Rusty Musicians: Summer Camp

Ages 18 + | July 3 – 7, 2024

Best-Seller On Sale Now

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.

Registration Update

We are pleased to announce the second phase of registration is now open for Rusty Musicians Summer Camp! Non-professional musicians ages 18 and up can now register for instruments with spots available. Enjoy the benefits of this amazing mentorship opportunity and grow your skills by learning some amazing repertoire in a supportive environment with the pros!

Limited spots available. Several instruments are already sold out. If the instrument you are interested in is sold out, we encourage you to sign up for the wait list in case a spot becomes available.

View Instrument Registrations

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 2024 Registrations

July 3 – 7, 2024
Musician Participant Fee: $699/person
Conductor Participant Fee: $399/person

Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch. Payment plan available!

All components of the Rusty Musicians Program are a wonderful professional development opportunity for music specialists and members of community ensembles.

Register now

Limited spots available.

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

2024 Rusty Musicians Summer Camp Repertoire

  • Prokofiev Symphony No.7, op.131
    I. Moderato 9’
    II. Allegretto 8
    IV. Vivace 9’
  • John Williams Princess Leia’s Theme, from Star Wars Suite
  • John McPherson Latin Medley

*Subject to change.

Summer 2024 Registrations

Instructed by Cosette Justo Valdés
Violin 1
Instructed by Aiyana Anderson
Violin 2
Instructed by Heather Bergen
Instructed by Clayton Leung
Instructed by Meran Currie-Roberts
Instructed by Toscha Turner
Instructed by Dan Waldron
Instructed by Liz Faulkner
Join Waitlist
Instructed by Echo Mazur
Join Waitlist
Instructed by Matthew Howatt
Instructed by Robin Doyon
Instructed by Kathryn Macintosh
Bass Trombone
Instructed by Kathryn Macintosh
French Horn
Instructed by Ryan Garbett
Instructed by Scott Whetham
Instructed by Martin Bui
Instructed by Nora Bumanis
Join Waitlist

Cancellation/Alteration Policy

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