Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 8
The inaugural weekend camp for the Kingston Youth Choir will take place at Wintergreen Studios, located in the heart of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, less than an hour from Kingston. While intended primarily for members of the choir, other teen-aged musicians who have a friend in the choir, and who play a portable instrument—think violin, flute, trumpet, cello, guitar, clarinet—are welcome to join in for the weekend events. Fellow singers who are not part of the KYC are also welcome!
Here’s how it will all unfold. You will arrive mid-afternoon on Friday. After settling into your room or cabin, or pitching your tent, you will meet your fellow musicians—maybe even have an informal jam session on the porch outside the main lodge. In the early evening, we will enjoy a delicious Wintergreen dinner together, in the lodge. After the meal, the first formal music-making session will take place, led by Kingston Youth Choir Music Director, Emily McPherson. You’ll also have a chance to talk about what you hope to learn during the weekend, and what kinds of musical experiences you’d like to take part in.
On Saturday, there will be a combination of activities, including a djembe drumming workshop with Kevin Fell from HOZA!, guided hikes in the woods (with swimming in the lake for those who are interested), as well as music-making of various kinds. Sunday will feature music ensembles in the morning, both instrumental and vocal, along with another guided hike and swim. After lunch on Sunday, workshop participants will provide an informal concert for the general public—and their parents!—before heading home.
The fee of $175 covers all tuition, six meals, workshops, and shared accommodation.
Register here for the workshop.