Competitions

VAM’s annual competitions aim to identify the accomplishment of talented students and offer recognition for their hard work.  Awards include opportunities to perform as soloist with one of VAM’s orchestras and scholarships to assist students in advancing their musical studies.

2022/23 Applications Open

Bjorn & Lori Hareid Provincial Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Music students residing in BC age 26 and under as of April 17, 2023

Application deadline: April 17, 2023

Competition dates: May 29-31, 2023

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Kay Meek Competition

Who is eligible: VAM students 14 and older as of May 15, 2023

Application deadline: April 3, 2023

Competition dates: May 15, 2023

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Elsje de Ridder Armstrong Chamber Music Competition

Who is eligible: Chamber groups consisting of VAM registered students

Application deadline: May 15, 2023

Competition dates: June 10, 2023

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Barbara Clague Festival of Song

Who is eligible: VAM voice students aged 18 or under as of January 1, 2023

Application deadline: April 3, 2023

Competition dates: April 22, 2023

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Jerold Gerbrecht Woodwind & Brass Competition

Who is eligible: VAM woodwind & brass students

Application deadline: January 30, 2023

Competition dates: February 27, 2023

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Edith Lando Gifted Youth Competition

Who is eligible: VAM students 13 and under as of December 31, 2022

Application deadline: January 16, 2023

Competition dates: February 13, 2023

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Young Composers’ Competition

Who is eligible: Music students residing in BC age 22 and under as of December 31, 2022

Application deadline: January 9, 2023

Competition dates: February 11, 2023 finalist reading session with VAM Symphony Orchestra

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Alto Clef Festival

Who is eligible: VAM viola students

Application deadline: April 3, 2023

Competition dates: May 8, 2023

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Phyllis Salter Piano Competition

Who is eligible: VAM piano students ages 26 and under

Application deadline: April 3, 2023

Competition dates: May 1, 2023

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

2022/23 Applications Closed

VAMIS Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMIS

Application deadline: September 26

Competition dates: October 17

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

VAMJS Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMJS

Application deadline: September 26

Competition dates: October 17

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

VAMPJ Debut Spotlight Solo Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMPJS

Application deadline: September 26

Competition dates: October 17

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.