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 & The Academy at SMC 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! 


The Academy is designed to challenge, support and inspire serious, advanced students of music by immersing them in theory studies and private instruction, continuing their skills development over the summer.


Ideal for students in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12; admission is by acceptance, dependant on ability. The programme is especially recommended for students considering post-secondary music studies.

The Academy @SMC experience includes:

  • Theory classes and Conservatory Canada exam 
  • Presenting on-site and outreach chamber performances which build confidence and expand repertoire, and performing in the session 2 SMC concert
  • Participating in mock auditions, and receiving immediate, constructive feedback, honing skills in preparation for university or college entrance
  • Receiving private lessons and ensemble coaching
  • Enjoying private practice rooms and self-direct practice periods
  • Discussing practice strategies, audition preparation, repertoire choices with music professionals

Choose a 3 OR 4 week programme

July 6-31, 2020: Academy 4 @SMC
Receive an extra week of supplementary theory coaching in preparation for writing an accredited Conservatory Canada exam, plus additional private lessons and career-related workshops. 

July13-31, 2020: Academy 3 @SMC
Theory study, private coaching, auditions, and workshops but students do not sit the accredited theory exam.

The Academy is part of Summer Music Camp, on site at St. Catharines Collegiate. For information regarding The Academy at SMC, contact the NSO Education & Outreach Coordinator at 905-687-4993 ext. 223 or email Brody Smith. Bursaries are available thanks to generous community and individual donors and sponsors.