The Sixteenth season of the JVL Summer School for Performing Arts for the third year will take place in YMCA Geneva Park, Orillia, Canada as part of the JVL Summer Festival and will feature a full program of master classes, concerts, and competitions. Students and teachers of stringed instruments, piano and vocal from many different countries will arrive at beautiful Muskoka to take part in JVL Summer School for Performing Arts “Music in the Summer” International Festival.

The JVL Summer School for Performing Arts invites young and aspiring musicians to participate in the unique course of the Summer School. The course offers its participants a wonderful opportunity to combine their intensive and highly professional music studies under the tutelage of a distinguished faculty and concert performances with recreational activities.

The JVL Summer School for Performing Arts 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/Academy orchestras, as well as special seminars on ear training 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. All that helps to create a rich tapestry of learning and exploration for students.

JVL SSPA’s remarkable faculty — gifted and creative master teachers and musicians dedicated to the fine art of teaching, supports all of this musical activity.

At the core of the program lies a commitment to strengthening the musicality of each student and awakening his or her musical responsiveness. Individual spirit and artistry are nourished, and ensemble and performance provide valuable social and artistic experiences and forces enthusiasm and perseverance.

JVL SSPA “Music In The Summer” International Festival by the numbers

AgesFrom approx. 5 to adult.
Average age is 15
Chamber Music ensembles9
Piano Ensembles15
Violin ensebmles3
Violin duets17
Cello ensebmles3
LocationBetween Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe
Distance from Toronto135 km
Elevation219 metres
Area458 sq. km
Average daily high in the summer:25.7°C

Points of Interest / Area Attractions:


Waterfront of Orillia

  • Downtown Orillia
  • Stephen Leacock Memorial House
  • Orillia Opera House
  • Muskoka Theatre
  • Boat Cruises
  • Orillia Museum of Art and History
  • Norman Bethune Memorial House
  • Trent-Severn Waterway
  • Hardwood Hills, Mountain biking and Nordic Centre
  • OPP Museum
  • Artist Studios and Tours
  • Mariposa Market
  • Casino Rama

Stephen Leacock House museum in Orillia

Stephen Leacock House Orillia.jpg
By Jcart1534Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

The Christian missionary portion of the Samuel de Champlain monument designed by Vernon March in Orillia.

A bronze monument featuring a Christian missionary holding a cross high over the heads of two North American aboriginal peoples sitting at his feet
By mahfrot on Flickr, Public Domain, Link