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.

2019/20 Applications Available

Bjorn & Lori Hareid Provincial Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Music students residing in BC age 24 and under as of June 1, 2020

Application deadline: May 4

Competition dates: June 2-5

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Kay Meek Competition

Who is eligible: VAM students age 14 and over as of May 31, 2019

Application deadline: April 27

Competition dates: May 25

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Elsje de Ridder Armstrong Chamber Music Competition

Who is eligible: Chamber groups consisting of VAM private students

Application deadline: April 6

Competition dates: April 26

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Barbara Clague Festival of Song

Who is eligible: VAM voice students born after January 1, 2001

Application deadline: March 16

Competition dates: April 18

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Jerold Gerbrecht Woodwind & Brass Competition

Who is eligible: VAM woodwind & brass students

Application deadline: February 3

Competition dates: February 24 (preliminary) and March 5 (final)

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, 2019

Application deadline: January 20

Competition dates: February 10 (competition) and 23 (scholarship recital)

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, 2019

Application deadline: January 10

Competition dates: April 4 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 14

Competition dates: May 11 (competition) and May 28 (concert)

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Aldo Parisot Cellofest Competition

Who is eligible: Students currently or previously enrolled in private cello lessons at VAM age 24 and under as of June 1, 2020

Application deadline: May 4

Competition dates: June 1, 5, 7

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

2019/20 Applications Closed

VAMIS Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMIS

Application deadline: October 7

Competition dates: October 21

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

VAMJS Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMJS

Application deadline: October 7

Competition dates: October 21

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.