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Since 1962, the NSO Summer Music Camp (SMC) has inspired and encouraged young musicians from the Niagara Region and beyond. We offer music instruction in a fun, inclusive day-camp atmosphere and welcome campers of all abilities. Campers learn from our highly qualified instructors, who are dedicated professional musicians and music educators from the NSO community. SMC apprentice staff members are enthusiastic young musicians – and many are former campers themselves!

Campers enjoy a full and varied schedule that includes:

  • Daily recitals featuring faculty and guest artists
  • Approx. 32 hours of masterclasses in each two-week session
  • Orchestral ensemble participation
  • Specialized, age-appropriate early years programming in both sessions
  • Supervised outdoor recreation and daily crafts
  • Participation in SMC Concerts

SMC 60

SMC 60 is almost here! Registration is now open. Print a registration form below or register online by clicking the link below your preferred session.

SMC will be taking place at Beacon Christian School (300 Scott St., St. Catharines).

First Child Second Child
Full Day – $410 Full Day – $315
Half Day – $275 Half Day – $210

Regular Camp Hours: 9:00AM – 3:30PM

Extended Care (8:30AM – 5:30PM): $100
Instrument rental: $35

The NSO team are celebrating SMC’s 60th anniversary by sharing memories of past participants. If you’ve been to SMC before, we’d love to hear from you! Click the link to share your favourite memories of SMC.

Session 1 Programming

July 4-15, 2022
Concert: July 14

Early Years Classes (Completed JK – Gr. 2)
Age-appropriate half-day classes explore music basics, ensemble playing, and the simple joy of making music. Each class focuses on a different instrument, but all incorporate singing and movement. Choose between Orff percussion, ukulele, and harpsicles. Two half-day classes may be combined to create a full day of learning.

Junior Combination Classes (Gr. 3 – 6)
Explore choral singing, guitar, or piano in these exciting beginner friendly classes! Two half-day classes may be combined to create a full day of learning (cannot be combined with orchestral classes).

Junior Orchestral Classes (Gr. 3 – 6)
Beginner and Intermediate campers choose one instrument to learn or develop specific techniques and participate in ensembles. Students choose between Brass & Winds, Strings, or Percussion. Applicants for Intermediate Orchestra must have 1 full year of instruction on their chosen instrument and be able to read music. This is a full-day class.

Session 2 Programming

July 18-29, 2022
Concert: July 28

Early Years (Completed JK – Gr. 3)
Age-appropriate half-day classes explore music basics, ensemble playing, and the simple joy of making music. Each class focuses on a different instrument, but all incorporate singing and movement. Choose between Rainbow percussion, ukulele, and harpsicles. Two half-day classes may be combined to create a full day of learning.

Combination Classes (Gr. 4 – 10)
Explore piano, vocal or harp in these exciting beginner friendly classes! Two half-day classes may be combined to create a full day of learning (cannot be combined with orchestral classes).

Senior Orchestral Classes (Gr. 6 – 10)
Beginner and Intermediate campers choose one instrument to learn or develop specific techniques and participate in ensembles. Students choose between Brass & Winds, Strings or Percussion. Applicants for Intermediate Orchestra must have 1 full year of instruction on their chosen instrument and be able to read music. This is a full-day class.

The Academy

The Academy is designed to challenge, support, and inspire serious, advanced students of music by immersing them in theory studies and private instruction, continuing their skills development over a 4-week period in the summer.

Ideal for students in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12; admission is by acceptance, dependent on ability. The program is especially recommended for students considering post-secondary music studies. Any instrument can apply.

The experience at the Academy includes:

  • Theory classes and Conservatory exam
  • On-site and outreach chamber performances, as well as a performance in the SMC session 2 concert
  • Mock auditions with immediate, constructive feedback in preparation for university or college entrance
  • Private lessons and ensemble coaching
  • Private practice rooms and self-directed practice periods
  • Discussions with music professionals on practice strategy, audition preparation, and repertoire decision

SMC

Bursary Information

The deadline for SMC 2022 Bursaries has passed.

We strive to make SMC one of the most affordable camps in the Niagara region, which is why we offer discounts for siblings and campers attending multiple sessions. Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors we are also pleased to offer needs-based bursary assistance for all SMC campers.