Ottawa Singer – Songwriter Camp

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Date: Five days, July 10-14, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday Afternoon: OSSC Brand New Songs Concert
For: anyone with one year music study to advanced, age 14 to adult
Maximum camp size: 16 participants
Registration Fee: $500 (non-refundable)
Registration deadline extended: June 22nd, 2017 ( late-registrants do not receive a t-shirt)
Location: Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone (at Loretta), K1Y 3E5
Conctact: 613-729-0693


Click here for downloadable PDF Registration Form – scan and email or snail mail it to us.

Join us for a fun, friendly, and intensive five-day workshop geared to singer-songwriters age 14 to 114.

Each day will bring dynamic workshops and masterclasses that will help you expand and hone your music writing, lyric writing, singing, and stage skills. We will work on making your songs come alive for both you and your audience, helping you add depth to your music and create stories that draw listeners into your lyrics. We will discuss aspects of stage presence, including vocal delivery, self-accompaniment, microphone technique, and becoming more at home on stage. We will also explore personal artistry and big-picture questions, such as how to allow the music to flow through you, and how to include the audience so that your performance means something to them.

Being a singer-songwriter is about giving voice to the songs that are already inside of you, at this moment. Surrounded by like-minded creative spirits, students will enjoy the opportunity for both stress-free individual work and relaxed and friendly group interaction, all with the help of enthusiastic and knowledgeable coaches. Our experienced instructors enjoy working with all levels and will help you identify and draw upon your strengths.

Whether you are working on your first song or you are a pre-professional singer-songwriter, this camp will develop your artistic self-expression by giving you
a distraction-free space to work in with others just like you! We will provide a supportive focus to help you achieve your performance and songwriting goals.

Participants will be guided through the creative process, including finding your muse, lively brainstorming of ideas, pulling a song together, and singing it effectively. You’ll polish your song and enhance your writing through guided exercises that will help you create a memorable hook, craft your lyric, and write with your own strengths in mind. You’ll be given daily opportunities to perform and receive valuable feedback on your singing, lyric and music writing, as well as stage presence.

At the end of the week you will have new skills to clarify your songwriting, facilitate your artistic voice, and amplify your stage personality. You’ll have a brand new song to share and a chance to perform it at GigSpace for your family and friends. You will receive a video file of your own performance, that you can use as a live demo or on social media. And you will have new experience and ideas to help inspire your future songs.

We supply: music paper, music folder, overnight instrument lock up, piano, t-shirt, inspiration, and creative space. There is a fridge and microwave on site.

What to bring: your instrument(s) other than piano, your lunch (or signed permission to leave the premises and purchase lunch nearby), snacks, refillable water bottle, notebook, pencil & eraser, towel or yoga mat, your creative mind!

Typical Day at Ottawa Singer-Songwriter Camp:
9:30am group vocal warmup, group songwriting, word games, brain openers
10:30am classes – smaller group focus – rotation with instructors
11:30am alone time to write (instructors circulate to assist & answer questions)
12:00pm stage craft & performance time
12:30pm lunch break
1:30pm master class (topics change daily)
2:30pm classes – smaller group focus – rotation with instructors
3:30pm alone time to write (instructors circulate to assist & answer questions)
4:00pm stage craft & performance time

Rachel Beausoleil sings in 7 languages and has written lyrics in French, English and Portuguese. Her songs have been shared through her Brazilian jazz combo Sol da Capital and the Panamérica Canção project in Canada and Brazil. She has recorded 3 CDs. She has taught vocal technique, ear training, and performance for 17 years, and is currently working on a doctoral dissertation on Brazilian popular singing.

Drawing from a musical life of family singsongs and formal training in classical and jazz piano, Megan Jerome has created a soulful and eclectic approach to singing, playing piano, arranging and songwriting. Her five self-produced albums have delighted critics and audiences alike, while topping CBC and community radio station charts across Canada and earning her a Galaxie Rising Star Award.

A multi-instrumentalist whose writing style blurs the lines between genres, Elise Letourneau has recorded 5 CDs. She has performed and received radio airplay in the U.S. and Canada. In addition
to songwriting, Elise is an arranger and she has composed music for commercials, television, and modern dance productions. Her award-winning choral compositions have been sung across North America and Europe.

Register soon! Camp is limited to 16 participants. Sign up by June 22, 2017.