Summer Programs

Summer Lessons

Private Lessons are available during July and August in piano, violin, cello, guitar, ukulele, voice, trumpet, percussion, flute, clarinet and saxophone. Lesson times can be arranged with individual instructors.

Private and Group Classes in Theory and Music History are offered in preparation for RCM examinations. Please contact the academy or instructor for more information and to arrange lesson times.

Summer Chamber Music Program

Dates: July 26th  – August 1st 2020

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: $425

Final Concert: Saturday, August 1st at 7:00 pm
Gloria Dei Church
1110 Gladwin Drive,
North Vancouver, BC

With an emphasis on chamber music (trio, quartet and quintet) and piano duet/two piano repertoire, the program includes masterclasses, performance, and other activities related to music study. Participants will work in small chamber groups and receive daily coaching on repertoire during the 7 day intensive program. Performance opportunities include informal recitals and a final concert on August 1st.

Chamber Ensemble
Each participant is assigned to two chamber groups and is coached by the faculty in daily sessions in preparation for public performance.

Piano Class
Piano students meet with the piano faculty for lessons in piano duets and piano duos.

Chamber Orchestra
The string faculty and associates join the students in rehearsal and performance of chamber orchestra repertoire.

Extra Curricular Activities
Each day includes a session of either masterclass, piano duets/quartets, chamber orchestra and other music related activities such as improvisation, painting, orchestration, theory and introduction to early keyboard and string instrument making.

Sample Daily Schedule (subject to change)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Chamber ensemble coaching
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Masterclasses, workshops, piano duets/quartets and chamber orchestra
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Recitals/extra curricular activities
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Chamber ensemble coaching
Classes run Sunday to Saturday

Promenade du soir by Alexander Pechenyuk
Samantha Kung, Viola
Nicole Linaksita, Piano

Summer Overture by Alexander Pechenyuk
Performance by students of Irina Faletski at NSMA Summer Chamber Music Concert July 28th 2018
Andrej Marjanovic, Graydon Baker, Adam Sun and Derek Lowe

Summer Chamber Music Program Faculty
Alexander Pechenyuk, piano, composer in residence
(NSMA Faculty)

Diane Sanford, piano
(NSMA Faculty)

Associate Faculty
Tony Chotem, improvisation
(NSMA Faculty)

Heywoun Hyun, cello and piano
(NSMA Faculty)

Special Guest Faculty
Jonathan Der, violin and viola
Jonathan graduated with a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from Indiana University. His interest in chamber music lead him to study with distinguished professors Rostislav Dubinsky (first violinist of Borodin Quartet) and Gyorgy Sebok. Jonathan is a conductor, chamber musician and church organist and has appeared as soloist with various orchestras, giving chamber and solo recitals in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He has served as the string department head of the Merriam School of Music in Oakville, Ontario, the music director of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Richmond, BC and the conductor of Maine Symphony Orchestra at the Medomak Summer Conducting Festival in 2010. He is currently the music director of St. Anne’s Stevenston Anglican Church and the associate conductor of the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, String Coach and Chamber Music Director.

Judy Lou, cello
She has actively performed as a soloist, a chamber musician, and orchestral instrumentalist. She has played with many orchestras across BC. She served as the principal cellist of UBC Symphony frequently during her years of undergraduate and graduate studies. Her chamber group won the First Prize at Friends of Chamber Music in 2012. Recently she performed at a concert series organized by Vancouver Chamber Players. Judy has acquired her Master of Music at the University of British Columbia (UBC) under the tutelage of a renowned cello performer, Eric Wilson. She also had masterclasses with Borealis String Quartet, Roman Borys, and Daniel Muller Schott. Currently she serves as a faculty of Langley Community Music School and Central Valley Academy of Music. Besides teaching, she regularly performs in musical events in Vancouver.

The tuition fee for the 7 day program is $425 per student. A non-refundable deposit of $50 should be paid within two weeks of acceptance to confirm participation. The balance of tuition fees is due July 1, 2020.

Application Process
The program is open to violinists, violists, cellists, pianists, voice students and wind players. Applicants must submit an audio sample (CD or DVD) of an audition piece with their application. Note: NSMA students are not required to submit an audition tape.

Applicants must be at a RCM Grade 7 level or above. Both individual performers and pre-formed ensembles are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit the following by May 31, 2020
a) Completed on-line application form or PDF application form
b) A letter of recommendation from the candidate’s teacher
c) Outline of musical experience and education
d) A quality video recording (DVD, Youtube or other digital media)

Application Form PDF 2020

Refund Policy
Refund requests must be submitted in writing. A full refund minus the non-refundable deposit will be made until July 15, 2020. No refunds will be issued after this date.


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    We gratefully acknowledge the support of the District of West Vancouver through their Community Grants Program, and Canada Safeway, Caulfeild Village, West Vancouver for their generous support of our program.