Elsje de Ridder Armstrong Chamber Music Competition

Who is eligible: Chamber groups consisting of VAM registered students

Application deadline: May 13, 2024

Competition dates: June 8, 2024

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.

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 2024/25 VAM tuition.

Application Deadline: May 13, 2024, 11:59pm
Competition: June 8, 2024*
*Students will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline.

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]).

Eligible ensembles:
-are chamber groups consisting of 3-8 members registered in VAM’s chamber music program.

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 non-refundable 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.


This competition is open to registered VAM students only. Please log in to your account to apply online.