BACH+ Weekend

Friday May 19 to Monday May 22, 2023

Come share three days of choral and chamber music among friends as a prelude to spring at the CAMMAC Music Centre!

Back by popular demand, Andrew McAnerney, Artistic Director of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, and Francis Colpron, Musical Director of the Baroque ensemble Les Boréades de Montréal, are teaming up to bring you a dynamic weekend filled with the sublime music of Bach.

The repertoire for choir and orchestra will highlight Bach’s innovative and masterful use of symmetrical structure. We will be joined by four singers from the SMAM who will perform and teach vocal technique: Paulina Francisco (soprano), Marie-Andrée Mathieu (mezzo-soprano), Kerry Bursey (tenor), and John Giffen (baritone-bass). This will be a rare opportunity for singers to receive personalized coaching from members of Canada’s finest early music vocal ensemble.

Chamber musicians will have the opportunity to work with David Ellis (cello) and Nathalie Camus (violin) from the Quatuor Saguenay, along with Myriam Bernard, who earned a Doctorate in Piano Performance from Université de Montréal and Claire Marchand, one of Québec’s most sought-after flautists.

In addition to choral and chamber music, the program includes various instrumental classes, and active listening, along with yoga sessions to help you relax and re-energize throughout the weekend.

We hope you will join us for this very special weekend of inspirational music, surrounded by the spectacular beauty of spring in the Laurentians. And, as always, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced musician, CAMMAC’s warm and friendly ambiance will make you feel right at home.


A full music program for adults features a diverse choice of classes and workshops for all levels of amateur musicians.

If you don’t know how to read music, don’t worry! Classes for beginners are available.

  • Chamber music*
  • Choir**
  • Orchestra
  • Recorder class
  • Active Listening
  • Yoga
  • Concerts: Teachers’ Concert, Chamber Music and Recorder Concerts for Participants, Choir and Orchestra Performance


Ability level: Intermediate and advanced.

  • You may form your own group in advance, or you will be placed in a group with others at a similar level.
  • Only strings of intermediate, intermediate plus, and advanced levels will be considered for the chamber music program.
  • For winds and piano, only those of intermediate plus and advanced level will be considered.
  • Recorder, guitar, trombone, saxophone, trumpet, and singers are generally not admitted to the chamber music program except if they are part of a pre-formed group.

Pre-registration is required to participate in the chamber music program.

After you have made your reservation for the weekend, you will receive a link to download the pre-registration form. You must return your completed form to us by April 28, 2023

Pre-registrations are necessary to allow us enough time to be able to create groups that meet the needs of each participant, therefore it will not be possible to register for the chamber music program on-site when you arrive at CAMMAC. Once the coordinator has formed the groups, you will be contacted with the repertoire so that you may prepare in advance.



Ability level: all levels, everyone is welcome.

No advance preparation is required, but it is highly recommended to listen to recordings of the repertoire in advance.

The repertoire offers challenges for all skill levels. If you don’t know how to read music you will be paired with a skilled reader and you will learn all throughout the weekend. Please note that the Bach+ Weekend typically attracts more advanced singers, and this is reflected in the choice of repertoire.

CAMMAC is proud to welcome guest choir conductor Andrew McAnerney and members of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal.

Praised for its “rich-textured, vibrant sound” and “hypnotic beauty”, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) has established a reputation as Canada’s finest early music vocal ensemble. Directed by Andrew McAnerney since 2015, the mission of SMAM is to perform sacred and secular early music, with a particular focus on choral works composed before 1750. Founded in 1974 by Christopher Jackson, Réjean Poirier and Hélène Dugal, SMAM is composed of 12 to 18 singers chosen for the remarkable clarity and purity of their voices.

Their latest recording, L’homme armé, was nominated for a Juno award for Classical album of the year (large ensemble) in 2022.

Andrew McAnerney, Director of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal:

Andrew McAnerney was raised in the British choral tradition and studied music at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College). He has enjoyed a varied career as a conductor, consort singer, soloist and arranger.

A former Tallis Scholar, Andrew has performed with many of Europe’s finest early music ensembles and is credited on over 50 recordings including the music of Bach, Brumel, Clemens non Papa, Crequillon, Gombert, Handel, Lotti, Morales, Moulu, Mozart, Palestrina, Phinot, Purcell and Rore. Since moving to Canada in 2013, he has worked with a range of professional choirs and orchestras including Arion Baroque Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Chamber Players of Canada, Elmer Iseler Singers, Elora Singers, Chœur Louisbourg and La Rose des Vents. Andrew was appointed artistic director of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal in 2015.

Passionate about musical excellence and accessibility, Andrew regularly prepares his own early music performance scores from original sources, and is fascinated with presenting rediscovered works.


For this year’s edition of the BACH+ Weekend, Andrew McAnerney has selected two works that demonstrate Bach’s particular genius for creating beautiful music that possesses an abstract mathematical beauty.

Both works exemplify Bach’s brilliant use of counterpoint and symmetry, interweaving small fragments of independent melodies and working through varying permutations and patterns to build up a large, complex composition around a central theme.

MOTET: Jesu meine freude

For soprano, alto, tenor, and bass singers, with two soprano parts, and continuo

First published in 1653, Jesu meine freude is named after a Lutheran hymn of the same name, with words by Johann Franck. It is the longest and most musically complex of Bach’s motets, set in eleven movements for up to five voices. Unique in its complex symmetrical structure juxtaposing hymn and biblical texts, and with movements featuring a variety of styles and vocal textures, the motet has been regarded as one of Bach’s greatest achievements in the genre.

CANTATA: Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ, BWV 67

For strings, trumpet, flute, oboes, and continuo

The introductory chorus to cantata BWV 67 opens with a heroic horn figure and a triadic, fanfare-like theme that underscores the proximity of Quasimodogeniti Sunday to the Easter events of the preceding week. A jubilant and optimistic tone characterizes this work, first performed in 1724.

Of note: this is the first cantata in which Bach uses a transverse flute.


Whether you have been playing for years or are just beginning, our outstanding teachers are here to help you progress on your musical quest—no matter your age!

To find out more about our teachers, click their photos to read their bios.

Guylaine Lemaire
Artistic Director

Francis Colpron
Director, BACH+ Weekend

Andrew McAnerney
Guest Choral and
Orchestra Conductor
Active Listening

Corinne Bergeron
Chamber Music Coordinator

Myriam Bernard
Chamber Music


Nathalie Camus
Chamber music

David Ellis
Chamber music





Chamber Music


Accompaniment: choir


See below for Rates, Terms & Conditions and additional information for your stay, including the latest Covid-19 protocols.



If you don’t see the room you want when you book online, please contact customer service.

You may also make a reservation by phone, from Monday to Friday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.):
819-687-3938 / 1-888-622-8755, ext. 25
Email: communications@cammac.ca


Adults (26 years and up) $275.00 $300.00
Students (13 to 25 years) $200.00 $225.00
Children N/A N/A
Chaperone $100.00 N/A
Single $220.00
Double $315.00
Queen $340.00
Triple $380.00
Quad $465.00
Extra Cot N/A
Private Bathroom $100.00
Single $155.00
Double $225.00
Triple $270.00
Private bathroom $75.00
Tent $97.00
R/V $125.00
Additional tent $60.00
Adults & Students (13 years and up) $190.00
Children N/A

Meal Plans:
A light supper and evening snack are included on the day of your arrival.
Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner are included on each of the full days of your stay.
Breakfast, a snack and lunch are included on the day of your departure.

Terms and Conditions:
Rates are in Canadian dollars.
Rates do not include the applicable federal (GST 5%) and provincial (QST 9.975%) sales taxes.
Annual membership fees will automatically be charged to your reservation where required.
An amount representing 50% of your total booking amount, before taxes, will be charged to your credit card within five working days, unless you indicate that you wish to pay your invoice in full at the time of reservation. We reserve the right to correct the price of the booking if such corrections are the result of omissions or miscalculations (e.g. omitted membership fee, incorrect meal plan or music program choice). In such cases, a corrected invoice will be sent to you.

Refund Policy:
All cancellations are subject to a handling charge of $50 plus applicable taxes.
Cancellations made after May 1, 2022, are subject to a handling charge of $150 plus tax.
Membership fees are non-refundable.
In the event of changes to the health regulations, the administration fee will be waived.


Special offers and rebates are available. Please indicate your eligibility when you register either by phone or online (in the comments section of the online booking system).

If this is your first experience as a CAMMAC participant, you will receive a $75 discount. Applicable only on reservations with accommodation and meal plan.

Get a $50 rebate when a person or family that you referred registers at CAMMAC for Spring Break 2023. It must be their first time at CAMMAC. The person registering must send us an email at communications@cammac.ca with the details of how they learned about CAMMAC and who referred them to us. Applicable only on reservations with accommodation and meal plan. Does not apply to members of your family.


  • Rates are in Canadian dollars.
  • GST (5%) and QST (9.975%) are not included in the rates shown.
  • If your membership is not up to date for 2023, the CAMMAC membership fee will be added to your invoice.
  • 50% of your total invoice, before taxes, will be charged to your credit card within 5 business days of your reservation.
  • We reserve the right to adjust the invoice in the event of errors or omissions (for example, forgetting membership fees, incorrect choice of meal plan or musical program). In this case, an adjusted invoice will be sent to you.


  • Before May 1, 2023: All cancellations (partial or full) will incur a $50 administrative fee.
  • After May 1, 2023: Any cancellation will incur an administrative fee of 50% of the total amount of the reservation after taxes. Partial cancellations will incur an administrative fee of 50% of the difference after taxes.
  • Membership fees are not refundable.
  • In the event that changes are made as a result of amended health regulations, the administrative fee will be waived.


Arrival: Friday May 19, 2023 at 4 p.m.
• Rooms will be available beginning at 4 p.m.
• Supper: 6 p.m.
• The program officially begins at 8 p.m.

Departure: Monday May 22, 2023 at 2 p.m.
• Rooms must be vacated by 9 a.m.

Meal Plans:
• Supper and an evening snack are included on Friday evening.
• Breakfast, 3 snacks, lunch, and supper are included on Saturday and Sunday.
• Breakfast, a morning snack, and lunch are included on Monday.

IMPORTANT: Please indicate dietary requirements and food allergies when you register.


UPDATED December 13, 2022

For a safe and enjoyable stay, we invite you to familiarize yourself with the procedures and protocols surrounding the pandemic situation.

IMPORTANT: Please do not come to CAMMAC if you have symptoms of COVID-19.