Our students are the pride of this incredible musical community, contributing their hard works to local and regional concerts, recitals, master classes and special events. The following highlight many of our students’musical endeavours.


YAPCA Summer Workshop 2023 - Get Back in Shape

YAPCA held its annual summer workshop from August 25-27, 2023 at the Music Building on the campus of Western University. The theme was “Get Back in Shape”, intended to launch kids into readiness for the exciting year of playing ahead. The Young Artists Orchestra kids prepared and performed several several works arranged and conducted by Susan Millar Boldissar with Ingrid Crozman working closely with our wind players. Concurrently Joe Lanza led a chamber ensemble comprised of current and alumnus YAPCA students who rehearsed and performed several works from the Baroque and Classical repertoire. In addition to their work on repertoire, orchestral skills, and technique, the orchestra kids engaged in a spoke word project in music interpretation with expert Vanessa Brown. Finally, the learned the rudiments of conducting with Ben Bolt-Martin.

Stay tuned for next year’s week-long camp July 8 - 12, 2024.

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YAPCA Summer Academy 2020 and summer activities

Although the COVID-19 pandemic cut our community’s musical season short in the most unceremonious fashion, our students were undeterred. The remote and socially-distanced YAPCA academy was a success, culminating with a concert in the park. Equally undeterred, YAPCA students successfully auditioned and participated in intensive remotely-held camps such as the Interlochen Arts Camp and SOSI’s Young Artists Program.

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Students and teachers adapt to new reality of COVID-19 lockdown

In early-March 2020, in the face of a rapidly expanding global pandemic, YAPCA’s program, as with all such communities nationwide suspended its in-person activities for the year. But students adapted and we held Zoom recitals and partcipated in remote group projects.

Overcoming the barriers of distance and technology, YAPCA students were hard at work over the spring, playing with click tracks and assembling their parts into collaborative projects, large and small. Current and former YAPCA students put together a remote collaborative video of “Dona nobis pacem.” The music must go on.

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Master class with Stéphane Sylvestre

On February 12, 2020, Professor Stéphane Sylvestre conducted a master class at YAPCA. Congratulations to all of the players: Jason and Jennifer Lee, Allyson Zheng, Henry Lee, Lily Richards, Susannah Salamon, and Cynthia Le.

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Students perform in master class held by violinist Jerzy Kapłanek

Acclaimed violinist Jerzy Kapłanek of the Penderecki Quartet held a violin master class at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Congratulations to the YAPCA students who performed in the class. It was an incredible day of learning and insights.

Thanks also to Lynda Kennedy, our collaborative pianist for the day.

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Four Seasons project

Musicians from YAPCA, led by Joe Lanza and colleagues teamed up with dancers from Dasein Dance to present Vivaldi’s iconic “Four Seasons” reimagined for contemporary dance.

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Music library introduction

On Friday, October 26, 2018, YAPCA students had a fantastic introduction to using the Western Music Library and a tour of its comprehensive collections courtesy of librarians Brian McMillan, Director of the Music Library and Lisa Philpott, Research and Instructional Services Librarian.

During the tutorial, students were able to view first edition scores dating back to the 1700’s from the Drs. Whitby Music Collection. Following an orientation to the layout and organization of the library, students learned how to perform keyword searches to find items of interest in the collections. The morning ended with a scavenger hunt to test their knowledge of the Music Library.

The Music Library is an excellent resource for YAPCA students seeking to expand their musical knowledge.

Anyone seeking to view the Drs. Whitby Music Collection can do so at its section on the Internet Archive.

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