The Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School

The fourth annual Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School, directed by Greg Skidmore with Guest Artist Robert Hollingworth, will take place in May 2022.

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.


Applications

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Applications are not yet open, as we are still finalising our plans for 2022. Please get in touch if you would like any more information.

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While the course is open to everyone aged 18 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.


More Information

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Cost

The course fee for CRMSS 2022 has not yet been set.

We pride ourselves on keeping the fee absolutely as low as possible while offering a world-class experience. Your fee 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, attendance and participation in masterclasses, private recitals, church services, and public concerts as well as musical scores (many of which will be newly edited) which are yours to keep after the course finishes.

Successful applicants will be asked to provide a deposit before the course begins to secure their place. This will be counted against the total course fee, the remainder of which will be due later. Once fees are paid, CRMSS reserves the right to limit any refund, taking into account the individual circumstances of a participant's cancellation.

Accommodation

Accommodation costs are not included in the course fee. We can, however, arrange accommodation for participants who would chose from a range of options.

Participants may also 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

Travel to CRMSS 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

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