At A Midsummer Music Dream / Songe d’été en musique students, faculty and community collaborate in an environment committed to excellence in teaching and performance.
From August 1 to August 10, the festival "A Midsummer Music Dream / Songe d’été en musique" celebrated its 9th season of making music in the Eastern Townships of rural Quebec. In addition to the concerts, festival participants enrolled in classes such as guitar ensemble, string ensemble and master classes with faculty and guest artists. Private instruction was offered in voice, all strings, classical guitar, electric guitar, piano and the Opera/Vocal Program.
The festival took place at the junction of the Beauce and Eastern Townships region of Quebec which is approximately 1½ hour drive south from Quebec City, 1½ hour drive northeast from Sherbrook and a 1½ hour drive north from the Maine border crossing. Events took place in the villages of Courcelles, Lambton, Lac-Drolet, St-Sébastien and Stratford.
The highly successful Opera/Vocal program brought together students from throughout the U.S. to perform in concerts and opera scenes. The program's daily schedule included voice lessons and coaching, masterclasses, repertoire classes and scene/concert rehearsals.
Highlights of Festival 2014 included the world premiere of “Elegy for String Quartet“ by Michael Frassetti, "In memory of the innocent victims at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada, July 6, 2013"; The Festival Chorus, open to all festival participants and community members, performing The REQUIEM MASS by Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART under the direction of Alexander Dashnaw, and a series of Organ Master Classes with internationally renowned organist Walter Klauss.
Listen to a CBC report about the 2011 Festival.
Midsummer Music Dream Music School & Festival
Pauline Jobin, Administrative Director
Harris Becker, Artistic Director
Christina Montalto, Festival Assistant
|• Twelve Concerts|
• Classical and Electric Guitar
• Violin - Modern & Baroque
• Guitar Ensemble
• Chamber Ensemble (Coached) including a series of Organ Master Classes with Internationally Renowned Organist Walter Klauss on Thursday, August 7 at Église St-Vital Lambton, Québec. More information
|Voice / Opera Program|
• Voice Lessons
• Master classes / Themed classes
• Yoga / Movement
• Opera Scenes
• Opera and Song Performance
• Chamber Music Performance and Festival Chorus