Competition Status: 2022/23 Applications Open

Competition Status: 2022/23 Applications Open

Phyllis Salter Piano Competition

Class Description: The Vancouver Academy of Music Phyllis Salter Piano Competition is designed to identify young talented students and afford them recognition and financial assistance. Up to nine winners will be chosen with $4,500 in total scholarship awards available for 2023/24 VAM tuition. Scholarships Up to three $500 scholarships will be awarded to winners in each category: -Age 26 and under -Age 18 and under -Age 12 and under Dates Application deadline: April 3, 2023 11:59pm Competition: May 1, 2023* Eligibility Eligible students are those currently enrolled in private piano lessons at VAM age 26 and under as of May 1, 2023. Previous winners of the Phyllis Salter Piano Competition are eligible to compete. Adjudicators Students will be adjudicated by a panel of two distinguished musicians external to VAM. Competition Rules -Applications must include a registration fee of $60 made payable to the Vancouver Academy of Music. The application fee includes audio and video recording services provided by VAM; no other audio or video recording is permitted. -Students will be required to prepare one work with the following length requirements: a) 12 and under: maximum of 8 minutes b) 18 and under: maximum of 12 minutes c) 26 and under: maximum 15 minutes Concerti are not permitted. -The competition is closed to the public with the exception of the parent/guardian and teacher of the student performing. -The student must provide two copies of the score to the adjudicators (photocopies permitted). -The adjudicators retain the right to withhold any prize if, in their opinion, it is not merited. All decisions made by the adjudicators are final and without appeal. -By submitting an application, students and their parent/guardian understand that any recording resulting from the competition may be used for VAM promotional purposes. Apply [gravityform id="162" title="false" description="true"]

Young Composers’ Competition

Class Description: Vancouver Academy of Music presents its fourth Young Composers’ Competition, providing a platform for students to experience the art of composition with the ultimate prize of having their work performed at the Orpheum Theatre by the VAM Symphony Orchestra. Awards Scholarship awards of $500 will be awarded to the winner of each category: Junior (ages 8-12) Intermediate (ages 13-17) Collegiate (ages 18-22) Performance Dates Finalists will be chosen for a reading session on February 11, 2023. One winning work from each category listed above will be performed during VAM Symphony Orchestra’s 2022/23 season. Eligibility VAM’s Young Composers’ Competition is open to any student currently residing in British Columbia, ages 22 and under as of December 31st, 2022. Scores submitted must have the composer’s identifying information removed. Eligible works are five minutes or shorter in duration and follow the following orchestration guidelines*: 2 Flutes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 4 French Horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Timpani, 1 Percussion, 1 Harp, 1 Piano, Strings *Works must be orchestrated for, at minimum, a complete string orchestra. All other instruments are optional. Application Fee $75 ($50 for VAM students) Deadlines Application deadline: January 9, 2023 Finalists notified: on or before January 16 Parts due to Orchestra Manager: January 27 Apply online [gravityform id="168" title="false" description="false"]

Edith Lando Gifted Youth Competition

Class Description: The Vancouver Academy of Music Edith Lando Gifted Youth Competition is designed to identify young talented students and afford them recognition and financial assistance. Two adjudicators external to VAM will choose eight finalists with $3,000 in total awarded for 2023/24 VAM scholarships. Dates Application Deadline: January 16, 2023, 11:59pm Competition: February 13, 2023* Winners' Concert: March 12, 2023 *Students will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline and competition date. Eligibility Eligible students: - are 13 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2022. - have been enrolled in VAM private lessons since the beginning of the academic year. - have not appeared in more than three previous Gifted Youth Scholarship Recitals. Competition Rules -Applications must include a registration fee of $60 made payable to the Vancouver Academy of Music. The application fee includes audio and video recording services provided by VAM; no other audio or video recording is permitted. -Students will be required to prepare one work for a maximum of 10 minutes, from memory (minimum RCM 8 or equivalent). Those selected will be required to perform the same repertoire at the Winners' Concert. -Two copies of the music must be submitted to the adjudicators during the competition phase (photocopies permitted). -The competition phase will be closed to the public with the exception of the parents/guardians and teacher of the student performing. -By submitting an application, students and their parent/guardian understand that any recording resulting from the competition may be used for VAM promotional purposes. Apply [gravityform id="159" title="false" description="true"]

Jerold Gerbrecht Woodwind & Brass Competition

Class Description: The Vancouver Academy of Music Jerold Gerbrecht Woodwind and Brass Competition is designed to offer recognition and financial assistance to talented woodwind and brass students. $1,200 total in scholarships will be awarded for 2023/24 VAM tuition. Instruments Flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba Eligibility Eligible students are those enrolled in VAM private lessons for any of the instruments listed above. Dates Application Deadline: January 30, 2023, 11:59pm Competition: February 27, 2023* Categories Junior: ages 15 and under Senior: ages 16+ Adjudicators Students will be evaluated by two distinguished musicians external to VAM. Competition Rules -Applications must include a registration fee of $60 made payable to the Vancouver Academy of Music. The application fee includes audio and video recording services provided by VAM; no other audio or video recording is permitted. -Two copies of the music must be submitted to the adjudicators (photocopies permitted). -Applicants must prepare one work with accompaniment not to exceed 15 minutes in duration. -All applicants are responsible for arranging a pianist. -The competition phase will be closed to the public with the exception of the parents/guardians and teacher of the student performing. -The adjudicators retain the right to withhold any prize if, in their opinion, it is not merited. All decisions made by the adjudicators are final and without appeal. -By submitting an application, students and their parent/guardian understand that any recording resulting from the competition may be used for VAM promotional purposes. Application Form [gravityform id="160" title="false" description="true"]

Barbara Clague Festival of Song

Class Description: VAM is honored to present the 10th Annual Barbara Clague Festival of Song. The outpouring of support from the Clague family, as well as numerous friends wishing to pay tribute to Barbara Clague’s memory, has been both touching and inspiring. The purpose of the Festival is to spotlight talented vocalists - 18 years of age and under - fostering their musical development with $1,200 in total scholarships awarded for 2023/24 VAM tuition. Categories -Junior: ages 12 and under -Senior: ages 13-18 Dates Application Deadline: April 3, 2023, 11:59pm Competition: April 22, 2023, 7:00pm* *Students will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline. Eligibility Eligible students: - are VAM voice students aged 18 or under as of January 1, 2023 - are not previous winners of the Grand Prize. Repertoire One classical, folk, or musical theatre song. Adjudication The competition will be adjudicated by a distinguished musician external to VAM. Competition Rules -Applications must include a registration fee of $60 made payable to the Vancouver Academy of Music. The application fee includes audio and video recording services provided by VAM; no other audio or video recording is permitted. -A copy of the music must be submitted to the adjudicator (photocopies permitted). -All vocalists must perform by memory. -All applicants are responsible for arranging a pianist. -The competition phase is open to the public. -The adjudicator retains the right to withhold any prize if, in their opinion, it is not merited. All decisions made by the adjudicator are final and without appeal. -By submitting an application, students and their parent/guardian understand that any recording resulting from the competition may be used for VAM promotional purposes. Apply [gravityform id="157" title="false" description="true"]  

Elsje de Ridder Armstrong Chamber Music Competition

Class Description: The Vancouver Academy of Music Elsje de Ridder Armstrong Chamber Music Competition is designed to identify young talented students and afford them recognition and financial assistance. Students will be adjudicated by one distinguished musician external to VAM, with $2,750 total scholarship awards available for 2023/24 VAM tuition. Dates Application Deadline: May 15, 2023, 11:59pm Competition: June 10, 2023* *Students will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline. Auditions Selection of groups to compete is based on the following: -Recommendation by VAM faculty coach, who has delivered three or more hours of coaching to the group in the current academic year, by submitting a recommendation letter to Daniel Marshall ([email protected]). Eligibility Eligible ensembles: -are chamber groups consisting of 3-8 members registered in VAM's chamber music program. Categories Categories are determined by the average age of the group members: -Junior: up to 13 years old -Senior: 14 years old and older Competition Rules -Applications must include a registration fee of $60, per group, made payable to the Vancouver Academy of Music. The application fee includes audio and video recording services provided by VAM; no other audio or video recording is permitted. -Chamber groups will be required to prepare one work for a maximum of 10 minutes. -The full score must be submitted to the adjudicator (photocopies permitted). -The competition phase is open to the public. -The adjudicator retains the right to withhold any prize, if, in their opinion, it is not merited. All decisions made by the adjudicator are final and without appeal. -By submitting an application, students and their parent/guardian understand that any recording resulting from the competition may be used for VAM promotional purposes. Apply [gravityform id="158" title="false" description="true"]

Alto Clef Festival

Class Description: The Vancouver Academy of Music Alto Clef Festival is designed to identify talented viola students and afford them recognition and financial assistance. One adjudicator external to VAM will evaluate contestants with $1,000 in total scholarships awarded for 2023/24 VAM tuition. Eligibility Eligible students: - are those registered in private lessons with a viola teacher at VAM since the beginning of the academic year. Dates Application Deadline: April 3, 2023, 11:59pm Competition: May 8, 2023* *Students will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline. Competition Rules -Applications must include a registration fee of $60 made payable to the Vancouver Academy of Music. The application fee includes audio and video recording services provided by VAM; no other audio or video recording is permitted. -Applicants must prepare one work with a maximum duration of 10 minutes, performed by memory. -Students must provide their own pianist. -A copy of the music must be provided for the adjudicator (photocopies permitted). -The competition phase will be closed to the public with the exception of the parents/guardians and teacher of the student performing. -The chosen winners will receive scholarships toward 2023/24 VAM tuition. -By submitting an application, students and their parent/guardian understand that any recording resulting from the competition may be used for VAM promotional purposes. Apply [gravityform id="156" title="false" description="false"]

Bjorn & Lori Hareid Provincial Concerto Competition

Class Description: Welcome to one of British Columbia’s most exciting competitions that occurs once every two years and provides a unique opportunity for aspiring musicians to perform as soloist with the VAM Symphony Orchestra. The Bjorn & Lori Hareid Provincial Concerto Competition is categorized into instrument and age groups and is open to any music student residing in British Columbia.* *Winners of VAM's 2021 and 2022 Kay Meek Competition are ineligible to compete. If the winner of 2022 Kay Meek Competition has applied for the Provincial Concerto Competition, their application fee will be refunded and their application withdrawn.  AWARDS
  • Winner, Category A Bjorn & Lori Hareid Scholarship Award, $2000
  • Winner, Category B Loyal Protestant Association Scholarship, $1500
  • Winner, Category C Michael & Mary Shields Scholarship Award, $1000
COMPETITION DATES
  • Application deadline: April 17, 2023, 11:59pm
  • Competition dates: May 29-31, 2023 Students will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline.
INSTRUMENT & AGE CATEGORIES
  • Category A, 26 years and under*: piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, voice, percussion
  • Category B, 18 years and under*: piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, voice, percussion
  • Category C, 12 years and under*: piano, strings, woodwinds * as of April 17, 2023
REPERTOIRE Any movement or work for solo instrument or voice and orchestra, maximum 15 minutes. ADJUDICATION An adjudication committee will select multiple winners to appear as soloist with the VAM Symphony Orchestra. Written commentary will be supplied for each entrant. COMPETITION RULES By submitting an application, students and their parent/guardian understand that any recording resulting from the competition may be used for VAM promotional purposes. APPLICATION FEE $75; $50 for VAM students. APPLY  [gravityform id="164" title="false" description="true"]  

Kay Meek Competition

Class Description: The Vancouver Academy of Music Kay Meek Competition is designed to identify young talented students and afford them recognition and financial assistance. Six students will be awarded scholarships, with the First Prize winner appearing as soloist with the VAM Symphony Orchestra. Dates Application Deadline: April 3, 2023, 11:59pm Competition: May 15, 2023* *Students will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline. Adjudication The competition will be judged by a panel of three distinguished musicians external to VAM. Repertoire -Instrumentalists: a complete work (all movements) for solo instrument and orchestra, with cuts made to shorten tutti passages. Works must be a minimum of RCM 10 or equivalent. -Singers: a selection of songs from an orchestrated song cycle, a multi-movement work, concert arias, a selection of opera arias, or repertoire approved by Voice Department Head. Maximum two selections for movements or arias from different works. Eligibility Eligible students: -are 14 years of age or older as of May 15, 2023; -have been enrolled in VAM private lessons since the beginning of the academic year for the instrument with which they compete; -have not previously received the grand prize of the Kay Meek Competition; -will continue VAM private lessons in 2023/24. Competition Rules -Applications must include a registration fee of $60 made payable to the Vancouver Academy of Music. The application fee includes audio and video recording services provided by VAM; no other audio or video recording is permitted. -The grand prize winner will be required to perform the same repertoire selection with VAM Symphony Orchestra that was chosen for the competition. -Three copies of the solo part of piano reduction must be submitted to the adjudicators (photocopies permitted). Full scores will not be accepted. -The competition phase is open to the public. -If the grand prize winner competed playing an orchestral instrument, they will be required to enroll in VAM Symphony Orchestra for the 2023/24 season. -By submitting an application, students and their parent/guardian understand that any recording resulting from the competition may be used for VAM promotional purposes. Apply [gravityform id="161" title="false" description="true"]