The Summer School’s 11-day program is for young professionals, college, and pre-college musicians of all ages. Ensembles are assigned according to age and level. The program includes:

  • Instrumental master classes (private lessons)
  • Chamber music/sonata classes
  • Violin and Cello ensembles and performance seminars
  • Piano ensembles and performance seminars
  • Chamber orchestra classes for strings
  • Technique and interpretation workshops
  • Solo, chamber music, ensemble, and orchestral performances
  • Student and Faculty recitals
  • Theory of Music seminars
  • Ear Training classes
  • Composition seminars
  • Music Theatre production
  • Recreational activities including swimming in the Lake Couchiching

…and this is how it works:

  • Students have their instrumental master classes (private lessons) with one or more faculty members.
  • Students are expected to practice and individual practice sessions are scheduled every day.
  • Practice rooms are available for extended practice time. Students are expected to take part in at least one of the many solo performances.
  • On chamber music days, some groups and ensembles are assigned two sessions: one to be coached by a faculty member and another to work by themselves, applying what they have learned.
  • Rooms are also available for extended chamber music and ensemble rehearsals beyond assigned time.
  • All chamber music groups, instrumental ensembles and the JVL Festival Chamber Orchestra are featured at the special concerts at the end of the Festival.
  • In addition to great learning opportunities and intensive work at the Summer School, students are offered unique recreational activities such as supervised swimming, guided nature walks on woodland and lakeshore trails, use of indoor and outdoor games and sports (baseball, basketball, volleyball, etc.), beach volleyball and jogging and exercise trails.