Presenting…the School of Swing!

The Vancouver Academy of Music is pleased to introduce its newest program, the Dal Richards School of Swing!

Directed by Ellen Marple, the School of Swing consists of both a Jazz Orchestra and an Introduction to Swing Class. The Jazz Orchestra will focus on building an intimate understanding of classic repertoire from the Count Basie and Ellington libraries but will also serve to introduce students to more contemporary styles like that of Stan Kenton and Thad Jones. Students will be given ample opportunity to develop their improvisational skills and will also receive coachings within their sections from fantastic Vancouver musicians. For students who are not quite ready to join the Jazz Orchestra, the Introduction to Swing class offers the space to learn about style and improvisation at a more relaxed pace in the context of a small swing band.

Ellen (Director/Trombone) is very excited to be joined by Alan Matheson (Rhythm), Alison Gorman (Trumpet) and Bryan Milks (Saxophone) to provide more specialized coaching within each section.

We are auditioning!

Auditions will be held from¬†June 23rd to July 4th. Auditions are open to all students regardless of whether they study at VAM or not. Auditions are free of charge and are conducted in a supportive and encouraging environment. The audition requirements are a piece/excerpt of the candidate’s choosing, major and minor scales and sight reading (for drums please be prepared to play three different styles). Please contact [email protected] to schedule an audition.

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