In the summer of 2001, the JVL Summer School of Performing Arts opened its doors for the very first time in Bark Lake, Haliburton, Ontario. In the 19 years since, our program has greatly developed and expanded into a premiere summer music camp. A great number of our students started with having a mere interest and hobby in music, and eventually turned into successful and celebrated musicians. Some of them have even come back to our camp as faculty members! No matter what career path our students end up taking, everyone develops a lasting passion and enthusiasm for music and music-making after each summer with us.
Our 20th season was due to take place in Summer 2020 in Orillia, Ontario. It was however with great sadness that we had to cancel our program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the world shut down, the music never stopped playing. Music lessons and chamber collaborations went digital, and it was incredible to see such fast paced innovation in the music world. It was while witnessing this innovation that we became inspired to innovate ourselves. We took it as enormous inspiration to further expand and enhance our offerings to students.