Virtual Corner Brook

June 26, 2020

Virtual Corner Brook

Virtual Corner Brook is an online, K-12 community building project using Minecraft: Java. The goal: build a virtual representation of the City of Corner Brook. Participants will navigate through a custom Minecraft map created with digital elevation data and a street map superimposed on the game world. Throughout the course of this free, 2-month activity, we will build our favourite civic buildings and locations, creating a fun and active online community. There will also be a series of digital art and coding summer camps, taking place from July to August using Virtual Corner Brook as the backdrop.


Most young people have experience playing Minecraft. Its popularity has been achieved by its low barrier of entry, impressive scalability and open world environment. Moreover, The abundance of highly customizable, open-source modifications gives educators the opportunity to steer the mechanics and environment to create game-based learning curriculums in almost any subject.

In Virtual Corner Brook, participants will learn how to work together to achieve a large-scale community building project. Being a Minecraft expert is not the only way to be involved. Participants with interest in project management, architecture, photography, digital audio and everything in-between will surely find something rewarding to do. The open-ended structure of this project will allow participants to use the experience and interests they have already developed, while learning a few things from the instructor and their peers along the way.

As the community is being built, participants will decide what part of Virtual Corner Brook they want to develop. They will be encouraged to work together and form teams, meetups and events relating to various tasks needed to build the city. We will even have positions of responsibility available to interested participants which will require them to attend a free leadership workshop and application process. This will give kids valuable experience that they can put on their resumes.


Graham Academy Studio

September 16, 2019

Here are the details about our new GRAHAM ACADEMY STUDIO!!

Registration is open! Please email to reserve your spot.

This year, under the leadership of the amazing NICK HAMLYN, Graham Academy will be launching the GA Studio!

This new initiative will include private studio lessons in the areas of Strings, Piano and Vocal Coaching.

30 and 60 minute timeslots available

Price: $30/half hour session, $60/one hour session

We are currently taking registration for the following:


Private lessons with Nick Hamlyn

Ages 8 +

No experience necessary

Lessons in Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Mandolin and Self-accompaniment

Intermediate and advanced classes also available


Private lessons under the direction of Joel Burke (with teaching from David Maggs throughout the year)

Ages 5+

No experience necessary

Opportunities for Classical Piano, RCM theory preparation, Self-accompaniment, Popular Music and more


Private sessions with Yvette Coleman, Kelly-Ann Evans, and guest sessions with Michael Barrett.

More information on these sessions will be made available soon.

Musical Celebration of the Life of Dr. Gary Graham

July 17, 2019

Please join Michael Barrett, Peter Barrett, Yvette Coleman, Dark by Five, Ian Locke, Jodee Richardson, Jennifer Stratton-Renouf, Wendy Woodland, performers from the Graham Academy and more in celebrating the life of Dr. Gary Graham on Sunday, August 11th, 2019.

Gros Morne Summer Music will celebrate the life of its long-serving chair and the inspiration for the Graham Academy by holding a birthday concert of music and memories at the Arts and Culture Centre. We feel it would be most appropriate to do so on what would have been Gary’s 74th birthday, August 11th, 2019.  To accommodate this, the Dark by Five concert scheduled for that evening will be cancelled and the Ensemble will participate in the celebration along with many others.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope you will join us for a rousing, joyful, inspirational evening in memory of our good friend.

This concert is free to the public with donations welcome at the door.

Entry will be by general admission. If you would like a spot reserved, GMSM will ensure your entry on a first-come-first-served basis if you email stating the number of seats you need. Please note, those who reserve in advance must claim their seats in person by 7:00 pm.  Failure to do so will result in the seats being released to those waiting in person.

If you have questions or concerns, please call, 709-638-1956. We look forward to celebrating Gary’s life through music with all of you

A Message From The Board of Directors

June 25, 2019

The Board of Directors of Gros Morne Summer Music joins the Graham Academy in mourning the loss of our long-time and beloved Chairperson, Dr. Gary Graham.

As many of you are aware, Gary has been unwell for some time now. We are so sad to share the news that he passed away Monday evening.

For many years, Gary has provided leadership to Gros Morne Summer Music and, more recently, inspiration for the establishment of the Graham Academy which strives to carry on his legacy of excellence in teaching and music making.

Gary, affectionately known to many as “Mr. G”, touched many lives across many generations with his love of music and teaching. We have all been so blessed to have him in our community and his immense contribution will forever be felt by those who had the pleasure and honour of knowing him.

Information about arrangements and a celebration of his life will be made available in the coming days.

A Message From The Artistic Director

June 2, 2019

GMSM – 2019 Season

Our 2019 summer season we are calling ‘From the Edge’ in honour of our spectacular surroundings here on the western edge of Newfoundland and the eastern edge of the nation. As much as it captures our geographical circumstances, the name grasps our shared artistic ambitions perfectly. 2019 brings us back to the heart of our ambition, working at the edge of our creative imagination, the edge of our imaginative horizon, where we can just glimpse that distant expressive possibility in ourselves. This is the invitation we have tried to extend to all the artists in 2019. Go for it. Don’t do the thing you know, don’t give us more of the same. Or in the vernacular of the place, don’t worry about playing something we all knows…Find that inkling of possibility in yourself and your surroundings and go, for as we’ve come to know and treasure here at Gros Morne Summer Music, one of the most adventurous, open, honest, and dedicated audiences anywhere in the world will be right behind you.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being that audience, sixteen years and counting.

David Maggs