July 24 - 28, 2017
Performances: Thursday 7 pm and Friday 2 pm
St. Vladimir's Cultural Centre, 404 Meredith Road NE
9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
The Piano Camp is an exciting five-day experience for pianists, aged 10 to adult, to explore the many facets of piano playing in a supportive, fun atmosphere that promotes a positive attitude towards practising and performing. Students are coached in prepared solo repertoire and new ensemble pieces. Students attend classes in musical style, interpretation, memorization, technique and performance anxiety. Classes in choir, art, improvisation, and a featured composer (a different composer is selected each year) are also offered. Classes on Alexander technique are offered in select years.
Clinicians for 2017
Our featured clinicians for 2017 will be John Dupuis and Dr. Laura Bell
Mr. Dupuis holds Piano Performance degrees from McGill University and the University of British Columbia and is a Senior Piano Examiner of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Laura Bell earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance with high honors from New England Conservatory of Music in 1985 followed by a Master of Music in Piano Performance from University of Southern California in 1987 and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers in 1997.
Featured Composer for 2017
The featured composer for 2017 is Franz Schubert. Students are encouraged to prepare a piece suitable to ability and experience by this composer. Because some of the teaching from the clinicians will be specific to the featured composer, it will benefit students to have a reasonable knowledge of at least one piece by the that composer. Students who prepare a piece to a high standard will be considered for an opportunity to show the piece during the week. See the FAQ page for more details.
The Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus (available online) has a good choice of compositions for the yearly featured composers or speak to your piano teacher for recommendations.
CASSA Provides Passion and
Enthusiasm for Piano
Even on the surface, of course, the CASSA camps have many valuable assets, such as the fantastic quality of the teaching and the originality of the programs. Yet what the camps offer to young people beyond all that is an amazing chance to explore their artistic and emotional selves while still maintaining an atmosphere of childish fun and discovery. I had never before experienced the kind of environment where everyone was passionate about piano and about music in general, and there was no awkwardness or embarrassment in the expression of that passion. The outside world may not have thought avidly piano-focused teenagers were "cool," but CASSA continues to validate our enthusiasm.
CASSA Nourishes Inspiration and Connection for Life-long Learning
CASSA provides a supportive and inspirational network of friends and teachers who share a love for the arts. The number of people I've managed to connect with through this network over the years has benefitted me both in terms of my musical career and my own emotional well-being.
CASSA’s Non-competitive Environment Encourages Artistry
An important aspect of the CASSA experience is the non-competitive nature of the programs. This is something that can be hard to come by, with so much of the musical world focused on high-profile competitions, festivals and examinations. From day one of each CASSA camp, it is clearly established that everyone present has an important part to play in the final performance. The old saying that "there are no small roles" is particularly important and everyone is encouraged to perform to the best of their ability. In short, every person there, no matter his or her age or experience, is treated like an artist.
CASSA Provides a Worthwhile Sense of Accomplishment
Every CASSA student goes on stage feeling they have accomplished something truly wonderful. This organization represents true dedication to the arts as well as the people in them, and I can't thank them enough for their support and inspiration over the years. Here's to another magical year, and may there be many more!
Thursday, July 27, 7:00 pm and Friday, July 28, 2:00 pm
St. Vladimir's Cultural Centre
404 Meredith Road (Memorial Drive and Edmonton Trail)
We wish to remind you that videotaping of CASSA productions and performances is not permitted. DVDs of performances are available through CASSA. Friends and relatives may take photographs, but to avoid distracting the performers, please do not use flash photography during the performance.
Our Campers Love the Piano Camp Experience
“Art, lots of music, good clinicians.”
I learned a lot and met new people who share the same interests as I do.”
It’s an awesome camp to go to! Amazing people and t-shirts.”
Piano Camp Improvisation
The improvisation workshop portion of Piano Camp is a great way for CASSA students to explore another genre of piano playing, in particular JAZZ music. Improv Class is designed as a drop in class—students come and go, but everyone is encouraged to participate. My goal is to explore the foundations of playing from a lead sheet and to explore the musical theories behind improvisation. At the workshop we can have up to 10 students at a one time. To add to the excitement, all these students come into the class with varying degrees of musical knowledge—anywhere from Grade 3 to Grade 10 Royal Conservatory, to some jazz band performance, to some totally new at jazz.
Scholarships for Piano Camp
Marissa Staddon Memorial Scholarship Fund
Marissa Staddon Memorial Scholarship Fund, through the Calgary Arts Summer School Association (CASSA), will award a $100 scholarship to the most outstanding Piano Camp student each year.
2014 Scholarshop winner - Chelsea Chan and Cindy Zhang
Irina Ginzburg Memorial Fund
Irina Ginzburg was an enthusiastic supporter of CASSA’s summer programs. She was first a volunteer at Piano Camp, then joined the teaching staff and became an active member of the CASSA Board of Directors. In her honour, a scholarship will be awarded to the most improved Piano Camp student(s) each year.
2014 Memorial Fund winners - Vivian Du and Justin Pan
ARMTA Recognition Fund
This award recognizes 3 exceptional Piano Camp students who, in the opinion of the instructors, show outstanding promise and dedication to success and currently study with an ARMTA member. The award consists of three $100 scholarships.
2014 Scholarships - Riley Ngo, Jacob Sarkadi, and Agatha & Sophia Willey (these two shared one scholarship)
See the Donors and Sponsors Page for additional information on Scholarships and Bursaries
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