Rusty Musicians: Summer Camp

Ages 18 + | July 5 – July 9, 2023


Are you a musician who hasn't picked up their instrument in a while? Or maybe you play with a community group, but you'd like a chance to play with the pros? The Rusty Musicians programs are your chance to hone your skills and play alongside a professional orchestra.

Rusty Musicians Summer Camp concert, 2019
Rusty Musicians, Summer Camp concert, July 2019.
Photo by D.T. Baker.
Rusty Musicians, B-Sides concert, March 3, 2020.
Rusty Musicians, B-Sides concert, March 3, 2020.
Photo by Levi Manchak.

Rusty Musicians: Summer Camp

Spend five days with us this summer and immerse yourself in music and performance! Join us at the Winspear Centre for this year’s camp under the baton of ESO Resident Conductor, Cosette Justo Valdés. Summer Camp is designed for adult non-professional musicians. With expert instruction from members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and other professional musicians, this camp provides a unique opportunity for classes, rehearsals, and sectional instruction – all leading up to a performance on the stage of the Winspear Centre! Join your fellow non-pros for five days of intense and fun orchestral study – and fall in love with making music all over again.

Back by popular demand! Are you a CONDUCTOR? Join us this summer to observe and practice your conducting skills alongside our ESO Resident Conductor, Cosette Justo Valdés, in rehearsal with the Rusty Musicians Summer Camp Orchestra. This will be an indispensable source of new rehearsal techniques, repertoire, and teaching ideas. Watch Cosette throughout the week as she teaches new concepts, creates a positive experience for amateur musicians, and prepares them for the final performance in only 5 days. Receive masterclasses and practical conducting experience to gain confidence in leading an ensemble at any skill level.

Summer Camp 2023 registrations now closed

Time Activity Location
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Body Warm-up Main Lobby
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Instrument Small Group Rehearsal Various
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Break Main Lobby / Outside
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Orchestra Rehearsal Studio
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch & Learn / Faculty Performance


2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Large Group Sectional Rehearsal Various
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Break Main Lobby / Outside
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Orchestra Rehearsal Studio

2023 Rusty Musicians Summer Camp Repertoire:

  • Lili Boulanger D’un Matin De Printemps
  • Ernesto Lecuona Andalucía (arr. Morton Gould)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre, Op. 40
  • Richard Wagner Overture to the Meistersinger
  • Aaron Copland Hoedown
  • Antonin Dvorak Danses slaves, Op. 46 No. 8
  • John Williams Star Wars “The Imperial March”

*Subject to change.

Covid Safety Policy

Our Covid protocols will be responsive to health and safety conditions at the time of your visit. Masking may be required. Prior to your program, we will be in contact with any protocols that are in place.

Cancellation/Alteration Policy

Cancellations made one month prior to the beginning of camp will receive a full refund.