2017 Community Academy
July 30 – August 5
Are you an advanced amateur musician looking for an opportunity to connect with other musicians who share your passion? The TSM Community Academy invites you to play and sing for pleasure and push your abilities to a new level, while spending a week with artists of the Toronto Summer Music Festival. The Community Academy offers advanced amateur musicians a unique opportunity to hone their skills and take part in Toronto’s premier summer classical music festival. Participants will enjoy access to all mainstage TSM Festival Concerts, lectures, and events (July 30 – August 5) and the program includes the possibility of a performance onstage at Walter Hall.
“I am desperate to come back next year. This is one of the most thrilling musical experiences I have ever had.” – 2015 Participant
Choose from three programs:
CHAMBER MUSIC with TSO Principals and Guests
Immerse yourself in the world of chamber music! Participants will be placed in ensembles with some of the best musicians in the city for a week of intense music-making, coaching, and camaraderie. Enjoy access to all mainstage TSM Festival Concerts, lectures, and events including the possibility of a performance on stage at Walter Hall.
Open to Strings, Wind Quintet, and pianists (both individuals and pre-formed ensembles are welcome to apply).
PIANO MASTERCLASS with Jane Coop
A chance to perfect your skills and explore the limitless repertoire for solo piano! This program features daily masterclasses, individual lessons, and guest instructors at the highest level.
Minimum suggested level, Grade 10 RCM piano
A chance to refresh vocal skills and study the great works of choral literature in the intimacy of a chamber vocal ensemble. The week will culminate with a performance in Walter Hall.
Typical Daily Schedule
9am – Morning Chorale
9:40am – Coffee
10am – Rehearsals, masterclasses, coachings
12pm – lunch
1pm – Rehearsals, masterclasses
3pm – 4:30pm – Festival Insiders Events
5pm – Shuffle Concerts (Wed-Fri)
7:30pm – Festival Concert
Who Can Apply
Must be over 18 years of age. For advanced amateurs intent on perfecting their skills with a rigorous daily schedule of rehearsals, coachings, and masterclasses. Pianists should have a minimum level of Grade 10 Royal Conservatory.
Chamber Music: $800 plus HST
Piano Masterclass: $800 plus HST
Chamber Choir: $525 plus HST
HST will be added to your tuition fee at time of purchase. The application fee and tuition fees are non-refundable.
Tuition fees include Community Academy program plus tickets to all TSM Festival concerts July 30 to August 5th ($250 value), daily lunch, and coffee. Tuition does not include breakfast/dinner, lodging, or travel. Please contact us if you would like lodging recommendations or to enjoy a discounted rate at our Hotel Partner.
How To Apply
$25 application fee
Chamber Music and Piano Masterclass only – a brief digital video recording (iPhone quality acceptable) of a recent performance is required for purposes of suitability and compatibility among participants.
*Candidates who have participated in the past two years of the TSM Community Academy are not required to submit an audition recording.
Rolling Applications (you will be notified of acceptance within 30 days of applying)
50% Tuition due upon acceptance
June 1st, 2017 – Remaining 50% of tuition due
Program Dates: July 30 – August 5, 2017
The Community Academy is made possible by the generous support of the Metcalf Foundation.