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Dal Richards School of Swing Jazz Orchestra

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.

Saxophone Ensemble

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.

VAM Pre-Junior Symphony

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.

VAM Junior Symphony

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.

VAM Intermediate Symphony

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.

VAM Symphony Orchestra

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.

Chamber Music

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 »

Cello Ensemble

Intermediate to advanced players come together and explore the diverse range of music composed and arranged for cello choir while enhancing their technical and ensemble skills.

Guitar Ensemble

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.

Jazz and Pop Songwriting

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… Read more »