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    • 2022 Academy


      Faculty: Anders Åstrand and Peter Isaac Instruments: Bass Trombone, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Composition, Double bass, Drum, Electric bass, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Harpsichord, Horn, Oboe, Percussions, Piano, Piccolo, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin and Voice
    • Study with Anders Åstrand in improvisation at the Orford Music Academy

      Study with Anders Åstrand!

      Now a classic at the Orford Music Academy, the Improvisation Workshop is back for its sixth year!

      This one-week intensive workshop is designed for instrumentalists and singers interested in new music who wish to develop and improve their improvisational technique. The participation of performers and composers alike is greatly encouraged.

      Guided by renowned percussionist and composer Anders Åstrand, students are provided the perfect opportunity to find inspiration through creative labs and stimulating conversations.


      Anders Åstrand
      Anders Åstrand is a renowned Swedish mallet specialist, considered to be a unique voice of both the marimba and the vibraphone. He is a popular and sought-after soloist, performing regularly and giving master classes and clinics throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. He focuses on melodic and rhythmical improvisation, with influences ranging from jazz, Scandinavian folk music, Gregorian chants, and ancient Greek songs…LIRE LA SUITE

      Peter Isaac
      Peter Isaac is a dynamic, up-and-coming low brass specialist (trombone, bass trombone, and tuba), composer/arranger and educator in the NY Jazz Scene…LIRE LA SUITE

      Virtual & In-Person Academy

      • 2.5 hours of individual instruction per week
      • 1 group activity (master class, Q&A, technique class)
      • 1+ student concerts per week
      • Access to a collaborative pianist
      • Networking with fellow musicians
      • Access to lectures presented by both music and non-music professionals on various subjects pertaining to a musician’s career, such as technique, finance, psychology, fitness, etc. 

      On Campus
      In addition to the items listed above, you will have access to:

      • Accommodation in one of our 2 artist residences
      • Three meals per day and access to a kitchen and common areas
      • Practice studios equipped with pianos (available 6AM-11PM)
      • Housekeeping, laundry (fee), parking, and free WiFi
      • Complimentary tickets to live performances at the Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall, subject to availability
      • The opportunity to explore the heart of beautiful Mont-Orford National Park


      Please note that all Covid-19 regulations set forth by the Gouvernement du Québec will be rigorously followed.


    Application Deadlines

    February 3, 2022
    First Round (for automatic scholarship consideration)

    March 31, 2022
    Second Round (for scholarship consideration, subject to availability)

    Applications received after the Second Round deadline will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.


    Please note that scholarships can cover up to 75% of tuition fees.

    1 week at Orford: $653.05 / week (CAD)
    2 weeks at Orford: $603.05 / week (CAD)
    3 or more weeks: $553.05 / week (CAD)

    Additional fees will apply for Room & Board if studying on-campus.