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:
Adrienne S. Chan
The Edith Lando Charitable Foundation
The R & J Stern Family Foundation
Vancouver Civic Theatres
The City of Vancouver

Orchestral Program

Introduction to Bassoon

Instructor: Carrie To
Recommended for: Ages 10-12
Class Time: Saturdays, 10:45-11:30am
Semester Fee:
  • $135
Class Description: For students with little to no experience playing bassoon, this six-week class will establish the foundations for performance, setting the stage for success in private lessons and ensemble skills. Class dates: November 6th - December 11th, 2021.

Introduction to Clarinet

Instructor: Christopher Lee
Recommended for: Ages 10-12
Class Time: Saturdays 10:45-11:30am for 6 weeks
Semester Fee:
  • $135
Class Description: For students with little to no experience playing clarinet, this six-week class will establish the foundations for performance, setting the stage for success in private lessons and ensemble skills. Class dates: November 6th - December 11th, 2021.

Introduction to Flute

Instructor: Paul Hung
Recommended for: Ages 10-12
Class Time: Saturdays, 10:45-11:30 am for 6 weeks
Semester Fee:
  • $135
Class Description: For students with little to no experience playing flute, this six-week class will establish the foundations for performance, setting the stage for success in private lessons and ensemble skills. Class dates: November 6th - December 11th, 2021.

VAM Pre-Junior Symphony

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Suzuki 2-3/RCM 1-3
Class Time: Saturdays, 9:00-10:00am
Annual Fee:
  • $560
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.

VAM Junior Symphony

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Suzuki 3-4/RCM 4-6
Class Time: Saturdays, 10:15-11:30am
Annual Fee:
  • $615
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.

VAM Intermediate Symphony

Instructor: Joseph Elworthy
Recommended for: Suzuki 4-7/RCM 7-9
Class Time: Saturdays, 11:45am-1:30pm
Annual Fee:
  • $715
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.

VAM Symphony Orchestra

Instructor: Ian Parker (Music Director & Principal Conductor)
Recommended for: Suzuki 7+/RCM 10+
Class Time: Saturdays, 1:45-3:45pm OR 4:15-6:15pm
Annual Fee:
  • $815
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.