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 some recreational activities such as supervised swimming etc.