uOttawa Summer Music Academy - PIANO

Faculty of Arts
Piano and hands
JUNIOR Program
July 20 and 21, 2024

Option of 1 week (either week) or 2 weeks
July 22-26 and/or July 29-August 2, 2024

JUNIOR Program - July 20 and 21, 2024

Join us for a weekend of piano activities!  There will be ensemble playing, music games, creativity, and solo classes.  The weekend will finish with a concert. Please note that students should be taking private piano lessons already.

Ages - 7-10

Level - up to, and including, Conservatory Level 2

Schedule - Saturday, July 20th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sunday, July 21st 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost - $210 (all inclusive - tax not applicable)

INTERMEDIATE and SENIOR Program - July 22-26, 2024 and/or July 29-August 2

Piano students are invited to participate in a week of musical activities. All students will develop their skills in solo performance, creative music, and ensemble playing.  Activities take place in the Perez Building on campus. The week will end with a concert of student performances in Tabaret Hall. Please note that students should be taking private piano lessons already. If you have any questions regarding ability levels, please feel free to contact us.

Intermediate Program

Ages - 9-12 years

Level - minimum Conservatory Level 3

Schedule - 2:30-8:00 pm daily

Cost - $400 per week (all inclusive - tax not applicable)

Senior Program

Ages - 13-17 years

Level - minimum Conservatory Level 5

Schedule - 2:30-8:00 pm daily

Cost - $400 per week (all inclusive - tax not applicable)

For registration forms and payment links, please contact Catherine Donkin at [email protected].

Catherine Donkin
Piano session coordinator

“We look forward to seeing you at the Piano Academy's 12th year! Join us for a week of instruction and fun-filled activities, finishing with a grand concert.”

Catherine Donkin


Catherine Donkin

Originally from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Catherine Donkinis an active piano teacher and performer in Ottawa. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction from the University of Alberta, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Ottawa, both in Piano Performance.

Career highlights include a duet performance at Carnegie Hall after placing first in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and another at the Grieg International Piano Competition, where she performed in the Duo Rideau piano duet. She has also performed with orchestra at the University of Alberta, the University of Ottawa, and in a piano duet concerto written by Canadian composer Christine Donkin with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra. Other groups Catherine has played in include the Ottawa Chamber Players and the Donkin Trépanier Piano Guitar Duet.

She currently performs with Gertrude Létourneau in a flute and piano ensemble called Duo Cecilia which focuses on French Romantic and Impressionist music. She maintains a busy private teaching studio, with students of all ages and levels, and some students attaining recognition nationally and internationally. Catherine is the current president of the Suzuki Association of Ottawa-Gatineau, and is also a founding member of both the uOttawa Summer Music Academy’s piano course, and the Ottawa Piano Festival.

Victor Avil

Victor Avila

Victor Avila is an active performer, piano teacher, and piano collaborator who achieved a wide piano repertoire, playing anything from Baroque to contemporary music styles throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Victor holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music, a Diploma in Piano Performance, and a Master’s in Music. He’s received multiple awards and scholarships such as the Zoya Solod Piano Scholarship, the Mitchell Sharp Commemorative Bursary, and different top places in competitions. Victor had studied under world-class artists such as David Jalbert, Sara-Davis Buechner, André Laplante, Jordi Savall, Martin Karlicek, Jan Bratoz, Pamela Viktoria Pyle, Enrike Solinis, Leopoldo Erice, Edgar Dorantes, Rocio Gonzales, and Jorge Covarrubias. As a performer, Victor played at several International Festivals including Orford Music Academy, Adamant Music, NUNTEMPA, several radio stations in Mexico, and collaborated with institutions such as University of Guadalajara, University of Xalapa, University of Ottawa, Veracruz Institute of Music, Escuela Superior de Música de Sinaloa, among others. . He also was the pianist at University of Ottawa Calixa Lavallée Choir, University of Ottawa Vocal Repertoire, Esperanza Azteca Choir, and Xalapa Philharmonic Orchestra where he performed as soloist.

As a pedagogue, Victor is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, certified in composition, counterpoint, and piano teaching by the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association and was featured on the list of student-teachers and student-performers by the University of Ottawa. Victor offered multiple masterclasses, lectures, presentations, and adjudicated local competitions and auditions in Mexico and Canada. Some of his students have been laureates with top prizes in competitions national and international wide. He lives in downtown Ottawa where he has his private studio and collaborates with the local scene.

Sherry Lu

Sherry Lu

Sherry Lu leads a vibrant private piano studio in the Ottawa region. Music had an early influence in her life as she was accepted into the Xinghai Music Conservatory in Guangzhou, China, with a focus on piano performance at the age of twelve. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at Xinghai as her program continued through her university years. 

She first established her studio just over 25 years ago, after immigrating to Canada. During this time, Sherry obtained her performer and teacher Associate Diplomas (ARCT). Sherry is closely involved in the Ottawa music community. Sherry is a long-time member of the Ontario Registered Music Teacher’s Association (ORMTA) and has served in council with ORMTA for 15 years. She has also served as an executive member of the Kanata Music Club for nearly 20 years. Sherry’s students perform regularly at the Kanata Music Club, win scholarships and trophies in local festivals, advance to provincial level festivals, participate in master classes. She also enjoys accompanying her students for concertos. 

While not teaching, Sherry loves outdoor activities, travelling, and is an avid runner.