What is SICM?
The Summer Institute of Church Music is Canada’s intensive week-long residential summer study program geared at the musicians of churches of all sizes and denominations. Grounded in the creative and inspired use of organ and choir in worship it seeks to celebrate and extend new horizons in church music, committed always to helping its members and their churches maintain the highest standards possible. Students attend classes and private lessons with leading guest instructors and workshops. The Institute also administers the biennial Florence and Stanley Osborne Organ Scholarship Competition, recognizing excellence in young Canadian organists by awarding funds in their pursuit of advanced study in church music.
Who attends SICM?
Organists, Choral Directors, Praise Team leaders, Choristers, Handbell Choir Leaders from across Canada and beyond, from every Christian denomination, and at every level of ability.
Am I under- or over-qualifed for SICM?
No. The Institute prides itself on bringing the top figures in the Church Musical field to share their experience and knowledge with church musicians at all levels of ability. In particular, both SICM and its guest faculty create a unique mixture of denomination, geographical origin, experience and ability based on the premise that anyone can learn from top-quality teaching, and that most musicians can learn from one other as well.
Where is SICM held? - visit our Locations page
SICM is held in Whitby (30 minutes east of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and at churches in the vicinity. Toronto is Canada’s largest and most diverse commercial, cultural, and touristic centre; there are excellent air, rail and bus connections, many attractions and easy access to Ontario’s urban and rural beauty. Whitby is a small historic community away from the bustle of the city offering many accommodation options in addition to those available onsite at the Institute’s home base, Trafalgar Castle School.
Who are SICM’s Faculty? - visit our History page
The SICM guest faculty are the leading practitioners and thinkers in the field of western church music. Our History page contains a complete listing of the main clinicians who have enriched the Institute and its members through its history. Our 2005 Session pages include information on the Faculty of our upcoming session.
How is SICM governed? - visit our Governance page
Since 2001, the Summer Institute of Church Music has been governed by a 7-member Board of Governors of three appointed positions (Director, Registrar/Treasurer, House Manager) and four elected positions (the Secretary, and three more without portfolio), chaired by the Director. The Board is in touch throughout the year before each session of the Institute, and meets four times yearly to plan and manage its affairs.
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