Event Location: Mary Olson Hall at VAM

1270 Chestnut St
Vancouver, BC V6J 4R9

Event Location: Mary Olson Hall at VAM

Adult Learning Program Soiree

Class Description: Free Admission One of VAM's fastest growing communities, the Adult Learning Program is a celebration of lifelong learning through music. Come hear a highlight of our adult learners in an evening gathering of music and conversation!

Harp Masterclass with Dr. Joy Yeh

Class Description: Play solo harp repertoire or orchestral excerpts for Dr. Joy Yeh, Head of VAM Harp Department and Principal Harp of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. This masterclass will delve into the art of stage performance and is suitable for students of any age who have their repertoire well-prepared, with a particular emphasis on those aiming to participate in competitions, auditions, and examinations. In addition, harp students in the audience will be encouraged to participate in the class discussion. Registration:  Please have your instructor contact Dr. Joy Yeh ([email protected]) directly to inform her of your interest in participating in the masterclass. Fees:
  • $30 for a 15-minute performance & instruction time
  • $60 for a 30-minute performance & instruction time
  • Free for parents and audience members
About Dr. Joy Yeh: Dr. Joy Yeh is a frequent judge at international music competitions and festivals including the Canadian Music Competition and the Camac Prize International Harp Competition, and has taught masterclasses in Asia and North America.  Efficiency, Passion and Precision are the three major components to Dr. Yeh’s teaching.  Her students have won medals at many international music competitions. Dr. Yeh believes in “leading by example”. Therefore, despite her busy teaching schedule, she insists on having an active performing career. She has been featured numerous times as a soloist with leading orchestras and has played at Carnegie Hall, Kozertberlin, World Harp Congress (Canada and Hong Kong) and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany. Her recordings can be heard on CBC Radio2, and she was interviewed by medias such as the Fairchild Radio FM96.1, CFJC Midday TV, Talentivision TV and their Evening News, Richmond Review and Taste of Life Magazine. In the earlier years, she graduated from UBC and received full scholarships to pursue her master and doctoral degree at Yale University and Indiana University, respectively.

Young Composers Competition Reading Session

Class Description: Free Admission: VAM Symphony Orchestra brings new works to life, written by the finalists of VAM's 2023 Young Composers' Competition.

Harp Masterclass with Dr. Joy Yeh

Class Description: Play solo harp repertoire or orchestral excerpts for Dr. Joy Yeh, Head of VAM Harp Department and Principal Harp of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. This masterclass will delve into the art of stage performance and is suitable for students of any age who have their repertoire well-prepared, with a particular emphasis on those aiming to participate in competitions, auditions, and examinations. In addition, harp students in the audience will be encouraged to participate in the class discussion. Registration:  Please have your instructor contact Dr. Joy Yeh ([email protected]) directly to inform her of your interest in participating in the masterclass. Fees:
  • $30 for a 15-minute performance & instruction time
  • $60 for a 30-minute performance & instruction time
  • Free for parents and audience members
About Dr. Joy Yeh: Dr. Joy Yeh is a frequent judge at international music competitions and festivals including the Canadian Music Competition and the Camac Prize International Harp Competition, and has taught masterclasses in Asia and North America.  Efficiency, Passion and Precision are the three major components to Dr. Yeh’s teaching.  Her students have won medals at many international music competitions. Dr. Yeh believes in “leading by example”. Therefore, despite her busy teaching schedule, she insists on having an active performing career. She has been featured numerous times as a soloist with leading orchestras and has played at Carnegie Hall, Kozertberlin, World Harp Congress (Canada and Hong Kong) and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany. Her recordings can be heard on CBC Radio2, and she was interviewed by medias such as the Fairchild Radio FM96.1, CFJC Midday TV, Talentivision TV and their Evening News, Richmond Review and Taste of Life Magazine. In the earlier years, she graduated from UBC and received full scholarships to pursue her master and doctoral degree at Yale University and Indiana University, respectively.

Adult Learning Program Soirée

Class Description: Free Admission One of VAM's fastest growing communities, the Adult Learning Program is a celebration of lifelong learning through music. Come hear a highlight of our adult learners in an evening gathering of music and conversation! [gravityform id="54" title="true" description="true"]

Trumpet Masterclass with Aaron Hodgson

Class Description: Free Admission Elevate your trumpet skills and join us at the Vancouver Academy of Music for an unparalleled Masterclass with the distinguished Aaron Hodgson. Renowned for his exquisite musicianship, Aaron Hodgson has captivated audiences and critics alike with his compelling performances and luxuriant sound. His mastery over the trumpet is evident through his effortless presentations and clean execution of challenging passages, earning high praise from the International Trumpet Guild. This Masterclass is a rare opportunity to learn from a musician who navigates the intricacies of trumpet playing with precision, agility, and a beautiful singing style. Whether you're looking to refine your technique or be inspired by innovative musical interpretations, Aaron Hodgson's Masterclass promises an enriching experience for every participant. Don't miss this chance to transform your musical journey under the guidance of a trumpet virtuoso.

Event Schedule:

6:00-8:00pm: Masterclass

Adult Learning Program Soirée

Class Description: One of VAM's fastest growing communities, the Adult Learning Program is a celebration of lifelong learning through music. Come hear a highlight of our adult learners in an evening gathering of music, food, and conversation! Free Admission

VAM Composition Department Concert

Class Description: Free Admission: Join this event to experience the diversity of new music sonic world created by the talented student body of VAM's Composition Department guided by our amazing faculty!

Flute Fest

Class Description: VAM's inaugural Flute Fest features a full day of activities including masterclasses, performances, and a presentation by Burkart Flutes & Piccolos. Join Paul Hung (Flute Fest Artistic Director and VAM faculty), Catherine Ransom Karoly (Associate principal flute of Los Angeles Philharmonic/ Flute professor of USC), and Ethan Lin (Burkart Representative) for this event on March 10, 2024.  

Fest Schedule

11 am - All about your body with Diane / Exercises for all flutists Learn about your body and how it relates to tone production and technical flexibility. Acquire helpful exercises to regain muscular balance while playing flute!

12 pm - Sight reading party with Moonlight Flute Quartet Led by the award winning Moonlight Flute Quartet, have a blast playing exciting flute ensemble repertoire. Bring your instruments!

12:50 pm - Burkart Flute presentation/ Flute Trial Try some impeccably crafted, handmade flutes and piccolos by the inimitable Lillian Burkart.

2 pm - Flute Masterclass with Ethan Lin Observe professional flutist/ Burkart Representative, Ethan Lin, lead a class featuring incredible young talents.

3 pm - Flute Masterclass with Catherine Ransom Karoly Associate Principal Flute of Los Angeles Philharmonic and teacher at the University of Southern California, our featured guest artist, Catherine Ransom Karoly, leads a masterclass featuring some of the most challenging flute concerti performed by VAM's Finest.

5 pm - Catherine Ransom Karoly Flute Recital A concert you will not want to miss!

  Flute Fest is generously sponsored by Burkart Flutes & Piccolos 

Cello Masterclass with Minna Chung

Class Description: Free admission: Korean-American cellist Minna Rose Chung joined the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music as Professor of Cello in 2008 and is the Director and Founder of Project Rio, a collaborative program that supports the Rio International Cello Encounter with master classes and faculty performances in Brazil. As the 2014 recipient of the University of Manitoba’s Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in Creative Works, Dr. Chung co-authored a well-received pedagogy method book “CelloMind: Intonation and Technique” with Distinguished Professor of Cello, Hans J. Jensen from Northwestern University. Minna Rose holds an international career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and guest artist for numerous music festivals and concert series. Upon her arrival in Canada, she was quickly reviewed as “a bright light on the Winnipeg scene with her intelligent music musicality and rich resonance …a wonderful addition to any ensemble.” – Winnipeg Free Press.