Instrumental Program

An instrumental program designed for the professional, student and amateur musician featuring:

  • Performance Classes
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Baroque String Ensemble
  • Lessons in Classical & Electric Guitar, Modern & Baroque Violin, Cello, Viola, Piano
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Guitar Technique
  • Accompanying

Faculty: Harris Becker, Susan Deaver, James Erickson, Maureen Hynes, Heawon Kim, Laura Lessard, Veronica Salas, Dale Stuckenbruck.

Open Program Instrumental Faculty: Samantha Clarke, Vincent Muscarella.

Guest Artists: Liu Fang, Jeffrey Marcus.

Classes and Descriptions

Individual Lessons: Classical & Electric Guitar, Modern & Baroque Violin, Cello, Viola, Piano. All levels
Individual instruction will be tailored to each students level of proficiency and will include work on technique, interpretation and music fundamentals. Guitar instruction will be available in classical, folk, jazz and rock styles.
Performance Class
Students will perform in a public class. A teacher will both moderate and provide masterful guidance in the art of performing. Students will have the opportunity of performing a solo piece during the student concert at the end of the week.
Chamber Ensemble Class
Student prepares pieces in mixed ensemble with voice, violin, guitar, to be performed in student concert at end of week. Coaching by one of the faculty members.
Baroque String Ensemble
Open to all string players and led by conductor / violinist, Dale Stuckenbruck. The ensemble, comprised of students in the Instrumental Program and string players recruited from the community, will explore the baroque style and will perform as part of a festival concert.
Guitar Technique Class
Morning warm-up; approaches to left and right hand technique; practice techniques; memorization and sight reading will all be discussed.
Guitar Ensemble
Participants will be given music appropriate to their level of ability. They will form duos, trios and quartets. Each day there will be an ensemble coaching session where students will learn the intricacies of ensemble playing. At the end of festival students will perform their pieces.


All fees are in Canadian Dollars.

The deadline to apply is June 1, 2017.
Tuition: $900.00 (CA) with lodging, $600.00 (CA) without lodging.
A non-refundable deposit of $300.00 (CA) is due by May 15, 2017. Balance is due July 1.

Tuition for all programs may be paid through the mail or via PayPal using a PayPal account or a VISA, Master Card, Discover or American Express debit or credit card. Registration through PayPal will be available soon.

How to Apply

To apply for the Instrumental Program, please complete this online application form before submitting any tuition fee(s).

Applicants must follow the procedure outlined below. Please note that you must submit a successful recorded audition to be accepted to the Instrumental Program.

Recorded audition: For applicants to the Instrumental Program. Please submit an electronic recording of 3 contrasting pieces no longer than 12 minutes in length to Recordings can also be youtube videos.

You will be notified of your audition results by March 15th for those submitting recordings before March 15th and by April 15th for recordings submitted between March 15 and April 15.

For more specific program information, contact Harris Becker at

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