Boxwood Canada


July 24 - July 30, 2016
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Registration for our 2016 Festival & Workshop is now underway.

Join us in beautiful Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to discover music, ballad, and dance traditions amid one of North America's most exquisite 18th century seaside towns. Boxwood presents a full range of classes with world renowned artists in the realms of traditional folk, early music, and dance. The flute is center stage along with a myriad of other instruments, song and dance.

Boxwood will inspire the creative spirit of every participant with its concerts, dances, sessions, classes, and lectures along with handmade local food in the heart of Nova Scotia's beautiful South Shore. The Boxwood experience brings together kindred spirits from all over the world, creating lasting friendships, nourishing music, and soulful fun in a unique, non-competitive festival and workshop program.

Boxwood has received worldwide recognition for the past 21 years producing extraordinary and unique gatherings whose aim is the exploration and sharing of the oral traditions of music making. Boxwood's philosophy centers on helping individuals achieve their artistic potential and building stronger communities in the process.

An emphasis on the roots of traditional music and its connections to dance and language give our programs a depth and richness that bridges numerous genres and styles. Boxwood's invited guest artists change from year to year to include leading players, teachers, makers, historians and scholars from among many musical traditions - artists who seek a broad context and canvas for their work.

Students attend classes daily and are encouraged to visit with each teacher during the course of the week with the aim of discovering connections between oral traditions, expanding musical vocabulary, learning new techniques, broadening their sense of the instrument, and discovering their own musical voice. The evenings are filled with social gatherings that include excellent meals, concerts, social dancing, informal gatherings and sessions of music-making with students and teachers alike. While the week in Lunenburg emphasizes the flutes, whistles, pipes, recorders and their musical traditions, the festival encourages a multidisciplinary approach, inviting a variety of artists, students and players of all instruments at all levels - novice and experienced.

2016 Performers and Guest Artists:

Pricing Structure

Prices for the 2016 festival and workshops may be paid in US dollars (USD), or Canadian dollars (CAD): We have held prices to last year's levels. Due to rapidly fluctuating exchange rates we ask that our US and international participants pay in USD, and our Canadian participants pay in CAD. Thank You!

Full Tuition:
Includes 5 days of classes, public programs, activities, and 6 great suppers. NOT included in this registration: Lodging and The Molloy, Carty, McGlynn concert & talk.
$625 USD ($780 CAD) early registration and payment before April 15, 2016. After April 15 tuition increases to $650 USD ($810 CAD).

Work Study:
Work Study positions are available pending an application and approval. All classes, public programs, activities, and six great suppers. NOT included in this registration: Lodging and The Molloy, Carty, McGlynn concert & talk. See also the work study page for more details on this option.
$395USD ($490 CAD) - Adults: age 18 and up
$150 USD ($185 CAD) - Teens: age 13 - 17

Guest Pass:
Includes admission to public programs, activities, and meals including 6 gourmet suppers. NOT included in this registration: Lodging, classes, and The Molloy, Carty, McGlynn concert & talk. The guest pass is reserved for guests and family of Boxwood participants.
$375 USD ($460 CAD).

Boxwood Teens:
All classes, public programs, activities, and six great suppers. This program is specifically designed for those aged 13-17. Please see the Boxwood Teens page for details. Teens may also apply as a Work Study to further reduce the cost. NOT included in this registration: Lodging and The Molloy, Carty, McGlynn concert & talk.
$400 USD ($500 CAD) regular.
$150 USD ($185 CAD) Teen Work Study .

Children's Program:
All daytime classes and activities. Does not include evening activities. Click over to the Children's Program page for all the details. Enrollment is limited - register early! Please register your child using our on-line form below. Be sure to include info about their age, and the name of the parent or guardian.
$225 CAD ($180 USD) for each child (includes whistle and all materials).
$200 CAD ($160 USD) for multiple children of the same family (siblings)

A La Carte:
A La Carte pricing for a day rate is available, but not encouraged as most classes are geared progressively and we strive to create continuity in the classes, at mealtime and in our activities.

• Day rate including classes, meals & activities: $140 USD ($175 CAD) (pay in person, on site)
• Day rate - regular music classes only $120 USD ($150 CAD) (pay in person)
• Drop-ins for a single class is not available.
• Single dinner includes salad, entree, sides & dessert - $22 CAD (pay in person, on site)
• Matt Molloy, John Carty & Arty McGlynn concert Friday July 29 ($35 CAD)
• Matt Molloy, John Carty & Arty McGlynn talk Saturday July 30 ($15 CAD)

How to Register

Registration is an easy 2-step process:

Step 1: Complete the registration form below. Be sure to scroll all the way down and click 'SUBMIT'.

Step 2: Pay . To keep tuition costs down and to keep our funds flowing to the Scholarship Fund rather than credit card companies & banks, we prefer that you pay by direct transfer (EFT, Interac, PopMoney etc.), cheque or PayPal balance. Physical cheques should be made payable to BOXWOOD in USD or CAD and mailed to the address below:

PO Box 225
Lunenburg, NS B0J2C0

Contact us to arrange an EFT or Interac transfer. We can accommodate Credit Card payments upon request (add 3%). Indicate your preference on the registration form below.

That's it! We'll be in touch with further details as the week approaches. If you're planning to come, please fill the form out ASAP so we can plan early. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis upon receipt of both a registration form and payment.

Lodging & Billeting

There are 58 fine B&Bs and motels in the area. Please see our Participant Info page for all the details including billeting.

Fred Kasper Memorial Scholarship

Boxwood is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization in the US. Please help us to make our programs available to promising young people by making a donation to the Fred Kasper Memorial Scholarship fund. For details on applying for the scholarship, visit the Scholarships page.


Registration for Boxwood 2016 is limited and is filled on a first come first serve basis upon full payment of tuition. Places cannot be held with a deposit. No Refunds will be made after June 15, 2016. Refund requests made on or before June 15, 2016 will receive a refund within 30 days of receipt of the full amount paid minus a $50 administrative charge. There are no refunds for work study participants or the Children's Program after May 1, 2016. Cancellations prior to this time will be subject to the abovementioned $50 administrative charge.

Mailing List

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