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To our valued campers and supporters

May 22, 2020

We hope you are keeping well and finding balance in this strange time in our lives with everyone working, studying and playing at home together.

On May 19, the province of Ontario began Stage 1 of the reopening phases.  This is the first of three stages, each of which will last two to four weeks pending the progression of virus case numbers.  The Ontario government also announced that Summer Day Camps will be permitted to run, but under strict guidelines. Potentially, we could be in Stage 3 by the time Summermusic is scheduled to begin on July 13th, but this still won’t be “back to normal” – many restrictions will still apply.

After closely following the progression of the pandemic for several months now, we have decided it is best to cancel all full-day programs for Summermusic 2020. The health and safety of our campers and staff are of utmost importance to us, and we feel we would not be able to guarantee these even if the province has reached Stage 3. Being a music day-camp makes us a little different from other camp experiences. Can you imagine a choir or orchestra physically distanced from each other? Or a beginner instrument class where the instructor cannot help the child to hold the instrument properly? Not to mention the transmission of germs from the breath when singing or playing any kind of wind instrument. We discussed several variations to our programming but in the end, there was no scenario that didn’t adversely affect the quality of our camp experience, especially not in a fun and stress-free way, while adhering to strict health and safety standards.This is the most responsible and prudent course to take, although it is extremely disappointing for our staff and for all the children who were looking forward to attending Summermusic 2020.

For those already registered in Summermusic’s Music for the Young in the 5 to 8 age groups, we are offering a special opportunity to take part in their sessions online with Marion Arthur, through Zoom.  You should have already received a message with further details, and we look forward to your response.

We will be sending full refunds via e-transfer to all full-day registered campers, and to any Music for the Young campers who choose not to take the Zoom sessions.

We want to extend our sincere appreciation for the support of all our Summermusic families and friends. We wish you all good health, and look forward to seeing you back at Summermusic 2021.


At Deep River Summermusic, we provide a wonderful music and day-camp experience for young musicians aged 5 to 18, from beginners to advanced.

Our campers have the time of their lives, making friends and learning in a challenging, supportive environment. Campers tell us they learn more in two weeks than they did all year!

Being immersed in music all day, it’s impossible not to soak it all in and achieve more than you thought possible.

“Summermusic was an integral part of every summer break for me. It was a great chance to expand our musical knowledge, have a ton of fun, goof around with old and new friends, and after years, became a sort of reunion for repeat campers…. I still get teary-eyed and excited when I hear songs we used to perform, and hope that my daughter is as lucky to attend in a few years!”
-Margot, camper 1997-2000

The Summermusic staff is made up of highly trained, experienced professional musicians and educators, who come to Deep River from all around Ontario and the rest of Canada, bringing enormous enthusiasm for teaching young musicians.

“My son was reluctant to attend, however after the first day he couldn’t stop talking about what they were doing at camp.”
-Parent of Sean, 2017 camper

“Thank you to all the staff who made this such a fantastic experience for our daughter. From meeting a new best friend, to being able to express her love for singing, to discovering an interest for playing an instrument, Summermusic was a wonderful fit for her this summer”
-Parents of Paige, 2019 camper

Participants from outside the Deep River area are always welcome. We can help arrange carpools or billets. Contact us for more information.

“Summermusic was a real help for our three boys to decide which instrument would fit best.”
-Parent of David, Dominic, and Ezra, campers 2006-2013