Domogoj Ivanovic - violin

Domagoj Ivanovic - Director (S.O.A.)


RCM Levels 6 - ARCT (or equivalent). Admission by audition. All ages welcome.

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 a stringed instrument.  Each summer a new artistic element is woven into the program.  Last year it was dance.  This year, we will see!

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.


9:00 – 9:50 am Warm up/Technique Class
10:00 – 11:20 am Festival Chamber Orchestra
11:30 – 12:15 pm Applied Theory
12:15 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm Chamber Music
2:00 – 3:30 pm Private Lessons/Practice
3:30 – 4:30 pm Creative Workshop


This class approaches theory from a refreshingly different perspective. Students will be challenged to use their theory knowledge to:


CREATE chord/rhythm charts from recordings

LEARN to read and perform from chord charts

IMPROVE their internal rhythm through the use of eurythmics (body rhythm)

The result is a clearer understanding of the purpose/application of music theory in our everyday music-making.

There will be at least 2 class-levels, divided by experience. Classes will be determined on the first day of camp, following a short assessment.


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-SOA 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 Thursday 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 String Orchestra Academy 2019 program:

Check back in January for registration fees.

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

Application for the 2019 String Orchestra Academy will be available soon.