WEEK 2: Sunday, July 7 to Sunday, July 14, 2024

Through the Ages: Early Music Week

An exciting week of immersion into the world of Early Music.

This is your chance to study with some of Canada’s top early music specialists in a relaxed and friendly environment. Work on your your technique and improve your ensemble skills while gaining a greater stylistic understanding of classical music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque periods.

Here are just a few of the highly regarded members of the Week 2 faculty:

> Francis Colpron, Artistic Director of Les Boréades de Montréal will direct the week and teach recorder.

> Acclaimed Canadian soprano Jacqueline Woodley takes on the direction of the choir and vocal ensembles.

> Director, choreographer, dancer and co-founder of Les Jardins chorégraphiques Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière will co-direct the week as well as teach Baroque and Renaissance dance, commedia del Arte classes and Feldenkrais sessions.

See below to find out more about Week 2’s exceptional roster of teachers.

This one of CAMMAC’s most popular weeks and the quickest to be fully booked, so reserve your spot today to avoid missing out.

WHAT’S NEW + PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

NEW
Viola da gamba intensive program.
This intensive program is designed for advanced players (advanced amateurs and students) and offers a week-long immersion with renowned gambist and co-founder of Les Voix Humaines, Margaret Little. The program includes masterclasses, advanced consort and an Italian ornamentation class (this class is also open to other advanced instrumentalists). Please contact Margaret before registering: margaret@littlem.ca. She will send you additional information about prerequisites, and answers to any questions you might have.

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Mini one-on-one coaching sessions for Voice Masterclass participants.
In addition to regular classes, each participant enrolled in the Voice Masterclass will receive three 15-to-20-minute private coaching sessions designed to address individual goals and playing challenges.

+ Early music small ensembles.
Discover the rich repertoire for small ensembles from the 17th and 18th centuries with our Early Music Small Ensembles program. Our trio sonata, quartet, and quintet groups are open to all early-music-appropriate instruments. Pre-registration is required.

+ Medieval and Renaissance Big Bands for instruments and voice.
Explore the fascinating music of these periods with a focus on historical and musical context, as well as interpretation.

Well-being – Feldenkrais Method with Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière.
Discover how you can feel more at ease in your body by increasing your awareness of everyday movements. Expand your range of motion and learn to how move with greater efficiency and comfort. This class will benefit everyone, regardless of age or fitness level.

A Week 2 tradition: Saturday evening wine and cheese hosted by Francis Colpron.
Francis will bring a selection of fine cheeses to be paired with a choice of wine from CAMMAC’s wine menu. CLICK HERE to see a preview of what awaits you!

NEW
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Informal French conversation sessions will be held at the beginning of each week.

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Two initiatives designed to help new participants make the most of their time at CAMMAC.
In the weeks leading up to the program, we will be reaching out to new participants to answer any questions they may have and help them prepare for their week at the Music Center. In addition, we will be implementing a buddy system where each new participant will be paired with a more experienced member who will act as a guide and provide orientation throughout the week.

If you are registering with children for camping or as an off-site participant, you may experience difficulty with the online reservation system. In this case, please call us to make your reservation.
819-687-3938 / 1-888-622-8755, ext. 25
To find out about shuttle and carpooling options: CLICK HERE

MUSIC PROGRAM

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

The children’s program is suitable for ages 4 and a half to 12 years old. Teens can choose from a range of classes tailored specifically for them, as well as adult classes.

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

CLASSES FOR ADULTS:

Classes indicated with a *P* require pre-registration. You will receive instructions for pre-registration once your reservation is complete. You will select the remaining classes for your schedule on the Sunday evening of your arrival at CAMMAC. Please note that the deadline for pre-registration for Week 2 is: June 10, 2024.

Vocal classes & ensembles:

  • A capella
  • Choir
  • Vocal ensembles *P*
  • Vocal technique
  • Vocal Masterclass *P*

 

Classes and ensembles for instruments:

  • Early music small ensembles *P*
  • Harpsichord
  • Medieval ensemble
  • Ornamentation for advanced instruments
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Recorder
  • Renaissance big band
  • Viola da gamba *P* (rental available)
  • Viola da gamba – intensive program *P* (rental available)
  • Violin

 

Other classes:

  • Active listening (History)
  • Commedia dell’Arte
  • Feldenkrais
  • Renaissance and Baroque dance
  • Visual arts

CLASSES FOR CHILDREN:

  • Arts & crafts
  • Chamber music
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Recorder
  • Visual arts

WEEK 2 REPERTOIRE

The repertoire will feature selections from Johann Sebastian Bach’s motets. Details to come.

Download the CAMMAC songbook (compiled by Michel Beauchamp):

DIRECTORS AND TEACHERS 

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
Recorder

Marie-Nathalie
Lacoursière
Assistant director
Dance
Commedia del Arte
Feldenkrais

Isabelle
Vadeboncœur
Director Children’s program
Choir for children and teens
Piano

Jacqueline
Woodley

Choir
Vocal ensemble

Jonathan
Addleman
Harpsichord

Femke
Bergsma
Recorder

Carole Louise
Chabot
Arts & crafts for children
Visual arts for adults

Jean-François
Daignault
(Recorder)
Medieval ensemble
Renaissance big band

Jérémie
de Pierre
Recorder

Grégoire Jeay
Recorder
Percussion for adults and children

Élyse
Lamanque-Girard
Recorder

Julien
Leblanc

Accompaniment for choir and vocal class

Margaret
Little
Advanced viola da gamba
Ornamentation for advanced instruments

 

Helene
Plouffe

Violin

Rafael
Sánchez Guevara
Viola da gamba
Small ensembles

Geneviève
Soly
Harpsichord
Active listening (History)

Catherine
St-Arnaud

Vocal technique
Masterclass voice

Dorothea
Ventura
(Harpsichord / Piano)
Accompaniment choir
Dance for children

WEEK 2 – REGISTRATIONS

If you are registering with children for camping or as an off-site participant, you may experience difficulty with the online reservation system. In this case, please call us to make your reservation.

If you do not see the room you are looking for when booking online, please contact customer service.

To reserve 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

GENERAL INFORMATION

Arrival: Sunday July 7 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: Sunday July 14 after breakfast
• Rooms must be vacated by 9 a.m.

Meal Plans:
• Supper and an evening snack are included on the day of your arrival.
• Breakfast, 3 snacks, lunch, and supper are included from Monday to Saturday.
• Breakfast is included on the day of your departure.

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

Music is the highlight of each and every day at CAMMAC, from the musical wake-up call to evening activities, Check out videos from past years’ camp activities, testimonials, and more!

What to bring?

Click below for a list of useful items to bring for your stay, as well as some additional information you may find helpful.

Are there still a few things you’d like to know?

Click below to access our “Frequently Asked Questions” page. You will find general information on how the camp works, financial issues such as cancellation policy and payment terms, as well as some information on the musical aspect of the programs and the camp.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES

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.