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.
Lauded by the New York Times as “colorful, committed” and “finely polished,” violinist HEIDI SCHAUL-YODER has performed chamber and solo works throughout North America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, she has performed with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the New Juilliard Ensemble, AXIOM, and Continuum, and was recently invited to perform in Tokyo alongside musicians of the Ensemble Modern. As a devoted chamber musician, Ms. Schaul-Yoder has performed at such festivals as Prussia Cove, Kneisel Hall, Domaine Forget, and the Beijing International Festival and Academy. Committed to bringing music to diverse communities, she has given masterclasses and interactive performances for students of the GURI Santa Marcelina Program in Brazil, and has served as a guest artist at the University of Southern Florida.
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.
Praised by the Winnipeg Free Press as a “dynamo pianist” with an “intense focus, virtuosic technique” and “poetic sensibility,” SU JEON continues to captivate audiences throughout Canada and abroad. The winner of the 2007 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, she recently completed a 16-city recital tour of Canada, performed the Beethoven Second Concerto with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, the Grieg Piano Concerto with the North York Concert Orchestra, Prokofieff Third Concerto with the York Symphony Orchestra, and has been invited for return engagements at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society in Ontario, and the University of Calgary.
A member of The Academy – a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute – cellist CALEB VAN DER SWAAGH is an accomplished chamber musician and soloist. He is the recipient of the 2010 Tanglewood Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize and was a grant recipient from the Virtu Foundation and the Williams Foundation for the Arts as well as receiving Columbia University’s Dolan and Rappaport Prizes. In addition to performing in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Jordan Hall, and Miller Theater, Caleb has played in such nontraditional settings as Rockwood Music Hall (New York City), Snug Harbor Jazz Club (New Orleans), and Yes Oui Si (Boston).
DAVID JONES brings his multi-faceted artistry to Midsummer Sound. Known primarily as a pianist, composer, and jazz improviser, David is also an accomplished violinist. He brings all these skills to bear in his top-level teaching of young students, including his own highly musical children. David tours in ground-breaking piano trio, Vox Metropolis, incorporating improvisation and film to create a new genre of music. David has performed with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, received his musical degrees from the University of Toronto, and is a highly-respected pedagogue.
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.
Apply Now for Summer Study
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.