Do you know Minicammac, son of Barbacammac, the scary pirate? Or Cammacoucou, the extra-terrestrial? Have you ever seen Patrica Abbott, our artistic director, make a remarkable entrance in the Lucy Concert Hall, in a canoe, while wearing a life jacket, dressed as Elisabeth II, the Queen of England?
‘Grandma, just look! It’s glorious!’
This was Madeleine’s response to the breathtaking scene we awoke to the first morning. It was the beginning of an unforgettable week.
After hearing wonderful things about CAMMAC for many years, I finally had my first teaching and performing experience there last summer. I taught Scottish and Irish traditional singing and led the World Music choir during Celtic Week. I loved CAMMAC. It was everything I imagined and more. Now others are hearing all sorts of wonderful things about it from me!
Designed for music-loving children, teenagers, grandparents, and parents of any level, this week of musical fiesta was a delightful and fulfilling one for us all. After we were greeted as princes at the CAMMAC Music Centre, along the shore of Lake MacDonald, our music masters François Ouimet and Anne Massicotte orchestrated for us a variety of music workshops exploring the magic of sounds and music parts in multicoloured scales.
When I took part in the Gala de l’Amitié hosted by the « L’amitié n’a pas d’âge » (Friendship Knows No Age) association on May 29, 2015, I had the great surprise of winning the event’s attendance prize: a gift certificate for a family of four, offered by the CAMMAC Music Centre! This package included a whole week for two grandparents and two children for March Break, from February 28 to March 4, 2016.
I’m delighted to have been named CAMMAC’s 2016 spokesperson. I taught for the first time at the CAMMAC Music Centre in 2009, and I have to say that, from the very first summer, I found it a transformative experience. Nowhere else have I found this feeling of community, generational mix, open friendliness, and all participants’ consuming passion for music. I love teaching there, and sharing my passion for the recorder and music.
CAMMAC is certainly a special place, a place that in my experience has no comparison. It is a place where music is of the essence, a place where a person, an adult, an adolescent, or a child can discover music, appreciate music, believe in music and share their love of great music with others. This is not a place where one competes with others, where some are treated better than others, where faculty are better than the students. No, here all are participants, whether you are playing music for the first time or you are a seasoned professional performer, all are equal when it comes to music and the appreciation of all it has to offer.