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.

2021/22 Applications Open

Kay Meek Competition

Who is eligible: VAM students 14 and older as of May 30, 2022

Application deadline: May 2, 2022

Competition dates: May 30, 2022

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 16, 2022

Competition dates: June 12, 2022

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, 2022

Application deadline: March 14, 2022

Competition dates: April 9, 2022

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Jerold Gerbrecht Woodwind & Brass Competition

Who is eligible: VAM woodwind & brass students

Application deadline: January 31, 2022

Competition dates: February 18 (Preliminaries), March 11 (Finals), 2022

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, 2021

Application deadline: January 17, 2022

Competition dates: February 14 (Preliminaries), March 6 (Finals), 2022

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Alto Clef Festival

Who is eligible: VAM viola students

Application deadline: May 9, 2022

Competition dates: June 6, 2022

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 19, 2022

Competition dates: May 20 (Competition), May 28 (Winner's Recital), 2022

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

2021/22 Applications Closed

Bjorn & Lori Hareid Provincial Concerto Competition (Next competition in 2022/2023)

Who is eligible: Music students residing in BC age 26 and under as of May 10, 2021

Application deadline: May 10, 2021

Competition dates: June 1-4, 2021

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

VAMIS Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMIS

Application deadline: September 27

Competition dates: October 15

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

Young Composers’ Competition (Next competition in 2022/2023)

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.

VAMJS Concerto Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMJS

Application deadline: September 27

Competition dates: October 15

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

POSTPONED due to COVID-19: Aldo Parisot Cellofest Competition

Who is eligible: Students currently or previously enrolled in private cello lessons at VAM age 26 and under as of June 1, 2020

To apply: Applications are not currently available.

VAMPJ Debut Spotlight Solo Competition

Who is eligible: Registered members of VAMPJ

Application deadline: September 27

Competition dates: October 15

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.