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.

2017/18 Upcoming Competitions

VAM Symphony Orchestra Orpheum Theatre Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Music students residing in BC age 24 and under as of June 1, 2018

Application deadline: May 4

Competition dates: June 7-8

Kay Meek Competition

Who is eligible: VAM students age 14 and over as of May 19, 2018

Application deadline: April 18

Competition dates: May 18 (preliminary) and May 26 (final)

Elsje de Ridder Armstrong Chamber Music Competition

Who is eligible: Chamber ensembles recommended by the Chamber Music Institute

Application deadline: March 28

Competition dates: April 28

Barbara Clague Festival of Song

Who is eligible: VAM voice students born after January 1, 1999

Application deadline: March 6

Competition dates: April 6 (preliminary) and April 14 (final)

Jerold Gerbrecht Woodwind & Brass Competition

Who is eligible: VAM woodwind & brass students

Application deadline: February 2

Competition dates: March 2 (preliminary) and March 9 (final)

Edith Lando Gifted Youth Competition

Who is eligible: VAM students 13 and under as of December 31, 2017

Application deadline: January 23

Competition dates: February 23 (preliminary), March 4 (final)

Phyllis Salter Piano Competition

Who is eligible: VAM piano students born between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2003

Application deadline: January 10

Competition dates: January 29 (preliminary), February 3 (final)

Bjorn & Lori Hareid Senior Secondary Competition

Who is eligible: Woodwind, brass, and percussion students in grades 10-12

Application deadline: January 10

Competition dates: January 31-February 1 (preliminary), February 10 (final)

VAMJS & VAMIS Concerto Competitions

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMJS & VAMIS

Application deadline: October 24

Competition dates: November 17 (VAMJS) and November 24 (VAMIS)