Performance Academy


Please contact Barbara Worthy, Director of the Music Niagara Performance Academy, for more information.

Music Niagara has embarked on a unique endeavour designed to provide specialized performance training for its young and gifted virtuoso musicians, a Summer Performance Academy, and brainchild of Atis Bankas, Artistic Director of Music Niagara.

Now in its 21st year, Atis Bankas continues to introduce fabulously talented young musician students to the performance world. Music Niagara’s Young Virtuoso concerts have long been a firm audience favourite. Many of these students have continued in their careers to earn national and international recognition in a demanding field of excellence.

The Music Niagara Performance Academy is where young musicians learn to express themselves as artists.

The Music Niagara Performance Academy’s unique curriculum offers a rare opportunity for artistic development. The 9-day Program provides students with the opportunity to experience their art not only through music, but also through poetry and text, movement and physical awareness, song and dance. Academy instructors are all professional artists, from the world of music, Shaw Festival ensemble and alumni.

Workshops encourage fun, challenge their bodies, and inspire musical education. This participation has helped students win national and international competitions.

The students play, eat and learn together, in a spirit of conviviality, good fun, and enrichment. Their days are full and well-rounded.

Students are hosted in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, in the homes of Music Niagara supporters, where they are provided with warm hospitality and nutritious breakfasts.

During the day the students are offered balanced and healthy snacks, hot lunches and evening meals.

It all takes place in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake. The students are surrounded and nurtured by a welcoming local community, rich in culture and heritage. Cultural outings are included in their Academy experience, and allow participants time to enjoy the arts and natural heritage of Niagara, including world-class theatre at the Shaw Festival.

Good performances come from skill, discipline and determination.
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