Emerging Artist Program


Information on our Academy Fellows will be coming soon! We look forward to welcoming them this summer to the 2021 Festival.

The TSM Academy – Emerging Artist Program gives musicians who are at the threshold of their careers an opportunity to study with a Faculty of the highest quality and reputation, learning from the Faculty’s experience and musicianship. The Academy Faculty is drawn from internationally acclaimed artists from across Canada, the United States, and Europe. 

The Emerging Artist Program is focused on enhancing music performance skills and offers two intimate and highly focused streams: the Chamber Music Institute (for string players and pianists) and the Art of Song (for singers and pianists). Performance is an integral part of the Academy. 

This is a unique  educational opportunity for chamber musicians and singers 18-35 years old, on the threshold of a professional career.  These exceptionally gifted young musicians study with international faculty of the highest quality and reputation, learning from their experience and musicianship. With limited enrollment, study is intense and enriching and provides students with a chance to interact with the faculty and other emerging professionals. 

The Emerging Artist Program is divided into two streams:


Art of Song 

Designed for a small cohort of eight singers and four pianists, this program is devoted to the study and performance of Art Song. During this two-week session, participants study with all faculty members, voice and piano, thus receiving advice from a variety of musical traditions and perspectives. The session will also offer detailed study of text, and diction. Our goal is to provide the selected Fellows the luxury of total immersion in Art Song in a community of artists from around the world. Performance opportunities are paramount in the Art of Song Program, and Fellows will have the opportunity to perform in Private and Public Masterclasses as well as in reGENERATION Concerts on the Toronto Summer Music Festival stage. 

All accepted applicants to the Emerging Artist Program will receive a full fellowship covering tuition. Housing will be provided for participants attending from outside of the Greater Toronto Area if necessary. Note: transportation is not included in the fellowship.  

These fellowships are provided thanks to the generosity of our Fellowship Donors. To become a Fellowship Donor, please click here [link to Fellowship Donor section in Support Us]. 

*Returning Participants: Please note that as of January 2018, participation in the Academy is limited to two summers. 

Chamber Music Institute 

The Chamber Music Institute for piano and strings welcomes individuals and pre-formed ensembles for intensive coaching sessions, rehearsals, and performances. The focus is on learning through performance. With limited enrolment, participants work with distinguished international faculty in an intimate, collegial atmosphere and will be placed in chamber groups with at least one artist Mentor per group. Performance opportunities are paramount to this program and selected Fellows will have the opportunity to perform in outreach concerts in the community as well as in TSM’s popular reGENERATION Concerts on the Toronto Summer Music Festival stage. 

All accepted applicants will receive a full fellowship covering tuition. Housing will be provided for participants attending from outside of the Greater Toronto Area if necessary. Note: transportation is not included in the fellowship 

*Returning Participants: Please note that as of January 2018, participation in the Academy is limited to two summers. 

Selection Process 

Fellows are chosen through a rigorous selection process by an international jury panel of specialists, led by Artistic Director Jonathan Crow. Candidates are selected based on their potential to make a significant contribution in the professional milieu. Candidates are selected by a jury based on their online application including video recordings, biographies, and repertoire lists 

Academy Facilities 

Rehearsals, classes, and coaching take place in the Edward Johnson Building, home of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. Individual practice rooms and several rehearsal spaces with pianos are available to Toronto Summer Music Academy Fellows. 

The Edward Johnson Building houses a music library which is the main research music collection in Canada and includes a vast collection of sound recordings in the Sniderman Recording Archives, and Walter Hall, one of the city’s major chamber music halls. It is located on the main campus of the University of Toronto in midtown Toronto, on the subway line, and close to the city’s libraries, concert halls, galleries, museums, and theatres. 

Performance Opportunities 

Fellows from the Art of Song and Chamber Music Institute come together to perform at the Festival’s reGENERATION concerts. In addition to performing in ensembles with their mentors at the reGENERATION concerts, Chamber Music Fellows also perform in ensembles that receive coachings from mentors at our noon Academy concerts.