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Toronto Summer Music Festival & Academy

By Musical Toronto on October 29, 2014




Address: 212-90 Wellesley Street West, Toronto M5S 1C5

Phone:  647-430-5699



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An international classical music festival and academy, Toronto Summer Music Festival brings world-renowned performing artists to Toronto for an unparalleled combination of concerts, guest lectures and Masterclasses.

“Toronto Summer Music has become one of the city’s most eagerly awaited summer cultural events, and I am thrilled to welcome audiences to our festival and academy where we create and foster connections between great artists and great music.” says Douglas McNabney.

The 2015 TSMF featured an array of renowned Canadian and international artists including Garrick Ohlsson, Karita Mattila and YOA Orchestra of the Americas with Ingrid Fliter in seven concerts in Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory and eleven concerts in Walter Hall at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music.  The 2016 Festival will be announced on April 12, 2016.

The TSMF Academy offers instruction at the highest level to musicians on the threshold of professional careers through the Chamber Music Institute and the Art of Song programs. As part of the Festival, TSMF Fellows performed on stage along with Resident Artists of the festival in a series of Saturday concerts – TSMF Fellows and Mentors.


2016 Academy Programs

Art of Song Program

July 10-23, 2016

Applications are now closed

This program, for a small cohort of eight singers and four pianists is devoted to the study and performance of Art Song.  During this two-week session, participants study with all faculty members, voice and piano, thus receiving advice from a variety of musical traditions and perspectives.  The session also offers detailed study of text, diction, and action coaching.  Our goal is to provide the selected Fellows the luxury of total immersion in Art Song in a community of artists from around the world.

This year’s mentors include German soprano Anne Schwanewilms and Malcolm Martineau, one of the world’s most celebrated collaborative pianists. Steven Philcox will be coordinating the program.  

Performance opportunities are paramount in the Art of Song Program and Fellows have the opportunity to perform in Private and Public Masterclasses as well as at ticketed Art of Song Recitals on the Toronto Summer Music Festival stage.

Chamber Music Institute

July 11 – August 7, 2016

Applications are now closed.

The Chamber Music Institute for piano and strings welcomes individuals and pre-formed ensembles for intensive coaching sessions, rehearsals, and performances.  The focus is on learning through performance.  Fellows will perform alongside our guest artists as Mentors. With enrollment limited to 18, participating Fellows work with distinguished international faculty in an intimate, collegial atmosphere.  Individual instrumentalists are placed in chamber groups with at least one artist Mentor per group.

Performance opportunities are paramount to this program and selected Fellows will have the opportunity to perform at outreach concerts in the community as well as at weekly Mentors & Fellows Concerts that are a part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

All applicants receive a full Fellowship to attend and accommodations are provided.



 TBA April 2016!

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