Big Shiny Band offers an introduction to woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments in a vibrant and exploratory environment. Students will learn the foundations of technique, tone, and collaborative performance while exploring a wide range of repertoire.
Strut your stuff in VAM’s adult jazz band playing classic charts by Count Basie and Duke Ellington while learning the foundations of improvisation, tonal blend, and sight reading.
Named in honour of Vancouver’s very own ‘King of Swing’ and VAM supporter, Mr. Dal Richards, School of Swing students perform classic repertoire from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington libraries while learning the fundamentals of improvisation and the Swinging style led by some of the industry’s most respected names.
Equally apt in many styles spanning from classical to jazz and more, the members of the saxophone family offer a unique opportunity to broaden musical horizons in an ensemble setting.
Pre-Junior Strings offers the first level of orchestral training. It is ideal for string students with no prior ensemble experience beginning to learn sight-reading skills. Repertoire includes arrangements of familiar music ranging from popular songs to movie soundtracks.
Junior Symphony focuses on repertoire from the Baroque and Classical periods. Fundamental orchestral skills such as bow techniques, phrasing, musical terms and creating a blended orchestral sound are explored.
Intermediate Symphony performs a diverse range of repertoire spanning Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. Independent preparation is highly emphasized as chair assignments are based on seating auditions at the beginning of each semester.
VAMSO appears four times a year at the Orpheum Theatre, performing seminal masterpieces from symphonic repertoire. Recent performances include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Verdi’s Requiem, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.
VAM’s chamber music program is the perfect opportunity for young musicians to experience the communal nature of making music, developing the essential skills of communication and collaboration. 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… Read more »
From Flamenco to The Beatles, explore a wide range of musical repertoire that accommodates varying playing levels and ensemble experience, all delivered in a fun and supportive environment.