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The Wye String Ensemble


September 8 - 11, 2022, Van Es Camp and Conference Centre




Click here for String Music Camp 2022 Brochure and Registration Form (to be filled out by hand and emailed or posted)

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Staff Concert (Anna Kozak, Neda Yamach, Martina Szmazal, Julie Amundsen), Strathcona County String Music Camp, September 10, 2017

To listen, go to the "Concerts" page!


One of many chamber groups at the Strathcona County String Music Camp, 2017


Breakfast Club entertainment at String Music Camp, 2017





Time for relaxing at Camp!




Final Concert, September 11, 2017, Michael Massey conducting





Look forward to a great start to the season, for Camp 2022 is sure to be another huge success! Sponsored by the Wye String Ensemble of Sherwood Park, Alberta, this year's Strathcona County String Music Camp will be held September 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2022. Join us to celebrate our twelfth year of this wonderful string music camp.


The camp is designed for string players 14 years of age and up. Whether you play the violin, viola, cello or double bass, you are sure to learn, connect with new people, and have fun while enjoying a rewarding musical experience. There are opportunities for playing both in orchestra and in chamber groups.


Held in a beautiful country setting at the Van Es Camp and Conference Center in Strathcona County, the camp provides opportunities for those at all playing levels and instruction from coaches who are highly skilled professional musicians. Participants will hear the coaches perform in concert as well as fellow campers in their chamber groups. Past attendees can attest to the incredible benefits of this unique camp.


The camp will run: Thursday, September 8, 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm at Camp Van Es

Friday, September 9, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Camp Van Es (See below for directions to Camp Van Es.)

Saturday, September 10, 7:30 am - 8:00 pm at Camp Van Es

Sunday, September 11, 7:30 am - 6:00 pm at Camp Van Es

Sunday, September 11 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Concert at Camp Van Es



A Note about the Music for Camp

Please note - 2022 MUSIC REPERTOIRE COMING SOON! The information for the music for String Camp 2022 has been posted and camp registrants have been given instructions about how to download parts for the 2021 string camp repertoire. It includes the following and some further revisions/cuts may be made in due course.


Strathcona County String Music Camp - Summer Repertoire 2022 includes the following: (2022 repertoire coming soon)

Benjamin Britten Simple Symphony

Edvard Grieg Air from Holberg Suite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Divertimento II in B flat major KV137 (Andante)

Johann Stamitz Symphony in A major (Allegro assai)

Abelardo Valdes Almendra


Our Camp Director, Conductor and Music Coaches


CAMP DIRECTOR: Murray Vaasjo


Murray was born and raised in Edmonton and attended the University of Alberta where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. He has been a member of the Okanagan Symphony, the Victoria Symphony, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Arden Ensemble, National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra. Murray studied with Sally Thomas in Meadowmount, New York and with Shirley Givens and Sidney Humphries in Victoria.

In 1990 Murray returned to Edmonton to join the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Murray is also active as a teacher and is the co-founder of the Wye String Ensemble.

Murray conducted the Penticton Strings, an amateur adult orchestra in the Okanagan.

For two seasons, he conducted musicals with the Penticton Singers and Players with professional members of the Okanagan Symphony. He was the conductor and founder of the Sherwood Park Youth Strings and Penticton Junior Strings. Murray is happy to conduct both the Wye String Ensemble and the Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra next season.





David Hoyt studied piano with Boris Roubakine, Karl Engel, and Alexandra Munn; French horn with Philip Farkas, Pierre del Vescovo, and Eugene Rittich; and conducting with Franco Maninno, Kurt Sanderling, and Pierre Boulez. He joined the Edmonton Symphony while a student at the University of Alberta, becoming principal horn in 1975. He also played horn with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Chuck Mangione Band, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony as principal horn for several months, and with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in Carnegie Hall.

David Hoyt began conducting professionally in 1982, becoming assistant conductor of the Edmonton Symphony in 1985 and of the Canadian Opera Company in 1991. He has been guest conductor with the Atlantic Symphony, Orchestra London, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Regina Symphony, the Saskatoon Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Edmonton Opera Company, Opera Nuova, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Kamloops Orchestra, the Vancouver Island Orchestra (Nanaimo), and the Vancouver Symphony.

Hoyt’s long-standing association with The Banff Centre began in 1972, when he was a member of the summer festival orchestra. Since 1978, Hoyt has returned to the Centre annually as a visiting artist and faculty in the summer, fall, and winter sessions. David Hoyt spent ten years teaching horn at the University of Alberta, and has taught across the country at Festival Five Hundred (St. John’s), Scotia Festival (Halifax), Domaine Forget (Quebec), Les Concerts Bell (Montreal), International Music Camp (Toronto), Festival of the Sound, (Parry Sound), MusiCamrose (Alberta), Courtney Music (British Columbia), and others.

As the head of Education and Outreach at the Edmonton Symphony, David expanded the Symphony for Kids, Education Concerts, and Pops Series, and he founded the On the Edge Series and the very popular Symphony Under the Sky Festival. He was artistic director/executive director of Music & Sound at The Banff Centre in 2004-2005.



Camp Coordinator - Miriam Ferguson


Miriam Ferguson began studying the viola at the age of eleven when she joined the Edmonton Public Schools Strings Program.

In 1997, she graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Music Degree in performance on the viola. She decided four years later to return to the University of Alberta and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Education Degree. Her viola teachers have included Miyo Inouye, Norman Nelson, Jonathan Craig and Rivka Golani. She is currently studying viola with Tom Johnson.

Miriam Ferguson has been the principal violist of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, the University of Alberta’s Academy Strings and the University Symphony Orchestra. She taught and conducted at the Edmonton Public Schools Music Enrichment Strings Program from 1998 to 2008 and is currently busy as a private violin and viola instructor and freelance player.

Miriam Ferguson performs with Quartetto con Brio and with the Cifra Hungarian Folk Music Ensemble. The Cifra Ensemble has performed with the Edmonton Symphony and has been broadcast on CBC Radio One. Miriam has twice visited Hungary and Rumania with the Cifra Ensemble to study and perform authentic village folk music.






Violin I Instructor/Chamber Coach: Anna Kozak

Anna Kozak

Anna Kozak is a core member of the first violin section with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, an Assistant Concertmaster of the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and a Principal Second Violin in the newly formed Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton. She has earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music degree from the University of Calgary

Anna loves being an orchestral musician. It’s a profession that has taken her to concert halls all over Europe as well as Carnegie Hall in New York.

Being a violinist, Anna finds life just wouldn’t be complete without chamber music. She’s been very fortunate to have been a part of many wonderful chamber groups and have performed in most exciting venues. She’s been a founding member of the Onyx String Quartet and Tersona Piano Trio. She’s performed at Winspear countless times at ESO events, at the Rozsa Centre with University of Calgary professor Edmond Agopian, at the Yardbird Suite with the Obsessions Octet to name a few.

She’s had the pleasure of performing solos with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Alberta College Percussion Ensemble.

Besides performing Anna finds it fulfilling to share her passion and knowledge with her students. She holds a small private studio, teaches at the annual Wye Strings Camp and on occasion leads coaching sessions for local amateur groups.

Anna is playing on a violin made in 1770 by Giovanni Battista Gabrielli of Florence.

Once she is done all her practicing, performing or teaching, Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and their Great Dane “George”


Violin II Instructor/Chamber Coach- Ewald Cheung



Edmonton native Ewald Cheung joined the ESO's first violin section in 2018 after earning performance degrees at the Juilliard School and McGill University.

A prize-winner in multiple violin competitions and an avid chamber musician, Ewald was a founding member of the Roddick String Quartet and Geistrio, and has performed extensively around Canada in recitals, chamber music collaborations, and as soloist with orchestras.

Ewald can be heard on his 2015 recording with pianist Philip Chiu, "A Tribute to Fritz Kreisler."



Viola Instructor/Chamber Coach - Ethan Filner



American-born violist of the San Francisco-based, internationally acclaimed Cypress String Quartet from 2001-2016, Ethan Filner studied at Indiana University-Bloomington, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and New England Conservatory.

Ethan has been the ESO's Assistant Principal Violist since 2019, having previously held the same position with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony from 2017-19 and taught viola at the University of Toronto from 2016-19. With the CSQ until they disbanded.

Ethan has recorded nearly 20 albums, performed concerts in major and minor venues all across North America and Europe, commissioned and premiered dozens of new works for string quartet (and a few for solo viola), presented educational outreach programs for tens of thousands of students of all ages, and collaborated with many of the most inspiring musical artists of our time.

Cello Instructor/Chamber Coach: Meran Currie-Roberts



Meran Currie-Roberts enjoys a successful career as a cellist, teacher, and music administrator. Former Dean of the Manitoba Conservatory, she is currently Executive & Artistic Director of the Health Arts Society of Alberta, where she brings hundreds of concerts to elders in care annually. As one of Edmonton’s busiest cellists, she plays frequently with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and has also appeared with the Calgary Philharmonic and Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor and Colorado Music Festival Orchestras. She was a section cellist with the Edmonton Symphpony Orchesstra for the 2018-2019 Season.

As a chamber musician, Meran has played for the Edmonton Recital Society, Festival of the Sound, Elora Festival, Festival Ibero Americano, Music at Port Milford, Kincardine Festival and Festival Vancouver. Meran is on faculty at MacEwan’s Conservatory where she shares her love of the cello with students from age 4 to retirement. She has an M.Mus from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Shauna Rolston.





Double Bass Instructor/Chamber Coach - Doug Ohashi


Mississauga-born Douglas Ohashi joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2019. Prior to this, he had been a core member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in Maryland and has had a rich freelancing career in the Toronto area as a substitute player for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.

Douglas has also made a solo appearance in Toronto’s 21C festival. Douglas holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Peabody Conservatory, and a performance diploma from the Glenn Gould School. During his education, he has studied with some of the foremost players and pedagogues in North America such as: Edward Tait, Jeffrey Beecher, and Ira Gold.






Friday Night Concert - Performance will be given by:

Josephine van Lier: Early Music




Saturday Night Concert - Performance by Camp Instructors

Anna Kozak, Ewald Cheung, Ethan Filner, Meran Currie-Roberts and Doug Ohashi



GUEST LECTURER: Rebecca Schellenberg



Hang on to your hats! Get ready for another caper through some fascinating string music! This year we cover everything from a concert in a castle in Prague, to the eclectic sounds of Prog... Prog Rock, that is! Koussevicky, Radiohead, Magma, you’ll hear it all, with even a little Jethro Tull thrown in for good measure.

We will listen to some examples, watch snippets of videos, and explore some musical humor

Come ready to listen to some great tunes!

Rebecca Schellenberg is a violinist, teacher and writer. She also teaches creative writing classes, and recently taught for ELLA at U of A, a course called All Things Music.

Rebecca has performed with various symphonies including Edmonton Symphony, Saskatoon, Regina and Prince George symphonies. She plays in ensembles, adjudicates and teaches privately.

Rebecca has a Master of Music degree from The U of Alberta, and a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University.







The rate of $350 includes the 4-day camp with instruction, all meals and dormitory accommodation, if desired (you must bring your own sheets/blankets or sleeping bag and towels). Rooms in the brand new Unity Lodge are charged at the rate of $50 per night over and above the camp rate (linens provided). Space for recreational vehicles is available for an additional $15 per night and includes electricity but no water or drainage. Take advantage of our early bird registration of $300 by August 1, 2022.

Please note: Cancellation deadline with full refund is September 1, 2021; cancellations received after this date are subject to a $30 administration fee.

The facility also offers a swimming pool (bring your bathing suit and towel), fire pits and picturesque walking trails.

Please note that the management of Van Es Camp strictly prohibits the use of alcohol on its premises.

Selected Participants' Comments on Previous String Music Camps


Staff concert was worth the price of admission of the whole workshop! So inspiring!

Outstanding staff & food

The whole 'camp' was a great weekend of fun, learning and entertainment.

The coaches were, as usual, fabulous.

These sectional practices changed my cello life! Amazing. Thank you!

It's such a pleasure when the conductor has the ability to teach as well as give clear directions. Positive approach and lots of encouragement with very specific suggestions for improvement made.


Directions to Van Es Camp and Conference Centre



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