Bows at the ready! 

String players of all skill levels and ages will return to the campus at Canadian Mennonite University to take part in one of Canada’s premier training grounds.



Rosamunde Summer Music Academy returns to in-person programming after two years of restrung virtual intensives. 

Offering a tailored, high-calibre musical learning experience with a faculty of outstanding performers and teachers, Rosamunde takes an all-encompassing approach to string instruction.

“It’s got a whole number of elements that, I don’t think, the combination exists really anywhere else,” says artistic director Elation Pauls. 

Between technique classes, masterclasses, chamber music and orchestral performance opportunities as well as extension classes — including physical and mental wellbeing workshops and historically informed performance instruction — the emphasis is on creating a well-rounded musician.

Three streams are provided to participants: “Core” programming for advanced players age 10-19, “Rosamundiade” geared towards adult amateur musicians and the “Pre-Professional” program for university students preparing for careers in music.

Rosamunde student concerts

Complimenting the academy is the Rosamunde Festival which features performances by some of the acclaimed and accomplished faculty. 

On Tuesday, August 23, Mark Fewer (violin), Matt Haimovitz (cello) and Jennifer Thiessen (viola d’amore) perform in Sweet Suites, Shadows, Dives & Dances.

The second and final concert on Thursday features Mark Fewer, Gwen Hoebig, Karl Stobbe, Elation Pauls, Élise Lavallée, Jennifer Thiessen, Matt Haimovitz, and Yuri Hooker to perform the beloved Mendelssohn Octet in addition to other selections for smaller groupings of players. 

Rosamunde Festival concerts take place at the Laudamus Auditorium, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Tickets $25 purchased in advance, $30 at the door. Children under 12 free.

Learn more about Rosamunde by watching the full conversation with artistic director Elation Pauls. 

Visit: to purchase concert tickets. 

Rosamunde Faculty Concerts