Summer Classes, Camps & Intensives

Fun, inclusive music and dance programs for all ages and abilities.

Children's Dance Camps

Children’s Dance Camps

For ages 5-12, with or without prior dance experience. Designed for children who wish to explore a variety of movement forms, dance classes will include ballet, jazz, modern and more! Camp days will also feature arts and crafts, outdoor play and workshops on everything from creative composition to music. Each week of camp will culminate in an exciting demonstration for family and friends!

4 Day Dance Camps | Tues-Fri
July 2-5, 2024 | Aug 6-9, 2024
9am – 4pm (supervision 8:30am – 5pm)
Cost: $200 + registration fee
Faculty: School of Dance

5 Day Dance Camps | Mon-Fri
July 8-12, 2024 | July 22-26, 2024 | Aug 12-16, 2024 | Aug 19-23, 2024 | Aug 26-30, 2024
9am – 4pm (supervision 8:30am – 5pm)

Cost: $250 + registration fee
Faculty: School of Dance

Game Music String Orchestra

Let’s play VGM? Join our Game Music String Orchestra and learn to play your favourite game music hits. There are two classes per week, which will culminate in a great performance by the end of August. All string players welcome – all ages! RCM Grade 2 minimum requirement.


Faculty: Andre Pretzel

Time: Tuesday + Thursday | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 30, (1 Aug)
Aug 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29

Cost: Full Session – $240 + registration fee (no drop-in)

Sing, Dance and Play

Sing, Dance & Play

For ages 5 to 12, no experience required! This camp provides a unique opportunity to explore rhythm and musicality through a range of different activities. Camp days will feature music and dance classes, arts and crafts, and outdoor play. The week of camp will culminate in an exciting demonstration for family and friends.

Time: July 15-19, 2024 | Mon-Fri | 9am – 4pm

(Supervision 8:30am – 5pm)
Cost: $270 + registration fee
Faculty: Schools of Dance & Music

Suzuki Group Class

Make sure to keep your Suzuki repertoire polished and don’t let the summer break get the best of your pieces! Meet new friends by joining our weekly Suzuki group lessons and enjoy making music with your peers.


Faculty: Andre Pretzel

Time: Wednesday

Book 1 – 9:00am
Book 2 – 9:30am
Book 3 – 10:00am
Book 4 – 10:30am

July 3, 10, 17, 31
Aug 7, 14, 21, 28
Full Session – $120 (8 Lessons) + registration fee
Drop in – $20/lesson

Brass Camp

Brass Camp

A week-long introduction in brass instrumental performance for students aged 8-18 with at least one year of experience on their preferred instrument (trumpet/cornet, horn, baritone/euphonium, trombone, tuba/bass).

The purpose of the camp is to foster and inspire the education of brass students, through the brass instrumental medium. The camp will provide both individual and group instruction (sectionals, master classes, and large ensemble), culminating in a performance at the end of the week. Instruction will be provided by Conservatory faculty and guests and the camp will serve as an opportunity for participants to prepare them for joining the youth brass programs at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.


Faculty: Rod MacGillivray & Matt Richard
Time: August 19-23, 2024 | 9am – 4pm 
Cost: $325 + registration fee

Strings Day Camp for Kids

Strings Day Camp for Kids

Let’s play together!

For string players ages 6 through 14 of all levels. Playing music together is a wonderful opportunity for creativity, fun and friendship. Every day will include chamber music, technique and repertoire classes, rhythm and movement classes, opportunity for arts and crafts and outdoor recreation. Weekly highlights include: improvisation and creation and performance opportunities.
The camp will wrap up with a performance for family and friends!


Faculty: Susanne Brown, Andre Pretzel & Hilary Brown

Time: July 22-26, 2024 | 9am – 4pm
(supervision 8:30am – 5pm)
Cost: $325 + registration fee

RCM Scales and Studies Bootcamp

Let’s start the year strong! Join this enthusiastic group of violinists and prepare your scales and studies ahead of your next exam! This summer course will boost your confidence for your upcoming technical level requirements of the RCM examinations and together with your peers you will learn the necessary skills in a fun environment.


Faculty: Andre Pretzel

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 
Grade 1 – 9:00am
Grade 2 – 9:30am
Grade 3 – 10:00am
Grade 4 – 10:30am
July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 30, (1 Aug)
Aug 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
Cost: Full Session – $240 + registration fee (no drop-in)

Junior Dance Intensive

Junior Dance Intensive

For ages 10-13, or dancers entering RAD grades 3-5 or equivalent (a minimum of two years dance experience recommended). A unique opportunity for young dancers wishing to further their individual strengths and abilities in a supportive environment. Dancers will develop their artistic skills by participating in ballet, jazz, modern, character dance and composition classes tailored to elevate technique and inspire creativity. The second week will culminate in an exciting demonstration for family and friends!

Time: August 12-23, 2024 | 9am – 4pm
Cost | One Week: $425 Early Bird | $450 + registration fee
Cost | Two Weeks:
$850 Early Bird | $900 + registration fee
Faculty: School of Dance + Guest Faculty

Summer Musical Theatre Intensive

Summer Musical Theatre Intensive

Join New York City trained musical theatre professionals Katie Cochrane and Patrick Maubert and industry master class practitioners as they guide you through discovering what makes you shine!
Students will rotate between sessions on vocal technique, acting through song, musicality, rep selection, music/ audition cuts, industry expectations, performance anxiety, mock auditions. The week culminates in a public showcase performance open to the public.

Faculty: Katie Cochrane &  Patrick Maubert

Times: July 29 – August 2 | 10am – 5pm (Friday evening performance)
Cost: Early bird fee $550 + registration fee (register by June 30)
Regular fee $575 + registration fee (register after June 30)
Two Age Groups: 14-17 and 18+

Summer Dance Intensive

Summer Dance Intensive

Intensive study for serious dance students aged 12+ with a minimum of two years dance experience. Daily focused technique classes in a variety of dance styles including ballet, pointe (if appropriate), repertoire/variations, modern, jazz, composition, and conditioning. Study with our own renowned faculty and guest artists to boost technique and confidence in a supportive environment. A great preparation for the fall season. Billeting available for out of town students.

Time: August 12-23, 2024 | 9am – 4pm
Cost | One week: $425 Early Bird | $450 + registration fee
Cost | Two weeks:
$850 Early Bird | $900 + registration fee
School of Dance + Guest Faculty

Summer Theory Intensive Camps

Summer Theory Intensive Camps

Great news! This summer we are again offering our popular Summer Theory Intensive camps at different levels for those students who are too busy to attend weekly theory classes during the academic school year. (The music theory examinations are a prerequisite for the RCM and MCPA examination certificates for level 5 to ARCT for all voice and instrument practical exams.)
Each camp is 10 days long, spanning two weeks of 3 hours a day for a total of 30 hours. These Camps will prepare you for the History 9, Harmony 9, 10 & ARCT, Analysis ARCT, Theory 6 & 8 theory examinations of the Royal Conservatory of Music in August 2024.


Faculty: Dr. Lorna Wanzel

History 9: July 1-12, 2024 | 9:30am – 12:30pm

All other course dates and times are negotiable with Dr. Wanzel

Cost: $1055 + registration fee
Location: Dr. Wanzel’s Studio

Adult Amateur Cellist Summer Session

Adult Amateur Cellist Summer Session

Cellists of all levels, welcome!
Centered around cello ensemble, this program offers many opportunities for cellists to play with one another. A great opportunity to improve your cello skills in a friendly environment with social time and a final concert. New this year! Both full day and half day participation is possible.

Full day participation is 9:30am to 3:30pm M-F, Saturday 10am to 2pm. Participants receive individual lessons, cello chamber music coaching as well as workshops and cello ensemble.

Half day participation is 1:00pm-3:30pm M-F, Saturday 10am-2pm. Ideal for someone commuting from a further distance, this program consists of interactive workshops and playing in large cello ensemble.
Please contact with any questions.

Faculty: Hilary Brown, Rachel Desoer & special guests
Time: July 15-20, 2024 | Mon-Fri 9:30am-3:30pm, Sat 10:00am-2:00pm
Cost | Full Day: $455 + registration fee
Cost | Half Day: $225 +registration fee

Registrations open until May 15, 2024.
Registrations after this date possible via consultation with Rachel Desoer.

Adult Dance Intensive

Adult Dance Intensive 

A dance intensive experience designed for the adult learner. Daily classes in ballet, conditioning, modern, with workshops to explore dance theory, anatomy and technique. Study with our renowned faculty and have time to explore Halifax in the evenings!

Time: July 12-14, 2024 | 9am – 3pm
Cost: $250 + registration fee
Faculty: School of Dance

Adult Summer Dance Classes

Absolute Beginner

Thursdays, 6pm – 7pm
July 4-25  |  August 8-29

Cost: $60/ classes
 + registration fee

Beginner/ Elementary

Thursdays, 7pm – 8:15pm

July 4-25 | August 8-29
Cost: $70/ 4 classes
 + registration fee