August 12-17, 2018

Registration is now closed.

The long-standing Valhalla Summer School of Music (VSSM) is proud to offer instrumental programs in exciting updated formats. The VSSM program, under the artistic leadership of John Kadz and Bill Van der Sloot, is as always a quality, family-oriented experience for children and adults at all levels. The week focuses on master class instruction in violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe and piano*. There are morning sessions tailored to help instrumentalists improve performing and technical skills.

All VSSM registrants will have the opportunity to participate in various optional afternoon sessions such as instrumental chamber music, orchestra, collaborative artistic sessions with an accompanist or private lessons. The program begins with an Orientation Session and Opening Concert on the afternoon of Sunday August 12th. Regular classes begin the following morning (Monday) and continue throughout the next five days to conclude with final chamber music concerts on the afternoon and evening of Friday the 17th.

An Advanced Chamber Music program is available for advanced players with at least some experience in chamber music. Acceptance into this program requires a recommendation from your home teacher.

Intermediate  and advanced students may elect to participate in the orchestra program. Chamber group and orchestra rehearsals will be scheduled so participation in both is possible.

Junior Chamber Music is for younger students but not limited to students aged 6-11. Students without previous or limited chamber experience are welcome to participate.

Daily Routine

If registered for chamber coaching, orchestra rehearsals, private lessons or repertoire coaching, you will receive a personalized schedule for these optional activities. Sessions take place in the afternoons or early evenings.

A typical day might include

drop-in yoga class (8:00-8:50 am)
morning core instrument technique class (9 am – noon with a short break around 10:30)
lunch break (noon-1:00 pm)
chamber music rehearsal (1:00-2:00 pm)
private lesson (2:30-3:15 pm)
repertoire coaching (6:30-7:15 pm)

* Piano Core Music Program Due to a limited number of available instruments, the VSSM Piano Chamber Music course will be limited to 6 pianists at a minimum Royal Conservatory Grade 9 level. Participants will receive a minimum of 3 private lessons and perform in 2 masterclasses throughout the week, as well as receiving an hour a day of chamber music coaching. Additional private lessons cannot be offered to pianists not registered in this core program.

Registration: Please use our on-line registration system to ensure timely receipt, acknowledgement and invoicing of your registration. After submitting your registration, an automated email confirmation will be sent with an outline of fees owing and instructions on how to pay. If you do not receive this email, please contact

2018 Fees

Registration fee (for all students) = $30
Core Program for string and woodwind players (5 days, 3 hrs/day) = $325
Core Program for piano = $375
Advanced Chamber Music Program (5 days, 1 hr/day) = $100
Junior Chamber Music Program (5 days, 1 hr/day) = $100
Orchestra (5 days, 1 hr/day) = $100
Private Lessons (45 min) = $50
Repertoire Coaching (45 min, with accompanist) = $50
Late fee (for registrations after May 31st) = $30

Financial Assistance: A small bursary fund is available to assist students in situations of financial need. The deadline for submitting applications for bursary assistance is May 30, 2018. The application is available here: please read the instructions carefully.

Camping: We reserve a limited number of sites in the Silverton Municipal Campground. The cost is $130 for the week (Sunday through Friday nights).

2018 Faculty


  • Gwen Hoebig (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Bill van der Sloot (Calgary, AB)
  • Maria van der Sloot (Calgary, AB)
  • Martine den Bok (New Denver, BC)


  • Chris Sandvoss (Calgary, AB)


  • John Kadz (Hills, BC)
  • Johanne Perron (Hills, BC)
  • Michael van der Sloot (Dallas, TX)
  • Nigel Boehm (Banff, AB)
  • Beth Sandvoss (Calgary, AB)

Adult Strings (Please click for SOAR Info)

  • Ronelle Schaufele (Banff, AB)
  • Anne Scott (Calgary, AB)


  • David Moroz (Winnipeg, MB)


  • Lauren Eselson (Calgary, AB)
  • Mary Sullivan (Calgary, AB)


  • David Sussman (Calgary, AB)

Collaborative Artist:

  • Susanne Ruberg-Gordon (Canmore, AB)

The Setting The quiet villages of Silverton and New Denver are known for their artistic vibrancy, inspiring beauty and welcoming community warmth. They are located on the shores of picturesque Slocan Lake in the West Kootenay Region of British Columbia. Nestled between the Valhalla and Kokanee Mountain Ranges, the Slocan Valley is approximately 1 hour north of Nelson and Castlegar, 2 hours south of Revelstoke, and mid-way between Vancouver and Calgary (about 8 hours from each). Weather in early August is usually sunny and warm, with an average daytime temperature of about 25 °C (77 °F). The Silverton/New Denver area is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Opportunities for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, beachcombing, biking, and much more abound!

Our communities are also steeped in history. Visit the Outdoor Mining Museum in Silverton, and in New Denver don’t miss the Nikkei Memorial Internment Centre and the Kohan Garden. Check out the historic ghost town of Sandon, drive up to Idaho Peak for a breathtaking 360 degree view, or soak in one of the three hot springs in the area.

Accommodations in the area are limited, so we encourage you to book early. There are a variety of campgrounds, cabins, motels, B&Bs – visit our housing page for a listing. Most classes and rehearsals are held at New Denver’s Lucerne School. All concerts are held in Silverton’s newly renovated Memorial Hall. This historic hall is acoustically superb, and boasts comfortable seating, choral risers and staging, as well as a beautiful Yamaha C7 grand piano.