Emerging Artist Program


Now accepting applications to the 2022 Emerging Artist Program!

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The TSM Academy – Emerging Artist Program is designed for musicians who are launching their professional careers. Academy Fellows receive advanced training and mentorship from internationally acclaimed artists from across Canada, the United States, and Europe.  

The Emerging Artist Program provides unique educational opportunities for chamber musicians and singers from 18 to 35 years old. Our highly selective enrolment allows our Academy Fellows to build lasting professional relationships with their mentors and peers. 

The program balances study and performance: Academy Fellows participate in one-on-one coaching, self-directed ensemble rehearsals, group mentoring, and masterclasses. Performance opportunities include TSM Festival mainstage concerts, special events, and our popular reGENERATION Concert Series, in which the Academy Fellows perform on stage with their mentors. All Academy Fellows will receive a full fellowship covering tuition.

Academy Fellows can also enjoy the benefits of attending the TSM Festival, which features a wealth of renowned Canadian and international artists in a wide variety of concerts: classical and contemporary chamber music, art song, orchestral music, opera, dance, and more.
 

The Emerging Artist Program consists of two streams:


The Art of Song Program (for singers and pianists)
The Chamber Music Institute (for string players and pianists)


Art of Song 

The Art of Song Program is devoted to the study and performance of art song. In order to foster collaborative intimacy among the artists, it is designed for a small group of eight singers and four pianists. During this two-week session, all Art of Song Fellows study with voice and piano faculty members, receiving guidance from a variety of musical traditions and perspectives. The session also offers detailed study of text, and diction.  

Application deadline: January 18, 2021

Apply now to the Art of Song

  • Program dates: July 4 – 16, 2022
  • Application deadline: January 18, 2022
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • All applicants will be informed of their status by February 15, 2022.
  • Upon acceptance, repertoire to be performed will be decided in consultation with the Artistic Director.
  • All accepted applicants will receive a full fellowship covering tuition. Housing will be provided for participants attending from outside of the Greater Toronto Area. 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.

VIDEO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Video recording(s) should include a minimum of three art songs in contrasting style and character.
  2. Singers should submit recordings of solo performances with piano accompaniment.
  3. Pianists should submit recordings of collaborative performances with a singer.
  4. Recordings are the primary adjudication tool and should be of the highest possible audio quality.
  5. Each selection must be completed in one take with no editing.
  6. Recordings must have been completed no more than 1 year before the application deadline.

NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE: $100 CAD

Chamber Music Institute 

The Chamber Music Institute welcomes string players and pianists for intensive coaching sessions, rehearsals, and performances. Musicians have the option of applying for the program as individuals or as pre-formed ensembles. With limited enrolment, participants work with distinguished international faculty in an intimate, collegial atmosphere and are placed in chamber groups with at least one faculty mentor per group.

Application deadline: January 18, 2021

Apply now to the Chamber Music Institute

  • Application deadline: January 18, 2022
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • Applicants may apply as individuals or as a pre-formed ensemble.
  • Applicants who apply as a pre-formed ensemble must submit an ensemble application for the group.
  • All applicants will be informed of their status by February 15, 2022.
  • Upon acceptance, repertoire to be performed will be decided in consultation with the Artistic Director.
  • All accepted applicants will receive a full fellowship covering tuition. Housing will be provided for participants attending from outside of the Greater Toronto Area. 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.

VIDEO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Video recording(s) should include a minimum of three works of your choice in contrasting style and character.
  2. Applicants applying as an individual must submit recordings of solo repertoire (with or without accompaniment).
  3. Applicants applying as an ensemble must submit recordings of chamber music repertoire with the entire ensemble.
  4. Recordings are the primary adjudication tool and should be of the highest possible audio quality.
  5. Each selection must be completed in one take with no editing.
  6. Recordings must have been completed no more than 1 year before the application deadline.

NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE: $100 CAD for individual applicants, $125 CAD for ensembles

Additional Information

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

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.

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

These fellowships are provided thanks to the generosity of our Fellowship Donors. To become a Fellowship Donor, please click here.

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.

Fellows from the Art of Song and Chamber Music Institute come together to perform at the Festival’s popular reGENERATION concerts. Fellows will have the opportunity to perform in private and public masterclasses as well as outreach concerts in the community. 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 Academy concerts.