Student Profile: Intermediate to Advanced, ages 12-18

This exciting new program will give students a chance to take their skills to the next level, with enrichment from gifted teachers and performers. Students will enjoy a challenging and fun atmosphere where performance and collaboration are valued, while also focusing on technique and ensemble experiences.

SummerStrings program

String Orchestra

June 29 - July 10, 2020

Week 1
10:30-12:00 pm

Week 2
1:00-2:20 pm

Ages 12-18
Schaffter Hall

The String Orchestra is for students who want to experience playing in a full string ensemble. The workshop provides an engaging atmosphere for students of all levels and is a fantastic place for students to develop their musical and technical skills.

Included with the String Orchestra in Week 1 are daily masterclasses on your own instrument, where students have a chance to work with professionals on their own string instrument in a positive and fun environment. Open to violin, viola, cello, and bass students.

Chamber Ensembles and Jazz Ensembles

July 6-10, 2020

2:30-3:30 pm

Ages 12-18
Schaffter Hall

Groups of 4-8 players will work in small ensembles under the direction of a single teacher. All levels are welcome and groups will be organized so that students work with others at a similar level.

The Chamber Ensembles will focus on learning to play in small groups, with an emphasis on different string techniques, musicianship and experiencing a variety of different music genres. Instrumentation will largely be string quartets and quintets, with a mix of violins, violas, cellos and bass. Jazz ensembles will focus on music in the jazz idiom to be played in quartets or quintets.

SummerStrings Faculty Director

Nathan JacklinNathan Jacklin BMus, MA candidate

Nathan Jacklin is a versatile musician, working as a cellist, conductor, arranger and teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Social, Cultural and Foundational Studies. Nathan is the music director of the Juan de Fuca Community String Orchestra and often works with the Civic Orchestra of Victoria. He is a founding member of the Victoria Cello Quartet and performs regularly as a cellist, including with the Victoria Symphony. Nathan is a strong believer in music both as an important part of everyday life and as an important way in which students can grow and develop life skills. He is currently the Director of Strings and Orchestra at Oak Bay High School.

Summer Academies Refund and Cancellation Policies

Refund and Cancellation Policies

In the event that a program is cancelled by St. Michaels University School (SMUS) for any reason, SMUS will issue a full refund of the program paid. If participants or families wish to cancel at any time before programs are approved to operate, they will receive a full refund.

Once camps have been approved to operate, families will be notified and cancellations from that point may be made up to 10 business days before the program start date. Cancellations made 10 business days before the program start date will receive a full refund, less a $20 administration fee.

All requests for cancellations must be made in writing via email to [email protected], or letter mailed to or dropped off at St. Michaels University School, 3400 Richmond Road, to the attention of the External Programs Coordinator.

Programs run subject to minimum enrolment, and we reserve the right to cancel a session or camp if the minimum enrolment is not met within one week prior to the start of the program. Parents will be notified immediately, and a full refund will be given.