Orch Mar2019 2 violins (credit-Julia Martin)

uOttawa Summer String Academy

Dates: August 7th-18th, 2023

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.

With our world-renowned faculty and dedicated administration supporting you, the 2023 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
Elaine Klimasko, 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:
Midori Gotō, violin
Kirsten Docter, viola

Learn more about them
Viola player

Program Details

August 7-18th, 2023 (weekdays only)

Applications are available now! More information below. 

Application Deadline: March 15, 2023

  • 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 a bio)
    • Scholarship letter (if you want to be considered for a scholarship)

Application fee: $70 CAD 

Tuition: $850 CAD 

Accommodation*: $850 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. 

We have a comprehensive FAQ document – Please click on this link to access it. 

Contact us


Pérez 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 staff member 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.