KMC Administration
Nov 16, 2017

KISSM provides invaluable experience


Edited: Dec 8, 2017

By Lucas O’Fee

Masters Student, UBC

Overall, I can’t say enough about the service that KISSM provides to the music education community in BC.

The summers I spent at Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music (KISSM) were incredibly valuable to my development as a young musician.

I am currently completing my Master's Degree in trombone performance and the skills I developed as a KISSM student are still with me today. KISSM gave me the opportunity to explore music beyond my school’s band program. I had the pleasure of learning from some of British Columbia's best music educators which brought up my level of musicianship.

For example, at KISSM I was encouraged to learn how to play the euphonium as a secondary instrument. Recently, I had the opportunity to use this skill as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. This is just one example of the countless ways that KISSM influenced my educational path and success as a performing musician.

Overall, I can’t say enough about the service that KISSM provides to the music education community in BC. Many of the students I attended KISSM with have gone on to careers in music and music education. I consider some of the people I met at KISSM to be my longest and most treasured friendships.

I am still in touch with many of the students I attended with throughout the years and I’m grateful to have had the chance to meet them.

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  • Christo Vutev
    Sep 24

    I went to KISSM as a campter for 8 years, and have come through with an improved ability to trust others. It was great to work hard with other campers to prepare for performances, so much so that no single moment stands out. The bonds made from having gone through a lot with people tend to be much stronger than casual friendships.
  • colinofee
    Jun 18, 2018

    From 2007 to 2014 I attended KISSM as a student, participating in string ensembles, bands, Jazz bands, and drumline. My experience as a student was fantastic! Over the years I made many lifelong friends, greatly improve my musicianship, and most importantly, had a whole lot of fun. In 2015, I was hired as assistant faculty and I have been returning ever since. Having the opportunity as faculty to watch students improve their skills, meet new friends, and have unbelievable amounts of fun has been incredibly rewarding. There's something magical about KISSM that consistently attracts me and many others to return each coming year. Maybe it's the beautiful music we create, maybe it's the lifelong friends we meet or even the strong, positive, community feeling that KISSM fosters. Whatever it is that keeps us coming back, it's for sure found at KISSM.
  • Emma Tow
    Jun 17, 2018

    I attended KISSM for 5 years as a camper and am returning this July for my third year as a mentor on staff. From the beginning KISSM was always exciting to me because I was able to explore all of my different musical interests; piano, violin and musical theatre. I grew so much as an artist because of the expertise and passion of the instructors at KISSM and the opportunities to be involved in the community these connections lead to. But it was the other campers who really influenced my life, and now my fellow mentors who continue to do so. At KISSM I was able to meet so many like minded people who inspired me with their talent, creativity and joy. Collaborating with them on piano duets, in strings ensembles or in musical theatre productions always inspired me. KISSM became the highlight of my year because of the wonderful friendships I had made there. And this is still why I can't wait to come back each summer! Thank you KISSM!

The Kamloops Music Collective (KMC) is a
non-profit organization that provides young musicians opportunities to learn, play and

perform music through a variety of programs,

and under the mentorship  of teachers and performers in the community.


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Physical Address: 423 St. Paul St 

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