Cardiovascular Fitness and stretches for musicians
These morning sessions were developed by biomechanics professor Boris Bajin and musicians' physiotherapist Barbara Paull. Warm-ups encourage musicians to think of taking care of their bodies important to their musical training.
Chamber Music Ensembles
Groups of 3-5. Each ensemble is coached by a TCMI faculty member. The ensembles are of varied instrumental combinations. The musicians are grouped by age and level. Students will work intensively for two weeks on their specially selected music. Each ensemble will perform at the final concert.
In this class students write their own chamber music under the guidance of composer Daniel Friedman. Several students work together to produce a chamber music piece. Some students use their second instrument in the composition class. All compositions will be performed at the end of the two week programme.
Students are guided in a daily programme of body stretches and sports developed by Boris Bajin, Professor of Biomechanics at York University and Barbara Paull, Musicians' Physiotherapist. Sport is an important part of the day and all students are encouraged to participate. New skills are learned from our excellent coach. Our beautiful, natural setting is conducive to outdoor sport.
All students will sing in the TCMI chorus. The choir will learn several pieces which will be performed in the evening fiddle concert and the final student concert. Repertoire includes music from ancient to modern as well as folk forms from many countries.
The string players form an orchestra which is sometimes augmented with winds and brass. This group, conducted by TCMI faculty, plays larger chamber works. There are also opportunities for advanced students to perform a concerto with the orchestra.
Angela Hammar and visiting coach Nicholai Tarasov direct special intrumental groups in music from the Renaissance period.
TCMI faculty and senior apprentice musicians work with participants at specially designated times.
Students are given the opportunity to work and play with reknown Appalachian style fiddler Erynn Marshall. All students are taught a brief history of the fiddling heritage and learn some authentic fiddling pieces by ear. They will also play together in the fiddling concert with Erynn and Chris Coole, banjo player.
New Feature - Musical Story Time
At the end of the day, stories from the opera will be read and told. These will be especially selected for children.