Summer Music Camp 2022


Classical and Contemporary
Chamber Music for ensembles & orchestras

July 9 to July 30, 8:30am-2:00pm
Concert: July 31 5:00pm 

We are excited to present Mooredale Summer Music 2022 for orchestra players wishing to improve their performance skills through intensive chamber music training. There will be 4 weekly in-person sessions on Saturday mornings held at Mooredale Coach House, followed by a performance with all participants.

The camp is open to 20 participants and 2 skill levels: 
Group A*: RCM4-5
Group B*: RCM6 & above

* 10 player maximum for each Group

Music will be selected from classical, cinema, jazz, pop, and world genres, depending on what the players wish to explore. Two chamber music formats will be studied – ensemble (up to 5 players) and small orchestra (10 players). A coach is assigned to each ensemble to lead the chamber rehearsals. Two of those coaches will be conductors of the Groups A&B small orchestras. Each coach will also perform for the entire group and discuss playing techniques.


In-person rehearsals:
4 Saturdays: July 9, 16, 23, 30

8:30-8:45am Arrival/check-in
9:00-10:00am Chamber rehearsal No. 1
10:15-10:45am Guest artist performance/masterclass
11:00-12:00pm Chamber rehearsal No. 2
12:00-12:30pm Lunch and outdoor time
12:30-2:00pm Chamber orchestra rehearsal








Final Performance: Location TBA (in the rehearsal vicinity)
Sunday July 31 at 5:00pm 

Watch clips from our last years’ camp performances. (TBA)


Bijan Sepanji is a Canadian-Iranian violinist and educator based in Toronto. As a member of the Ton Beau String Quartet, he regularly performs new compositions by living composers as well as well-known classical works. He has performed across Canada, as well as in China, Turkey, Iran, Italy, and USA. In his role as conductor with Mooredale Youth Orchestras, he leads the junior strings division preparing them for three diversely-programmed concerts per season, assists both the Intermediate and Senior orchestras, and since 2020 has established a summer chamber music program for Mooredale string players.

Bijan is camp leader, coach, conductor.

Tanya Charles Iveniuk has performed across North and South America, and the Caribbean. Recipient of the Women’s Art Associate of Canada–Luella McCleary Award, the Gabriella Dory Prize in Music, and the Hamilton Black History Association’s John C Holland Award. A graduate of University of Toronto (Performance) and the Glenn Gould School (Artist Diploma), she is the concertmaster of the Obiora Ensemble (Montreal), a violinist with Sinfonia Toronto, Ensemble du Monde (Guadeloupe), and the Odin Quartet (Toronto). Tanya is a dedicated educator and an in-demand string adjudicator and string clinician in Southern Ontario. She is on faculty at the University of Toronto and the Regent Park School of Music. Tanya aims to train and inspire through music education and has provided musical training and consultations, in English, French and Spanish, at the White Chapel Music Studio (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), through the Ensemble du Monde (Guadeloupe) outreach program, the Centro Regional de Estudios Musicales (Mexico).

Sarah Steeves has performed around the world in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom, USA, and Uruguay. As a certified Suzuki teacher, Sarah teaches cellists at the Classical Music Conservatory, Lippert Music Centre, and Toronto Suzuki School while maintaining a private studios in Toronto and Owen Sound. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Performance from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music in Performance from McGill University. She is a member of Sinfonia Toronto and the Ton Beau String Quartet. Sarah has performed with the Banff Summer Festival Orchestra, Britten Pears Orchestra, Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Orchestra London, and Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. As a teacher internationally, she has participated in the 2013-14 Youth Orchestra of the Americas Global Leaders program.


Parnian Aghaiani holds a Bachelor of Music from Tehran University of Art and a Master’s degree in Music Literature & Performance from Western, where she studied with Sharon Wei St. John and Dr. Caitlin Boyle. She received the Gordon Jeffery Strings and Chamber Music Graduate Award while there. In addition to being an active chamber musician in Southern Ontario, she has worked with a number of Iranian Orchestras and is a regular player at the Tehran Philharmonic and Iran National Orchestras. As a music teacher, she has experience with the Suzuki & RCM methods in teaching both viola and violin. In 2016, she won 2nd prize at the Iran Youth Music competition.


Deadline to register: April 15th 5:00PM

For further information, please email:

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4 session/20 hour tuition + performance is $500.00. Please note: student must be available to attend ALL sessions.


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