Spring Break Hours

There will be no regular lessons OR classes from Monday, March 18th to Sunday, March 31st, 2013.

* Lessons will resume Monday, April 1st
* Classes will resume Tuesday, April 2nd

Building Hours during Spring Break:

Monday, March 18th – Friday, March 22nd:
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday, March 25th – Thursday, March 28th:
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The building will be closed both weekends & Friday, March 29th in lieu of Good Friday.

VAM Forms Strategic Partnership in Hong Kong

Revitalization Scheme for a heritage landmark of the 1930s-built Haw Par Mansion approved-in-principle by the Hong Kong Government to launch an integrated music learning institution.

Our warmest congratulations to the Aw Boon Haw Foundation, a charitable organization set up by Ms. Sally Aw, a philanthropist herself, who has been awarded “Approval-in-principle” (AIP) by Hong Kong”s Commissioner of the Heritage’s Office, Development Bureau, for the re-adaptive use of the 1930s historic Haw Par Mansion.
VAM is honored to be an invited strategic partner to the HPMF initiative, along with other alliance partners including the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO).

VAM’s role at HPMF will include assisting and supporting in curricular planning and development by introducing systematic and innovative musical programs that have been successfully tested and implemented in North America. In addition, HPMF and VAM have a shared mandate to facilitate mutually beneficial exchange programs for students and faculty of both institutions that will provide a meaningful platform of cultural and educational exchange between Hong Kong and North America.

Mr. Joseph Elworthy, Executive Director of VAM: “HPMF represents a unique opportunity for VAM to carry its legacy of educational and performance success to a new international frontier through collaboration with our esteemed HPMF strategic partners.”

Remarked by Mr. Tom Chan, Chair Emeritus of the HPMF Steering Committee, “The breadth of VAM’s innovative programs and its depth of systematic music learning/training will surely be a great leverage for HPMF to jump-start its program in Hong Kong. We are pleased to see a stronger international tie between Hong Kong and North America with the VAM and RCM alliances.”

Also strengthening the tie between North America and Hong Kong, the well-known Vancouver firm, Bing Thom Architects led the architectural component of the Haw Par Music Farm proposal.
The Mansion is expected to complete its architectural conservation work for its re-adaptive use in early 2017.

‘From the New World’: VAMSO Concert with double Cello guests

Tickets on sale now! Please join us for the next VAMSO Concert, entitled From the New World, featuring VAM Executive Director Joseph Elworthy and Faculty member Ariel Barnes. Vancouver-based composer Jocelyn Morlock features the duo in her work entitled Aeromancy. Also on the program are Dvorak’s most inimitable work, his Symphony No. 9 (From the New World), inspired by New America of the 1900s, and Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger, the Prelude to one of the most ambitious operatic works in the Romantic genre.

In addition to this blockbuster program, this concert will also be recorded for the Naxos’ recording label!

Adults: $10
Seniors/Students: $6

Find out more info and purchase tickets here.

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: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
RCM 9 to 10: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

If you are interested in signing up for one or both sessions, please email Jacquie at [email protected] to register.

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 Joseph! You have definitely made an impact at VAM and hope you continue to do so in future years.