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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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  • Manti Poon
    After moving to Vancouver in 1993, Manti Poon furthered his studies on viola performance with Professor David Harding at the University of British Columbia on full scholarship. Since then he has become a much sought-after musician in British Columbia as a soloist, orchestral musician and chamber music collaborator. Apart from holding the position of principal violist with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra and the Canada West Chamber Orchestra, he also performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, to name a few. Mr. Poon is one of the founding members of the Classical String Quartet and also performs regularly with the Vancouver Intercultural Ensemble and the Pacific Rim String Quartet on both violin and viola. Mr. Poon is on faculty at the Douglas College, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Vancouver Academy of Music. He also coaches the Vancouver, Surrey and Academy Youth Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Poon performs on a fine viola by Paulus Pilat, 1940.

    Manti Poon

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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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