Adult amateur program

September 6-12, virtual & in-person

This program is designed to provide amateur players (string and wind instruments) to get a chance to work with some of Canada's most sought-after classical musicians. This experience will include musical, social, and mentoring gatherings, and events will take place both virtually and in person.



  • Advanced string and wind players (RCM Gr. 10 or higher equivalent)

  • Any age welcome!

Activities and Schedule:

  • Monday, Sept. 6 7-9pm: Wine & Cheese Listening Club (Virtual)

    • Meet the mentoring artists and other participant​

    • Discussion of a symphonic master work, Brahms 1st Symphony 

    • Enjoy the event with some wine and cheese!

  • Wednesday, Sept. 8 7:30-9pm: Becoming Antifragile on Stage - a performance confidence workshop (Virtual)

    • Resource and tips sharing

    • Q&A session with expert performer panel​

  • Thursday, Sept. 9 7-9pm: Prepared Reading Party (In-person, Toronto)

    • Read music with professional musicians ​

    • Get to know each other in-person!

    • Repertoire: Brahms String Sextet No. 1, Schumann Piano Quintet, and more

    • Location: A studio in Toronto TBC

  • Friday, Sept. 10 7:30pm Cocktails and Classics (In-person, Caledon)

    • Join us in Caledon for the festival opening concert​

  • Sunday, Sept. 12 2pm Beer and Baroque (In-person, Caledon)

    • Join us in Caledon for the final event of the festival​


Can't make it to all of them? Just pick and choose what works for you!

Mentors for 2021 festival:

       Emily Kruspe, violinist, Former 2nd Violinist, the Rolston String Quartet

       Katya Poplyansky, violinist, Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto

       Rory McLeod, violist, Executive Director, Xenia Concerts

       Amahl Arulanandam, cellist, VC2 Cello Duo

       Travis Harrison, bassist, Freelance bassist and Faculty at University of Ottawa

       Sarah Moon, flutist, Faculty at Queen's University, Formerly at Saskatoon Symphony


How to apply

To apply:

Email us at with a couple of preferred chamber pieces for prepared reading. We'll do our best to accommodate your requests. 


Participation Fee: $280 (includes tickets to the festival concerts)


Application Deadline: Rolling until spots are filled


If you have further questions, please contact Emily Rho at