Academy

Applications are now open to the 2017 Toronto Summer Music Academy. Visit the Chamber Music Institute and Art of Song pages for more detail and application instructions.

The Toronto Summer Music Academy is a one of a kind educational opportunity for chamber musicians and singers 18-35 years old, on the threshold of a professional career.  These exceptionally gifted young musicians study with international faculty of the highest quality and reputation, learning from their experience and musicianship. With limited enrollment, study is intense and enriching and provides students with a chance to interact with the faculty and other emerging professionals.

THE TSM ACADEMY EXPERIENCE

–  Limited enrollment and a full scholarship covering tuition ensures the highest quality applicants

–  Academy Fellows study with international guest artists who perform at the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

–  Academy Fellows perform with these guest artists in Mentors & Fellows concerts as well as in Festival daytime concerts, with an emphasis on the value of performance experience.

–  Academy Fellows are billeted with Toronto Summer Music supporters, eat lunch together daily, and are guests at all Festival concerts.

Academy Programs

The Chamber Music Institute 

The Chamber Music Institute for piano and strings welcomes individuals and pre-formed ensembles for three weeks of intensive coaching sessions, rehearsals, and performances. The focus is on learning through performance where the fellows will perform alongside our guest artists as mentors. With an enrollment limited to 18, participating fellows work with a distinguished international faculty in an intimate, collegial atmosphere. Individual instrumentalists will be placed in chamber groups with at least one artist mentor per group.

The Art of Song Program

This program, for a small cohort of eight singers and four pianists, is devoted to the study and performance of Art Song. During this two-week session, participants study with all faculty members, voice and piano, thus receiving advice from a variety of musical traditions and perspectives. The session will also offer detailed study of text, diction, and action coaching. Our goal is to provide the selected Fellows the luxury of total immersion in Art Song in a community of artists from around the world.  

SELECTION PROCESS

Thirty Fellows are chosen through a rigorous selection process by an international jury panel of specialists, led by Artistic Director Jonathan Crow. Candidates are selected based on their potential to make a significant contribution in the professional milieu. Applicants submit their audition, as well as a CV and repertoire list, through an online video application service.

ACADEMY FACILITIES

Rehearsals, classes, and coaching take place in the Edward Johnson Building, home of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. Individual practice rooms and several rehearsal spaces with pianos are available to Toronto Summer Music Academy fellows.

The Edward Johnson Building houses: a music library which is the main research music collection in Canada and includes a vast collection of sound recordings in the Sniderman Recording Archives, and Walter Hall, one of the city’s major chamber music halls. It is located on the main campus of the University of Toronto in midtown Toronto, on the subway line, and close to the city’s libraries, concert halls, galleries, museums and theatres.

Performance Opportunities

Chamber Music Fellows are placed in ensembles with a mentor and perform with them in the Festival’s “Chamber Music reGeneration” concerts.

Art of Song Fellows perform in a series of recitals at the culmination of the program.

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