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Summer Music Academy

From Mozart to Matilda we have got your musical muses covered this summer. The Summer Academy is designed to give enthusiastic singers and pianists an opportunity to develop their skills in a supportive and stimulating environment. Located on beautiful CMU campus in Tuxedo, students will spend the week participating in activities and classes to develop them as musicians and interpreters.

Students between the ages of 12–19 will have the opportunity to work with professional musicians. Focusing on solo repertoire, students will all have opportunity to perform in masterclass settings, end of day mini performances, and in a public performance on the final day.

The program is aimed at the keen student interested in further developing their skills over the summer months. This program is ideal for those preparing for audition and exam repertoire.

Week 1: A Star is Born: Musical Stars from past to present!  For Grades 7-9 Pianists and Singers will explore their instruments as soloists and collaborators. All musicians will have the opportunity to perform in small ensembles in addition to their solo work. Daily private and group lessons are supplemented with acting, movement, creative process and artistic expression. Elements of examination prep and musicianship will also be emphasised for all participants. Our goal is that participants feel empowered to make music with more confidence and that they gain tools to help them express music more completely.

Week 2: Grades 10-12 (completed Grade 9) Singers will engage in 4 days primarily focused on the solo singer. Acting, creative process, song writing masterclasses, lessons and coachings will make these days full! For students in this age category this is an excellent opportunity to fine tune examination or audition repertoire. 

Schedule will include:

  • Creative process (get our of your comfort zone and respond in the moment)
  • Individual and group lessons
  • Art Expression
  • Group Music Class
  • Acting for singers
  • Movement classes
  • Diction work
  • Masterclasses (all participants may perform)
  • Ensemble rehearsals and coaching with professional pianists.

2020 Program dates: ** In person camp has been cancelled for 2020.  Free virtual workshop information coming soon.

Week 1: July 20 - 24, 2020 (final performance afternoon of July 24)

Times: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Location: Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB


Early bird Week 1: $350.00 (piano or voice focus)/ $400.00 (dual focus – piano/voice registration)      

Early bird Week 2: $300.00

 **Earlybird deadline May 20, 2020

Regular Prices (registeration after May 20)

Week 1: $400.00 (piano or voice focus)/ $450.00 (dual focus – piano/voice registration)              

Week 2: $350.00

(*50.00 cancellation fee if cancelling prior to July 1, 2020. No refunds after July 1, 2020)



Class Descriptions

Movement – Each day participants will wake their minds and bodies up with some creative movement, which may include light stretching, yoga, and breathing exercises.

Theory – Students will explore a new music theory concept in a creative and engaging way. Some topics will include:

  • Impressive Intervals!
  • Lit Landmarks! (reading notes on the staff)
  • Real-time Rhythm!

Creative Process – Students will participate in games and techniques to keep their creative minds growing.  Many of the games and activities in this class are common in acting classes and provide a fun and active way to fuel creativity.                        

Group Music – Students will spend time in small groups creating music together Some examples are:

  • Bucket Drumming – Creating a song using rhythm, drum sticks and buckets
  • Song-writing – Using a given topic, the group will create and perform a short song together
  • Improvisation – Using a 12-bar blues structure, the students will improvise melodies and provide the accompaniment for a jazz song                                                     

Individual and Group lessons – all students will receive both individual and lessons to work on solo repertoire which they bring to the academy. Repertoire will be prepared in advance of the academy.

Active listening – Students will be encouraged to use critical listening skills as a practice and learning tool.  Students will listen to their peers and recordings displaying different styles of music for their instrument. They will learn to recognizing how they differ and, in turn, how to achieve these styles.

Games/Free time – There will be time for fun. On the beautiful Canadian Mennonite University campus there is plenty of room to be outside, play, and explore. Dedicated teachers will also lead students in games for a break.

Masterclass – Interested students will have the opportunity to perform in a masterclass with a guest teacher. Students who perform will perform, receive feedback and work with the teacher.

Art Expression – Students will have an opportunity to use art to express themselves, in an open class. Excellent art instructors will guide them to express and connect with the music they are working on at the Academy through visual art.

Mini Performances – Each day will end with a mini concert.

Diction – A group experience for singing language. Exploring French, German and Italian pronunciation.

Acting – Led by a professional actor, class may include improvisation, stage combat as well as other stage techniques.

Sight Reading – Pianists will be taught a systematic approach to sight reading, based on the circle of 5ths. Students will learn to look for patterns and to analyze a piece of music quickly. They will gain confidence in their reading skills and have fun doing it!

Ear Training – Students will spend time developing their ear, learning to recognize intervals, chords, and tunes. Ear training is more fun together!

Ensemble Playing – Each student will participate in a duet, trio, or quartet. This is a great opportunity to build friendships and skills by playing together.


Summer Music Academy Faculty

Judity Oatway

Glenda Friesen | piano coordinator and instructor, group music & musicianship

Glenda Friesen has completed an ARCT in Piano Performance and an ARCT in Piano Teaching. She also received a Diploma of Church Music and has studied Jazz Piano with Will Bonness from the University of Manitoba. She has studied Arts and Theology at Regent College (Vancouver, BC) and more recently at Wycliffe College (University of Toronto). She has collaborated with many musicians over the years in Winnipeg, Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area. She has been a music teacher for over 20 years and inspires students of all ages to enjoy music and pursue excellence. She received two teaching awards at Merriam School of Music in Oakville, ON. With a warm, engaging personality and a high energy teaching style, Glenda has become known for her adaptive approach, using creative strategies to focus on core strengths of each student.

Laurelle Jade Froese

Laurelle Jade Froese | voice instructor, creative process

Mezzo-soprano Laurelle Jade Froese is establishing herself as a young professional singer in Canada. She began her professional operatic debut in the spring of 2014 in Saskatoon Opera's Die Zauberflöte as second Lady and joined Vancouver Opera's Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program for the 2014/'15 season. Prior engagements and awards include being a 2013 and 2014 Jeune Ambassadeur Lyrique Laureate and representing Canada at the Minsk Opera House in Belarus.

Laurelle currently lives in Winnipeg and when not performing, she can be found teaching and singing with various communities throughout the city. Laurelle Froese is the founder of the Winnipeg Vocal Academy which seeks to promote classical music to under-served communities within Winnipeg. A passionate performer and teacher she absolutely loves to instill the love of music into students of all ages!

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Katy Hedalen Shariff | voice instructor

Katy has a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from University of British Columbia and a Masters of Music in Vocal performance and Pedagogy from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Originally from Vancouver, Katy has been teaching individual and group singing lessons for the past 15 years. She has a varied performing history (jazz, blues, pop, opera, and classical and musical theatre) and loves learning new repertoire. Her latest personal project is accompanying herself on the ukelele, as well as learning Bach Cantatas.  She is dedicated to teaching efficient, easy vocal technique in a variety of vocal styles.Katy has worked with students of all ages and all levels and is thrilled to be joining the teachers here at CSMA.

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Madeline Hildebrand | piano

Madeline Hildebrand graduated with a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia where she studied under distinguished pianist Jane Coop. She began her serious piano studies with Judith Kehler Siebert at the University of Manitoba.

Madeline has played in established Winnipeg concert series' such as the WSO, Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg, Agassiz Chamber Music Festival, Music n Mavens, Millennium noon Chamber Concerts, to name a few. She has appeared as a soloist and with Winnipeg's foremost classical players. Madeline is the gold medalist of the 2012 McLellan competition, and the silver medalist of the 2013 Eckhardt Gramatte competition.

Madeline serves on the board of Virtuosi Concerts where she spearheaded their Young Artists Program.

An in-demand teacher and clinician, Madeline is on faculty at the Canadian Mennonite University, and a regular faculty member at the Rosamunde Summer Festival in Winnipeg. As an adjudicator she has appeared at the Altona and Gimli music festivals. Maddy moonlights as the bass player in her bluegrass band, Hay Fever.


Rebecca Klassen-Wiebe | piano instructor, collaborative pianist

Rebecca Klassen-Wiebe is a recent graduate of CMU with her Bachelor of Music degree in Collaborative Piano Performance. She has studied with Dr. Cheryl Pauls, Darryl Friesen and Shirley Elias. Her many years of making music have also involved much collaborating with instrumentalists and choirs and playing for operas. She was the winner of the Verna Mae Janzen Award in 2014 and performed two credit recitals.

Rebecca has loved music from a young age as she participated in the Orff program and then began taking piano lessons. She enjoys collaborating with instrumentalists and choirs, something that began in high school and has continued to grow since then. Along with this passion for music, Rebecca loves working with children. The past many years Rebecca has spent her summers counselling and directing at camp.



Jesse Krause | art, creative expression

Jesse Krause is a musician, artist, naturalist and inventor working out of the great city of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Raised in British Columbia by artist/biologist/mother Edith and pastor/farmer/father Henry, he moved to the prairies in 2003. 

Early in his career Jesse fronted the indie band Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers. He now sings with his brother Thomas in Geräuschbiest and directs the Riel Gentlemen's Choir.

His latest work straddles choral composition and instrumental exploration.

He is currently fulfilling a Winnipeg Arts Council grant for the composition of a new oratorio, as well as the design of new instruments to perform the work.


Jacqueline Loewen | acting/fight coreography

Jacqueline has been teaching fight choreography for almost as long as she has been choreographing fights.  She has taught at MTYP, Prairie Theatre Exchange's Adult Classes, University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, Simon Frasier University, as well as personally organized workshops.  Some of her credits of professional fight work in theatre include: Otello (Manitoba Opera), Unnecessary Farce (RMTC), Am I Not King: The Last Concert of Richard II (Zone41), and Hand to God (RMTC) -for which she was nominated for a Winnipeg Theatre Award for Outstanding Choreography.


Judith Oatway | voice coordinator and instructor

Judith Oatway completed her Masters of Music in Voice from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Previously, Judith received her Bachelor of Music from Brandon University.

She has had the privilege of studying with several national and internationally renowned musicians including Tracy Dahl, Sophie Roland, and Valdine Anderson.

Judith has performed locally with Flipside Opera and with the Manitoba Opera Chorus. She has also performed with Kitchener Opera, University of Western Opera, and Opera Nuova. Judith is proud to be a part of the dynamic faculty at CSMA and is committed to sharing her knowledge of vocal technique and performance to her students.

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Lisa Rumpel | piano coordinator, collaborative pianist

Praised for her "fierce artistry and sheer stamina" (Winnipeg Free Press), Canadian pianist Lisa Rumpel is passionate about communicating classical music to a variety of audiences. As an alumnus of the Franz Schubert Institute, Vancouver International Song Institute, Opera Nuova, University of Manitoba and Brandon University, Lisa is equally comfortable collaborating in art song, chamber music, opera, and choral music.  Since completing her Master of Music (Collaborative Piano) in 2015, Lisa has been an active member of the Manitoba music community. In addition to vocal coaching and collaborating at the University of Manitoba, Lisa plays for the Winnipeg Singers, Manitoba Underground Opera, and is Associate Director of Flipside Opera and Living Room Live. An avid recitalist, Lisa particularly enjoys performing in house concerts, inviting audience members of every background to enjoy classical music. 


Past masterclasses with:

Monica Huisman

Monica Huisman

Dutch-Canadian Soprano, Monica Huisman has been hailed as possessing a soprano voice that 'embodies both flawless technique and dramatic impact' (Opera Canada). Monica has delighted audiences from Amsterdam's Concertgebouw to Guatemala City with the reputation of her 'silken' voice 'consistently crafting each note into a work of art' (Winnipeg Free Press).

She has soared on the stages of Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, The Netherlands Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Ontario and Saskatoon Opera in productions of Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Cunning Little Vixen, La Boheme, Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel and Lakme. Many of these performances have been broadcasted by CBC Radio on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.

Recent engagements included Villa Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras with Rio International Cello Festival in Rio di Janeiro, Mahler's 4th with the WSO, broadcasted by the CBC, Mendelssohn's Lobegesang with the VSO, Four Songs for Cello and voice by Previn with the VSO, and Handel's Messiah with the WSO. Upcoming engagements include Beethoven's 9th Symphony with both the VSO and the RSO, Falstaff with MOA and the Elijah with the WSO.


Lara Ciekiewicz

Whether being hailed as "mesmerizing" (Classical Voice of North Carolina), "magnificently bell-toned" (Capital Critics Circle), or "a clear standout" (San Francisco Classical Voice), soprano Lara  is making her mark as a dynamic singing-actress. This season, she made her Flipside Opera debut as the ferocious Helga in Gisela in her Bathtub, became Mrs. Nordstrom in Dry Cold Productions' A Little Night Music, and created the role of May in Opera on the Avalon's world première of Ours. 

Recent collaborators include Manitoba Opera, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Pacific Opera Victoria, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Opera in Concert, l'Opéra de Montréal, and l'Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke.

Lara holds a Master of Music in Opera from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Voice from the University of Winnipeg. She is an alumna of l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal, San Francisco Opera's Merola Opera Program, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, the Banff Centre, Opera NUOVA and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre).

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