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VAM Spring Carnival & Open House

This year, VAM’s annual Open House returns as the VAM Spring Carnival & Open House!  We will feature activities such as […]

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  • Joan Hurst
    Joan Hurst graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Music, with a major in piano and a minor in classical guitar. Ms. Hurst spent her fifth year studying 'Special Teaching Techniques' with Robert Rogers. Joan studied the Suzuki Piano Method under Dorothy Mae Williams, Doris Koppleman, and Haruko Kataoko. For ten years, Ms. Hurst was Music Director and Co-ordinator of Jerome's Music School, where she taught theory and the Yamaha Music Course. Joan Hurst has been a member of the VAM faculty since 1987.

    Joan Hurst

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    Jon Kimura Parker
    One of the most sought-after performing pianists today, Jon Kimura Parker performed an unprecedented array of piano concertos in the 2010-2011 season, including Rachmaninoff No. 3, Brahms No. 2, Tchaikovsky No. 1, Barber, Gershwin, Beethoven No. 4, Beethoven “Emperor”, Grieg, and several by Mozart. A true Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, the United States Supreme Court, and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada, his country's highest civilian honor. A committed educator, Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He has lectured at The Juilliard School, The Steans Institute, New York University, and Yale University. Mr. Parker frequently brings music to public schools in informal concert presentations. His students have performed with major orchestras across the U.S.  Former student Jade Simmons recently brought the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition to the world as their webcasting host. “Jackie” Parker studied with Edward Parker and Keiko Parker privately, Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music (1975-1977) and the University of British Columbia, Marek Jablonski at the Banff Centre, and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School. He won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition.

    Jon Kimura Parker

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