This summer 2017 sees an exciting new chamber music festival at Western University, designed for Grade 9-12 and undergraduate-age students. I'm thrilled to be involved, giving a talk for participants about "Health of Your Instrument" !
ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO SIGN UP!!!!! Application Deadline May 8th
One action-packed weekend, August 10 - 13 2017, designed for the string player who wants a full circle experience. Western 360 Summer Music Festival- at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University- is a new chamber music festival designed to look at music from every angle. With an emphasis on new music, First Nations' influences, and Canadian music from many cultures, students will learn about new trends in the music world in a wholly non-competitive environment.
Western 360 Summer Music Festival is based on that quest for knowledge, where the 21st century musician can find connections in diverse areas and explore all the angles. We are planning to pack a lot of activities into the weekend of August 10 – 13. Chamber music, fiddling, workshops, First Nation Drum Circle. Health and wellness activities will be featured. We will be screening the documentary film "Composed", about performance anxiety. Students will interact with our guest artists: Geoff Nuttall of the SLSQ and our well-known Piano Quartet Ensemble Made in Canada. They will work with our terrific Western University faculty, like Tom Wiebe (cello), Annette-Barbara Vogel (violin) and Stephane Sylvestre (piano).
In addition to chamber music coachings, students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of health and wellness activities- Tai Chi, Alexander Technique, yoga- specifically curated for the well-rounded musician. Workshops will be offered in topics ranging from Haydn to web site design. Our opening night jam party will feature award-winning Canadian fiddler Shane Cook.
Three concerts will anchor the festival, on August 11, 12 and 13, featuring Ensemble Made in Canada, Geoff Nuttall, Western University Faculty and festival students. Tuition for students is $400 + HST, and the application deadline is May 8. Violin, viola and cello only for this inaugural weekend, although a pre-formed group with piano is welcome to apply. Note that our ideal string player for Western 360 is multi-talented. Playing well is important, but we are looking for future global citizens who will celebrate Canada's unique contributions to the cultural scene. Students who love music, who want to discuss music, and want to learn from an incredible variety of mentors.
Please contact Scott St. John or Executive Director Thea Boyd, with any questions.
Scott St. John
Artistic Director, Western 360 Summer Music Festival
Don Wright Faculty of Music
Western University, London, Canada
Executive Director, Western 360 Summer Music Festival
Don Wright Faculty of Music
Talbot College, Room 14
London, ON N6A 3K7
Office: 519.661.2111 x81410