Comox Valley Youth Music Centre back for 46th year

With five different programs to choose from, students who attend CYMC 2013 have many wonderful experiences to anticipate.

Comox Valley Youth Music Centre (CYMC), British Columbia’s longest-running music camp, is celebrating its 46th year of operations and is a much-anticipated summer event.

The music camp was originally developed as a summer retreat for the Vancouver Junior Symphony Orchestra.

Now the programs offered have expanded to offer training in all music disciplines from beginning musical studies to advanced solo, orchestral, chamber music, voice and dance. With five different programs to choose from, students who attend CYMC 2013 have many wonderful experiences to anticipate.

• Classical Piano runs June 30 to July 7 and is a program designed for aspiring pianists of all ages.

The intensive week will include daily master classes and seminars and private lessons with one of Canada’s finest pianists, Sarah Hagen. It is limited to four participants, so, with two spots already filled, early registration is important.

• Classical Music — Winds and String runs June 30 to July 14 and is an exciting program for young musicians ages 13 to 22 who play string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments.

This year there will be a limit of 70 students for the intensive camp with divisions into Symphonic Winds for advanced wind and percussion instruments and a CYMC Wind Ensemble for less-experienced winds, brass and percussion with guaranteed fun works to play.

A highlight of the classical music program is the Concerto Competition, which is open to all instrumentalists. Winners perform with the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra and also receive a full-tuition scholarship for the following year.

• CYMC Musical Theatre Program runs June 29 to July 21 inclusive and is under the leadership of a local creative team who bring incredible expertise to the young people ages 12 to 19, as they prepare Shrek, The Musical for performance at the Sid Williams Theatre.

For many musical theatre students this is the highlight of their year offering a unique combination of hard work, relaxation, learning. Friendships are often made that last long after summer is over. Auditions are not necessary to get into the program. However, it begins with rigorous auditions for casting similar to those experienced in the professional theatre. No role has been pre-cast so all participants will start on an equal footing when they arrive.

• Island Jazz runs July 14 to July 21 under the expert tutelage of a “local” faculty, both professional performers and instructors, from the jazz talent that abounds in the Comox Valley and Nanaimo area.

It is one week of intensive jazz studies covering big band, combos, and sectionals/master classes with many opportunities for students to jam at venues in the community. Canadian Jazz icon Phil Dwyer will conduct an afternoon workshop, an experience not to be missed, and an outdoor Saturday evening concert at Filberg Park will conclude the week.

• A recent addition, the Junior Strings Program, runs July 1 to July 6 and is a popular program for young string players, ages  nine to 12.

The classes will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day and is a comprehensive program of string orchestra instruction. New this year will be an opportunity to form ensembles and experience playing chamber music.

• Faculty concerts with professional and polished performances are a cornerstone of the busy summer season, enthusiastically attended by faculty, music camp students and discerning valley audiences who love the exciting potpourri of music that CYMC creates each summer.

Don’t fail to check for incredible photos and video footage of previous years with a plethora of pertinent information about the exciting events to come with CYMC 2013.

— Comox Valley Youth Music Centre

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