Students of all playing levels come to study at Midsummer Sound, from beginners to University students.
Students receive daily lessons and chamber music coachings with Juilliard students, take choir, arts & crafts, and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Two concerto competition winners are chosen each week to perform with the faculty ensemble.
Students are featured in public performances throughout the week, culminating in a final, chamber music concert.
We ♡ Midsummer Sound
- Friendship 80%
- Mentorship 90%
- Inspiration 100%
Summer musical study with Juilliard-trained faculty
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. -William H. Murray
Co-Founder and Co-Director of Midsummer Sound, JANICE LAMARRE teaches violin, viola, and Music Theory classes at Midsummer Sound. She combines her experiences from her own studies with those from teaching Undergraduate and Graduate students at Juilliard, Yale, and the Manhattan School of Music. Janice also brings aspects of masterclasses she has attended at Prussia Cove in England, in Austria, Germany, and in Fontainebleau, France to the students at Midsummer Sound.
Piano Faculty MICHAEL BERKOVSKY graduated from Juilliard and John Hopkins’ Peabody Conservatory with a Doctorate in Piano Performance. He has won numerous international competitions, and his student has won the Canadian Music Competition, performing with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Michael is a founding faculty member of Midsummer Sound, and returns to mentor Barrie students during the school year. He will teach a new piano jazz improv class this year, and we are very excited he is returning to teach in 2014.
New to Midsummer Sound, BEN SMITH has taught Piano Performance at Western University in Canada and Stony Brook University in the United States. He was recently the Pianist in Residence at Barrie’s Colours of Music, and frequently performs concertos and premieres new works. Ben graduated from Juilliard, and received a Doctorate in Piano Performance from Stony Brook University. He has won many honours and awards, and will mentor students in their interpretation of Classical works, practice techniques, and more. Midsummer Sound hopes that he will continue to perform and teach at Midsummer Sound for years to come!
SHARON PRATER has toured North and South America, Asia, and Europe as former cellist of the internationally acclaimed Colorado Quartet. Ms. Prater earned her Master of Music degree from Juilliard, and was teaching assistant to Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard Quartet. She also studied at the Aspen Music Festival with Paul Katz and the Cleveland Quartet, the Banff Institute with William Pleeth and Zoltan Szekely, and the Britten Pears School (England) with the Janácek and Vermeer Quartets. Relocating to Toronto in 1990, Sharon was subsequently a member of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Amadeus Ensemble, and the Espirit Orchestra. She has been on the faculty of the New School of Music (Philadelphia) and taught as adjunct chamber music faculty at the University of Toronto. Ms. Prater has been the Principal Cellist of the Toronto Philharmonia since 2003, and was the cellist of Ensemble Vivant between 1999 and 2009. Her recording with that group includes four discs – “The Music of Leroy Anderson”, “Audience Favourites”, “Fête Française” and “Homage to Astor Piazzola”.
NENA LAMARRE studied with Boris Berlin for many years, and is a fully-certified Suzuki teacher. She graduated from Western University, and has won national and international prizes in music. Nena’s students win competitions and honours each year in the Barrie Music Festival, and summer festivals including at Midsummer Sound. They have gone on to study music at University, and have returned to Midsummer Sound as Teaching Assistants and advanced performers. Nena’s beginner group piano classes are a highlight of Midsummer Sound, where she uses her decades of Summer Institute teaching experience to impart piano knowledge and skills in an exciting, fun, and creative way.
A graduate of Western Ontario, JANICE MACLEOD is the director and founder of Simcoe Singers, two adult and youth choirs attracting students throughout the Simcoe area. Her goals in teaching and directing the Midsummer Sound Choir, which performs on the Friday concerts and Wednesday Senior Serenade, is to promote an understanding and appreciation of choral singing, to develop musicianship, self-esteem and confidence, to cultivate lasting friendships, and to encourage youth to grow as leaders. By developing their voice and confidence to sing, Midsummer Sound students will gain confidence in public speaking, leadership, and in performing their instrumental works.
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Once your application is complete, the faculty will place your child in a chamber music group, assign a private teacher, and place him or her in the appropriate classes based on level of playing and musical knowledge.