"All of my four children loved this highly artistic camp and returned time and time again."
Dorothy Pellerein, professional musician

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We will be located in Thornhill Baptist Church, 8018 Yonge Street at Royal Orchard in the centre of Thornhill. The YRT and VIVA buses stop at Royal Orchard.

TCMI Student Concert

Students of all ages are accepted to the Thornhill Chamber Music Institute. The camp provides instruction in elementary to highly advanced music making. Older students are excellent role models for the younger children. A supportive and family-like atmosphere adds a special dimension to the TCMI programme.

Class room scene

A low student to teacher ratio ensures that students have close instruction from the professional faculty. The faculty chooses the music for the chamber ensembles to learn during the two week period. As much as possible, original scores are used as opposed to arrangements. Many students and teachers have commented that dramatic progress is made during the two weeks at TCMI. Students are often so inspired that they do extra practice at home. This ensures that their individual parts will be improved each day for their particular ensemble. The social interaction and team work required in the study and performance of chamber music provides a deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

TCMI Student Concert

An integral part of the TCMI programme is the development of the musician as a whole. Students are taught to approach their musical training similarly to that of an athlete. The Bio-Mechanics teaching of Olympic coach/athlete Boris Bajin and musician's physiotherapist Barbara Paull are still followed in our programme today. The students are encouraged to use the correct physical setup while performing and practising. This training helps young musicians to begin to be aware of the importance of the ergonomics of playing an instrument.

Thornhill Chamber Music Institute also is dedicated to the performance of Canadian composers. Composers such as Edward Arteaga, James Brown, Chan Ka Nin and Daniel Friedman have had their work performed at the camp over the years. Canadian Heritage plays an important role as well. The fiddlers Donald MacLelland, Anne Lederman and David Greenberg have returned to the institute in past years to lead the students in workshops on Canadian folk fiddling and step dancing. Erynn Marshall and Chris Coole have introduced Appalachian style fiddling to TCMI.

 

Home

About TCMI

Course Outline

Instructors

Daily Schedule

Online Placement