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Summer Camps for Kids

VAM is pleased to announce a return of its popular summer camps for kids! The Koerner Quartet String Seminar, Suzuki Summer Camp, and the Dancefest are now all open for registration!

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  • Gaye Alcott
    Gaye Alcott's wide range of experience as a concert pianist, competitor, parent and teacher have provided a rich background from which she approaches her work. Her students consistently achieve distinction and awards in competitions and examinations, with many going on to have successful music careers. Born into a musical family, Gaye Alcott's passion for music began early. Her formal training began at the age of three with Isabella Montgomery and later, Edward Parker and Barbara Custance. She continued her studies with Dr. Dale Reubart and Dr. Robert Rogers at the University of British Columbia. She has also worked with Menahem Pressler and Marek Jablonski at the Banff Centre, and Dr. Reginald Stewart in Santa Barbara, California. Gaye Alcott made her recital debut at the age of 12 and began performing extensively as a young teenager. She has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including L'Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, CBC Vancouver Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, with whom she made her orchestral debut at the age of 15. As a child Gaye Alcott was a prizewinner in numerous competitions, earning her ARCT diploma and receiving many scholarships and awards, including two B.C. cultural grants. While raising her three children, Gaye Alcott continued to enjoy a rewarding career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Her performances have elicited enthusiastic reviews such as " poised and authoritative, immediately impressive for the clarity, bold assertion, expressive dynamic shading and brilliant tone she displayed" (Vancouver Sun); " Alcott amazes listeners with her power and dexterity" (Santa Barbara News-Press); "Glistening performance…a startling technique combined with intensity and warmth" (Kitchener-Waterloo Record).  Ms. Alcott has collaborated with many of North America's finest musicians and has performed in various summer festivals, including the Prince Albert Music Festival in Hawaii, Victoria International Festival, Hornby Festival, and Banff Summer Arts Festival. Gaye Alcott was a member of the Bachelor of Music faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver for over fifteen years before accepting a teaching position from Kauai Community College in Hawaii. She taught on the island of Kauai for several years before returning to Vancouver. In addition to being a distinguished teacher, Gaye Alcott is a sought-after adjudicator who has worked on behalf of numerous piano competitions.

    Gaye Alcott

    Silvia Fraser
    Born in Vancouver, Silvia Fraser completed her BMus in Solo Piano under Prof. Lee Kum-Sing from the Vancouver Academy of Music and went on to receive her Masters of Music in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, receiving private study with Dr. Jean Barr and vocal coaching with Dr. Russell Miller. While at Eastman, she was twice honoured with the school’s Excellence in Accompanying Award. She subsequently completed two years as Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music, for which she was awarded a prestigious Wingate Scholarship. There, she studied with John Blakely and has coached with other leading musicians such as Roger Vignoles, Robin Bowman, Ralph Kirschbaum and Ralf Gothóny. She has performed internationally, visiting Germany, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Korea, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Holland, Norway, England and Wales. Her appearances in London have included Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St. John’s, Smith Square, and the Purcell Room for an anniversary concert honouring the late mezzo soprano Jennie Tourel. She and baritone Christian Immler gave a Paris recital debut as part of the 1st prize in the Nadia et Lili Boulanger International Competition, where Françoise Pollet, member of the jury, invited her for a shared recital at the opening of the Festival du Haut-Limousin. She and Christian Immler  made their Vienna and New York recital debuts together, the last hailed by the New York Times as “A Harmonious Conversation between a Baritone and a Pianist”. She has partnered with many other competition winners, including those of Jeunesses Musicales (Spain) and the BBC Young Musician of the Year , where she accompanied the winning cellist, Guy Johnston. She has been Official Pianist for the Banff Centre Cellofest and the Vancouver Cello Club, who granted her the first Colin Hampton Memorial Scholarship for her contribution to the cello community, and the Manchester International Violin Competition. In Manchester, she presented a recital series in collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music based entirely on Spanish song, entitled Amar y Cantar. Her performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, most recently on In Tune and Voices, CBC Radio Vancouver, and BBC television. Her masterclass experience includes Ivry Gitlis, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson, Yo-Yo Ma, Zara Nelsova, Tsuyoshi Tsustumi, Natalya Gutman, Anner Bylsma Samuel Sanders, Gaelyne Gabora, Sarah Walker, Warren Jones, Malcom Bilson, Barry Tuckwell, Michael Collins, Cho-Liang Lin, and Steven Doane. After having been a regular teaching assistant at Bowdoin Summer Music Festival and Music Academy of the West, Silvia held the position of Pianist and Coach at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester for six years is currently Pianist and Coach at the Lausanne Conservatoire.

    Silvia Fraser

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