Community-Academy-Choir

July 29 – August 3, 2019

Applications to the 2019 Toronto Summer Music Community Academy will open on December 12, 2018.

Are you an advanced amateur musician looking for an opportunity to connect with other musicians who share your passion?  Apply to the TSM Community Academy, where you can hone your skills and spend a fun week with the artists of the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

Participants enjoy access to all mainstage TSM Festival Concerts, lectures, events (July 29 – August 3), 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.

Choose from one of three programs:

Chamber Choir

Art of Song

July 30 – August 4, 2018

Applications to the 2018 Community Academy Chamber Choir are now open.
Click here to apply to the Chamber Choir.

The Chamber Choir is a chance to refresh vocal skills and study the great works of choral literature in the intimacy of a chamber vocal ensemble. Spend one-week rehearsing the following works with acclaimed choral conductor, virtuoso recorder player and composer, Matthias Maute.

P.I. Tchaikovsky: Hymn of the Cherubim
C. Monteverdi: Hor che’l ciel
J. Brahms: 7 Lieder für gemischten Chor
J.S. Bach: Missa in g minor BWV 235
C. Monteverdi: Dolcissimo uscignolo
S. Barber: Agnus Dei
A. Vivaldi: In exitu Israel

In addition to voice-coaching and individual lessons with vocal coaches, choir participants are invited to gather together in the morning to sing movements from F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Elijah with participants from the Chamber Music and Piano Masterclass programs under Matthias’ direction. The week will culminate with a performance in Walter Hall.

Chamber Music

Chamber Music

July 30 – August 4, 2018

Applications to the 2018 Community Academy Chamber Music Program are now closed.

The Chamber Music program is directed to instrumental amateurs seeking a high-level music-making experience. Participants will be placed in ensembles with professional musicians for a week of intensive rehearsing, coachings, and camaraderie. This program is open to strings, winds, brass, and pianists (both individuals and pre-formed ensembles are welcome to apply).

Piano Masterclass

Piano Masterclass

July 30 – August 4, 2018

Applications to the 2018 Community Academy Piano Masterclass are now open.
Click here to apply to the Piano Masterclass.

The Piano Masterclass is a chance to improve your skills and explore the limitless repertoire for solo piano!  This program features daily masterclasses, individual lessons, and guest instructors at the highest level. Spend an exciting week studying with a world-renowned pianists Angela Cheng and Philip Chiu!

Typical Daily Schedule

9:00am-10:00am – Morning chorale
10:00am-12:00pm – Rehearsals, masterclasses, coachings, Festival daytime events
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm – Rehearsals, masterclass, coachings
5:00pm onwards – Festival concerts

Who Can Apply

Applicants must be over 18 years of age.  This program is intended for advanced amateurs* intent on improving their skills with a rigorous daily schedule of rehearsals, coachings, and masterclasses.

*The Community Academy is geared towards adult amateur musicians and is not recommended for students currently enrolled in a music degree at a university/college.

Tuition Fees

Chamber Choir: $700*
Chamber Music: $950*
Piano Masterclass: $950*

50% Tuition due upon acceptance
June 1, 2018 – Remaining 50% of tuition due

*HST will be added to the tuition fee at time of purchase.

NEW: Introduce a friend to apply to the Community Academy, and receive a pair of complimentary tickets.

The application and tuition fees are non-refundable. Tuition fees include Community Academy program plus tickets to all TSM Festival concerts July 30th to August 4th upon request ($250 value), daily lunch, and morning coffee.  Tuition does not include breakfast/dinner, lodging, or travel.

All tuition must be paid in full by June 1, 2018. Participants can withdraw up until June 15, 2018, and receive a 50% refund of the full tuition fee. Participants withdrawing after June 15, 2018 are not eligible for any refund.

Chamber Choir Mentors

Chamber Choir Mentors will be announced on December 12, 2018.

Chamber Music Mentors

Chamber Music Mentors will be announced on December 12, 2018.

Piano Masterclass Mentors

Piano Masterclass Mentors will be announced on December 12, 2018.


How To Apply

Applications to the 2019 Toronto Summer Music Community Academy will be open on December 12, 2018.

Application fee: $25 plus HST
Applications will be processed within 2-4 weeks of submission.