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Looking for quality camps this summer? Discover the CASSA difference!

Calgary Arts Summer School Association is the city’s premier summer school for the arts. The children’s summer camp market is always very competitive, but CASSA has long been the leader in high quality arts education in Calgary and the surrounding area. Our camps offer an extremely high level of instruction in several different artistic disciplines. …

The Power of PlayWriting Camp

Is it really possible to write, rehearse, and perform a unique play in just five days? At PlayWriting Camp we’ve done this successfully every July since 2008. It’s certainly something of a challenge, since all we have at the beginning of the week is a general theme regarding what the play will be about, along with a whole bunch of enthusiasm. 

Jazz Keyboard Workshop – An Experience in Improvisation

The Jazz Keyboard Workshop has proved to be an inspired addition to CASSA’s summer schedule. Derek Stoll, who teaches jazz piano at Mount Royal University, leads these popular workshops each July. This summer Mark Limacher will join Derek as an instructor. 

The workshops cover the role of the piano/keyboard in jazz, including comping, the rhythmic chording provided by the pianist. …

Adult Piano Camp: A Source of Musical Inspiration

CASSA’s Adult Piano Camp takes place in July and is for pianists over the age of 18. During the three-day event participants explore a wide range of piano playing styles and techniques in preparation for ensemble and solo repertoire performances. Adult Piano Camp also features classes in interpretation, memorization, musical style, and technique. …

Piano Camp: Launching Dreams Into Reality!

CASSA’s five-day Piano Camp is held each July for students ages ten to adult. Every summer children explore different piano playing styles and techniques, prepare for ensemble and solo repertoire performances, and attend classes in interpretation, memorization, musical style, and technique. …

Seniors Residence Recitals: CASSA’s programs at seniors’ homes

CASSA is renowned for its excellent summer arts programs but we’re also active in many ways all year round. In recent years CASSA students and teachers from Piano Camp and Adult Piano Camp have regularly performed at seniors homes in the Calgary area. Recitals have taken place at Canyon Meadows Retirement Residence, Lake Bonavista Village, Chateau Renoir, Wentworth Manor, Garrison Woods, Westview Community, Maison on Elbow Drive, Amica at Aspen Woods, and at the McKenzie Towne Retirement Residence.


The importance of fundraising

For most arts organizations fundraising is a fact of life and CASSA is no exception. We’ve worked with some of our supporters for many years and without their generous donations we simply wouldn’t be able to offer our exceptional arts camps and other programs each summer. The businesses, groups, and individual donors that support CASSA are firm believers in the value of the fine arts in the community and the proven benefits of arts education for adults and children of all ages. …

The benefits of exposure to the arts

For many parents summer camps are a necessity. Once school’s over in June there has to be somewhere to send children during some weeks in the summer months. Some families may be able to share childcare duties, depending on which friends, relatives, and neighbours are at home during any given week, but there are always going to be some occasions when camp is needed. …

PlayWriting Camp: Unique stories and stellar performances

PlayWriting Camp is a dramatic and fun-filled week in which children from eight to twelve learn how to write, rehearse, and perform their own unique play in just five days. This might seem like a tall order but campers have consistently pulled this off with great success ever since the first playwriting camp took to the stage in 2008. 


Musical Theatre Showtime: A showcase of emerging talent

CASSA’s Musical Theatre Showtime, also known as MTS, takes place in early July each year, launching our summer programming. At MTS students, aged nine to nineteen have the opportunity to be involved in a professional musical theatre production. Participants are involved in performing, set design, technical duties, and with costumes and make up. …

Exploring the Arts: The beginning of a memorable journey

CASSA’s Exploring the Arts Camp (EAC) continues to be one of the most popular camps in the city for younger children. Each July our professional teachers provide an introduction to art, drama, movement, and music for children aged four to ten. The camp features half-day programs with a series of fifty-minute classes. …

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These Blogs have been written for CASSA by CASSA directors, staff and other supporters. The content is published to help educate readers about CASSA’s Summer School. 


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