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On Thursday July 30, 2015 the Youth Orchestra of the Americas came to the Eastern Townships and performed at Église St-Vital in Lambton as part of our 10th anniversary season.

YOA at Festival 2015

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Welcome! Please join us for the 11th Midsummer Music Dream / Songe d'été en musique Music School and Festival to be held from July 29 to August 7.

Last year the festival 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 last year's festival included concerts by the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Festival Chorus, which was open to all festival participants and community members, 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.

In addition, we are very pleased that soprano Valérie Bélanger was again a member of this year's Community Voice Program faculty, also performing on several Festival programs.

Listen to a CBC report about the 2011 Festival.

Please join us for this year's festival from July 29 to August 7.

Midsummer Music Dream Music School & Festival
Pauline Jobin, Administrative Director
Harris Becker, Artistic Director
Christina Montalto, Festival Coordinator

Board of Directors
Harris Becker, President
Pauline Jobin, Vice President
Michel Laflamme, Vice President
Christina Montalto, Secretary
Celyne Bellegarde - Treasurer

Join us for our 11th Festival July 29 to August 7, 2016

A Midsummer Music Dream is now a non-profit organization in Quebec
Photos from Festival 2015 taken by Al Romito. Thank you, Al
  1. Twelve Concerts
Instrumental Program
  1. Performance Classes
  2. Chamber Ensembles
  3. Baroque String Ensemble
  4. Lessons in Classical & Electric Guitar, Modern & Baroque Violin, Cello, Viola, Piano, Organ
  5. Guitar Ensemble
  6. Guitar Technique
  7. Accompanying
Vocal Program
  1. Voice Lessons
  2. Coachings
  3. Master classes / Themed classes
  4. Yoga / Movement
  5. Opera Scenes
  6. Opera and Song Performance
  7. Chamber Music Performance
and Festival Chorus

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