Catch up with 2014 Art of Song Alumni Brian Locke

In this week’s edition of ‘Fellow Fridays’, we would like to profile pianist Brian Locke.  Since attending the Art of Song workshop in 2014, Brian has enjoyed a career that has taken him across Canada and the United States, working in many different roles in the music business, including performing, coaching and teaching.    Brian recently took the time to discuss his experience studying at...

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Catch up with 2013 TSM Academy Alumni Bryan Holt

In this week’s edition of ‘Fellow Fridays’, we would like to feature cellist Bryan Holt.  Since attending the Toronto Summer Music Academy in 2013, Bryan has been thriving onstage and in the classroom, which has included performance runs with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and completing his Doctorate in Music at the University of Toronto.     Bryan recent...

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Catch up with 2013 Art of Song Alumnus Meghan Lindsay

To kick off an ongoing series featuring former TSM Academy Fellows, we’re proud to profile soprano Meghan Lindsay. Since attending the Toronto Summer Music Academy in 2013, Meghan has been thriving in her career, which has included performing as the title role in Handel’s Alcina with Opera Atelier and working with the Grammy nominated ensemble Ars Lyrica.   Meghan recently took the time to di...

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Giving Tuesday – Invest in Tomorrow’s Artists

Hello, My name is Cameron Crozman and I was a Fellow at the 2015 Toronto Summer Music Academy. This was my second time attending the Academy, and each time has brought me new enthusiasm and motivation. Through playing chamber music together with the Mentors and other Fellows, I feel a rich yet tacit kind of learning takes place simply through listening, observing and reacting to the other members...

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The 2015 Community Academy – A Smash Hit!

By Natasha Bood, Executive Director After our 2013 Festival, we did an audience survey and discovered that 65% of respondents still actively play a musical instrument or sing in a choir.  We’d seen the success of programs such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “Rusty Musicians”, and we wanted to create an opportunity for our audience members to participate in the Festiv...

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Post-Festival Reflection: A Journey Through New World Discoveries

A Journey Through New World Discoveries by Emma Schmiedecke, 2015 Chamber Music Institute Fellow     As the final chord of the Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22 by Antonin Dvorak rang out into Walter Hall at the University of Toronto last week, there were two sensations at work in the space: from the musicians, a feeling of accomplishment of not only a wonderful performance of the...

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Behind the Scenes of Toronto Summer Music Festival

  The amazing team that makes it all happen!   Natasha Bood Position with TSMF: Executive Director How long have you worked with TSMF: 4 years Education: Music Degree from the University of Regina and Post grad diploma in Arts Administration Most memorable moment at TSMF: Hearing the TSO debut at Koerner Hall in 2014  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3nxOF8wnMk Favourite music genre: Cla...

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Fellow Fridays #4

How time flies – our third week is done already! Our Fellows have been all around the Festival, rehearsing with our guest Mentor artists, performing concerts and attending our events. You’ve hopefully read their professional bios, but what do they like to do in their spare time? Daniel Fuchs (CMI, violin) Outside of music, I love to cook and bake. Recently, my obsession has been pizzas...

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Fellow Fridays #3!

We hope you’ve been seeing our Chamber Music Institute (CMI) and Art of Song (AoS) Fellows in their masterclasses, free Academy concerts, and Mentors & Fellows concerts. This amazing group of bright, talented emerging musicians keep the Festival exciting and gives the audience a glimpse at the next generation of musicians.   If you weren’t pursuing a career in music, what woul...

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Fellow Fridays #2!

It’s been great to have our Chamber Music Institute (CMI) and Art of Song (AoS) Fellows in the building this past week – our Fellows are young, emerging musicians on the brink of their careers, and they bring great energy to our Festival. Here’s a little bit more about them. How old were you when you had your first music lesson? Cameron Crozman (CMI, Cello): “I had my first...

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