COVID-19 UPDATE: With uncertainty surrounding the future of summer programs for organizations across our country, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the NSO's Summer Music Camp this July for the safety of your children and families, our camp staff, and the general public. At this time we cannot proceed with planning and registration for our programming that is built on group instruction, ensemble-based performances, and team building, while restrictions remain in place for schools, businesses, and group gatherings of any size. 

If you have already registered for SMC 2020, the following options are available to you:

  1. Donate the value of your child(ren)’s registration to the Niagara Symphony Orchestra in return for a tax receipt; or, 
  2. Request a refund of the full price of the registration to your original method of payment. All refunds will be issued by the end of the month.

If you are already registered, you will be contacted directly by Brody Smith regarding your desposit/fees for SMC 2020. Given our need to cancel amid a highly uncertain time in the non-profit arts sector, we kindly encourage you to consider Option 1. Any support you can offer would be greatly appreciated during these difficult times. Rest assured the Niagara Symphony Orchestra remains dedicated to its mission and community and will work hard to bring you and even better camp experience at SMC 2021! 


SMC Information 

Since 1962, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Summer Music Camp (SMC) has inspired and encouraged young musicians from the Niagara Region and beyond. We offer music instruction in a fun, inclusive day-camp atmosphere and welcome campers of all abilities
Summer Music Camp runs for two 2-week sessions, starting the week after school ends.

  • Session 1
    • Parents & Tots - 18 months to 3 years
    • Early Years classes for grades JK to 2 
    • Junior Classes for grades 3 to 6
  • Session 2
    • Senior and Specialty classes for grades 6-10
    • Combinations classes for grades 4-10
    • Rainbow Music classes for grades JK to 3
    • Parents & Tots - 18 months to 3 years

Campers learn from highly qualified instructors; members of the SMC teaching faculty are professional musicians and music educators, dedicated to nurturing a love of music and its performance while developing strong technical and ensemble skills. SMC apprentice staff members are enthusiastic young musicians; many are former campers eager to blend learning with fun.

Campers enjoy a full and varied schedule that includes:   

  • Daily recitals featuring faculty and guest artists
  • Approx. 32 hours of Masterclasses in each two-week session
  • Orchestra, Concert Band, String Ensemble, Jazz Band or Choir participation
  • Specialized, age-appropriate Early Years programming in both sessions
  • Supervised outdoor recreation and daily crafts
  • Every camper participates in SMC Concerts

Bursary Information

SMC is one of the most affordable camps in the Niagara region - discounts are available for siblings, and campers attending both sessions - but we recognize that every familiy has different financial needs. We are pleased to offer needs-based bursary assistance for all SMC campers. Thanks to generous sponsors and donors, the NSO has always been able to assist EVERY FAMILY that applies for support through the bursary programme. 


For more information, please contact Brody Smith, Outreach & Education Coordinator at 905-687-4993 ext. 223 or email Brody Smith

SMC 2020 is presented with support from the District School Board of Niagara