Take the weekend to enjoy the culture of Nelson, hike the surrounding mountains, enjoy a swim in the lovely Kootenay Lake or just kick back and relax in the fresh mountain air.  

Morag Northey      CELLO FOCUS 2018

listen to segments of Vivaldi RV 531 and RV 522 double concertos


                                   June 12-14, 2020




Director and Cellist, Jeff Faragher is pleased to announce that he will be joined by Okanagan Cellist and teacher ~Martin Kratky for Cello Focus 2020.  

Join us for a very special weekend of cello study. We will be delving in to the details of tone and sound production including body movement and how these two work in concert. Explore the finer points of the richness of the cello through tonal practices and techniques from a wide range of angles. Renown cellist, Jeff Faragher will be joined by BC based performer and pedagogue Martin Kratky to lead this intensive weekend.


Registrants will recieve hands-on experience with music selections ranging from exercises to cello group pieces

Sessions will be arranged according to levels of experience so that each cellist will have their own needs addressed.  Together Jeff & Martin will guide the students through an enjoyable and enriching cello journey.


   For: Intermediate to Advanced players Adults and youth ages 13+


      Register for Chamber Strings and get 10% discount off Cello              Focus tuition. 


New students to the Cello have the opportunity to AUDIT CELLO FOCUS for $60 for all 3 days.  Observing the sessions can be truly helpful for your cello journey as it can improve your playing now and the information you hear and see will be familiar to you in the future as you progress.

                            PROGRAM SCHEDULE: 

Fri:  (4-7 pm)  Nelson Covenant Church, Stanley St.

Sat: (10-4 pm) Nelson Covenant Church

                      Sat Eve:  (7-8:30 pm)  Concert with Jeff & Martin

Sun: (10-2)     Mountain Lakes, Nelson BC







Community is welcome to attend the inspiring                 concert by Faculty  July 14, 2020




July 13-17, 2020

This intensive week long program is for String players and Flute

players wanting to enrich your music studies while playing w/other enthusiastic students of Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass and flute

Participants will be assigned to a small string ensemble as well as playing in a larger Orchestra. Chamber groups will be formed in

advance to match skill levels based or application.


Included in this stimulating camp package are daily rehearsals & sectionals w/ coaching, a private lesson, fabulous faculty performance,

evening fiddle clinic, and celebrate with final student concert. 

    Intermediate to Advanced Students Adult (13+

       Recommended RCM grade 6 or Equivalent












                               CONCERTO AUDITIONS

For String orchestra, two of the selections will be taken from Vivaldi Double Concertos (RV 522 and RV 531) (1st Movements only).  More advanced violin and cello players are encouraged to audition for soloists.  For more information see audition page. 





               Double Cello RV 531  & Double Violin RV 522



Our Faculty include Cellists Jeff Faragher and Olivia Walsh with Cvetozar Vutev (violin & viola) and Martine den Bok  (violin and viola) . We are joined this year by Ruth Langevin (flute) with guests Alex Nichol (Bass) and Brie Hurlbert (Fiddle). 


Our Faculty consist of professional musicians and excellent quality instructors of their instruments.  They will all work closely with our students daily during the Chamber Strings week offering small ensemble coaching, orchestral conducting, warm-ups, sectionals, and private lessons  (one 45' lesson per registrant).








We strongly encourage all participants to take the time before arriving at camp on Monday to learn your parts. If your part is either too challenging or way too easy please contact Sue once the music is sent out. Sometimes easier parts can give you an opportunity to master the music and spend time at camp refining the elements of ensemble playing.  The goal of the coaching in ensembles is to focus on playing as an ensemble so it is important to know your part well. Time will be available during the week for further practice individually as well as with your small ensembles. Each afternoon after ensemble coaching with a faculty member, it is strongly recommended that you commit to spending additional time with your ensemble until the camp is over for the day.  When Lessons are happening ensembles can practice with players who are available with good success and interesting learning on how parts fit together.


          Ensembles assigned and Music provided by                              June 5, 2020

                 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (will be updated by Feb 15!)

         Warm ups:   9-9:30 scales & body stretches

         Orchestra:    9:30-11   daily

         Break:         11-11:30   

         Sectionals    11:30-12:30  (M-Th)

         Lunch          12:30-1  (bring lunch, fridges & microwave avail)

         Ensembles   1-2:30 (M-Th)     11:30-12:30 (Fri)

         Lessons &    2:45-4 ish


         Final Concert:     2pm Friday

         Faculty concert:   7 pm Tuesday

         Fiddle Clinic        7pm  Wednesday

         Dinner out         7pm  Thursday


Luthier- Ross Hill from AEOLIAN STRINGS in Calgary will be on site during the chamber week and available for re-hairings, minor   repairs, retail sales of instruments, bows, strings, and other           accessories.  TBA if he will attend this year! 





                        STRINGS FOR KIDS

     July 13-17, 2019 (9 am-noon)

STRINGS FOR KIDS is a half day music camp designed for kids age 6+ who are studying the violin, viola, or cello. Students will learn the basics of ensemble playing in a fun & inspiring environment, and will work towards a short performance at the end of the week. 

Students studying Suzuki Books 1 & 2 (or equivalent method levels), are encouraged to register.


INSTRUCTORS:  Martine den Bok and guests.




           CAMP LOCATION

                    NELSON CONVENANT CHURCH 

                        702 Stanley St.  Nelson, BC

There are SEVERAL coaching, rehearsal, and practice spaces for students to enjoy all day and all week!  Space will be available for practice from 8 am to 5pm. Arrangements can be made for earlier or later hours.   





Have a listen to segments of Double Concertos

Get Inspired by Faculty Concert on Tues, July 14

Get your Ya Ya's out at Brie's Fiddle Clinic Wed, July 15