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Welcome to VAM! Located at scenic Vanier Park at Kits Point, VAM is BC's largest and most established music school.

From Early Childhood to Adult Learning, VAM has delivered world-class music education to students of all ages and abilities for 44 years. Over a three year period our enrolment has increased 30%, spurred by new programs and fresh initiatives driven by our expert faculty.

Come learn of the unparalleled value of studying at VAM and select your own musical pathway. Register today, be a part of VAM's legacy of excellence - let your musical journey begin!

Joseph Elworthy,
Executive Director

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  • Dale
    Director of VAM’s Concertmaster Apprenticeship Program (CAP), Australian violinist Dale Barltrop, has performed across North America, Europe and Australia. Appointed Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2009, he has appeared as both soloist and director with the VSO. Prior to his appointment in Vancouver, Barltrop served as Principal Second Violin in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for six years. During this time, Barltrop appeared regularly as soloist with the SPCO, including a performance of his own orchestration of Schubert’s Rondo in B minor. He has also served as guest Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, guest Principal Second Violin of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster of the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. Barltrop has performed at numerous music festivals across North America, including Mainly Mozart, Festival Mozaic, Music in the Vineyards, Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, Tanglewood and the New York String Seminar. He was a grand prizewinner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and winner of the violin division of the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. Barltrop began his violin studies in Brisbane, Australia and made his solo debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15. He moved to the United States in 1998 to attend the University of Maryland and continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His teachers have included William Preucil, Gerald Fischbach, members of the Guarneri Quartet, Elizabeth Morgan and Marcia Cox. Barltrop has taught at the University of British Columbia, the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Australian Youth Orchestra.

    Dale Barltrop

    Camille Hesketh
    Whether in early music, classical, contemporary opera, music theatre, chamber or electro-acoustic repertoire , Camille Hesketh  is a versatile soprano  whose performances have taken her across Europe, to Canada, the US, South America, India and China. Camille Hesketh completed her Bachelors degree with Phyllis Mailing and David Meek at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and her Masters at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands. She is an avid collaborator in new works, and in addition to her ongoing work with Canadian composers, she has performed in international premieres with companies and ensembles such as the Dutch National Opera, VocalLAB Nederland, Muziektheater Transparant, (Belgium), Modern Baroque Opera, (Vancouver), Schönberg/Asko Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Ensemble MAE, Den Haag Slaagwerk, Ensemble Klangart (Germany), and in festivals such as the Zwolle and Rotterdam opera festivals (NL), and the Aldeburgh Festival, (Snape UK) and with  composers such as John Chowning for the CCRMA concert series at Stanford University and Richard Karpen at the DX concert series at The University of Washington. She has sung  under the baton of such conductors as Martyn Brabbins, Fabio Bonizzoni, Daniel Reuss, Pierre Boulez and Henk Guittart in Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire at the Banff Centre. With further post- graduate studies in early music from The Hague, Camille has performed in many early operas, across Europe and Asia, and her recent duo with lutenist Guzman Ramos was recently awarded “One of 5 most promising ensembles of 2013” from the International Young Artist Presentation in conjunction with the Laus Polyphoniae Festival in Antwerp, Belgium. She can also be heard on the record label Harmonia Mundi with La Grande Chapelle, (Spain). Camille has received several awards for her research in contemporary vocal music and performance  from both the Netherlands and the Canada Council for the Arts, most recently, for her research in physical theatre practices for singers. In addition to her musical life and commitment to teaching, Camille has joined the newly formed physical theatre company Manifesto Poetico as musical contributor and performer, led by Carlos García Estévez in conjunction with the École Internationale de Theâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris.

    Camille Hesketh

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