Domagoj Ivanovic - Classical Program Director


Violin, viola, cello and piano. RCM Levels 6 - ARCT (or equivalent). Admission by audition. Ages 12-23.

June 30 – July 6, 2019

You’ll be taken out of your comfort zone and challenged to grow in this exciting program designed for aspiring musicians who play stringed instruments or piano.

You will love our down to earth and approachable faculty, and be thrilled to play side by side with them in ensembles and chamber orchestra. Because there this is a conductor-less orchestra, you will gain a whole new dimension of listening skills and collaboration.

The Grand Finale on the last night includes the opportunity to accompany the Festival Choir in a major work from the classical repertoire.


Students will have an opportunity to participate in 2 types of ensembles, Festival Orchestra and Chamber groups. The Festival Orchestra is a conductor-less ensemble which will dive into a few orchestral masterpieces, as well as a few jazz/pop favorites. Students and faculty collaborate in an open environment where all participants are encouraged to share ideas. Through the mentorship of our top-notch faculty, students will also improve leadership skills and rehearsal technique.

In mixed-instrument chamber groups (some may include piano), students will learn and perform various styles of ensemble performance.



String players
9:00 – 9:50 am Warm up/Technique Class
10:00 – 11:50 am Orchestra/Piano rehearsals
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:50 pm Chamber Music
2:00 – 3:30 pm Masterclass
3:30 – 4:30 pm Creative Workshop

9:00 – 11:50 Private lessons/Collaborative piano
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:50 pm Chamber Music
2:00 – 3:30 pm Masterclass
3:30 – 4:30 pm Creative Workshop



Put away all scores, notebooks, and sheet music! In these fun workshops, students will create music through improvisation, games, storytelling, and a few other fun techniques. No improvisation experience? We’ll walk you through! Are you an experienced improviser? You will be challenged to expand your toolbox!




Students will have a chance to receive individual instruction in one of 3 masterclasses. There will be a sign-up sheet on the first day of camp. On alternate days, students will participate in seminars – addressing issues relevant to their budding musical lives.


Photo of a cymc concert at Stan Hagen Theatre

CYMC 2019 will include outreach performances, a Vancouver Island mini-tour, and a chamber music performance. Repertoire will be announced prior to camp, and music will be sent ahead of time.




All students will attend the Wednesday evening faculty concerts, a cornerstone of the busy summer season for CYMC students and local classical music lovers alike.


RCM Levels 6 – ARCT (or equivalent)

Admission is by audition (see instructions on the registration form).


Fees for the 2019 Classical Program

Tuition: $500
Room & Board: $250

Early bird fees (until March 15th) – 20% discount!
Tuition: $400
Room & Board: $200

Need help coming up with enough money for camp? Download a fundraising kit here: CYMC-Student-Fundraising-Kit