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Summer Music Academy to welcome campers grades 8-12 to Providence
Providence is set to come alive with the sounds of music-making during Summer Music Academy, which will take place July 24-28 at the Otterburne campus.
Students entering grades 8-12 are invited to register for the week-long camp, and an early bird rate is available until June 18. Campers will enjoy the Providence university experience, including dorm life, activities and meals, and the institution’s passionate and experienced music faculty will ensure each student departs with enhanced interest and proficiency in their musical discipline, as well as memories that will last well into the future.
Campers can register in one of three streams: Voice (Theatre), Piano and Guitar. Instruction is both one-on-one and in small ensembles, and a concert for family and friends will conclude the week.
According to Summer Music Academy facilitator Laurelle Froese, instruction will be customized for the aptitudes of each student.
“We will tailor the week to ensure each student is both stimulated to further hone their skills and to try new ones,” she explains. “Our instructors are excited to work with where a student is in their musical development.”
Froese, an accomplished mezzo-soprano, was part of the Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program for the 2014-15 season. A two-time Jeune Ambassadeur Lyrique Laureate and the founder of the Winnipeg Vocal Academy, she has also performed at the Minsk Opera House in Belarus. She’ll provide Voice (Theatre) instruction during the Summer Music Academy.
She’ll be joined in the Voice (Theatre) stream by David Klassen and Dr. David Sawatzky. Klassen is a conductor and performer who has been engaged as a soloist by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Saskatoon Opera and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; Sawatzky is a choral singer and conductor whose choirs have performed throughout Canada and the United States as well as in Brazil, China and Cuba.
Providing piano instruction will be Christopher Kayler, a collaborative pianist who has studied at the Vancouver International Song Institute, SongFest (Los Angeles) and the Franz Schubert Institut (Baden bei Wien, Austria), and Tracey Regier Sawatzky, Instructor of Piano at Providence University College.
Willie Wiebe will lead the Guitar stream. His solo recording, Time Travel, was presented by CBC’s The Music Room, and he has also featured as a soloist during the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival.
Froese says she hopes campers depart the Summer Music Academy “wanting more,” feeling that musical progress has been made, new friends gained and meaningful music performed together.
“This means that instructors are creating an environment for a week-long camp that is fun, has lots of different activities to keep students engaged, and is overall a positive and encouraging experience,” she says.
“We want students to come because they love music and want to have fun!”
REGISTER for the Providence Summer Music Academy.
(Top to bottom: Laurelle Froese (right) as Ida in Die Fledermaus with the Vancouver Opera; Willie Wiebe (right) teaching guitar at Providence.)


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