The Leahy Music Camp has gained a reputation for being a major source of inspiration and instruction for people of all ages and ability. In addition to the musical classes led by members of the Leahy Family, the Camp is known for the musical environment it provides in which to learn, play and create music.
This year, the Camp will celebrate 12 years. Held at the world renowned Lakefield College School, the Camp focuses on fiddle, piano, step-dancing, singing, and guitar, however, it also offers instruction in writing/composing, accordion, bass, drums, mandolin, whistles, audio engineering, computer technology, and more. Participants come from across Canada and the United States and even different parts of Europe.
For five days, Camp is a place where many worlds converge – students and music lovers connect with artists and musicians who have mastered their craft, as well as experts from a variety of music related fields. Many of the instructors are touring and recording artists themselves so the week is also an opportunity for them to play, collaborate, and create music with each other. The intended result is that not only do the students learn and develop their skills, but they also benefit from the sparks that fly between the musicians who are instructing at the Camp.
Another element of the Camp that contributes to its unique environment includes the involvement of people and friends that the Leahy’s have worked with over the years; Michael and Rosa Remenyi, from the internationally acclaimed Remenyi House of Music, Sennheiser, D’Addario, Godin, Apple Canada, LR Baggs, Long and McQuade. The presence and participation of all these people help to educate students about the many facets of the musical world in which artists live. Having all of these resources and information under one roof at one time is of immense value to everyone at Camp – aspiring and professional musicians alike. In addition to instructional classes and workshops, other Camp features include a recording studio, an Apple Computer Lab that teaches students how to use technology with music, exclusive concerts, symposiums, jam sessions, private lessons, and many opportunities for students and musicians of all genres and ages to play and work together.
Building on the participatory nature of music, dance and song, the Leahy Music Camp experience ignites a spirit in people to want to play, share, create, and explore even more. his year, Leahy Music Camp will take place from Sunday July 2nd – Thursday July 6, 2017.