String Orchestra Academy

String Orchestra Academy

 July 2 – 15, 2017

John “Adidam” Littlejohn, Director

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Located in the beautiful Comox Valley and now celebrating its 50th year, the Strings Orchestra Academy is an exciting program designed for aspiring musicians who play a stringed instrument. Working daily with our amazing faculty, students will participate in ensembles, master classes, chamber music, and workshops. Students can expect to see substantial musical growth during this intensive two week camp in a friendly, creative atmosphere.


RCM Levels 6 – ARCT (or equivalent). Admission is by audition.

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Appropriate level of instruction takes place in a positive, nurturing atmosphere.

“I enjoyed all the playing, the amazing teachers, the learning experiences and chamber groups. I met some amazing people here“. J.M., Nanaimo, B.C.

Students attending CYMC can expect to come away with a completely new outlook on their own abilities.  Many former CYMC students, including a number of our faculty, have gone on to have successful careers as performers and educators.  See photos and bios of our faculty here.


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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.

Tentative Class Schedule

does not include evening activities

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

Applied Theory

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

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.

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.


CYMC-SOA 2017 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.

CYMC Faculty Concerts

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.


Fees for the String Orchestra Academy 2017 program:


Click here for the online application.


Early Bird Application Deadline: April 1, 2017

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