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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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  • Cyrena Huang
    Cyrena Huang began cello in 1978 at the Guelph Suzuki School. She completed her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance in 1999 at UBC where she worked for two years as teaching assistant and chamber music coach for Collegium Musicum, an early music course. She has performed in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Irene Sharpe and Janos Starker. Cyrena has been studying Suzuki cello pedagogy since 1991, in Guelph, ON, Edmonton, AB, Kitchener-Waterloo, ON and Salt Lake City, UT where she completed SAA cello teacher training in Units 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. She has performed as baroque cellist with the Modern Baroque Opera Company, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and on tenor and bass viola da gamba in Kawasha’s Crew and has recorded several times for the CBC. Her interest in jazz led her to study with the Turtle Island String Quartet at the Stanford Jazz Festival in 1994 and performed with Canadian jazz icon Karin Plato in 2005. As a modern cellist she has performed with the Richmond, Fraser Valley, Prince George, Okanagan, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, The Vancouver Opera Orchestra, The Elektra Women's Choir, The Vancouver Cantata Singers and recorded with the rock band 54-40 for their album Since When and with the band Nickelback on the track Hero for the Spiderman movie soundtrack. Ms. Huang currently performs as cellist for the Twelfth Night Trio, a flute, violin and cello trio which she founded in 1992. She has been on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music since 1999, and at the Vancouver Waldorf School from 2006-2008. She been coaching chamber music and cello at the Valhalla Suzuki Institute in New Denver since 2005 and at the Alberta Suzuki String Institute since 2012. She has served as coordinator, chamber coach and orchestral conductor for the Pinnacle Strings summer music program at Capilano University and this summer was her sixth year teaching at the West Coast Amateur Music Society Summer Camp at Trinity Western University A flamenco dancer and teacher, she teaches 3 children's classes at Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy and performs occasionally at the Kino Cafe. She has recently been exploring flamenco cello, performing in the White Rock Flamenco Festival and Vancouver Flamenco Festival with local flamenco dancers, singers and guitarists, and in the productions “Poemas de Alegria” and "Cafe de Chinitas" with the Mozaico Flamenco Dance Company and at the Vancouver International Dance Festival. She recently won a grant to work with choreographer and flamenco dancer Andrea Williams to choreograph a flamenco solo to the Unaccompanied Cello Sonata by Zoltán Kodály in May 2011. In her spare time she likes to sing flamenco in the shower and while driving, and will occasionally sing at student shows and parties when not feeling too shy.  

    Cyrena Huang

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    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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