Applications for the 2020 Community Academy will begin in December 2019.

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 Choir

July 27 – August 1, 2020

Applications open on December 5, 2019

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 with fellow choral enthusiasts!

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.

Chamber Music

July 27 – August 1, 2020

Applications open on December 5, 2019

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 at the end of May.

Piano Masterclass

July 27 – August 1, 2020

Applications open on December 5, 2019

The Piano Masterclass is a chance to improve your skills and explore the limitless repertoire for solo piano with daily masterclasses and individual lessons. Spend an exciting week studying repertoire of your choice with distinguished pianists!

Bass Workshop - NEW!

July 27 – August 1, 2020

Applications open on December 5, 2019

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 Mentors will be announced in December 2019.

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.

Applications open in December 2020!

Application fee: $25 plus HST