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Grand finale: high-school student ensembles to showcase musical talent honed at York U summer camp

Grand finale: high-school student ensembles to showcase musical talent honed at York U summer camp

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Grand finale: high-school student ensembles to showcase musical talent honed at York U summer camp

Budding musicians who had a weeklong, rare opportunity to learn under the tutelage of award-winning faculty members will perform with peers at a celebratory event

TORONTO, July 27, 2023 — Several high school students from across the GTA and beyond are undergoing a music intensive this week, learning from Juno-winning artists and other accomplished musicians in York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD). The young musicians will perform in ensembles during a celebratory event concluding the music camp, tomorrow, July 28, from 4:45-6:15p.m at the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre.

 “I don’t do as much theory and as detailed as here, and I like how the professors take the time to explain minor details on the side, just so that you can understand the idea as a whole; it really helps to break it down,” says Gabrielle Amon a participant at the Nick Nurse Foundation (NNF) Summer Jazz & Groove Lab, who does not attend a music school. “It's going to take programs like these to dive deeper than you can in a music class in the school setting because here it is more like learn and absorb as much as you can.”

The Woodbridge resident who starts Grade 12 this year says it’s worth the early rising and spending most of the day in a class, as opposed to the usually laidback summer-break routine. “I feel my routine changing has showed to me that I truly value this program and it is worth it.”

Amon is among the 50 students converging from Toronto, Vaughan, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Brampton, Barrie, and the Durham region — and even a student from Alberta and another from Israel — for spending their summer break to explore a range of musical styles including jazz, R&B, Gospel, Hip-Hop and the blending of musical traditions from around the world.

“It's been so wonderful to see the excitement and enthusiasm on the faces of the students as they learn from our renowned faculty here at York. The aim of our program is to create a warm, friendly and inclusive environment for high school students to study a wide range of musical styles, develop their skills and cultivate their passion for music,” says Professor Noam Lemish, who co-founded the lab as a unique online camp in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Professor Mike Cadó. “The lab provides a vibrant environment for young people to grow and discover. Hopefully, it will inspire the next generation to create in the pursuit of an inclusive and innovative future.”

The lab was recently renamed following a $40,000 donation from Nick Nurse, co-founder of NNF and head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. A portion of the donation will fund participation bursaries for Black, Indigenous, persons of colour as well as young women, aside from certain programming costs. 

York University is a modern, multi-campus, urban university located in Toronto, Ontario. Backed by a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners, we bring a uniquely global perspective to help solve societal challenges, drive positive change and prepare our students for success. York's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education. York’s campuses in Costa Rica and India offer students exceptional transnational learning opportunities and innovative programs. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet, and our future. 

The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) is ranked as one of the Top 100 preforming arts schools globally by QS World University Rankings 2023. AMPD is one of Canada's most comprehensive arts, culture, and design schools, offering 30+ competitive degree programs, nearly five football fields worth of premier facilities, a diverse community of 3,000 socially engaged students ranging in creative disciplines, and a network of nearly 20,000 alumni leading in industries around the world. With 50 years of proven success and innovation, AMPD is a place for inclusive excellence, purposeful curiosity, and sustained career mobility. 

Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations and External Communications, 647-463-4354,