Summermusic’s full-day campers experience a wide range of activities.  They stretch their minds and imaginations – and their muscles! – as they develop their skills and understanding of music.  In addition to their instrumental sessions, all full-day campers participate in musical arts, massed choir, creative development and recreation. It’s a fast-paced day of fun, friends, and music!

Full-day camp hours are 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.


Junior Musicians are aged 9 (entering school grade 4) and up.  No previous musical experience is required.  Junior Musicians begin each day in choir where they learn songs and develop their music reading and listening skills. These children will learn the basics of playing an instrument of their choice in a group setting.  We provide the instruments!  Participants are to select one instrument from this list: violin, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, or trombone.

Please note: if your child has learned the same beginner instrument for two years at Summermusic, please help them to choose a different instrument this year.  We will gladly assist in this decision – contact us!

JUNIOR FEES:    $430 before June 4                  $480 after June 4


Intermediate Musicians are past the beginner stage on their instrument and up to Grade 4 RCM level. Minimum age is 9 (entering school grade 4).  Any orchestral instrumentalist is welcome (strings, woodwinds and brass) plus experienced recorder players. Intermediate Musicians play together in orchestra and begin each day in an ensemble with their instrument family.


Senior Musicians are students of orchestral instruments (strings, woodwinds and brass) who are playing above Grade 4 RCM level. These musicians are 11 to 18 years old.  Senior Musicians play together in orchestra and begin each day in an ensemble with their instrument family. 

INTERMEDIATE AND SENIOR FEES:    $385 before June 4                  $440 after June 4

FULL-DAY STAFF: Susan Butler, Natasha MacDonald, April Morris, Kevin Myers, Marion Arthur, Liz Hart, Karen Christian and Wendy Sur.  Additional staff to be hired as needed.




We are excited to offer a new program for ages 3 to 5, which was developed by early-childhood music specialist Sandra Allen. Sandra formulated this course as a result of her 40 years as a music educator and 30 years as an Orff specialist as well as incorporating her experience in her studies for her master’s degree in music education at the University of Western Ontario. The program has been enthusiastically enjoyed by young children and their parents in Pembroke, and we are very pleased that Sandra is bringing it to Summermusic. In this session, children will explore singing, rhythm activities, circle time and movement to music. They will use small percussion instruments and play fun music games together. And each child will have their own workbook to take home! Parents and caregivers will see their children experience the joy of music and will pick up some ideas on how to continue exploring music at home.

Faculty: Sandra Allen.         

Please note – children in this session must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


3 to 5 year-olds (born 2019 to 2017):                   10:40 to 11:20               

Fees:  $160 before June 4             $175 after June 4


The children who attend these mini-courses will experience the joy of music through singing, rhythm games, and movement. 5- and 6-year-olds have a 45-minute session in the mornings.  7-and 8-year-olds have a 60-minute session each afternoon which includes instrumental instruction on recorder, violin or cello. Course fee includes recorder purchase or rental cost for violin or cello. Please select your choice of instrument on the registration form.

Faculty: Music for the Young instructor Marion Arthur with assistant Liz Hart and instrumental faculty.


5 and 6 year-olds (born 2017 or 2016):                   8:30 to 9:15               

Fees:  $200 before June 4                        $215 after June 4

7 and 8 year-olds (born 2015 or 2014):                   12:30 to 1:30                 

Fees:  $230 before June 4                        $255 after June 4

**Enrolment is limited for all Music for the Young programs, so register your child soon**

MUSIC FOR THE YOUNG STAFF:   Marion Arthur: instructor and cello    Liz Hart: assistant and recorder                                                           Sandra Allen: Parent and Tot instructor


What do we do at Summermusic? Read below to find out. 

Junior Choir – for Junior Musicians

This is where our Junior campers begin each day. Kevin and Wendy lead the children in singing, developing music-reading skills, and expanding general musical knowledge in a fun and friendly environment.  You don’t need to know anything about music before you come, but those who do have previous musical experience will learn lots more! 

Beginner Instruments – for Junior Musicians

Our Junior Musicians receive daily beginner instruction on an instrument they select when they register, and we provide the instruments! Juniors get lots of opportunity to become familiar with their new instruments, as they will use them in Creativity sessions as well as in their daily beginner class.

Winds and Brass Ensemble and Technique – for Intermediate and Senior woodwind and brass players

This is where our Intermediate and Senior woodwind and brass players begin each day.  Under Susan’s expert guidance, the musicians will expand their understanding of technical issues such as breathing, use of air and tongue, facility, intonation, and blend.  They will apply these skills in challenging and inspiring music for wind ensemble.

String Ensemble and Technique – for Intermediate and Senior string players

This is where our Intermediate and Senior violins, violas, and cellos begin each day. These musicians will work with Natasha and April to build on their knowledge of technical issues such as use of the bow, shifting, tone, and tuning.  They will apply these skills by playing challenging and inspiring music for string ensemble.

Orchestra – for Intermediate and Senior Musicians

Orchestra is where strings, woodwinds, and brass students play together. For many students, this may be their only opportunity all year to play in an ensemble with other instrument families, and it is great fun! Summermusic’s orchestras learn a variety of different pieces of music, carefully selected by conductors Susan and Natasha to suit the abilities and instrumentation of each ensemble. 

Musical Artsfor everyone!

Why do some pieces of music make us feel happy and others make us feel sad?  What is a symphony or a fugue or an opera?  How can music conjure up pictures in your mind? In April’s Musical Arts sessions  we listen to all kinds of music and share the thoughts and feelings they create within us. 

Massed Choir – for everyone!

Each day, all full-day campers sing together under Kevin’s leadership. It is a wonderful and powerful experience to be one voice within a large choir, singing music with parts for different voices.

Creative Development – for everyone!

Creative Development is an opportunity to develop listening skills, improve music literacy, and explore creating music. Campers will rotate through sessions with three different instructors to experience a variety of creativity activities. These sessions will include elements of improvisation, composition, rhythmic activities and ear training.  

Recreation – for everyone!

Every afternoon, our full-day campers have an outdoor period to play organized games at a variety of intensities. Each activity is coordinated by a staff member.