Music by the Sea
Mentorship Programme

In 2012 MBTS launched the MBTS Fellowship Artist Mentorship School. It is one of Canada’s best focused and detailed chamber music opportunities available.

The programme is open to young professionals on full scholarship. Each year a small group of Fellowship Artists and faculty members led by Steven Dann, viola (Toronto) to work together on major repertoire for an intense week-long session — an amazing opportunity for the Fellowship Artists who are selected by invitation.

Following their week of focused work, they stay in Bamfield for the opening weekend of the Festival and the works they have been preparing are programmed as part of the opening concerts. They also have the opportunity to perform with some of the Festival’s Company members. In 2020 all was cancelled because of the pandemic and this year we were still uncertain as to whether or not the program could happen. But at the last minute in mid-June we were able to launch a slightly smaller version of the program in Bamfield for four Fellowship Artists from across Canada led by Steven Dann.  Although they were unable to perform in the Rix Centre they performed outside on a stage at Brady’s Beach to the delight of Bamfielders.  On returning to Victoria they stayed at the Fairmont Empress and performed at the Fairmont Empress Afternoon Tea and in the evening presented a full program at the new Victoria International Marina.

We believe these sessions are having a profound transformative effect on these young musicians’ musical and career development—and is one of the most focused and beneficial mentoring programmes available.


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Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Fellowship Artist Programme Faculty

Kenneth Slowik

Artistic Director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, Kenneth Slowik first established his international reputation primarily as a cellist and viola da gamba player through his work with [...]

2024 Fellowship Artists

Sam Nadurak

24-year-old Sam Nadurak is a young cellist and composer born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sam has studied with Allison Warrian, Yuri Hooker and completed his Masters degree in Cello [...]

Mona Tiam

Mona Tian is a member of the Grammy-nominated chamber ensemble WildUp and has performed extensively for Broadway musicals. She has toured nationally as concertmaster with the Tony Award-winning [...]

Jennifer Armor

Violinist and violist, Jennifer Armor has a passion for telling stories and performing joyfully. She was the winner of the 2024 Guelph Concerto Competition and will be performing the Barber [...]

David Liam Roberts

Described as a “deeply thoughtful and soft-spoken artist” by the Winnipeg Free Press, cellist David Liam Roberts was awarded the prestigious Michael Measures Prize from the Canada Council for the [...]

Carson Rick

Carson Rick, Viola, was born and raised in the small Southern California town of Solvang. Hisforemost teachers and mentors are Steven Dann and Helen Callus. In his youth, he studied with master [...]