Orchestral Program

Performing in a symphony orchestra is an exhilarating experience that teaches essential life skills such as communication, respect, and working together as a team. VAM’s Orchestral Program is comprised of four ensembles that strike a balance between excellence and enjoyment.

VAM’s Orchestral Training Program is supported by:
The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation
The R & J Stern Family Foundation

Orchestral Program

VAM Pre-Junior Symphony

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Suzuki 2-3/RCM 1-3
Class Time: Saturdays, 9:00-9:45am
Annual Fee:
  • $510
Class Description: Pre-Junior Strings offers the first level of orchestral training. It is ideal for string students with no prior ensemble experience beginning to learn sight-reading skills. Repertoire includes arrangements of familiar music ranging from popular songs to movie soundtracks. Information is available for online activities in the event that classes are not able to be held in person. Click here for more details. 

VAM Junior Symphony

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Suzuki 3-4/RCM 4-6
Class Time: Saturdays, 10:15-11:15am Sundays, 1:00-2:00pm Thursdays, 5:00-6:00pm
Annual Fee:
  • $560
Class Description: Junior Symphony focuses on repertoire from the Baroque and Classical periods. Fundamental orchestral skills such as bow techniques, phrasing, musical terms and creating a blended orchestral sound are explored. Information is available for online activities in the event that classes are not able to be held in person. Click here for more details. 

VAM Intermediate Symphony

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Suzuki 4-7/RCM 7-9
Class Time: Saturdays, 11:45am - 1:15pm Sundays, 2:30-4:00pm Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm
Annual Fee:
  • $615
Class Description: Intermediate Symphony performs a diverse range of repertoire spanning Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. Independent preparation is highly emphasized as chair assignments are based on seating auditions at the beginning of each semester. Information is available for online activities in the event that classes are not able to be held in person. Click here for more details. 

VAM Symphony Orchestra

Instructor: Ian Parker (Music Director & Principal Conductor)
Recommended for: Suzuki 7+/RCM 10+
Class Time: Saturdays, 1:45-3:45pm Saturdays, 4:15-6:15pm
Annual Fee:
  • $655
Class Description: VAMSO appears four times a year at the Orpheum Theatre, performing seminal masterpieces from symphonic repertoire. Recent performances include Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, Verdi's Requiem, and Brahms' Symphony No. 1. Information is available for online activities in the event that classes are not able to be held in person. Click here for more details.