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Vanier Park Strings

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Adult string players able to read music
Class Time: Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm (10 classes per semester) Session 1: Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm (Sept-Nov) Session 2: Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm (Jan-Mar) Session 3: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (June)
Semester Fee:
  • $230
  • $235
Class Description: Strike up new friendships with a vibrant ensemble that will help you brush up on your technical skills in a supportive group environment! VAM's Adult String Ensemble explores performance practice of seminal string orchestra masterpieces while acquiring a deeper understanding of their musical significance and historical context.

Adult Chamber Music: Play with the Pros

Recommended for: Adult learners
Class Description: A unique ensemble experience, each chamber group in Play with the Pros will consist of one member of VAM's faculty, where you can enjoy the benefits of mentorship and collegiality that come from performing with a professional musician. Class time to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of students and teacher.  Students wishing to register for fewer than 16 classes per semester must have permission from the teacher.  Click below to begin the registration process.

Young Professional Voice Audition Preparation

Instructor: Joslin Romphf Dennis
Recommended for: Recent university graduates in voice; vocalists preparing for Young Artist Programs and/or professional engagements
Class Time: Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm, bi-weekly
Semester Fee:
  • $400
Class Description:
This class offers a supportive environment to practice and hone voice audition skills. Perform audition repertoire for your peers in an exploration of interpretation and presentation, receive guidance for head shots and resume formats, and obtain feedback on repertoire choice for wide ranges of companies, Young Artist Programs and competitions. Culminating in a live mock audition for a panel of professional musicians, this course will help bridge the gap between graduation and a professional career.
2018/19 Dates
1st Semester
Sept. 6, Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Dec. 13
2nd Semester
Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, Mar. 7, Apr. 4, Apr. 18, May 2

Vanier Park Voices

Instructor: Cassie Luftspring (Director of Choral Studies)
Recommended for: Ages 18+
Class Time: Thursdays, 8:00-9:30pm
Annual Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: VAM's adult choir is for those who wish to pursue their love of choral music with an open mind and a desire for challenge. The choir will perform diverse repertoire while developing vocal technique and musicianship in an encouraging and convivial setting. While some music experience is an asset, we welcome singers with varying degrees of music-reading ability. Free ear training sessions available Thursdays, 7:30-8:00pm.
Book a Free Placement Audition *
* required before registration

VAM Schola Cantorum

Instructor: Cassie Luftspring (Director of Choral Studies)
Recommended for: Ages 18+
Class Time: Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm
Annual Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: This elite chamber ensemble performs challenging repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque periods in addition to 20th- and 21st-century compositions. With fast-paced, challenging rehearsals, Schola Cantorum is perfect for the experienced chorister who seeks the highest standard of excellence. Free ear training sessions available Thursdays, 5:00-5:30pm.
Book a Free Placement Audition *
* required before registration

Jazz and Pop Songwriting

Instructor: Benton Roark
Recommended for: Ages 13+ with a basic knowledge of theory and the ability to play an instrument.
Class Description: Discover text setting, harmony, and storytelling while exploring unique and compelling voices within the popular medium in this introduction to the art and craft of writing songs. The class includes writing exercises, listening, and analysis of songs in addition to ongoing presentation and discussion of students’ work in a supportive class environment. Private, semi-private, and small group options available; click below to begin the registration process. Composition auditing options are available through VAM's S. K. Lee College, subject to course availability; email [email protected] for more details.