Boxwood Canada


July 20 - July 26, 2014
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

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 experts in the realms of traditional folk, early music, and dance. The flute is center stage along with a myriad of other instruments, voice, and the energy of 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 festival and workshop program that is completely non-competitive.

Boxwood has received worldwide recognition for the past 18 years producing extraordinary and unique gatherings whose aim is the exploration and sharing of the oral traditions of music making. We aim to help individuals acheive their artistic potential and build stronger communities in the process. 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.

2014 Performers and Guest Artists:

Pricing Structure

Prices for the 2014 Festival and Workshop may be paid in US dollars (USD -fixed), or Canadian (CAD subject to fluctuating exchange rates) and are as follows:

Full Tuition:
Includes classes, public programs, activities, and 6 great suppers.
$625 USD ($685 CAD) early registration and/or payment before April 15, 2014. $650 regular ($715 CAD).

Work Study:
Work Study positions are presently available. See also the work study page for more details on this option.
$395USD ($435 CAD).

Guest Pass:
Includes admission to public programs, activities, and meals including 6 gourmet suppers. No classes included. The guest pass is reserved for guests and family of Boxwood participants.
$375 USD ($410 CAD).

Boxwood Teens:
Includes classes, public programs, activities, and 6 great suppers. A program specifically designed for those age 13-17. Please see the Boxwood Teens page for details. Teens may also register as a Work Study to reduce the cost.
$425 USD ($465 CAD). Teen Work Study $300 USD ($330 CAD).

Children's Program:
Click over to the Children's Program page for all the details. Cost: $195 (CAD) for each child (includes whistle and all materials). For multiple children of the same family (siblings), the registration is $175 CAD/USD ea. Enrollment is limited - please register early! Please register your child using our on-line form below, and be sure to add info about their age, and the name of the parent or guardian.

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: $135 USD (pay in person)
• Day rate - regular music classes only $115 USD (pay in person)
• Drop-ins for single classes is not available.
• Single dinner includes salad, entree, sides & dessert - $21 CAD/USD (pay in person)

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, 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

PayPal payments from a US PayPal balance (not PayPal via Credit Card) are free for the sender & receiver if sent under the 'Send Money' tab and selecting 'I'm sending money to family & friends', to this e.mail address. 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.

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 2014 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, 2014. Refund requests made on or before June 15, 2014 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, 2013. Cancellations prior to this time will be subject to the abovementioned $50 administrative charge.

Mailing List

To join the Boxwood mailing list, please click the link below. You'll hear from us every 1-2 months with timely updates. We will not share your address, nor will we pester you. Join Our Mailing List!