For more than 50 years, the Summer Institute of Church Music (SICM) has been helping church music to flourish by hosting a week-long transformative professional development program in July at the Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby ON. Church musicians, worship leaders, clergy and choristers study under the direction of world class faculty, and participate in workshops, sessions, and a gala concert designed to enhance their skills and professional toolkit. Participants of all skill levels and denominations are welcomed. It is the only program of its kind in Canada.
The SICM was established and operates under the following aims and objectives:
(a) to stimulate a desire for excellence in the leadership of church music;
(b) to promote an understanding of the literature of church music;
(c) more specifically, to promote and conduct a five-day summer course for choirmasters and organists;
(d) to encourage young musicians to make a serious study of the organ, and of choral conducting;
(e) to offer a scholarship every two years to a young organ student chosen on the basis of a competition. (Osborne Organ Competition)