It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Nineteenth Season of JVL Summer School for Performing Arts “Music in The Summer” International Festival. The Festival will take place from July 2 – July 12, 2020, once again at YMCA Geneva Park, on the gorgeous shoreline overlooking beautiful Lake Couchiching, just a 90-minute drive north of Toronto, Canada. The festival will feature a full program of master classes, concerts, and competitions. Students and teachers of string instruments and piano from many different countries will arrive at beautiful Muskoka to take part in the Summer School program.
We are very happy to announce that Professor Mark Lakirovich, one of the most sought-after violin pedagogues today has confirmed his participation in the upcoming Festival and will be giving master classes and also direct some chamber music groups at JVL in 2020!
Mr. Lakirovich is a member of string faculty at Longy School of Music, Longy Conservatory and preparatory school of New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is the Artistic Director of the internationally renowned Cremona International Music Academy in Italy.
Ms. Antropova is joining our violin and viola faculty and brings JVL SSPA over 20 years of international experience as a music educator for viola and violin, whose students have performed and competed in music festivals and competitions across Canada and pursuing their degrees in the major universities of North America. She is an Artistic Director of the Toronto-based Chamber Music Gallery, a music society featuring concerts in the city and throughout Canada.
Ms. Song who is joining our cello faculty, has enjoyed a career as a soloist, as a chamber musician, as an adjudicator, and as a teacher for over 25 years. Her students who actively perform around the GTA area have won many awards as both soloists and ensemble players. She has been a member of the Ontario Music Teachers Association and the Suzuki Association of America over 20 years.
And of course, we are also delighted to see back our great faculty! JVL SSPA’s truly remarkable faculty comprised of renowned international master teachers and performers will share their expertise with the students from around the world.
The 2020 Season once again will feature two completely independent sessions. The first session will be held at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia, Canada from July 2 to July 12, 2020, and the second session will be held in Cremona, Italy from July 12 to August 2, 2020.
The Program is carefully designed for aspiring musicians of all ages, including young professionals, college, pre-college, and younger students. It encompasses private lessons, chamber music coaching, orchestral and ensemble sessions and instrumental ensemble classes. Students’ solo, chamber music, orchestral and solo performances with the SSPA orchestras performances, and the Distinguished Faculty Concert Series are taking place in Geneva Park Concert Auditorium throughout the season.
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 18 years. This is a marvellous opportunity for children to explore the world of music and to have an incentive for continuous interest and participation in music.
We truly want to make JVL accessible to everyone; 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!
— Jacob Lakirovich