JVL Summer School for Performing Arts presents


July 01 - 11, 2017 — YMCA Geneva Park, Orillia - Ontario, Canada

Welcome from the Founder and Music Director


Dear Faculty, Students, and Parents,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Sixteenth Season of JVL Summer School for Performing Arts “Music In The Summer” International Festival. The Festival will take place from July 1-11, 2017 once again at YMCA Geneva Park, on the gorgeous shoreline overlooking beautiful Lake Couchiching, just a 90-minute drive north of Toronto. The festival will feature a full program of master classes, concerts, and competitions. Students and teachers of string instruments, piano and voice from many different countries will arrive at beautiful Muskoka to take part in the Summer School program.

We have prepared a program for you that encompasses private lessons with internationally renowned teachers, with whom you will undoubtedly enrich your understanding and appreciation of music. The JVL Summer School for Performing Arts is committed to the artistic development of young musicians of all ages. The program of the School includes instrumental and voice private lessons, master classes and workshops, chamber music classes, orchestral and ensemble classes, concert performances, solo performances with the SSPA orchestras, as well as special seminars for Ear Training, Composition, and Theory of Music. Individual instruction is only one part of the JVL curriculum. By placing special emphasis on chamber music, JVL SSPA gives students the opportunity to work in small groups where their individual contributions can be appreciated and critiqued. Opportunities for performance are also given to many chamber groups throughout the season. Performances in an acoustically superb Concert Hall and Serenade Concerts under the moonlight shore of Lake Couchiching will mesmerize our audiences and guests. All this helps to create a rich tapestry of learning and exploration for students.

Participation in the festival is incredibly valuable for musicians of all ages and levels, and I cannot stress enough the importance of this event for young musicians! The extensive musical training they will receive during this period will inevitably have a great impact on their personal growth as musicians and as individuals, and it is evident that students have benefited from these tremendous learning opportunities in the past 15 years.

The Fifteenth Season of JVL Summer School for Performing Arts “Music In The Summer” Festival 2016 both in Orillia and in Cremona, Italy were a great success. There were faculty and students from 20 different countries and that alone gave a whole new perspective to the overall experience. The experience and skills that were developed during this period helped all students to not only become better musicians but also to appreciate the art of music.

The 2017 season will feature 2 completely independent sessions. The first session will be held at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia, Canada from July 1 to July 11, 2017, and the second session will be held (as in the past 4 seasons) in Cremona, Italy. The Italy dates will be announced soon.

We truly want to make JVL accessible to everyone; a close proximity (for our Canadian and American students) of the Geneva Park and our firm commitment to financially assist (through scholarships) those families who otherwise would not be able to afford participation in the festival. We sincerely hope that this JVL SSPA season will be absolutely inclusive and open to everyone!

JVL SSPA’s remarkable faculty — gifted and creative master teachers and musicians dedicated to the fine art of teaching, support all of this musical activity. This is a marvelous opportunity for children to explore the world of music and to have an incentive for continuous interest and participation in music. I hope that you will truly appreciate the fine work done by our web specialists. The process of enrollment is now much more simplified and it is very easy to navigate through various pages to find the required information.
Jacob Lakirovich
— Jacob Lakirovich

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