2019 Programs

Programs for Students of All Ages2019 Rosamunde Poster

Western Canada's premier summer strings Academy, Rosamunde offers a tailored, high calibre musical learning experience in an idyllic and nurturing setting. This year’s faculty is comprised of outstanding performers and pedagogues, hand-picked for their dedication to a supportive yet exacting teaching style. There is a significant increase in the amount of scholarships (merit-based, these include the Mary & Gerald Stanick Viola Scholarship) and bursaries (based on financial need) available for the 2019 session.

The Rosamunde Festival (August 16-18, 2019) features our internationally-renowned faculty in three concerts of solo and chamber music repertoire. The significant number of student recitals that we offer also comprises a vital part of the Festival. All concerts are open to the public and free for Rosamunde participants!

Please see program descriptions below and “Applications” for application requirements.


Core Program, August 14-23

  • 9:00-4:00PM: Cost: $900

For advanced and intermediate level students aged 10-24 playing at a minimum level of RCM grade 5. Rosamunde's Core program offers a significant amount of private instruction, accompaniment sessions, daily technique and master classes, as well as chamber music coachings and orchestra rehearsals. To further cultivate physical comfort and mental capacity while playing and performing, sessions including Pilates, the Feldenkrais  Method™ and Peak Performance Psychology will also be a part of the daily schedule.

Mini Rosie, August 19-23

  • Half-day 9:00-12:00PM Cost: $250
  • Full-day 9:00-4:00PM Cost: $500

This program is geared towards beginners age 12 and younger. Students will learn about basic instrument upkeep and participate in daily technique and performance classes, violin or cello ensemble and string orchestra. The program is designed to get young children excited about playing, teach them good technical habits, build their confidence and help them develop a peer group of like-minded students for friendship and learning.

In general, younger students (approx. 8 years old and under, and playing repertoire from Suzuki books 1 & 2, or RCM Gr. 1 and lower) will be more suited to the half-day program (9:00-12:00). Mornings will include a snack time and percussion class with Victoria Sparks!

The full-day Mini Rosie program (9:00-4:00) is recommended for students who are playing at a slightly higher level (Suzuki books 3 & 4/RCM Gr. 2-5) and who are mature enough to handle a full day of instruction (generally aged 8-12). Afternoons will include chamber music, theory games, recreational  time and some one-on-one instruction.

Rosamundiade! August 18-23

  • 6:30-9:30PM (Sun.-Thur.); 1:30-4:00pm (Fri.) Cost: $300

One of the unique aspects of Rosamunde is our five-evening chamber music program for adult amateur string players. Participants will be assigned to two chamber ensembles which will work with a faculty member to prepare for a performance on the final day of the program. Individuals and pre-formed groups are encouraged to apply. Rosamundiade participants are also invited to audit some Core program classes occurring during the day, and to participate in technique classes. Private lessons may be arranged by request for an additional cost.