Ensembles

Adult Group Cello

Instructor: Alex Cheung
Recommended for: Beginner adult cello students (little to no experience)
Class Time: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm
Semester Fee:
  • $315
Class Description: If you are curious and interested in learning how to play an instrument, come join VAM’s adult group classes! In this introduction to the cello, you will be introduced to the instrument and receive support in developing proper technique and ensemble playing skills in a small group setting. Beginners welcome! This is a 26-week in-person class (13 classes per term, with a Fall 2022 start date scheduled for September 6th. 

Adult Beginner Strings

Instructor: Tawnya Popoff
Recommended for: Adult beginners with some experience
Class Time: Session 1: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm (Sept-Nov, 7 weeks) Session 2: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm (Jan-Mar, 7 weeks) Session 3: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm (April-May, 7 weeks)
Semester Fee:
  • $125
Class Description: This class gives adult beginners the opportunity to experience playing in a string ensemble with a focus on developing technique and the foundation for basic music reading skills. Minimal string playing experience required; varying levels of music-reading skills are welcome.  

Vanier Park Symphony

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Intermediate to advanced adult string and wind players (no audition required)
Class Time: Session 2: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (Jan-Mar, 7 weeks) Session 3: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (Apr-May, 7 weeks) Session 1: Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm (Sept-Nov, 7 weeks) Session 2: Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm (Jan-Mar, 7 weeks) Session 3: Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm (Apr-May, 7 weeks)
Semester Fee:
  • $250
Class Description: Strike up new friendships with a vibrant ensemble that will help you brush up on your technical skills in a supportive group environment! VAM's adult orchestra explores performance practice of seminal masterpieces while acquiring a deeper understanding of their musical significance and historical context.

Adult Chamber Music: Play with the Pros

Recommended for: Adult learners
Class Description: A unique ensemble experience, each chamber group in Play with the Pros will consist of one member of VAM's faculty, where you can enjoy the benefits of mentorship and collegiality that come from performing with a professional musician. Class time to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of students and teacher.  Students wishing to register for fewer than 16 classes per semester must have permission from the teacher.  Click below to begin the registration process.

VAM Schola Cantorum

Instructor: Cassie Luftspring (Director of Choral Studies)
Recommended for: Ages 18+
Class Time: Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm
Annual Fee:
  • $300
Class Description: This elite chamber ensemble performs challenging repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque periods in addition to 20th- and 21st-century compositions. With fast-paced, challenging rehearsals, Schola Cantorum is perfect for the experienced chorister who seeks the highest standard of excellence.  
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