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Friday, February 25, 2011

Toronto Summer Music Announces New Fellowship


“…a virtual oasis in the musical desert of the Toronto summer.” —The Globe and Mail

Douglas McNabney, the newly-appointed Artistic Director of the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival, has announced a new fellowship programfor young artists at the Academy, which runs July 17 to August 14, 2011, parallel to the sixth annual Festival in downtown Toronto. The 2011 Academy will house two complementary programs designed for professional-level young artists: The Chamber Music Institute (July 17 to August 14), and The Art of Song (July 24 to August 7). Rehearsals, classes and coaching will take place in the Edward Johnson Building, at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

New for 2011: all Academy participants will receive a full fellowship covering tuition, underlining TSM’s commitment to providing a professional-level public platform for the next generation of young performers. Toronto Summer Music Fellows will work with Mentors — artists at the top of the profession — including, among others, Sir Thomas Allen, voice; Anton Kuerti, André Laplante, and Menahem Pressler, piano; Jonathan Crow, Mark Fewer, Mayumi Seiler, andIan Swensen, violin; Tengi Li and Steven Dann, viola; and Christopher Costanza and Antonio Lysy, cello. Fellows will also have the opportunity to perform with their Mentors at Toronto Summer Music Festival concerts on Wednesday and Friday evenings.

“Toronto Summer Music is a jewel with many facets, but two of the most important are reflected in its dual nature as both an Academy and a Festival. The better known public face is undoubtedly the Festival. But the Academy is at its core, its soul and raison d’être,” says McNabney. “The Academy offers up an occasion for the very best young artists to get first-rate experience and exposure in Canada's largest city.”

Appointed Artistic Director of Toronto Summer Music last year, Douglas McNabney is an internationally recognized performer who has also held several important administrative positions. He was Artistic Director of The Domaine Forget International Festival from 2001 to 2005, one of the most prestigious music festivals and academies in eastern Canada. He was Chair of the Performance Department (2004-2008) of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, where he is presently Associate Professor and Coordinator of Chamber Music. The Toronto-born McNabney is a violist with a wide-ranging and varied performing career as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician across Canada and internationally.

Full Festival details for the 2011 edition will be announced at the end of March. Tickets for the 2011 Toronto Summer Music Festival go on sale in mid-April. For more information, visit


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