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Oakville Suzuki Association Performing Arts Camp

CAMP 2022 IS ON!

We hope to see you person!

Gaétan-Gervais Secondary School
1075 McCraney St E,
Oakville, ON L6H 1H9

Week 1: July 4-8
Week 2: July 11-15


Our Camp Programs...

...are for children aged 4 to adult—for the beginner, the experienced musician, and for everyone in between!

  • The Camp:

    Founded in 1980 by Jean Grieve, the Oakville Suzuki Association Performing Arts Camp has grown from 50 campers to more than 300 each summer. This dynamic day camp attracts students, teachers, and guest conductors from all over the world.

    A defining feature of our camp is daily private music instruction from one of our accomplished, professional teachers. We offer instruction in*:

    Cello • Double Bass • Flute • Piano • Violin • Viola • Voice

    * NOTE: not all instruments may be available in 2022

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    Our camp offers children of all skill levels, including beginners, an exciting experience with music, enhanced through optional classes such as drama, art, and dance. Held for two weeks in July, this fast paced camp exposes campers to many activities that will challenge them to grow musically and personally.

    The programs (detailed descriptions follow):

    • Junior/Intermediate Program (JK, SK, and Grade 1; mornings)
    • Senior Program (grade 2 and up; full day)
    • Student Leader opportunities (born in the calendar year of 2008 or before)

    Most programs feature private instruction in an instrument of your choice. Complementing this private instrument instruction is a combination of classes in art, dance, drama, Kodaly, instrumental group, music theory, Orff, and more. Our camp also offers students the chance to participate in one of two Orchestras, Chamber Ensembles and Choirs, as well as Music Theatre (some age limits apply).

    Each child's schedule is individual, and is based on their instrument, level, and interests. All parents are welcome to attend and observe their child's private lessons.

  • The Programs:

    Program choice is primarily age based…

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    …though exceptions may be made on an individual basis. A child's music education experience is not a factor in program selection.

    Please click on the program headings to expand/contract the information.

    • Junior/Intermediate Program (JK, SK, and Grade 1; mornings)

      A half day morning camp. Children going into JK or SK in September require a parent or caregiver to be present.

      Schedule includes:

      • One daily 15 minute private music lesson
      • One daily group music lesson
      • A selection of age appropriate classes (e.g. Theory games, Orff* group class, Kodaly)

      *Musical and technical concepts taught using song, rhythm, movement, games, and percussion instruments.

    • Senior Program (Grade 2 and up; full day)

      A full day camp, with parent or caregiver attendance optional. We encourage parental observation of the private lesson.

      Schedule includes:

      • One daily 30 minute private music lesson
      • One daily group music lesson (orchestra may be substituted for more advanced students)
      • Choir
      • A selection from our open classes (NOTE: not all are offered every year): art, dance, drama, drama improv, fiddle, intro to: double bass, keyboard, viola, or violin, jazz piano, musical theatre, Orff orchestra, RCM theory.
      • Chamber music option* (book 3 and up)


      *extra fee applies, and the day will be extended (either beginning at 8:30am or finishing at 4:00pm)

      Senior campers may be able to add a second instrument (extra fee applies) if spaces are available.

    • Student Leaders and Leaders in Training (born 2008 or before)

      This program is a great way for our older students to earn volunteer hours while learning leadership skills. Our student leaders will have an opportunity to assist teachers and younger campers as well as continuing to receive private instruction*, participate in ensembles and chamber groups, and participate in open classes such as musical theatre or video production. Applications are available on our online registration system. Candidates must be approved by the camp administrators. Unfortunately we cannot make any exceptions to the age restriction for Student Leaders and Leaders in Training.

      *extra fee applies

  • Questions:

    Some of our most frequently asked questions…

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    Please click on the questions below to show/hide the answer.

    • What will my child's camp day look like?

      Every camper's schedule is custom built and depends on their age, chosen instrument, and interests. Start and finish times may vary between campers, but for each camper every day is the same except for Friday afternoon when we have a big concert in the cafeteria. Classes are 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length, and lunch time and a break are built in.

    • We're just beginning. Which instrument should we choose?

      Camp is a wonderful place to try an instrument that you're considering for lessons, so choose the instrument that you enjoy the most. Many of our advanced students started learning their instruments at camp.

    • Where do I get an instrument?

      Flute, violin, viola, and cello : we do not provide these instruments at camp, and recommend renting one to those campers who don't have one or who are trying one out for the first time. See notes for rental below.

      Piano and double bass: these are available for use during lessons at camp for free. Double bass players should check with The Sound Post and Long & McQuaid for availability if they wish to take one home for practice.

      Instrument rentals should be arranged in advance of camp. For violin/viola/cello rentals we usually recommend that parents contact The Sound Post at (ph: 416-971-6990). For flute rentals we usually recommend that parents contact Long & McQuade ( ).

    • Will there be a place to purchase music or supplies onsite?

      Yes! The Sound Post will have a temporary onsite music store. You can purchase music (books and CDs), supplies, finalize instrument rentals and pick up rented instruments. As well, they will have lots of other items for sale.

    • I have an infant/toddler. Can I bring them to class with my Junior/Intermediate) camper?

      To comply with our COVID regulations and maintain the integrity of the program, we ask that younger siblings are not brought into other classes, with the exception of very small, sleeping infants.

    • What is your policy if I have to can cancel our registration?

      Refund requests must be submitted in writing by email or letter.

      Requests submitted prior to 45 days to the start of the Camp:

      • Fees for Camp Program and private lessons will be refunded, less an administrative fee of $50.

      Requests submitted within the 45 days to the start of the Camp:

      • Fees for Camp Program will be refunded, less the private lesson portion of the total fees and an adminstrative fee of $50.
    • Will my child have an opportunity to play in an orchestra or in Chamber Ensembles?

      As musicians gain experience they will participate in one of the two Orchestras (Junior or Senior) instead of group class. Additionally, there are opportunities to rehearse and perform as part of a chamber ensemble (additional fees apply to chamber music).

    • When will the campers perform?

      Each week there are a number of opportunities for the campers to perform. We encourage you to come out as much as possible to enjoy these performances.

      • Lunch Time Performances: Impromptu performances by soloists, duets, and larger groups every day at lunch in the cafeteria (12:15-12:45pm)
      • Thursday Evening Fundraising Concert: Senior Orchestra, Advanced Chamber Groups, and special guests perform at Church Of The Incarnation
      • Dance, & Drama Performances: during class time on Thursday or Friday
      • Friday Final Concert: Beginners perform in class on Friday morning, and the more advanced students perform in the afternoon, culminating in the Junior and Senior Musical Theatre Performances

      Performance schedules will be available and posted at camp. The Program for the Thursday evening Fundraising Concert will be emailed out the day before.

      NOTE: in 2022 these performance opportunities may be altered because of COVID

    • I'd love to take lessons too! Are there opportunities for parents to participate?

      Yes! We can accommodate adults in both private lessons (if space allows) and orchestra. Please contact us at to indicate your interest.

    • I still have more questions

      Please send them to the registrar at:

  • 2022 Camp Fees:

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    2022 Fees OSA Member Fee* Non Member Fee
    Program Type One Week Both Weeks One Week Both Weeks
    Junior/Intermediate $265 $475 $275 $505
    Senior $415 $775 $425 $805
    Leaders in Training and Student Leaders $200 $380 $210 $400

    Program Enhancements are available for an extra fee:
    Program and Book/RCM level requirements may apply

    • Junior Chamber: $50/week
    • Advanced Chamber: $60/week

    *The $10.00/week OSA Member Discount will appear in the shopping cart

    Financial Aid:

    Families of more than two children in the same household will receive a 50% reduction in the base price of camp for the third (lowest price) and subsequent child. As well, a limited amount of bursary funding is available. Please download the Summer Camp Bursary Form and send it to the OSA (via email or regular mail). PLEASE NOTE: Summer Camp Bursaries are separate from the regular OSA Scholarship and Bursary Program. The deadline for application is June 30, 2022.

    Refund policy for cancellation of registration:

    Refund requests must be submitted in writing by email or letter.

    Requests submitted prior to 45 days to the start of the Camp:

    • Fees for Camp Program and private lessons will be refunded, less an administrative fee of $50.

    Requests submitted within the 45 days to the start of the Camp:

    • Fees for Camp Program will be refunded, less the private lesson portion of the total fees and an adminstrative fee of $50.

    OSA Mailing Address:

    Oakville Suzuki Association
    P.O. Box 69599
    109 Thomas St.
    Oakville, ON
    L6J 3A7

    Please contact us by email at: if you have any questions about fees.