Category: Announcements

Winter Break Hours

VAM begins its Winter Break on Monday, December 23rd until Sunday, January 5th. During this time, all regular classes and lessons will not be in session. Classes and lessons will resume as usual on Monday, January 6th. Our office will be open on certain days during the holidays. Please find the hours below: Monday, December… Read more »

Want a chance to play on a violin made by Stradivarius? Now’s your chance!

Calling all violinists and cellists! The Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank (MIB) is a program designed to equip talented musicians with a loaned instrument from the bank for a 3-year period. Competition for the instruments is fierce, and is decided by a jury of professional musicians and peers. Over 20 instruments are available for… Read more »

VAM ED Joseph Elworthy conferred top degree

VAM Executive Director, Joseph Elworthy, has just been conferred a Diploma of Fellows from the Royal Conservatory of Music. This degree is awarded to outstanding persons who have made significant contributions to the arts in Canada. Past recepients include Oscar Peterson, Teresa Stratas, Robertson Davies, Adrienne Clarkson, Michael and Sonja Koerner, and Leon Fleisher. Congratulations… Read more »

6 Questions with Katrina Goh

In anticipation of our Opera Studio’s production of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, we wanted to give you a sneak peek into some of the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into making a production. This is the first of a four-part series in which we interview the lead singers of the productions! Our first interview is with Katrina… Read more »

All Classes and Events Cancelled – January 12th, 2014

Due to a power outage in the Kitsilano Point area, all classes and events are cancelled today (Sunday, January 12th, 2014). This includes: Orff Brain Boosters Brain Boosters Math/MPM as well as the Bjorn & Lori Hareid Senior Secondary Competiton Winners’ Recital. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

2014 Barbara Clague Results

On Sunday, April 6th, we held the 2nd annual Barbara Clague Festival of Song! We had a lovely afternoon filled with song. Thank you to everyone who attended! The winners are below: James Forward ($400) Tamara Chang ($200) Leonard Gao ($200) Meghna Lohia ($200) Chloe Mackay ($200) Noah Skarsgard ($200) Congratulations to everyone who participated!… Read more »

Free Ear Training workshops

Still can’t quite hear that major 6th interval? VAM is offering free Ear Training workshops for registered VAM students who are taking the upcoming RCM exams in January (Grades 5 to 10 only). Workshop #1: Tuesday, December 4 Workshop #2: Tuesday, December 11 RCM 5 to 6: 5:00 – 6:00 pm RCM 7 to 8:… Read more »

2014 VAMSO Concerto Competition Results

On Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, June 1st, we had over 80 young musicians from all over BC participate in our inaugural VAMSO Concerto Competition. These musicians were competing for a chance to perform as a soloist with the VAM Symphony Orchestra, taking place in October. Our adjudicators were very impressed with amount of young talent that… Read more »

Bjorn & Lori Hareid Senior Secondary Competition Results

Over 15 participants from all over BC participated in the 22nd Bjorn & Lori Hareid Senior Secondary Competition for Strings, which took place on Friday, January 10th and Saturday, January 11th. Here are the results below! Melody Ye Yuan (Bjorn & Lori Hareid Scholarship) Albert Seo (Loyal Protestant Scholarship) Tate Zawadiuk (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Volunteers… Read more »

Brain Boosters Program

Since the days of Pythagoras, math and music have been considered closely connected: universal languages that transcend cultural or geographical diversity. The human brain is divided into two hemispheres; the right-side of the brain is traditionally associated with creativity, imagination, and macro thinking, while the left side is often described as logical, linear and analytical…. Read more »