VAM Adult Harp Ensemble

Instructor: Rosanna Chiu
Recommended for: Harp students of all levels
Class Time: Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm, 3 classes per term
Semester Fee:
  • $110
Class Description: Join VAM's Harp Ensemble for adults and explore classical and popular arrangements of Puccini, Canon in D, Can't help falling in love, Over the Rainbow and more.  The ensemble will participate in events such as the Harp Extravaganza at the VAM and the Adult Learning Program Soirée Concert.
Director/Instructor: Rosanna Chiu
Co-Director: Joy Yeh
2022/2023 Class Dates:
Sept 22, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Concert Nov 19
March 30, April 20, May 11, 25, Concert May 29

Adult Group Cello

Instructor: Alex Cheung
Recommended for: Beginner adult cello students (little to no experience)
Class Time: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm (January intake)
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.  Due to popular demand, we have opened a half-year class starting in January 2023.

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, 7:30-9:00pm (April-May, 7 weeks)
Semester Fee:
  • $125
  • $150
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.   Session 3: April 11th, 2023 start

Vanier Park Symphony

Instructor: Ian Parker
Recommended for: Intermediate to advanced adult string and wind players (no audition required)
Class Time: Session 1: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (Sept-Nov, 7 weeks) Session 2: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (Jan-Mar, 7 weeks) Session 3: Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm (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: Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm (10 weeks) Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm (10 weeks) - Session 3
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. This will be a 10 week class, with an option for another 10 weeks after spring break if we generate enough members.
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