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Welcome to the Vancouver Academy of Music. For over forty years VAM has set the highest standard for music education in Western Canada, while providing for Vancouver a facility that serves as a central hub of musical activity. Discover our personalized approach to music instruction  and learn how we can facilitate your pursuit of creative excellence.

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  • Sarah Hagen
    Pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves to critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Originally from the Comox Valley, she has performed as soloist and guest artist with the Victoria Symphony, the Emily Carr String Quartet, Ballet Victoria and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, among many others. Sarah is the Artistic Director for Pro'ject Sound, a performance project involving live piano with large-scale projected images. She curates, hosts, and performs on four recital series in British Columbia, sharing the stage with artists from Canada, the United States and Europe. Miss Hagen has been heard on Swedish Radio 2, CBC Radio 1 and 2, WDAV (North Carolina) WOSU (Ohio), KFUO (Missouri), CKUA (Edmonton), WKAR (Michigan), WITF (Pennsylvania), 98.1 KING FM (Seattle) and has appeared on Bravo Television. Her solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards. Sarah’s primary teachers and mentors have been Jamie Parker, Glen Montgomery, Gregory Chaverdian and Christine Purvis. Passionate for inspiring students of all ages, she is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician and is currently director of the Piano Programme at the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre where she has been on faculty for over a decade. Since her recent move to an artist loft in one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, she has become deeply involved with intricate projects inspired by urban vitality. Sarah's motivation is the belief that music has the power to be a window into our souls regardless of age or knowledge.   “Exquisite phrasing and a refreshingly imaginative approach make her one to watch.” -Marcia Adair, “Her Bach and Haydn were outstandingly inventive – this is a young woman ready to take interpretive risks.” -University of Waterloo Gazette

    Sarah Hagen

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    Emma Woo
    Music has been part of Emma's life for as long as she can remember, and the Vancouver Academy of Music has played a big role in her musical education. She studies piano with Lorraine Ambrose and flute with Brenda Fedoruk. Emma has won numerous awards and scholarships for her piano performance at local, provincial and national festivals, including four first prizes at the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition. She performed Ravel's Left hand Concerto with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2010, and Chopin's Piano Concerto #2 with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra the following year. In August 2011, her chamber group the Arbutus Trio (coached by Joseph Elworthy) won second prize at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Emma has attended numerous master classes and summer music programs including the Gijon and Oberlin International Music Festivals and Yellow Barn in Vermont. In September, Emma started school at the United World College of the Atlantic in South Wales where she is continuing with her musical (and other) pursuits while studying for the International Baccalaureate diploma.

    Emma Woo

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