Release Date: April 22, 2005
Media Contact: Colleen Dundas, External Relations
Phone: (306) 337-2413
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Conservatory offers array of summer performing arts camps
The Conservatory of Performing Arts is proud to once again present S.P.A.C.E - Summer Performing Arts Creative Experience - July 11-29, 2005.

The offerings include five new camps, including:
  • Singin' in the Sun, for youth ages 8-14. The choir will sing a varied repertoire and take part in movement and craft activities.
  • Kindermusik Camp "On the Road" for ages 3-5. Children will take imaginary trips every afternoon will visiting places like the beach and the carnival through song, dance, story and art
  • Choose Your Musical Adventure for children ages 6-9 who want experiment with a musical instrument. Participants explore three instruments from a choice of: piano or guitar; violin or cello; bagpipes or recorder.
  • Stories from the Ballet is a full-day camp for ages 7-9 years. The program brings to life four famous ballet stories. Children learn ballet skills and techniques, while engaging in storytelling traditions unique to ballet.
  • The Magic Toy Shop is a half-day camp for ages 3-4 (mornings) and 5-6 (afternoons), taking children on a dancing adventure through a magic toy shop. The camp introduces the fundamentals of pre-ballet while nurturing the unique dancer within each child.

There is also a full slate of returning programs.

The Miniature Mozart Piano Camp returns for children ages 4-7. Children will participate in group keyboard, rhythm and voice classes, developing a well-rounded musical experience. More experienced pianists can attend the Piano Accompaniment Camp, learning the art of accompanying through discussion, listening and playing. Valuable practical experience will be gained by working with young string musicians.

For strings enthusiasts, we have String Your Parents Along, a half-day camp for 4-6 year olds, modeled after our highly successful Child/Parent Strings program. For new and slightly experienced players, this camp teaches children the violin or cello, and uses rhythmic instruments, movement and voice to learn how to identify notes, sounds and rhythms. In the traditional Intermediate Strings camp, participants begin their day with a full-body warm up before moving on to orchestra, sectionals, ensembles and daily recitals. The Senior Strings camp is an intensive workshop where participants focus on warm-up, private lessons, chamber groups and daily recitals. All those attending the intermediate and senior strings workshops will participate in a gala performance at the end of the week.

For those interested in a well-rounded introduction to the arts, Arts Play is a half-day camp using all art forms to play and create, increasing children's perceptual awareness. Children ages 3-4 years attend mornings, ages 5-6 afternoons.

In the process-driven drama camps, Creative Drama Studio (ages 7-9) and Theatre/Dance Ensemble (ages 10-6) participants develop a production entirely from their imaginative ideas, under the guidance of theatre professionals. Participants in both sections learn about voice, movement and storytelling while creating their own script, set and props. This is an exceptional opportunity for young artists to have fun, make new friends and share in their passion for the arts.

All camps within the S.P.A.C.E program are led by a team of professional, qualified instructors and guest artists, including Neil Cadger, University of Saskatchewan theatre professor; Daniel Scholz, principal violinist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; Andrea Bell, accomplished cellist and conductor of the Winnipeg Youth Concert Orchestra; and Marcia McLean, founder and musical director of the Swift Current Children's Choir, and choral director at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School. Each teacher focuses on the Conservatory's mandate to provide a healthy and positive environment that promotes an interactive, caring, and respectful learning environment.

Registrations before May 31st will receive a free camp T-shirt!

For additional information, see the Summer Programs link from the Conservatory's home page at, or contact summer program co-ordinator Tammy Ward at (306)585-5722 ( or Conservatory head Gerry Folk at (306) 585-5755 ( - or by fax at (306) 585-5788.