The Iceberg Chamber Music Institute (ICMI) is a summer institute designed for advanced young string students (violin, viola and cello) presented by the Suzuki Talent Education Program (STEP) of St. John’s, Newfoundland. ICMI offers a rewarding week of music learning and development, as well as social and cultural experience to young musicians both local and visiting from other provinces or countries.
ICMI is held in the St. John’s, a city of 150,000 people on Canada’s east coast. St. John’s is the most easterly city in North America with unique history, geography and culture. ICMI students will benefit and grow from the instruction of highly skilled and experienced faculty from St. John’s, other parts of Canada and the United States. As well, Memorial University of Newfoundland is located in St. John’s and boasts a thriving music school with internationally recognized string faculty.
ICMI is held annually in late June, concurrently with the Newfoundland Suzuki Institute (NLSI). Both institutes are operated from Bishop Field School, a heritage building in downtown St. John’s from which you can see St. John’s harbour and historic Signal Hill. In fact, icebergs are often visible in the narrows of St. John’s harbour during camp week (late June and early July are iceberg season in Newfoundland).
Students age 12+ traveling from other Canadian provinces or abroad may request to be billeted by a local STEP family if they are not able to be accompanied by parents. Where possible small families may also be accommodated to attend ICMI. For families travelling there are many wonderful bed and breakfasts and multiple hotels in walking distance of ICMI’s downtown location. There are also university campus accommodations available within a 2 km drive.