Summer Strings
at the GYMC


Monday July 24 to Friday July 28, 2023
8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily – programming from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Join us for the second annual Summer String camp for a week of fun, learning and skills development. The week will include orchestra rehearsal, daily sectionals with guest instructors, drumming, and other activities including visual art, dance/movement, outdoor play, and much more. All culminating in an end of week performance for families to see what we’ve been up to all week.

  • Sharpen your orchestral and ensemble skills with conductor Joy Schuster
  • Daily sectionals
  • Art activities with guest instructors
  • Bucket drumming with percussionist extraordinaire Adam Bowman
  • End of week performance in the GYMC Recital Hall
  • Pizza Party Friday

Designed for string players looking for an enriching and fun summer experience making music and friends!!
Suitable for string level Grades 5–7 or Suzuki late book 3 to book 6 or above.
Recommended ages 8+

Fee $350

To inquire about financial assistance, please email

About Joy Schuster

Joy Schuster, as a teacher with the Suzuki String School of Guelph, is a familiar face at the Guelph Youth Music Centre. She graduated, with honours, from Michigan State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Music Education. Joy then went on to teach in the beautiful state of Maine where she was teaching full time as a “string specialist” in Grades 3–8. In 1989, Joy immigrated to Canada where she taught with the Hamilton school board and the Hamilton Suzuki School of Music.

Joy is the director of the GYMC String Orchestra program, concertmaster of the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and director of the CSO Youth Orchestra.

Go to the GYMC String Orchestra page…

Buckets of Fun with Adam Bowman

Drummer and percussionist, Adam Bowman, has been a mainstay in both the Canadian and international music scenes for more than two decades.

As a touring musician, Adam has been heard on stages across five continents with artists such as Juno-award winners Kellylee Evans and Carlos Morgan, Canadian independent music trail blazer Ember Swift, improvising guru VINX and country-folk songstress Dawn Langstroth, among many others.

In the studio, Adam has become the drummer of choice for producers and songwriters on a variety of recordings. 2015 saw Juno-nominations for Eccodek’s Singing in Tongues album, and Alysha Brilla’s Womyn album. In 2018, Alysha’s Rooted album received another nod.


Other exciting Guest Instructors to be announced!