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    • Jennifer Swartz at the Orford Music Academy

      Harpist Jennifer Swartz is passionate about pushing the boundaries of her instrument and spreading her love for harp and music through teaching. She holds two of the most distinguished positions in her field in Canada, first as principal harp for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), then as head of the Harp Program at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Jennifer Swartz’s early career began with harp lessons at the age of eight.

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      During your stay at Orford Music, you will create unforgettable memories while evolving into the artist you aspire to be. Orford Music’s master classes are unique opportunities to work on your goals with the mentors of your choice.

      The master classes include the following elements:

      • Master classes or individual lessons lasting 2.5 hours per week
      • Group activities (master class, Q&A sessions, technical lessons)
      • Opportunity to perform in student concerts
      • Opportunity to perform in paid concerts
      • Access to a collaborative pianist
      • Networking activities with faculty members and the student community
      • Access to conferences on various topics related to a career in music (e.g., mental health, collaboration between artistic disciplines, stage presence development, etc.)
      • Accommodation in one of our two residences
      • Three meals a day, as well as full access to a kitchen and common areas
      • Rehearsal studios equipped with pianos (available from 6AM to 11PM)
      • Housekeeping, laundry facilities (for a fee), parking, and free Wi-Fi
      • Free tickets to concerts at the Gilles-Lefebvre Hall (subject to availability)
      • Opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes of Mont-Orford National Park, the majestic Lake Memphremagog, and the tourist activities in the city of Magog


      Please note that all COVID-19 measures established by the Gouvernement du Québec will be followed.


    Jennifer Swartz
    Harp, McGill University Schulich School of Music et Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

    Application Deadlines

    February 1st, 2024
    First Round (for automatic scholarship consideration)

    March 28, 2024
    Second Round (for scholarship consideration, subject to availability)

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      • John Perry
      • Tanya Gabrielian at the Orford Music Academy
      • Master classes include the following:
•	2.5 hours of one-on-one lessons per week
•	Group activity (master class, Q&A session, technique classes) 
•	The option to participate in one or more student concerts 
•	Access to a collaborative pianist 
•	Networking activities with fellow musicians 
•	Access to conferences presented by musicians and guests from various backgrounds on topics related to a musician's career such as technique, finances, psychology, physical fitness, and more
•	Accommodation in one of our two artist residences
•	Three meals a day, as well as full access to the kitchen and common areas 
•	Practice studios equipped with pianos (available 6AM-11PM)
•	Housekeeping, laundry (for a fee), parking, and free WiFi (free)
•	Free tickets to live performances in the Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall (subject to availability)
•	The opportunity to explore the beautiful Mont-Orford National Park
Please note that all Covid-19 regulations set forth by the Gouvernement du Québec will be rigorously followed.
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