction; summer music programs offering Suzuki instruction have included Comox Valley Youth Music Centre (Courtney), Egmont Chamber Music Summer Camp (Egmont), Langley Community School Suzuki Institute (Langley), and the Valhalla Summer School of Music (Silverton).

Marquis, Weldon. 'The summer school program at U.B.C.,' CME, vol 3, no. 4, 1962


Adventures in Summer Music, Red Deer College, Red Deer; begun in 1979. Courses have included band workshops from beginner to advanced level, master classes, ensemble playing, Suzuki piano and music theatre.

Courses are offered at the Banff School of Fine Arts (Banff Centre for the Arts), Alberta College, the University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary.


Summer courses are offered at the University of Saskatchewan.


Summer courses are offered at Brandon University, the University of Manitoba, and the Manitoba Teachers' College. Suzuki instruction is included at the Agassiz Music Festival in Winnipeg.


Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto Summer School; begun in 1938. Its program has included master classes in various disciplines, courses for teachers, courses leading to examinations, courses in teaching methods (eg, Orff, Kodály), choral workshops, theory programs, a symposium for church musicians and lectures by Jon Vickers. A four-week residential Summer Performance Academy begun in 1989 at Appleby College offered an instrumental program, early music, jazz, and Spanish dance for students of all ages and levels.

Musica Summer School, Ottawa; active 1958-73; begun by Sister Therese Lafontaine in Alexandria, Ont. It was later held in Montreal and Stanstead, Que, and from 1966 in Ottawa. Courses were offered to students and teachers in keyboard and theory, with an emphasis on pedagogy.

Summer Institute of Church Music, Whitby; begun in 1970 by Stanley Osborne for church musicians and held at the Ontario Ladies College, Whitby 1970-88 and, beginning in 1989, at the Baptist Leadership Education Centre, also in Whitby. Programs have included organ and service playing, choral techniques, hymnology, handbell playing and repertoire with an emphasis on Canadian compositions. Beginning in 1971 the institute offered the biennial Florence and Stanley Osborne Scholarship for organ playing. Kenneth Inkster succeeded Osborne as music director in 1974.

George Brown College Summer School of the Performing Arts, Toronto; established in 1977 as an orchestral training course for young musicians. The Youth Orchestra performed that year at the International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Scotland. In 1979, under the name Symphony Canada, the orchestra of amateur and professional players aged 12 to 31 toured in the Hawaiian Islands. Conductors included Leonard Atherton, Robert Raines, and Victor Feldbrill.

Piano Teachers' Workshop, Geneva Park, on Lake Couchiching; active 1969-86 under the direction of Myrtle Rose Guerrero. Attendees studied teaching methods, theory, study of repertoire, and contemporary music.

Thousand Islands Summer School of the Arts, St Lawrence College, Brockville. Begun in 1980. The general arts program included some music courses including composing using a computer, early childhood music education, Canadian music, choral conducting, and singing.

Ottawa Summer Vocal Academy, Ottawa; begun in 1988 by its director Ingemar Korjus; it offered master classes, voice lessons, and coaching in diction and deportment for intermediate and advanced students.

Academy of Advanced Study, Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound. Begun in 1990 under director James Campbell, the first session accepted 21 students from Europe, the USA, and Canada at the doctoral and young professional level. The academy offered three-and-a-half weeks' coaching for chamber ensembles, master classes and a composers' workshop. The 1991 international faculty included the Colorado Quartet and composer Malcolm Forsyth. Participants received full tuition scholarships, funded primarily by the Canada Council and the Woodlawn Arts Foundation. The academy ran concurrently with the Festival of the Sound.

National Academy Orchestra, Hamilton. Begun in 1989 by founding director Boris Brott, this training orchestra pairs young Canadian professional musicians with experienced players from leading orchestras in Canada. The orchestra performs for the Boris Brott Summer Music Festival.

More Than Music; Suzuki Kingston's annual summer music festival, which includes learning and fun as well as teacher training sessions.

Other Ontario summer music programs that have included Suzuki instruction: Albion Hills Summer Music Camp (Toronto), ARIA International Summer Academy (University of Western Ontario), CAMMAC Cedar Glen Summer Music Centre (Toronto), Creative Hum Toronto Music Camp (Toronto), Great Lakes Flute Institute (Hamilton), The Hollows Camp Summer Music Program (Cookstown), Huckleberry Music Camp (Muskoka), Humber College Summer Jazz Workshop (Etobicoke), International School for Musical Arts (Niagara-on-the-Lake), Kincardine Summer Music Festival (Kincardine), Oakville Performing Arts Day Camp (Oakville), Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute (SOCMI: Oakville), Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute (Waterloo), Thunder Bay Suzuki Summer Camp (Thunder Bay), Toronto School for Strings and the Toronto Suzuki Music Camp.

Summer courses have been provided also by the Ontario Department of Education, by the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association, and by several universities, including Carleton, McMaster, Queen's, Waterloo-Lutheran, Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier, Western Ontario, and York.

Some community orchestras have offered summer programs for student musicians, eg, the Summer Strings of the International Symphony Orchestra of Sarnia and Port Huron, the Oshawa Symphony Association Summer School of Music at Durham College, and the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (formerly the St Catharines Symphony Summer School) for all orchestral instruments.

Atherton, Leonard. 'Young Canadian musicians a success at the International Festival of Youth Orchestras,' OCan, vol 4, Nov 1977

Stewart, Andrew. 'A classic opportunity in Hamilton,' Music, vol 14, July 1991


Summer music courses have been given over the years at Laval University (the first in 1937), at the University of Quebec at Montreal, at the University of Montreal, at the École normale de musique in Montreal, and at the École Vincent-d'Indy. The McGill Conservatory offered music workshops for children.

Summer programs in Quebec offering Suzuki instruction included: Institut Suzuki Montreal, Montreal International Music Camp, and Studea Musica Institute (Mount Orford).


Diocesan School of Church Music, Rothesay. Begun in 1956 with Gerald Wheeler as music director (1965-72). The school offered choral training to adult and child choristers. In 1985 Willis Noble became the school's director.


St. Francis Xavier University offered a summer program in jazz pedagogy.

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