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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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  • Evelyn Creaser
    Evelyn Creaser-Rumley hails from an East Coast family of musicians. She completed a Bachelor of Music Violin Performance degree at the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Music Performance degree at UBC. She also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with David Cerone. Evelyn’s musical mentors have included Gwen Thompson, Joseph Gingold, Sidney Harth and Pinchas Zuckerman . Since her graduate student days, Evelyn has been a dedicated faculty member of the Vancouver Academy of Music, teaching violin, chamber music, orchestra and technique classes to students of all ages, from Suzuki to graduate level. She originated and taught the Academy’s theory programme for ten years. Evelyn is one of the original members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. She has served as assistant concertmaster of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and the Stratford Festival Ensemble. She has performed coast to coast, and toured Korea and China, with groups including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, the National Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Vancouver Baroque Strings, Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, and touring productions such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Showboat. Evelyn was a long time member of the CBC Radio Orchestra, remounted presently as the National Broadcast Orchestra. She enjoys playing and recording with a wide variety of artists. Highlights include Cecilia Bartoli, James Ehnes, Ray Charles, Michael Buble, Ben Heppner, Page and Plant, Sarah McLaughlin and Diana Krall. Evelyn is active as a music festival adjudicator throughout the province. She performs as a soloist and chamber musician for various organizations, including the Health Arts Society, through which she brings music to a large number of seniors’ and health care facilities, a true labour of love. She has had many award-winning students, some of whom have received medals for examinations and festivals, performed with the Vancouver Symphony and other orchestras, and gone on to prestigious music schools such as Eastman, McGill and the Cleveland Institute. Having raised a musical daughter at the Academy (presently in England performing with the London Symphony Orchestra), Evelyn appreciates the joys and values that music can bring to a child’s life.

    Evelyn  Creaser-Rumley

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    Liz Parker
    Toronto-based Liz Parker has been a classical music publicist since 1996. In 2008, Liz became the Foundress of LIZPR, ( a boutique PR firm that publicizes, promotes, and styles musicians for photos shoots, concerts, or auditions. "I managed to find a way to combine my deeply serious love for musicians and my shallow obsession with clothes and accessories," Liz explains. Previous PR positions were held at the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In these positions, Liz became well-acquainted with the trials and tribulations of promoting high-profile guest artists, from the easy-going to the most "particular". Liz also worked at the CBC in Toronto (Associate Producer) and freelanced in Vancouver (host/interviewer/producer). Liz regularly mentors music and PR students re: their careers, and as a former piano student herself, earned three degrees in music, focusing on piano. She also studied flamenco dancing in Vancouver with Rosario Ancer and previously, ballet with Soonee Lee at the Vancouver Academy of Music. "Mrs. Lee is still delighted that I kept up my dance stretches to this day," Liz says. "When I go home to visit, I greet Mrs. Lee by way of a développé!" When Liz isn’t writing to deadline or telling people what to wear, she can be found shopping, Facebooking, Tweeting, cooking, organizing get-togethers, or turning pages for some of the world’s finest pianists.

    Liz Parker

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