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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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Want to learn more about the programs that VAM has to offer?  Click below for our Summer 2015 and 2015/16 brochures:

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  • Rosalind O'Keefe
    Rosalind O'Keefe, LRAM Royal Academy of Music (London, England) has been Head of the Suzuki Violin program at VAM and also a member of  the Teacher Trainer Suzuki Association of the Americas since 1970. Ms. O'Keefe first encountered the Suzuki method observing Yasuko Eastman in a program established in Edmonton, Alberta in the mid 1960's. In 1970, Rosalind, along with Marian Schreiber, set up the Suzuki Program for the then Community Music School, later to become the Vancouver Academy of Music. This was an exciting time as the Suzuki Method took hold of music education in North America, with many opportunities to observe Dr. Suzuki and other distinguished teachers. In addition to her position at VAM, Ms. O'Keefe has taught summer workshops in Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Texas, Washington and, in Canada, the Langley Community Music School, and the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts.

    Rosalind O'Keefe

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    Amanda Forsyth
    Born in South Africa, Ms. Forsyth came to Canada as a child and began playing the cello at age three.  She became a protégé of William Pleeth in London and later studied with Harvey Shapiro at the Juilliard School in New York and with Lynn Harrell in Los Angeles. After two seasons with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra she was the youngest principal ever selected by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra where she remained for six years.  In 1999 Amanda Forsyth was appointed principal cello of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada where she is also featured as a soloist each season. Ms Forsyth is recognised as an eminent recitalist, soloist and chamber musician appearing with leading orchestras and prestigious chamber music festivals in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. As soloists, Amanda Forsyth and violinist Pinchas Zukerman appear frequently together in Canada, the U.S., Europe and South America.  She has also collaborated as a soloist with illustrious artists including Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Garrick Ohlsson, Jon Kimura Parker, Yefim Bronfman, Joseph Kalichstein, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Arnold Steinhardt., Michael Tree and Louis Lortie Ms Forsyth has appeared with all the major orchestras in Canada including the Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Nova Scotia, Saskatoon and Okanagan Symphonies, the Calgary and Hamilton Philharmonics and the McGill Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Forsyth appears on the Fanfare, Marquis, Pro Arte, Altara, Naxos and CBC labels. The Juno Award-winning cello concerto Electra Rising was recorded with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by Soaring with Agamemnon and in 2004 Musique de chambre francaise, a collaboration with flutist Susan Hoeppner both for Marquis Classics.  Chamber music recordings for CBC include the Mozart Flute Quartets which was named Opus Magazine’s “Best Canadian Chamber Music Recording of 2001” and in 2003 Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, and Clarinet Quintet in A major “Stadler”,  which was nominated for the Juno Awards.  In July 2005 the Zukerman ChamberPlayers made their first CD for the new Altara label in New York and will record a second disc in the summer of 2006.   Naxos Records has recently released “An American Journey” which she recorded with Arnold Steinhardt in 2006.

    Amanda Forsyth

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