Summer Music Camp

Classical and Contemporary
chamber music for ensembles & orchestras

July 6, 13, 20, 27 from 8:30am-2:00pm
Concert: July 28, 2024 @ 4:00pm 

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We are excited to present Mooredale Summer Music 2024 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 House and the Studio, followed by a performance with all participants. Camp fee: $575. Limited scholarships are available.

The camp is open to 30 participants and two skill levels – JR/INT & advanced INT/SR. 
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 (4-6 players) and orchestra (13-15 players). A coach is assigned to each ensemble to lead the chamber rehearsals. Two of these coaches will be conductors of the combined chamber orchestras.


In-person rehearsals:
4 Saturdays: July 6, 13, 20, 27

8:30-8:45am Arrival/check-in
9:00-10:00am Chamber rehearsal No. 1
10:10-10:50am Guest artist performance/activity
11:00-12:00pm Chamber rehearsal No. 2
12:00-12:30pm Lunch and outdoor time
12:30-2:00pm Chamber orchestra rehearsal







Performance: Sunday July 28 at 4:00pm
Rosedale Presbyterian Church, 129 Mt. Pleasant Road, M4W 2S3

Deadline to register: Monday April 29, 2024 5:00PM

For further information including scholarships, please email:


Bijan Sepanji

is a Canadian-Iranian violinist, violist, and educator based in Toronto, and has performed across Canada, USA, China, Turkey, Iran, and Italy. As a member of the Ton Beau String Quartet, he performs new compositions by living composers as well as well-known classical works. His latest work with the quartet led to a 2023 JUNO nomination for the album ‘Black Fish’ written by Keyan Emami.

As conductor with Mooredale Youth Orchestras, Bijan 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 growing and successful summer chamber music program for Mooredale string players.

Bijan is your camp leader, coach, and conductor.

Jamie Godber

holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto where she studied with Dr. Timothy Ying. She has led the University of Toronto Symphony and Opera Orchestras as Concertmaster and in Summer 2022 she was a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany. She has performed with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, in masterclasses with Marie Bedard, Mark Fewer, Jupiter and St. Lawrence String Quartets and is an active freelance chamber violinist throughout

Canada. During her undergraduate studies with Annalee Patipatanakoon (Gryphon Trio), Jamie’s ensemble (Aeris Quartet) won the Felix Galimir Award in Chamber Music Excellence, as well as first prize in the Haydn String Quartet Challenge. Jamie has a passion for teaching. She is equally familiar with both the Suzuki Method and Royal Conservatory System.

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 (B.Mus. Performance) and the Glenn Gould School(Artist Diploma), she is the concertmaster of the Obiora Ensemble (Montreal), 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 Oscar Peterson Program at the Royal Conservatory 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.

Felipe Luzuriaga

has conducted orchestras and ensembles internationally and written and arranged music in different genres for studio recordings films, theatre, and dance. Having toured extensively throughout the world, he has performed as soloist, concertmaster, and orchestral member. During 2022, he served as Music Director of the National Theatre in Quito-Ecuador and is currently Music Director of the Durham Chamber Orchestra.
CBC featured Mr. Luzuriaga in their Front-Line Heroes series for his Balcony Concerts during Toronto’s partial lockdowns. Among festivals in which he has participated are Aspen, the Juilliard-Delay, Philadelphia International Music Festival, and Orchestra of the Americas. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Boston Conservatory, and University San Francisco de Quito. A recipient of the Marilyn Cook Graduate Fellowship, he is currently a candidate for a doctorate in Orchestral Conducting at the U of T.

Joanna Kellam

(she/her) Director of Programming with NPO Scribble Me Silly – Art For Kids. Joanna is an artist, musician, & arts educator based in Toronto. Currently teaching students with Annex Children’s Theatre in Education, Rainbow Songs, and NPO Rainbow Songs Foundation. Joanna is the proud creator of Musical Hangout! with Janna Kellam that enjoyed three seasons at Solar Stage Children’s Theatre. In 2015 Joanna began working as creative director and host of classical kids’ concerts with Music & Truffles, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and with the New Orford String Quartet. Most recently Joanna hosted Family Storytelling Day at the Toronto International Storytelling Festival. Joanna believes that through music and art we can find our true voices and have confidence in sharing our stories together. Joanna is thrilled to return for another round of creative workshops with Mooredale Summer Music!

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