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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.  

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                                  June 10-12, 2022




Director and Cellist, Jeff Faragher is pleased to announce that he will be joined by Edmonton Cellist and teacher Josephine van Lier for Cello Focus 2022.  

Take a journey to where it all started, the Baroque period. Cello focus 2022 will delve into the origins of the violin family, the cello and how the way it was played has evolved over the centuries between then and now. Baroque specialist, Josephine van Lier will join cellist Jeff Faragher as they guide the students through the techniques and styles of the baroque and how they impact the way we approach this vast collection of music. The leaders will help you deepen your understanding of your instrument through daily exercises,  demonstrations,  techniques and ensemble work. Join us this June for an enriching experience and tune into your cello in this intensive 3 day cello workshop.  


Sessions will be arranged according to levels of experience so that each cellist will have their own needs addressed.  Together Jeff & Josephine 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. 

                            PROGRAM SCHEDULE: (TBA) 







            Tentative Schedule 
Friday:   4 - 7:30
Saturday:  10-4:30
Saturday evening Faculty Concert (7:30)
Sunday:  10-1


Morag Northey      CELLO FOCUS 2018

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




July 11-15, 2022

This intensive week long program is for String players wanting to enrich your music studies while playing w/other enthusiastic students of Violin, Viola, Cello,  and Bass.

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, we will be playing Telemann's Viola Concerto in G major ( 4th Movement only).  More advanced viola players are encouraged to audition as soloist.  For more information see audition page.










Our Faculty include Cellists Jeff Faragher and Olivia Walsh with Cvetozar Vutev (violin & viola) and Martine den Bok  (violin and viola) . We are joined also joined 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 3, 2022

                     FINAL SCHEDULE (TBA)


In a nutshell the daily Schedule includes morning orchestra (1.5 hr) and sectionals (30 min).  Afternoon schedule includes smaller chamber groups (1.5 hr) lessons and lots of additional practice time alone or with your ensembles.  There is a wonderful Faculty concert and a Fiddle Fun night and we end the week with the final student concert on Friday afternoon.   


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.  



           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.