Adult Debut Strings

Instructor: Tawnya Popoff
Class Time: Session 2: Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15pm Session 3: Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15pm
Semester Fee:
  • $125
Class Description: An ensemble for adults who have begun learning a string instrument and would like to play with others in a welcoming environment. Emphasis will be on gaining confidence with reading music, learning basic ensemble skills and building technique.

Adult Group Cello

Instructor: Alex Cheung
Recommended for: Beginner adult cello students (little to no experience)
Class Time: Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm (September intake, full year) Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm (January intake) Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm (March - top up to FY)
Semester Fee:
  • $350
  • $335
  • $207
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, starting in September. There is a 13-week option starting in January.)

VAM Adult Harp Ensemble

Instructor: Rosanna Chiu
Recommended for: Harp students of all levels
Class Time: Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm, 4 classes per term
Semester Fee:
  • $155
Class Description: Join VAM’s Harp Ensemble for adults and explore classical and popular arrangements. Focusing on harp techniques and ensemble playing skills, it is a small supportive group setting for harpists to exchange ideas and build friendships. Beginners are welcomed! The ensemble participates in events such as the VAM Harp Fest, and the Adult Learning Program Soirée Concert.
Director/Instructor: Rosanna Chiu
Co-Director: Joy Yeh
2024 Class Dates: February 22, March 14, April 18, May 23
Concert date: June 4

Adult Beginner Strings

Instructor: Tawnya Popoff
Recommended for: Adult beginners with some experience
Class Time: Session 2: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm (Jan-Mar, 7 weeks) Session 3: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm (April-May, 7 weeks)
Semester Fee:
  • $150
Class Description: A string orchestra for adults with some experience playing in an ensemble. The focus is on continued development of sight-reading skills, technique, and ensemble skills through playing reduced versions of beloved classics.  

Vanier Park Symphony

Instructor: Ian Parker
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)
Semester Fee:
  • $280
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. Click the apply button below to begin the application process.    

VAM Schola Cantorum

Instructor: Cassie Luftspring (Director of Choral Studies)
Recommended for: Ages 18+
Class Time: Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45pm
Annual Fee:
  • $530
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 class is full year, two semesters of 14 weeks.
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