The CYMC programs offer training in Classical, Musical Theatre, Vocal Jazz, and Piano disciplines. CYMC maintains an open admissions policy. The school’s festival component offers exciting concerts, recitals and theatre productions. Celebrated international artists appear in concert and join the CYMC Festival Orchestra in an outstanding series of concerts. Musical Theatre students perform a full theatre production after just two and a half weeks of daily rehearsal.
The summer school runs for two to four weeks. Students from across BC, Canada, USA, Europe and Asia come to the Comox Valley to experience what, for many, is an important step in their musical and professional development, and often at key moments of musical decision making in their lives. Practicing professional musicians across Canada and internationally have received training and/or instructed at CYMC.
The experience the students have at CYMC changes their lives. They achieve new musical goals; they interact and exchange musical ideas. They make life long friendships. Through their experience at CYMC they receive the foundation on which to become leaders in their communities and beyond. The stunning beauty of this unique West Coast destination, in itself, inspires all things creative. The superb instruction and very exciting performance component through the CYMC Festival of Summer Sounds makes this summer music camp unique.
The success of a program such as CYMC’s is often measured by the success of its students in later life. After several decades, it would be difficult to believe that we didn’t have some wonderful treasures among our alumni. The depth of excellence and degree of diversity in the alumni is, nonetheless, surprising. Among its former students, we can count the leaders in all fields of musical performance, musical education, and musical production and promotion.
But this is not the sole measure of success for CYMC. It has always been a goal of CYMC to provide the opportunity for students to gather together and experience the joy of a musically challenging community of faculty and students. Whether or not such experiences lead to careers in music, they most definitely provide a valid and worthwhile achievement that enhances the enjoyment of life throughout our graduates’ lives.