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 26 to August 4, 2013 the festival "A Midsummer Music Dream / Songe d’été en musique" celebrated its 8th 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 given in voice, all strings, guitar, (classical & electric), piano and the Opera Program.
Thank you, 2013 Participants!
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, St-Hilaire and Lac-Drolet.
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 last year's festival include the world premiere of "Pentatonic Sketches for Pipa & Guitar" by Michael Frassetti on July 28 and the Canadian premiere of "Mourning Mist for Guitar and String Quartet" by Joseph Russo on July 29. The featured choral masterpiece was The REQUIEM MASS by Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART.
We are very pleased to announce that soprano Valérie Bélanger will be on the faculty of this year's Community Voice Program.
Listen to a CBC report about the 2011 Festival.
Please join us for this year's festival to be held August 1 to 10. Visit these pages often for more details about the upcoming 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) with a series of Organ Master Classes with Internationally Renowned Organist Walter Klauss
|Voice / Opera Program|
• Voice Lessons
• Master classes / Themed classes
• Yoga / Movement
• Opera Scenes
• Opera and Song Performance
• Chamber Music Performance and Festival Chorus