Midsummer Sound presents 12 concerts this July 2016, performed by its critically-acclaimed Artists-in-Residence.  Music-lovers can enjoy free performances at Midhurst United Church, special Gala Scholarship Fundraising concerts with hors d’oeuvres, and an informal concert at Barrie’s Farmer Market on Saturdays.

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 graduates, 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.

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We ♡ Midsummer Sound

My camper Amy liked everything about the music camp. As her favourite part of playing the violin has always been group lessons she voluntarily and with enthusiasm practiced her assigned piece before the camp started. She enjoyed her different teachers and loved playing in the final concert. She especially liked the new friends she made. The camp was flexible and could schedule my child’s private session at the beginning when it was my turn to car pool. We both enjoyed the lunches available on site – though for different reasons.  In the end, I was sorry we hadn’t signed up for two weeks. And my camper wants to return next year!
  • Friendship 80%
  • Mentorship 90%
  • Inspiration 100%


July 11-15    Week One

July 18-22    Week Two


91 Doran Rd, Midhurst, ON L0L 1X0, Canada


Q: How can we contact you? A: Call 248.252.1050 or email info@midsummersound.org


Select your week(s), then mail your application and check to the following address


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

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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.


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.


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.

 Cellist ANDREW ASCENZO is quickly becoming one of Toronto’s most eclectic and versatile young performers. He recently appeared as a soloist with the Brampton Concert Band performing the rarely heard Cello Concerto by Friederich Gulda, as well as a soloist with the York Symphony Orchestra performing Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto.  Andrew has attended the Banff Summer Music program and had the privilege to study with some of the great cello masters, including Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker.  He is currently working towards completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto.  Andrew has played guitar and drumset in several bands over the last ten years. As a drummer, he has performed as a pit orchestra musician with local theatres in productions of Gypsy, Bye Bye Birdie, Godspell, and West Side Story. Beyond music, Andrew is an avid fan of Baseball and Soccer.


New York-based violinist Morganne Aaberg holds a masters degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a bachelors degree in violin performance from the Mannes College of Music. Ms. Aaberg cofounded the multimedia performance group Artists By Any Other Name in 2011, producing multimedia shows in venues such as the National Opera Center, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and the Tenri Cultural Institute. Ms. Aaberg has appeared with the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, and frequently presents solo recitals featuring the violin/piano sonata repertoire in New York City, and her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii.  Her more unusual collaborations include appearing with bluegrass bands Cinder Blue and the Quincy Street Band, and live improvisation with Oregon-based poet Alex Weiss.

Ms. Aaberg joined the faculty of the Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York City in 2011. She has also held positions at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and at the Meadowmount School of Music. 


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Jill Shipley directs the Midsummer Sound choir, using her decades of experience as a singer, choir member and conductor, and inspiring teacher in Barrie schools. 

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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.
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