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Great Lakes International Summer Music Institute

Algoma University’s "Great Lakes International Summer Music Institute" is designed as a two-week university credit program opportunity for advanced musicians at a pre-professional level; specifically for students in secondary school (Grade 11-12) and/or college/university students.

The second annual offering of the Great Lakes International Summer Music Institute is scheduled to run from July 19 to August 1, 2020, and will accept a limited number of students to participate in this years program. Students who have completed Year One will have automatic entry into Year 2 and 3 of the program. ALL participants will have the opportunity to earn university credit(s) from Algoma University, and may be eligible to apply them to their studies at other institutions, pending ‘articulation agreements’. Grade 11-12 students wishing to participate in the university credit opportunity will be enrolled in Algoma University’s ‘Early Access’ program. The institute will include collaborations and partnerships with various community organizations; local, provincial, and federal agencies, as well as arts groups, individuals, and cultural entities.

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Frank Deresti

Executive Director



Inspired by the former Algoma Music Camp, successful applicants will:

  • Receive intensive solo/ensemble coachings and masterclasses with passionate world-class resident and guest faculty

  • Experience indigenous culture through performances by local renowned native music groups (e.g. Anishinaabe drumming, singing, dancing, artforms, as well as other cultural opportunities)

  • Attend inspiring guest lectures on topics such as music history, theory, style, improvisation, composition – all within the context of the natural brilliance that inspired Canada’s Group of Seven painters

  • Participate in recreational activities in state-of-the-art sports and exercise facilities

  • Explore outdoor recreational opportunities such as visits/hikes to historical and natural attractions that showcase the splendour of summer in Algoma country

  • Have access to performance opportunities that include: daily public studio master classes under the direction of guest faculty, select on and off-campus performance opportunities and a gala final performance upon conclusion of the program

  • Forge important new friendships and musical connections, grow personally and musically, and build lifelong memorie

Past Events


  • Faculty Showcase #1

When: July 25, 2019

The first of three concerts, ‘Faculty Showcase #1’ will feature performances by Tom Mueller )cello), Anne-Louise Turgeon (piano), Edward Turgeon (piano), Daniel Golden (violin), Laura Widgett (voice), Paul Dingle (piano), Corey Gemmell (violin). With Special Guests Wendell Ferguson and Katherine Wheatley.

A cash bar will be available.



  • Faculty Showcase #2

When: August 1st, 2019

The second of three concerts, ‘Faculty Showcase #2’ will feature performances by Anne-Louise Turgeon (piano), Edward Turgeon (piano), Daniel Golden (violin), Robert Uchida (violen), Laura Veeze (violin/viola), Elizabeth McDonlad (voice) and Simon Fryer (cello)



  • Final Concert

When: August 2, 2019

The third of three concerts, the Final Concert will feature performances by students and faculty of the Institute.



Check back here for upcoming 2020 concerts.

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Date & Location

Location: Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada – at the heart of the Great Lakes

Dates: July 19 (7PM) – Aug 1 (10AM), 2019


English Language Requirement

Music Institute instruction is delivered in English. In order to be successful, students must be able to communicate and comprehend English. International students who have not written an English language test will be interviewed prior to being accepted to the Institute.

Music skill requirement

Advanced Level string players (violin, viola, cello), pianists, and vocalists

Program Fees

General student fees: $2,000.00 CDN. (Fees include room and board)

Fees for local students: $1,500.00 CDN. (Fees do not include room and board)


The mission is to build a vibrant, nationally known Great Lakes International Summer Music Institute that influences and empowers the next generation of musicians, enhances the local Sault Ste. Marie, Northern Ontario, and Algoma University communities, and honors the 50 year legacy of Algoma Music Camp and its founders.


i. Embrace diverse perspectives

ii. Be collaborative and embrace partnership

iii. Celebrate traditions and past success; be innovative and futuristic with a focus on sustainability


The vision is to provide a one-of-a-kind intensive summer music experience where students grow musically, creatively, and personally. Students will experience not only world-class musical instruction but also opportunities for leadership development, personal growth, and inspiration and motivation from a wealth of diverse sources.

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