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 July 24 to August 2, 2015 the festival "A Midsummer Music Dream / Songe d’été en musique" celebrated its 10th 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 and piano.
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 at The Moulin Bernier and in the villages of Courcelles, Lambton, Lac-Drolet, St-Sébastien and Stratford. (Map of the area.)
The highly successful Vocal Program again 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 opera scenes/concert rehearsals.
Highlights of this year's festival, our 10th anniversary, included concerts by the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Festival Chorus, which was open to all festival participants and community members. On Saturday August 1, 2015 the chorus performed the "Gloria" from Puccini's Messe di Gloria, Ralph Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music and a group of Canadian folk songs.
World-acclaimed Chinese pipa virtuoso Liu Fang, a Montreal resident, once again appeared at the festival as a visiting artist, performing in several programs including, as a member of The Amarylis Project duo with Harris Becker, guitar, a program which included several Canadian premieres for pipa and guitar.
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 Coordinator