For information on the 2021 Community Academy, please visit this page at the end of April 2021.

Are you an avid amateur musician looking for an opportunity to connect with other musicians who share your passion?  Apply to the TSM Community Academy, where you can hone your skills and spend a fun week with the artists of the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

You’ll enjoy access to all mainstage TSM Festival Concerts and events, as well as the opportunity to perform onstage at Walter Hall. The TSM Community Academy takes place at the Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

Choose from one of four programs:

Chamber Music

Please note that the 2020 Community Academy has been cancelled.

The Chamber Music program is the perfect place for instrumental amateurs seeking a high-level music-making experience. Participants are placed in ensembles with professional musicians for a week of intensive rehearsing, coachings, and camaraderie. This program is open to strings, winds, brass, and pianists (both individuals and pre-formed ensembles are welcome to apply).

Participants will be notified of their assigned repertoire and groups in May, 2020.

Chamber Choir

Please note that the 2020 Community Academy has been cancelled.

The Chamber Choir is a chance to refresh vocal skills and study inspiring works of choral literature in the intimacy of a chamber vocal ensemble. Spend a week singing and rehearsing the following works with acclaimed choral conductor, Matthias Maute, and fellow choral enthusiasts:

Rheinberger: Stabat Mater
J. S. Bach: Mass in G Major, BWV 236
Ugis Praulins: Missa Rigensis (excerpts)
Bruckner: Os justi meditabitur
Orlando di Lasso: Justorum animae

Aside from daily choir rehearsals, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy sectionals with various vocal coaches. The week will culminate with a performance in Walter Hall on the final day of the Festival.

Piano Masterclass

Please note that the 2020 Community Academy has been cancelled.

The Piano Masterclass is a chance to improve your skills and explore the limitless repertoire for solo piano!  This program features daily masterclasses, individual lessons, and guest instructors at the highest level. Spend an exciting week studying with renowned pianist and Chair of the Department of Performance at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Stéphane Lemelin! 

Bass Workshop

Please note that the 2020 Community Academy has been cancelled.

The Bass Workshop is a new addition to the TSM Community Academy. Spend a fun week of music making with internationally renowned bassist Joel Quarrington. Aside from working on orchestral and solo repertoire with a focus on left hand applications, you'll have the opportunity to connect and chat with Joel on all things bass!

Bonus: As part of the class, you will receive a downloadable PDF of Joel's ebook, "The Canadian School of the Double Bass"

Typical Daily Schedule

9:30am-10:30am – Morning chorale
10:30am-12:00pm – Rehearsals, masterclasses, coachings
12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm – Rehearsals, masterclass, coachings, Festival events
5:00pm onwards – Festival concerts

Who Can Apply

Applicants must be over 18 years of age.  This program is intended for advanced amateurs* intent on improving their skills with a rigorous daily schedule of rehearsals, coachings, and masterclasses.

*The Community Academy is geared towards adult amateur musicians and is not recommended for students currently enrolled in a music degree at a university/college.

Program Fees

Chamber Choir: $700*
Chamber Music: $950*
Piano Masterclass: $950*
Bass Workshop: $950*

The application and tuition fees are non-refundable. Tuition fees include Community Academy program plus tickets to all TSM Festival concerts during the program as well as daily lunch.  Tuition does not include breakfast/dinner, lodging, or travel.