Orch Mar2019 2 violins (credit-Julia Martin)

uOttawa Summer String Academy

Dates: August 8th-19th, 2022

The uOttawa Summer String Academy is an intensive 2-week summer string program for violinviolacello and double bass students held on the campus of The University of Ottawa’s School of Music, located in the heart of Ottawa - Canada’s capital city. With a focus on developing musicianship in solo and chamber music, university and advanced high school students are encouraged to audition to work with the internationally recognized University of Ottawa faculty!

Each student will receive multiple lessons and masterclasses each week, as well as daily chamber rehearsals and coachings with their assigned group Students will have each access to practice facilities, and will prepare for multiple performances through rehearsals and masterclasses with one of our faculty collaborative pianists or students. Individuals will be places into chamber ensembles, but pre-formed string quartets are encouraged to apply. Bass students may have a slightly different, but comparable, bass focused curriculum.

We are thrilled to launch a collaborative piano program overseen by our fantastic collaborative piano faculty, for four advanced, university level pianists. Each pianist will be placed in a chamber group, and assigned a string player to work on a sonata duo. They will receive coachings, lessons, and masterclass and performance opportunities.

With our world renowned faculty and dedicated administration supporting you, the 2022 uOttawa Summer String Academy will create an intensive, inspiring, and fulfilling experience for your musical development!

We are currently accepting applications! More information below.

Our professors

Michael van der Sloot, Artistic Director and viola
Donnie Deacon, violin
Timothy Chooi, violin
Nikki Chooi, violin
Paul Marleyn, cello
Travis Harrison, double bass
Frédéric Lacroix, collaborative piano
Carson Becke, collaborative piano

Special Guest Masterclasses:
Catherine Cho, violin
Andrés Diaz, cello

Learn more about them
Viola player

Program Details

August 8-19th, 2022 (weekdays only)

Applications are available now! More information below.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2022

  • Application Fee
  • Application form
    • Recordings: Two contrasting video recordings of works/movements showcasing your best playing. Upload your video to YouTube as an unlisted video, and provide the link in your application.
    • Resume (please upload a resume, not bio)
    • Scholarship letter (if you want to be considered for a scholarship)
    • Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination**

Application fee: $70 CAD

Tuition: $800 CAD

Accommodation*: $800 CAD (room for 13-nights)

Scholarships are available!

Accommodation is available to out of town students at our 90U Residence Hall located conveniently across from Perez Hall, and is not mandatory. It is available to all students aged 18 and older. Students under 18 may stay in the residence with a parent/guardian at an extra cost. Students will be responsible for their own meals, however each suite includes a kitchenette. A limited number of billets are available for students under the age of 18. 


*Please note that this program will be held in-person on campus at The University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada, and all students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from a Health Canada approved vaccine as per University of Ottawa policy. Please click here for more information about The University of Ottawa's vaccination policy, and who is considered fully vaccinated.

Contact us


Perez Hall
University of Ottawa
50 University Private
Ottawa, ON  K1N 6N5

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Contact us directly at [email protected].

Please note that calling any uOttawa School of Music will not give you access to our program's administrator or more information about our program. Please email our administrator for questions or more information.