BassFest Competition

Who is eligible: Bass students up to the age of 18 as of March 4, 2024. Open to non-VAM students.

Application deadline: February 5, 2024

Competition dates: March 4, 2024

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

The Vancouver Academy of Music BassFest Competition is designed to identify talented bass students and afford them recognition and financial assistance. One adjudicator external to VAM will evaluate contestants with $3,000 in total scholarships awarded for select 2024/25 VAM tuition.

Up to three $500 scholarships will be awarded to students in each category:
– Ages 15-18
– Ages 14 and under

Scholarships will be applied to 2024/25 tuition for any of the following eligible VAM programs: private bass instruction, orchestra, Sea to Sky Chamberfest, theory, history, or Young Artist Collegiate Program. Receiving a scholarship does not guarantee admission into programs that require additional entrance requirements (e.g., application and/or audition).

Bass students up to the age of 18 as of March 4, 2024 are eligible to participate. This competition is open to both VAM and non-VAM students.

Application Deadline: February 5, 2024, 11:59pm
Competition: March 4, 2024*
*Students will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline.

Competition Rules
-Applications must include a non-refundable 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 two contrasting selections with a maximum duration of 15 minutes or less, 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 2024/25 VAM tuition for select eligible programs.
-By submitting an application, students and their parent/guardian understand that any recording resulting from the competition may be used for VAM promotional purposes.


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