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Are you an avid 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.

You’ll enjoy access to all mainstage TSM Festival Concerts and events, 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 four programs:

Chamber Music

July 27 – August 1, 2020

Apply to the Chamber Music program

Application deadline: April 1, 2020
AUDITION REQUIRED

The Chamber Music program is the perfect place for instrumental amateurs seeking a high-level music-making experience. Participants are 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).

Participants will be notified of their assigned repertoire and groups in May, 2020.

Chamber Choir

July 27 – August 1, 2020

Apply to the Chamber Choir

Application deadline: July 20, 2020
NO AUDITION REQUIRED

The Chamber Choir is a chance to refresh vocal skills and study inspiring works of choral literature in the intimacy of a chamber vocal ensemble. Spend a week singing and rehearsing the following works with acclaimed choral conductor, Matthias Maute, and fellow choral enthusiasts:

Rheinberger: Stabat Mater
J. S. Bach: Mass in G Major, BWV 236
Ugis Praulins: Missa Rigensis (excerpts)
Bruckner: Os justi meditabitur
Orlando di Lasso: Justorum animae

Aside from daily choir rehearsals, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy sectionals with various vocal coaches. The week will culminate with a performance in Walter Hall on the final day of the Festival.

Piano Masterclass

July 27 – August 1, 2020

Apply to the Piano Masterclass

Application deadline: July 20, 2020
AUDITION REQUIRED

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 renowned pianist and Chair of the Department of Performance at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Stéphane Lemelin! 

Bass Workshop

July 27 – August 1, 2020

Apply to the Bass Workshop

Application deadline: July 20, 2020
NO AUDITION REQUIRED

The Bass Workshop is a new addition to the TSM Community Academy. Spend a fun week of music making with internationally renowned bassist Joel Quarrington. Aside from working on orchestral and solo repertoire with a focus on left hand applications, you'll have the opportunity to connect and chat with Joel on all things bass!

Bonus: As part of the class, you will receive a downloadable PDF of Joel's ebook, "The Canadian School of the Double Bass"

2020 Chamber Music Mentors

Aaron Schwebel, violin

Canadian violinist Aaron Schwebel has performed throughout the world in various musical roles. Based in his native Toronto, Aaron currently holds the positions of Concertmaster with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster with the Canadian Opera Company. As a guest concertmaster, Aaron has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Les Violons Du Roy, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Orchestra London.Aaron has performed as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Lanaudiere, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, and McGill Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber music performer, he is a founding member of the Toronto-based Penrose Trio, LARK ensemble, and Rosebud Quartet, and has been on faculty at Toronto Summer Music Festival and Klezkanada. He has been invited to take part in Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Music By The Sea in Bamfield, British Columbia, and the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival. Aaron is grateful to be playing on a 1753 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin, on loan to him from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank.Aaron did his studies at McGill University and Indiana University with teachers Jonathan Crow, Yaela Hertz, Mauricio Fuks, and Andre Roy. As a student, Aaron was a member of the Roddick String Quartet, representing Canada at the London International String Quartet Competition, and the Kuttner Quartet, Indiana’s resident string quartet. Upon graduation from McGill, Aaron was awarded the Schulich School of Music’s Golden Violin Award.

Sheila Jaffé, violin/viola

Montreal-born violinist and violist Sheila Jaffé is widely appreciated for her versatility, skill and openness. Her budding career has already brought her to stages in and around cities across Europe and North America such as New York, Chicago, Vienna, Berlin and many others. Very much in demand in chamber music circles, miss Jaffé has performed in numerous international festivals, including Domaine Forget in Quebec, Prussia Cove in England and the Schleswig-Holstein festival in Germany with some of the world's finest chamber musicians. An experienced orchestral musician and leader, Sheila has worked with many orchestras and conductors in Canada and Europe. While living in Berlin she was chosen to participate in the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester's academy program, in which she performed with the ensemble as a regular member for one year. After completing her studies in Montreal and Berlin, she has recently settled in Toronto as a member of the Canadian Opera Company's viola section.

Sheila plays on a Francesco Gobetti violin (1710-15) and Raymond Shryer viola (2002) on generous loan from Canimex.

Keith Hamm, viola

A native of Rosebud, Alberta, violist Keith Hamm is rapidly gaining recognition as a dynamic and exciting young presence on the Canadian music scene. While still a student, Keith was named Principal Violist of the Canadian Opera Company. In 2020 he will take up the same position with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Keith is an alumnus of the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove; Programs at The Banff Centre, the Sarasota Music Festival; and the Chamber Music Program at Le Domaine Forget. Keith received his training at The Glenn Gould School of Music under the instruction of Steven Dann and at the Mount Royal Conservatory under Nicholas Pulos.

Deeply passionate about chamber music, Keith is a member of the Rosebud String Quartet, the Toronto based LARK Ensemble, and has performed as guest violist with the Royal Conservatory’s ARC Ensemble, The Amici Ensemble, and Continuum New Music. He has been heard on CBC Radio, Classical 96.3 and has been twice named one of Canada’s Hottest 30 Musicians under 30. Festival appearances include Ottawa Chamberfest, the SweetWater Music Festival, and Music By The Sea.

Keith is the founder and Artistic Director of the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival in Rosebud, Alberta. He performs on a viola by Joseph Curtin and a bow by James Tubbs.

Rémi Pelletier, viola

Rémi Pelletier joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Viola in September 2019, having served in the New York Philharmonic’s viola section from July 2013, and in the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal beginning in 2007. Previously, he was a regular substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and also performed with The Haddonfield Symphony and Orchestre Métropolitain. He served as Guest Principal Viola of the International Orchestra of Italy in the summers of 2011 and 2012, Principal Viola of Japan’s Pacific Music Festival, and Assistant Principal of the New York String Orchestra Seminar.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Pelletier was a regular guest at the Société de musique de chambre de Québec and performed with Rendez-vous musical de Laterrière and Musica Camerata, as well as with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s chamber music series. His honours include the CBC/McGill Music Award (2003), as well as first prize at the Concours du Québec and Canada’s National Music Festival Competition.

A native of Québec, Mr. Pelletier was a scholarship recipient at Encore School for Strings and the Orford Arts Centre. He performed a recital on CBC’s Debut series. In addition to attending masterclasses with Kim Kashkashian, Roberto Diaz, and others, Rémi Pelletier studied with Michael Tree and Joseph De Pasquale at The Curtis Institute of Music, and with André Roy at McGill University, from which he graduated with the distinction of Outstanding Achievement in Viola Performance, and where he was Principal Viola of the McGill Symphony Orchestra.

Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron, cello

Originally from Montreal, cellist Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron recently moved to Toronto to join the Tokai String Quartet and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Emmanuelle has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe as a solo, orchestral and chamber musician. She is a prizewinner of the Fishoff Chamber Music Competition, Canadian Music Competition, Prix d’Europe competition, and Radio-Canada’s Young Artist Competition. Her performances have been broadcasted on American radio stations and on CBC. She has performed at Yellow Barn, Sarasota, Aspen, Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood and Montreal Chamber Music Festivals and also in New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. She has received two Prizes with Great Distinction from the Montreal Music Conservatory both in Cello and Chamber Music Performance. She pursued her studies at The Juilliard School in New York where she received a Masters degree. As a member of the Kailas String Quartet she spent two years as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at Rice University in Houston working with the Juilliard, Emerson, Takacs, Orion, American, Brentano and Mendelssohn quartets. Her main cello teachers were Denis Brott, Joel Krosnick, Bonnie Hampton and Norman Fischer. As a winner of the Canada Council for the Arts Bank of Instrument Competition, Emmanuelle has been generously loaned the use of the Adam-Shaw bow for a period of three years.

Leana Rutt, cello

Originally from London, Ontario, cellist Leana Rutt is highly regarded across Canada as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral player. Now based in Toronto, she holds the position of principal cellist of the Canadian Opera Company.

After completing a Bachelor’s degree at McGill University and a Master’s at the Juilliard School, she was the assistant principal cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for six years.

Leana performs regularly as a member of the Rosebud Quartet and of the Iris Ensemble, and is in demand as a chamber musician at festivals and series across the country. Recent engagements include performances at the Stratford Summer Music Festival, Music By the Sea, Echo Chamber Toronto, the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival, and Kaimerata on Denman Island.

Leana is grateful for the training she received from her principal teachers Terry Sefton, Paul Pulford, Matt Haimovitz and Timothy Eddy, and for the formative summers she spent at the festivals of Lucerne, Aldeburgh, Sarasota, Banff, and Domaine Forget, as well as the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.

Michael Chiarello, bass

American double bassist Michael Chiarello joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Bass in the 2017-18 season, directly following his completion of a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School. Michael earned his graduate degree under the tutelage of Hal Robinson and Rex Surany. Mr. Chiarello also completed his undergraduate studies at Juilliard under the guidance of Eugene Levinson. During his time at Juilliard, Michael was a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.

Before his current position, Michael spent much of his time performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. As a Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, Michael enjoyed working closely with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and guest artists, which included Ed Barker and Edgar Meyer. During the 2013 Tanglewood season, Michael was commended by the Boston Globe for his “bewitching bass solo” in Mahler’s First Symphony, led by Christoph von Dohnányi.

Outside of his time with the TSO, chamber music, solo performances and teaching are extremely important to him. His favorite non-musical activities include traveling and powerlifting.

Dakota Martin, flute

Montreal based flutist, Dakota Martin, enjoys a multifaceted career performing regularly across Canada, Europe and Asia. A passionate orchestral musician, Dakota has performed with with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra (UK), Britten Pears Festival Orchestra (UK) and New Generation Opera Festival Orchestra (Italy). Most recently Dakota has been invited to perform as guest principal flute with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Also passionate about period instrument performance, Dakota has studied baroque flute with Rachel Brown and Claire Guimond and performs regularly with baroque ensembles in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

In addition to his orchestral pursuits, Dakota is an avid soloist and chamber player. A prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition, and the Concours OSM Manuvie (Montreal), he has also appeared as a soloist with the McGill Symphony Orchestra and Pronto Musica Chamber Orchestra.

Dakota is an alumnus of McGill’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal and the Royal College of Music in London where he completed his studies with Timothy Hutchins and Susan Milan.

Sarah Jeffrey, oboe

Hailed by critics for her “exquisite solo work” (The Globe and Mail), “luscious tone” (Toronto Star), and her sensitive musicianship, Sarah Jeffrey is Principal Oboe of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A regular soloist with the TSO, Sarah has also appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras across Canada, performing works by Bach, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Marcello, Haydn, and Mozetich. She is also an active recitalist and chamber musician, making frequent guest appearances with the Amici Chamber Ensemble, the ARC Ensemble, and Trio Arkel.

A devoted performer of new music, Ms. Jeffrey has commissioned several chamber works, including Chaconne for Oboe, Horn, and Piano by Erik Ross, and Rhapsody by Ronald Royer.

Ms. Jeffrey is a recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Award for Creativity and Excellence in the Arts, and teaches regularly at Canada’s finest music schools. A passionate and devoted teacher, Sarah is on faculty at The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory and the University of Toronto, and spends her summers at the Orford Arts Centre and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. She can be heard discussing the finer points of the oboe on CBC radio, both as a performer and as a guest on several podcasts.

Sarah shares her life with her husband, TSO horn Gabriel Radford, their two children Evelyn and Aidan, and Jack the cat. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys travelling, cooking, swimming in cold lakes, hiking, and of course, the art of reed making.

Eric Abramovitz, clarinet

Eric Abramovitz joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2018 as Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet, and was previously a member of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Eric was named the Vandoren Emerging Artist of the year in 2017, and a CBC Next! artist in 2013.  A first-prize winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition in 2011, Eric has been featured as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the McGill and USC Symphonies, l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Eric was a Sylva Gelber Career Grant recipient in 2016, and toured throughout Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble.

A Montreal native, Eric obtained his Bachelor’s Degree at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Southern California. Eric’s teachers include Zaven Zakarian, Alain Desgagné, Robert Crowley, Simon Aldrich, Jean-François Normand, Kimball Sykes, and Yehuda Gilad.

In his free time, Eric enjoys eating, spending time with his family and cats, shooting pool, playing hockey, and cheering for the Montreal Canadiens.

Michael Sweeney, bassoon

Michael Sweeney has served as Principal Bassoonist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1989. Over the years, critics have frequently praised his orchestral solos, characterizing them as “soulful” and “imaginative” (The Globe and Mail), and “superb” and “gorgeous” (National Post).

As a soloist, Mr. Sweeney is keenly interested in Baroque, Classical, and Postmodern works. In 2003, he premièred three newly commissioned works for bassoon and ensemble—including two from Canadian composers Marjan Mozetich and Rodney Sharman—and subsequently recorded them along with Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto with The Seiler Strings. The CD, entitled mozart and well beyond, was praised by Gramophone magazine for its “vitality” and sensitivity, and in particular for Michael’s “excellent interpretation” of Mozart’s Concerto through which he “glides…with stunning suppleness.”

As a chamber musician, Michael Sweeney has collaborated with pianists Emanuel Ax, Ingrid Fliter, Angela Hewitt, James Parker, and Patricia Parr, oboist Cynthia Steljes of Quartetto Gelato, and with Via Salzburg, Amici Chamber Ensemble, and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. He was a founding member of Caliban (a quartet of bassoonists) and can be heard on their highly acclaimed début CD, Bassoonatics!

In addition to performing, Mr. Sweeney is also interested in music history, especially research on Mozart’s music and life. He is currently at work on a commentary which will accompany his recent critical/performing edition of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto.

Prior to joining the TSO, Mr. Sweeney attended state universities in California and New York, the Yale School of Music, and the University of Southern California, studying bassoon with Kay Brightman, Arthur Weisberg, and Norman Herzberg. He also studied musicianship with Joan Panetti at Yale. Between the completion of his formal education and joining the TSO, he was Principal Bassoon of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra for two seasons.

Michael Sweeney is married to Peter Eliot Weiss, who is a playwright.

Gabriel Radford, horn

Gabriel was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He is currently Third Horn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to joining the TSO, Gabriel was Associate Principal Horn of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Over the course of his career, Gabriel has played with many orchestras, including several guest appearances and Carnegie Hall performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy. He has also played with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Kirov Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, and many others.

Recent chamber music highlights include commissioning and performing “Chaconne” for Horn, Oboe and Piano by Toronto composer Erik Ross, a solo appearance with the Evergreen Gamelan Ensemble, and performances of the Brahms Trio, the Reinecke Trio, and the Schubert Octet.

Gabriel is a devoted teacher who currently coaches a full studio of students at the University of Toronto, and is a member of the faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He has given lectures and masterclasses at the University of Lethbridge, University of Toronto, Glenn Gould Professional School, University of Manitoba, and others. Gabriel has also spent several summers teaching in the Masterclass programme at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2011, Gabriel was honoured to adjudicate auditions for the first-ever YouTube Symphony Orchestra. In July 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work fundraising, mentoring, coaching, and teaching at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Gabriel is married to, and has two children with, Sarah Jeffrey, Principal Oboist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

 


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2020 Chamber Choir Mentors

Matthias Maute

Matthias Maute has carved out an impressive international reputation for himself not only as one of the great recorder and baroque flute virtuosos of his generation but also as a composer and conductor. Since winning first prize in the soloist category at the prestigious Bruges Early Music Competition in 1990, he has led a highly successful career as a recorder and baroque flute soloist. He made his debut in New York’s Lincoln Center in 2008 and has twice been the featured soloist for the Boston Early Music Festival. He records and tours extensively. The Washington Post hailed him as one of the greatest recorder players on the North American musical scene.

Since 25 years, Matthias concertizes as member of the New York based ensemble REBEL in North America and Europe. He has been invited to perform as guest soloist or conductor by the world’s most eminent baroque orchestras, including: Seattle Baroque, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, “Apollo’s Fire” and the Magnificat Baroque Ensemble. In recent years he has also been invited to conduct other renowned orchestras, including I Musici de Montreal and Symphony of Nova Scotia. Matthias Maute is also celebrated for his work as artistic director and conductor of Ensemble Caprice. In this capacity he is known for creating and leading ingenious and captivatingly original programmes. He tours extensively with the ensemble, being regularly invited to take part in prestigious festivals around the globe. In Canada, the group can be heard at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Festival international du Domaine Forget, Early Music Vancouver, Early Music Voices in Calgary and the Elora Festival in Ontario. Under his direction, Ensemble Caprice was granted an esteemed JUNO award in 2009 for best vocal/choral classical music album of the year (for its CD Gloria! Vivaldi and his Angels on the Analekta label).

Matthias Maute’s compositions are highly regarded and have been published by Breitkopf & Härtel, Amadeus, Moeck, and Carus. He has some thirty recordings to his credit on the Analekta, Vanguard Clasics, Bella Musica, Dorian, Bridge and ATMA Classique labels. Matthias Maute teaches at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and at the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal.

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2020 Piano Masterclass Mentors

Stéphane Lemelin

Pianist Stéphane Lemelin is well-known to audiences throughout Canada and regularly tours in the United States, Europe and Asia as soloist and chamber musician.

His repertory is vast, with a predilection for the German Classical and Romantic literature and a particular affinity for French music, as evidenced by his more than twenty-five recordings, which include works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Poulenc and Roussel.  Stéphane Lemelin is director of the French music series “Découvertes 1890-1939” on the  Atma Classique label, dedicated to the rediscovery of neglected early twentieth-century French repertoire and for which he has recorded works by Samazeuilh, Ropartz, Migot, Dupont, Dubois, Rhené-Bâton, Rosenthal, Alder, Lekeu and others.

Stéphane Lemelin studied with Yvonne Hubert in Montreal, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel in New York, and received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Leon Fleisher.  He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where his teachers were Boris Berman and Claude Frank. He taught at the University of Alberta for more than ten years and at University of Ottawa from 2001 to 2013. While there, he served as Director of the School of Music from 2007 to 2012. He has been appointed Professor of Piano and Chair of the Department of Performance at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University starting May 2014.  A dedicated pedagogue, he has been invited to give master classes around the world.  Stéphane Lemelin was a member of Trio Hochelaga from 2003 to 2012 and was the founder and former Artistic Director of the Prince Edward County Music Festival.

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2020 Bass Workshop Mentors

Joel Quarrington

Born in Toronto, Joel Quarrington began his formal studies of the double bass when he was thirteen. Upon graduation from the University of Toronto, he was awarded the “Eaton Scholarship” as the school’s most outstanding graduate. Joel is a winner of the Geneva International Competition and the CBC Talent Competition, and has made solo appearances across Canada, the United States, Europe and China.

Joel teaches in the summers at the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec’s beautiful Eastern Townships where his master classes have attracted players from around the world. He also teaches at the University of Ottawa and at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he is a “Visiting Artist”.

He has performed with many of the world’s leading string quartets including the Orford, Vermeer, Cleveland, Colorado, St. Lawrence, Allegri, Artis, Leipzig and Tokyo Quartets as well as the Pinchas Zukerman Chamber Players. Their Sony recording of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Yefim Bronfman became an instant classic. He is particularly honoured to have been a part of a 1982 recording session with the legendary Glenn Gould for the soundtrack of Timothy Findley’s The Wars. Written for solo cello and bass and based on Brahms’ Intermezzi, this turned out to be the last music composed by Gould before his untimely death.

In April of 2005 he had the honour of playing the world premier John Harbison’s Concerto for Bass with the Toronto Symphony and conductor Hugh Wolf.

Joel has made several solo recordings that have made him famous at least in the bass world. His early Bottesini recordings on the NAXOS label are considered by many to be definitive. In April 2010, his recording, “Garden Scene”, won the 2010 Juno Award for Best Classical Recording. It was released by the Analekta label and features music of Korngold, Gliere, M.Weinberg, J.C. Bach and Bottesini. June 2013 marked the release of his most recent recording “Brothers in Brahms”, which features music of Robert Fuchs, Robert Schumann and the 1st Violin Sonata in G op.78 by Johannes Brahms. He was very happy to collaborate with the remarkable young Canadian pianist, David Jalbert for this project and in February 2015 this recording won the prestigious “Prix Opus” as the Outstanding Romantic Classical Recording of the year in Quebec.

In 2011, he received a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Solo Performance from the International Society of Bassists and in 2015 they awarded Joel the same award for Outstanding Orchestral Performance.

He performs on an Italian bass made in 1608 by the Italian master, Giovanni Paolo Maggini and is an enthusiastic advocate of the historical practice of tuning the bass in fifths (CGDA, an octave lower than the cello) rather than the customary fourths. He believes fifths tuning leads to clearer and more accurate performance in all ranges of the bass, as well as greater tonal richness.

Joel is married to cellist Carole Sirois, and they live happily beside the Gatineau Park near Chelsea, Quebec with their prized cat Timinou.

Michael Chiarello

American double bassist Michael Chiarello joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Bass in the 2017-18 season, directly following his completion of a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School. Michael earned his graduate degree under the tutelage of Hal Robinson and Rex Surany. Mr. Chiarello also completed his undergraduate studies at Juilliard under the guidance of Eugene Levinson. During his time at Juilliard, Michael was a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.

Before his current position, Michael spent much of his time performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.. As a Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center, Michael enjoyed working closely with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and guest artists, which included Ed Barker and Edgar Meyer. During the 2013 Tanglewood season, Michael was commended by the Boston Globe for his “bewitching bass solo” in Mahler’s First Symphony, led by Christoph von Dohnányi.

Outside of his time with the TSO, chamber music, solo performances and teaching are extremely important to him. His favorite non-musical activities include traveling and powerlifting.

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Typical Daily Schedule

9:30am-10:30am – Morning chorale
10:30am-12:00pm – Rehearsals, masterclasses, coachings
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm – Rehearsals, masterclass, coachings, Festival events
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.

Program Fees

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

50% tuition due upon acceptance (non-refundable deposit)
June 2020 – Remaining 50% of tuition due

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

BONUS: 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 during the program as well as daily lunch.  Tuition does not include breakfast/dinner, lodging, or travel.

All tuition must be paid in full by May 29, 2020. The initial 50% of the tuition is a non-refundable deposit. Participants who have paid the full tuition can withdraw up until June 12, 2020, and receive a 50% refund of the full tuition fee. Participants withdrawing after June 12, 2020 are not eligible for any refund. Applicants who apply and are accepted after these dates must pay the full tuition at the time of acceptance and are not eligible for any refund.


Application fee: $25 plus HST