52 youth attended March break camps

Minstrel Foundation made it possible for The Dixon Hall Music School ("DHMS") to send 52 kids to 4 different camps during March Break.

For the ninth year, Bob McKitrick, Dixon Hall's Music Director took 14 kids to Hart House Farm in Caledon for a 6 day music and arts overnight camp. Through fresh air, expert coaching, support and the freedom to explore the quiet of early spring, participants were able to advance their music skills and make new friends. 

For the second year DHMS in partnership with Girls Rock Camps held a one week camp at the Ada Slaight Studios where girls aged 8-16 were able to pick up guitars, play the drums and form bands. Girls Rock Camps with over 80 camps globally has the objective of helping girls build self-esteem and learn collaboration and leadership skills and find their voices through unique programming that combines music education and performance with positive role models and empowerment. Participants form bands, write an original song, record, and perform live!

A shoebox synth building workshop was held for 5 days at the DHMS Carlton St. facility for youth aged 11-14. This is a day camp where students learn the basics of electronics, building their own homemade synthesizers from a shoebox, a circuit board, and wires! Students learn about the history of synthesizing in music and get to experiment with the interesting and unusual sounds made from a DIY (do-it-yourself) synthesizer.

A number of students from the DHMS went to any one of 17 Harbourfront Centre March break camps that covered art, dance, theatre, games and design.

Photos from Girls Rock Camp


Beautiful music on the shores of Lake Couchiching

This year we dropped in on The National Music Camp on the last afternoon and evening of camp when campers and faculty come together to perform. What fun! What Joy! And what a good time! The National Music Camp is hosted for 2 weeks near the end of each summer by Camp Wahanowin on the shores of Lake Couchiching near Orillia. The Minstrel Foundation sends a number of kids from our inner city music programs to the NMC each year thanks to our wonderful supporters and also assists young musicians to attend camp through the Matthew Ferguson Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund. The camp combines the best of teaching faculty, camp counsellors and recreational activity and offers a unique and very special experience for our campers.