Calgary Arts Summer School Association

Calgary Arts Summer School

"Discover the Fine Arts Within Yourself"

Summer School Fine Arts Courses for All Ages 

We are Calgary's Summer School for the Arts!

Starts July 7 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Go to specific camps to see locations and times.

CASSA Summer School is the Best Part of Summer 

We Offer Fine Arts Courses and Workshops

We started over twenty years ago with the brilliant idea of providing a summer workshop for piano students. We now offer seven fine arts courses and workshops and an annual recital. Our courses are designed for fun and education for a wide range of interests and ages. Read on to see what we offer. If something interests you, click on the program (see the list to the right)  for more details. Our courses are offered in Calgary, Canada.

From one of our campers: “I liked it all. It was fun… It was perfect."

Register for Camps Now!

It’s now time to get your registration done. 

Calgary Arts Summer School is very popular and most camps fill early. 

Register early to get a spot.

Fund Raiser for CASSA and RCM Alumni Association

June 6, 2015 at Scarboro United Church

134 Scarboro Avenue SW 

CASSA and the Calgary RCM Alumni Association will co-host a fundraising event on June 6, 2015, 7:30 pm. David Dixon, a former CASS Piano Camper, and winner of Honens Pro Am in 2011, will donate his time and artistry to perform a solo piano recital at Scarboro United Church. The program will include works by Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.

Bach Preludes and Fugues Book 1 in Eb Major
Bach Preludes and Fugues Book 1 in F# Major
Rachmaninoff Etude in Eb Minor
Rachmaninoff Prelude in G# Minor
Debussy Images Book 1
Chopin Ballad 4
A modern easy listening piece (to be announced)
Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue

2015 Camps and Workshops

Musical Theatre Showtime 

July 7, 8 9, 13, 14 & 15, 2015 (please note the starting days are Tuesday through Thursday July 7, 8 and 9)

Piano Pedagogy Workshop

July 30, 2015

Exploring the Arts Camp

July 20 - 24, 2015

PlayWriting Camp

July 20 - 24, 2015

Piano Camp

July 27 - 31, 2015

Jazz Keyboard Workshop

July 20 -23

Adult Piano Camp 

July 27-29

CASS Recital 

July 26

Preparation for Piano Camp

January 26th note: If you are a Piano Camper playing at an intermediate or higher level, you should ideally be working on a piece of your choice for Piano Camp by February. The more prepared you are, the more you will learn!

While you’re reading here, remember that the sooner you register, the sooner you will get your ensemble piece to learn.

The Composer of the Year (coming soon) will be announced on the Piano Camp page.

What’s happening at CASSA? 

Here’s How 2015 is Shaping Up:


1) The Musical Theatre Showtime production for 2015 has been announced and will be Hillbilly Hayride. See the MTS page for details.

2) Registration is available for 2015. Forms are available or you can start the online registration process today from the Registration Page.

3) Dates of Camps for 2015 have been set and are shown on this page. There have been changes so check your dates now.

4) Camp fees remain the same or have decreased slightly in 2015. See the Fee Page for details.

5) The 2014-2015 Newsletter is available online if you didn’t get yours in the post.

6) Clinicians have been chosen for Piano Camps and for Piano Pedagogy.

Did you miss buying a CASSA Gift for Christmas? 

Consider a CASSA Gift Certificate for any reason and season!

Buy Gift Certificate for a CASSA Camper

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If you want to provide assistance to friend or relative to attend a CASSA camp or workshop, consider buying a gift certificate, available for any amount you choose. 

A CASSA gift certificate may be used toward any CASSA program. Decide the amount you want to give, fill in the gift certificate then mail both the certificate and a cheque for your chosen amount to Calgary Arts Summer School Association at #201, 11420 – 27 Street SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 3R6. 

We'll look after the rest.

Other News

CASSA Instructor Lorna MacLachlan Releases New CD

Well, Its finally happening. The last chord, the final stroke of the brush, the last tweek of the mix, and a litte adjustment in the mastering,  wrap in cellophane and it’s done. 

“FEET ON GROUND” is my fifth full length CD and a culmination of the last four years of work. We (my fabulous quintet) will be presenting the work on Saturday, April 11th at the National Music Centre at 8 pm. This group will include Jeremy Brown on saxophones as well as Andre Wickenheiser on trumpet, Robin Tufts on drums and Stefano Valdo on bass and me on piano and vocals.

Following this Saturday, we take the show on the road and perform at the Yardbird Suite in Edmonton (Sat., April 18th) and then return to Crowfoot Public Library on International Jazz Day (April 30th) at the Crowfoot Public Library (7pm to 8:30 pm).

Looking ahead we will be playing the Cliff bungalow Jazz series in 2015/2016 and the University of Calgary’s Monday night Jazz Series on Nov. 9th.

I hope you can make it out to one of these events. It would be great to see you.

November 2014: Jack Levy was awarded the Prep A Gold Medal in Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Jack was a participant in CASSA camps and hopes to be in the Piano Camp soon.

Jarjay Chen and Garry Luo performed for a Seniors’ Residence Recital at Lake Bonavista November 7, 2014. Also shown is Dorothea Reimer, Special Projects Director for CASSA. She coordinates the Seniors' Residence Recitals.

Jonah (seated), Stephanie and Georgeanne performed for the Maison Seniors on November 8, 2014. Linda Kundert-Stoll and Dorothea Reimer are also in the photo.


Jonah, Stephanie, Darcy, Georgeanne  and Dorothea after the Seniors’ Residence performance at Canyon Meadows. 

CASSA says thank you to the performers, to Dorothea who organized the recitals and to the hosts! 

Madeleine, a former piano camper, shown following receipt of her ARCT Diploma at the RCM Convocation on November 2, 2014.

We are a Volunteer Canada Member

We value our volunteers without whom it would be terribly difficult—if not impossible—to offer our summer camps.

CASSA Contact information: CASSA office at 403.271.0418, or fax at 403.278.3236 or use the contact form.

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