The Algoma Music Camp was the dream of the late Ed Gartshore, a highly regarded Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario violin and orchestra instructor. It was Ed Gartshore’s love of watching young musicians develop confidence in their musical abilities that drove him to establish and nurture the camp. Ed’s professional contacts with musicians throughout North America served him in forming a superb faculty. The result has been the influencing of hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to professional music careers.
The first AMC took place in 1964 with the launch of a modest day camp on a lake near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. The dream soon outgrew this venue, and a farm property on St. Joseph’s Island east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was purchased in the mid-1970s. This scenic farm in rolling countryside remains home of Algoma Music Camp.
The tradition of providing a quality experience at a reasonable cost continues to direct the programs of the Algoma Music Camp. By limiting enrolment to a maximum of 65, it is assured that all students will experience exceptional professional instruction through private lessons in classical music as well as participation in choir, orchestra or band, music theory, concerts, chamber music and dance.
In 1995 the Algoma Music Camp was one of only 15 recipients in Ontario to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ministry of Citizenship.
Ongoing renovations ensure that camp facilities continue to remain safe and improve. Of particular note, a recent grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation is supporting major improvements to the camp kitchen.