The Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School

The Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School

The Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School 2020 has been postponed until 2021 because of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The information on this page and much of the rest of this website relates to the proposed 2020 version of the course, left here as an indication of what was planned. If you wish to inquire about the course in 2021, please get in touch.

The Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School is now a federally registered not-for-profit organisation in Canada. We are struggling like all other arts organisations. Please consider donating to us if you are able.

The third annual Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School, directed by Greg Skidmore, will take place in London, Ontario in May 2020.

Aimed primarily, but not exclusively, at undergraduate students, graduates, and young professional singers, The Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School (CRMSS) is dedicated to the study and performance of Renaissance polyphonic vocal music at the highest levels.

Come and learn from internationally acknowledged specialist tutors from the worlds of performance and academia, and be immersed in this magnificent music for a week. It will be an intensive period of rehearsal and performance, both liturgically and in concert, all with an emphasis on quality in performance.

Saturday, May 9th


Sunday, May 17th


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Applications for CRMSS 2020 are now open! Please click here to go to the Contact page of this website to fill in and submit an online application form.

The application deadline is Saturday, February 1st 2020.

While the course is open to everyone aged 19 and over, successful applicants will have a high level of sight reading confidence and some experience with small ensemble and one per part a capella singing. Current and recent university music students are especially encouraged to apply and some familiarity with Renaissance repertoire will also be an asset. We encourage everyone to apply, though; a major in vocal studies is not a requirement, nor is the completion of formal musicological study.

This course will be very heavily focussed on performance; we will encounter academic, liturgical, and stylistic questions primarily through our practical engagement with the music itself. All that is required is an open mind and an affinity for collaborative ensemble music making.

Academic Accreditation

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We are excited to continue our formal academic accreditation through the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University at CRMSS 2020. Current undergraduate music students at Western may be able to receive an Experiential Learning half credit by attending CRMSS 2020.

Those seeking to gain undergraduate academic credit for their time at CRMSS will participate in the same events and have the same opportunities as the rest of the participants, and their CRMSS course fee will be the same (see below). However, in order to gain the half credit, they will need to get pre-approval before the summer school begins from Dr. J. Cuciurean, Associate Dean (Academic Programs and Admissions), who will provide additional details upon application.

Graduate music students at Western are also encouraged to contact Catherine Nolan, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) for more information on obtaining credit by attending CRMSS 2020.

This accreditation validates our strong academic credentials at The Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School, while also acknowledging the crucial roles rehearsal and performance, both in a liturgical context and in concert, play in the study of music from the past. We are excited to welcome Western undergraduate students onto the course in 2019!

More information

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The course fee for CRMSS 2020 is $500. This covers more than 35 hours of ensemble and individual coaching over the course of 7 days, participation in lectures and panel discussions led by our resident musicologist tutors, and scores (many of which will be newly edited and will be yours to keep after the course finishes).

Successful applicants will be notified in mid February 2020 and asked to provide a deposit of $150 immediately to secure their place. This will be counted against the total course fee, the remainder of which will be due on Friday, May 1st 2020. Once fees are paid, CRMSS reserves the right to limit any refund, taking into account the individual circumstances of a participant's cancellation.


Accommodation costs are not included in the course fee. In the past, we have been able to arrange accommodation for participants who choose from a range of options. We are currently exploring these and will post details here when they're available.

Participants are of course entitled to arrange and pay for accommodation entirely on their own, but transport between your accommodation and the course venues will not be supplied by CRMSS.


Travel to London, Ontario is your responsibility. Once you have arrived for the course, if you've come by public transport, we will make sure you get to where you need to go.

Previous CRMSS Reports

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After each course, Founder and Artistic Director Greg Skidmore prepares a report, with input from the tutor team and some testimonials from participants, giving you the opportunity to get a feel for what happened at CRMSS that year. Please give them a read, and get in touch if you would like to know more!

CRMSS 2018 Report CRMSS 2019 Report

Download a course poster

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If you would like to print off a PDF poster to advertise the summer school at your univeristy, church, or other institution, please download one below, designed for two paper sizes:

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The Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School is federally registered in Canada as a not-for-profit corporation.