JAZZ WORLD MUSIC
AND MUCH MORE!
All Ages, All Abilities, All Aspirations Make This YOUR School of Music
Maestro Otto Tausk VSO Music Director; Artistic Advisor to the VSOSoM
MAKE YOUR KIND OF
The VSO’s mission to enrich and transform lives through music is the mission which drives the VSO School of Music.
Vice President, VSO School of Music & Community Programs
Now entering our 8th year we are building upon our reputation for musical excellence by offering even greater access to quality musical experiences through a range of unique offerings for people of all ages and all walks of life. Thank you for making this your school of music.
PRIVATE LESSONS & FULL YEAR ENSEMBLES
Mon Sep 10 - Sun Dec 2, 2018
Mon Dec 3, 2018 - Sun Mar 17, 2019
Mon Apr 1 - Sun Jun 23, 2019
Mon Dec 17, 2018 - Sun, Jan 6, 2019
TERMLY ENSEMBLES & GROUP CLASSES FALL
Mon Sep 24 - Sun Dec 2, 2018
Mon Jan 7 - Sun Mar 17, 2019
Mon Apr 8 - Sun Jun 16, 2019
MARCH BREAK MUSIC MAKERS (MAR 18-29, 2019) NEW for 2019, the VSO School of Music will be offering half- and full-day music camps for children. Join the VSOSoM contact list to be the first to find out about the camps before they open for registration.
SUMMER PROGRAMS (JULY & AUGUST 2019) Special programs for all ages take place each July & August. Details are released in March each year. Check our website “What’s On” section for all these dates plus recitals, events, registration dates and school holiday closures.
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The VSO School of Music Model
The VSO School Advantage – Exclusive Opportunities for Students
Early Years Music
Registration & School Policies
THE TOVEY CENTRE FOR MUSIC On June 18, 2018, at the close of Maestro Tovey’s final concert as VSO Music Director, Mr. Ron Cliff, Chair of the Vancouver Symphony Foundation announced the creation of the Tovey Centre for Music to honour the immense contribution of Maestro Tovey and his wife Lana Penner-Tovey to music and education in Vancouver. The Tovey Centre for Music will encompass the programs and activities of the VSO and VSO School of Music that will be a catalyst to expand, promote and deliver exceptional music education. www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca
VSO SCHOOL OF MUSIC MODEL •
Pre-Natal Music & Relaxation
Parent & Baby Musical Yoga
First Sounds Baby Music
Mini Music Makers (Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers)
Transitional Lessons (Pathway, Suzuki or private)
Mini Music Makers (Kindergarten)
Sounds of the Symphony
VSOSoM Early Years
VSOSoM Core Programs
VSOSoM Mentorship Institute
Musicianship (music appreciation, theory & aural training)
A tailored package of Core Programs, PLUS •
VSO & Guest Artist Coaching
Audition Preparation Course
Advanced Performance Opportunities
Future of Excellence Competition
Masterclasses & Festival Participation
THE FUTURE OF EXCELLENCE COMPETITION & PRIZE May 14-24, 2019 This Competition celebrates the aspirations of young musicians studying at the VSO School, by awarding winners in both a junior and senior division the chance to perform as a soloist with the VSO during the following season, scholarship funding and other opportunities. The Competition opens for entry in early 2019. Supported by RBC’s Emerging Artist Project
2018-19 GUEST ARTIST MASTERCLASSES Fee: FREE for VSOSoM students / $15 for the general public
1. Baiba Skride, violin, Nov 2018 2. Henning Kraggerud, violin/leader, Feb 2019 3. Stewart Goodyear, piano, Apr 2019 4. Louis Lortie, piano, May 2019 5. Mayuko Kamio, violin, May 2019
The world’s most renowned performing artists pass their artistry on to the next generation in these public masterclasses featuring select VSOSoM students, held in beautiful Pyatt Hall.
RENÉE FLEMING: MUSIC & THE BRAIN September 18, 2018 The great soprano Renée Fleming will be performing with the VSO on September 20, 2018. On Tuesday, September 18, selected VSO School of Music students, faculty and donors will have the opportunity to attend a presentation by Ms Fleming regarding the connection between music and the mind. Throughout Renée Fleming’s stellar career as a singer she has always been drawn to the healing power of music. Her recent talks include presenting research that is helping us understand music’s role in the treatment and prevention of cognitive disorders. Contact the registration team for more details on this special event. www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca
2ND ANNUAL VSOSoM FESTIVAL FOR STRINGS February 19-22, 2019 Celebration Recital: Saturday, Feb 23
1ST ANNUAL VSOSoM FESTIVAL FOR PIANO February 26-March 1, 2019 Celebration Recital: Saturday, Mar 2 These encouraging and supportive festivals are an exclusive opportunity for VSOSoM students to play for an experienced professional in a small class setting and receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze award as well as valuable performance feedback. Selected Gold Medalists are invited to perform at a celebration recital, and scholarship funds are distributed. Both the classes and recital are open to the public to observe.
THE ARTISTâ€™S CORNER One-day presentations (see below for dates and times) Recommended for: Adults who are curious about music and musicians Fee per presentation: $40 (regular) / $33 (VSOSoM discount â€“ see pg.7) Get close to key figures of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and VSO School of Music, and learn what goes on behind the music in a series of fascinatingly intimate presentations for the VSOSoM community.
Kevin Zakresky: Video Game Music at the Symphony
Otto Tausk: Meet the Maestro
Vern Griffiths: Tour of the Percussion Corner
John Stetch: Jazz for the Classical Music Fan
Sun, Sep 30, 1-2:30pm
Sun, Mar 10, 1-2:30pm
EXCLUSIVE INTERACTIONS WITH THE VSO Students of all ages enjoy exclusive interactions with VSO musicians, receive access to special events, get early ticketing opportunities, sit onstage with the VSO as listeners during rehearsals, perform in side-by-side concerts and pre-concert performances, and receive complimentary ticket vouchers for VSO concerts. Exclusive to Early Years Families: Discounts on tickets to VSO Tiny Tots and Kids Koncerts Series.
VSOSoM FAMILY MUSIC DAYS Sunday, Sep 16 | Saturday, Jan 26 | Sunday, Apr 14 Fee: FREE for VSOSoM students / $10 for the general public The VSO School celebrates families and music! We invite you to join us for interactive fun with instruments, singing, meeting faculty and students, open rehearsals, taster classes, arts and crafts and above all, to celebrate music with us at these special days of discovery for curious children of all ages and their families.
The VSO School of Music believes public performance is a vital part of music learning for students of all ages and abilities. Regular opportunities to perform are provided in the form of All-School Recitals, Studio Recitals and Informal Recitals. These concerts are all free and open to the public. Check our website “What’s On” section for dates, and speak to your instructor to make sure you don’t miss your chance to step onstage and share your music.
Masterclasses allow students to gain a fresh perspective from another instructor, observe feedback given to fellow musicians and get a little performance practice at the same time. Free departmental masterclasses are scheduled for piano, string, voice and guitar students.
THE VSOSoM DISCOUNT The VSOSoM Discount offers students taking private lessons special reduced fees to also attend group classes and ensembles, making a full musical experience more cost-effective. Students must be registered for weekly private lessons for the term in which the group activity takes place. www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca
EARLY YEARS MUSIC
VSOSoM Early Years families receive exclusive ticket offers to VSO Tiny Tots and Kids Koncerts series
BEGINNING INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS
VSOSoM CHILDRENâ€™S CHOIR
Choose from Pathways individual and small group, Suzuki strings or Private Lessons. For ages 5+
Singing and musicianship, two levels for children ages 5-12
SOUNDS OF THE SYMPHONY
MINI MUSIC MAKERS KINDERGARTEN
For children born in 2013, able to participate in class independently, classes for Newcomers and for returning students
MINI MUSIC MAKERS PRESCHOOLERS 2
For children born in 2014, able to participate in class independently, classes for Newcomers and for returning students
MINI MUSIC MAKERS TODDLERS 2
For children born in 2016, with a parent or carer (children up to age 4 can join this class if wanting to participate with a grown-up)
Music appreciation for young ears! Classes for children ages 5-9
4 3 2
PARENT AND BABY MUSICAL YOGA
For parent and pre-crawling baby
MINI MUSIC MAKERS PRESCHOOLERS 1 For children born in 2015, able to participate in class independently
MINI MUSIC MAKERS TODDLERS 1
For children walking confidently, born in 2017 or 2018, with parent or carer
FIRST SOUNDS BABY MUSIC CLASSES
For pre-walking baby, with parent or carer
PRENATAL MUSIC AND RELAXATION For Pregnant Moms-to-be
PRE-NATAL MUSIC & RELAXATION Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm 4-week course – Feb 20, 27; Mar 6, 13 Recommended for: People in any stage of pregnancy Instructors: Diane King; Gillian Hunter-Gibbs
Meet other expectant mums, prepare yourself for birth and beyond. This class teaches relaxation and deep breathing techniques, simple vocal exercises and comforting songs and lullabies, helping you free your breath and your voice, through pregnancy and when singing to your little one.
PARENT & BABY MUSICAL YOGA Thursdays, 11:15am-12pm 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Parents and their pre-crawling babies Instructors: Orsy Szabo; Gillian Hunter-Gibbs Fee per term: $175 / Drop-in class fee: $20
Strengthen, relax, and bond with your new baby in this specially developed class. Led by an experienced pre- and post-natal yoga teacher and an Early Childhood music specialist, each class takes mom or dad through a series of relaxing and invigorating yoga postures, to live classical music. Interactive singing and music making for the babies is woven into the fabric of the class, making this a special experience for both parent and child.
FIRST SOUNDS BABY MUSIC 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Pre-walking babies, with their parent / carer Fee per term: $190
Babies love music and music is great for babies! These classes focus on developing your child’s motor, verbal and social skills, using musical games, rhymes and songs. The beginnings of musical foundations are introduced, and you’ll learn lots of new activities to try at home. This is not your typical baby music class!
MINI MUSIC MAKERS 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Ages 1-6 yrs, no previous experience needed Fee per term: $190
Our Mini Music Makers classes are taught by highly experienced and qualified Early Childhood music instructors and musicians, using the Colourstrings Kindergarten approach. Full of singing, moving, playing and learning, the classes are progressive in nature, guiding your child through the foundations of music learning in a fun and highly interactive class.
MINI MUSIC MAKERS: TODDLERS 1
For children walking confidently, born in 2017 or 2018, with parent / carer Tuesdays
MINI MUSIC MAKERS: PRESCHOOLERS 1
For children born in 2015, able to participate in class independently Tuesdays
MINI MUSIC MAKERS: TODDLERS 2
For children born in 2016, with a parent / carer (children up to age 4 can join this class if wanting to participate with a grown-up)
MINI MUSIC MAKERS: PRESCHOOLERS 2
For children born in 2014, able to participate in class independently (separate classes for newcomers and for returning students) Wednesdays
*NC* = Newcomers Class, for children who are new to the program
MINI MUSIC MAKERS: KINDERGARTEN For children born in 2013, able to participate in class independently (separate classes for newcomers and for returning students) Wednesdays
*NC* = Newcomers Class, for children who are new to the program
SUZUKI VIOLIN PREP Saturdays, 1:15-2pm 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Ages 4-6yrs, no previous experience needed Instructor: Ruth Huang Fee per term: $190
The Suzuki method is based on the concept that children learn to play musical instruments as naturally as they learn to speak, focusing on listening, repetition and memorization. This class prepares children to begin Suzuki violin lessons, through exercises in rhythm, singing, and in learning to hold the instrument correctly. Please note that you do NOT need to bring an instrument to this class. Students start on a cardboard instrument to learn proper technique.
SOUNDS OF THE SYMPHONY
5-7yrs class: Thursdays, 3:30-4:15pm 7-9yrs class: Saturdays, 3:30-4:15pm 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Ages 5-9yrs, no previous experience needed Instructors: Gillian Hunter-Gibbs (5-7yrs); Kevin Zakresky (7-9yrs) Fee per term: $190
The orchestra’s families of instruments and its most timetested masterpieces are introduced to young ears and minds in these highly interactive classes. Each week, children will be introduced to a new orchestral work, engaging with the repertoire through movement, music making and drama, and meeting a new orchestral ‘instrument of the week’ they get to touch and try. Instruments of the week generously supplied by Tom Lee Music www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca
JUNIOR CHILDREN’S CHOIR Tuesdays, 4-4:45pm Full year ensemble, Sep 11 – Jun 18 Recommended for: Children age 5-8yrs, with a love of singing Director: Libby Donald Fee for year: $525 (regular) / $450 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
The perfect ensemble for children exiting early years group classes, young instrumentalists who are at the beginnings of their musical learning or children with no musical experience. With a focus on enjoying the art of singing, musicianship will be developed through games, song and movement.
YOUTH CHOIR Tuesdays, 5-6pm Full year ensemble, Sep 11 – Jun 18 Recommended for: Children age 9-12yrs, who have participated in a choir before, or have other musical experience Director: Libby Donald Fee for year: $550 (regular) / $495 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
With a focus on sound and performance skills alongside fun and musicianship, this choir performs throughout the year both in Pyatt Hall and outside for the wider community. Participants will have a placement chat and hearing (not an audition!) with Libby before joining the ensemble.
PRIVATE LESSONS THE VSOSoM MENTORSHIP INSTITUTE Specially designed for young musicians who aim to make music their calling, this customized program leverages the unique benefits of association with a professional symphony orchestra to advance and deepen emerging young talent.
The program includes: •
Weekly 60 or 90min private lesson
Theory Group Classes or one-to-one tuition
Audition Preparation Course
Exclusive Mentorship Institute Member Performance Opportunities
VSO & Guest Artist Coaching
Participation in masterclasses with guest artists & faculty
Participation in the Future of Excellence Concerto Competition
Participation in a VSOSoM Festival (if applicable)
Please contact the registration team for information on becoming a VSOSoM Mentorship Institute member. Funding may be available to help with program costs. www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca
PRIVATE INSTRUMENTAL & VOCAL LESSONS Scheduled at the regular weekly timeslot of your choice Full year activity (Sep 10-Jun 23). New students can begin at any time in the school year and enroll a term at a time. Recommended for: People of all ages and stages wanting to begin an instrument or strengthen existing skills Instructors: Please visit our website to view faculty bios and pictures
The VSO School of Music faculty numbers over 100 of the best artists and educators in Canada, including many members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Private lessons are available in all orchestral and jazz instruments, traditional Chinese and Indian instruments, piano, guitar and voice. Contact our registration team to find current availability, and allow them to match you with the best instructor for your or your childâ€™s needs and aspirations.
Fee: $80 per 60min lesson / $60 per 45min lesson / $40 per 30min lesson
PATHWAY TRANSITIONAL LESSONS Full year program of lessons, musicianship & small group instruction, Sep 10 â€“ Jun 23 Recommended for: Children age 5-7yrs, looking for a smooth transition from general group music classes to private instrumental instruction Fee for year: $1,890 (includes 20min private lesson, 20min musicianship tutorial & 30min small group each week)
Pathways is a unique way of beginning piano, violin, or guitar with the use of both individual and small group instruction, complimented with a fun an interactive introduction to music theory. Taught by highly qualified Early Childhood music instructors, each bringing their own methodological focus to their teaching, and supported by an assistant. Children attend Pathways lessons for a period of up to one full school year, and then may continue their studies in individual private lessons.
SUZUKI STRINGS PROGRAM Full year program of lessons & group classes, Sep 10 â€“ Jun 23 Recommended for: Children age 5-12yrs, who have completed a Suzuki Prep class Fee for year: $1,690 (includes 30min private lesson & 45min group class each week)
The Suzuki method is based on the concept that children learn to play musical instruments as naturally as they learn to speak, focusing on listening, repetition and memorization. Suzuki students take part in a private lesson and group class each week, supported by parents in the classroom and at home.
Violin Group I (bk.1-2)
Violin Group II (bk.2-3)
Violin Group III (bk.3-4)
Cello Group (bk.1-2)
CLASSICAL MUSIC CHAMBER ENSEMBLES Saturdays, 60-90min blocks (alternative days can be arranged) 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Classical instrumentalists of all levels and ages Coaches: Nicholas Wright (VSO Concertmaster); Olivia Blander; Carla Dodek; Bogdan Dulu; Yuri Zaidenberg Fee per term: $300 (regular) / $250 (VSOSoM discount â€“ see pg.7)
The VSOSoM Chamber Music Program is directed by VSO Concertmaster Nicholas Wright, matching students into small ensembles to rehearse and perform specially-selected repertoire. Each week the ensemble will have rehearsal time plus coaching by chamber specialists amongst the VSO & SoM faculty. Performances will tie in with the VSOâ€™s Chamber Music Series.
YOUTH STRING ENSEMBLES Full year ensembles, Sep 15 – Jun 22 (excl. winter & spring breaks) The VSO School of Music’s three youth string ensembles meet weekly to rehearse a variety of music including specialized arrangements tailored to each group’s level. In addition to termly concerts in the stunning Christ Church Cathedral, the string ensembles enjoy many unique learning experiences,
such as side-by-side and pre-concerts for the VSO, collaborations with the Jazz & World Music departments, and more. All youth string ensemble members are automatically enrolled in the Charis Camp Retreat (see next page) at the time of registration.
Entry to the youth string ensembles is by placement audition. Please contact the registration team to arrange your audition.
PRELUDIO STRING ENSEMBLE Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am Recommended for: Young string students playing at RCM 2-3 or Suzuki Bk 2-3 level Director: Bo Peng Fee for year: $550 (regular) / $495 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
INTERMEZZO STRING ENSEMBLE Saturdays, 11:45am-12:45pm Recommended for: Young string students playing at RCM 4-7 or Suzuki Bk 4-5 level Director: Carla Birston Fee for year: $550 (regular) / $495 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
SINFONIETTA STRING ENSEMBLE Saturdays, 1-3pm Recommended for: Young string students students playing at RCM 8-ARCT level Director: Carla Birston Fee for year: $595 (regular) / $535 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7) www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca
CHARIS CAMP RETREAT FOR YOUTH STRING ENSEMBLES A beloved tradition, this weekend retreat builds musical skills and provides vital preparation for upcoming performances, as well as creating friendships and fun memories! The weekend includes 2 nights dormitorystyle accommodation, meals, supervision, instruction and recreational activities.
Friday Apr 26 – Sunday Apr 28, 2019 All youth string ensemble members are expected to participate Directors: Carla Birston; Harold Birston; Bo Peng; Guest Coaches Fee: $250
CAMERATA STRING ENSEMBLE Thursdays, 7:30-9pm Full year ensemble, Sep 13 – Jun 20 Recommended for: Adult string players of all levels Director: Harold BIrston Fee for year: $560 (regular) / $495 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
Rosin up your bow and widen your social circle by joining this lively ensemble that loves to make music together. A variety of standard and specially-arranged repertoire will be prepared and performed in termly concerts.
OPERA ENSEMBLE Wednesdays, 7-9pm 10 weeks per term, FALL & SPRING only (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Singers age 15yrs-adult, who have performance experience and are able to read music Director: Diane King, with Kathy Bjorseth & Kevin Zakresky Fee per term: $550 (regular) / $395 (VSOSoM discount â€“ see pg.7)
Study, stage and perform scenes from a wide range of opera, from baroque to contemporary. Students will be grouped in appropriate scenes according to voice type and experience level. Regular performances are scheduled in the acoustically-excellent Pyatt Hall. Registration for the ensemble will be cut off one month prior to the first rehearsal. Placement auditions will be held to select roles. Please contact the registration team to schedule an audition.
CHORAL MASTERWORKS Saturdays, 11am-1pm 10 weeks per term, FALL & SPRING only (see pg.2 for term dates)
Join your voice with others under the baton of Dr. Kevin Zakresky and take part in preparing and performing two of the great classical choral works.
Recommended for: Adult choral singers, with some sight-singing experience
FALL TERM: Bach Magnificat SPRING TERM: Beethoven Mass in C
Director: Kevin Zakresky Fee: $225 (regular) / $180 (VSOSoM discount â€“ see pg.7) www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca
GUITAR ENSEMBLES 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Director: Stanton Jack Fee per term: $275 (regular) / $220 (VSOSoM discount â€“ see pg.7)
Develop ensemble skills and meet like-minded people while exploring a variety of ancient and modern repertoire for multiple guitars in these welcoming ensembles led by Stanton Jack.
Junior Guitar Ensemble
Adult Guitar Ensemble
Recommended for: Ages 9-15, currently taking classical guitar lessons
Recommended for: Ages 16-adult, able to read classical guitar notation
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Percussionists age 10-18yrs Director: Aaron McDonald Fee per term: $275 (regular) / $220 (VSOSoM discount â€“ see pg.7)
Hone technique and develop ensemble skills using the extensive orchestral and world percussion collection at the VSO School. Led by VSO musician Aaron McDonald, this group has regular performance opportunities in Pyatt Hall and beyond. Contact the registration team for more info and scheduling for this ensemble.
FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC!
Saturdays, 1:30-3pm 8 weeks per term (see below for term dates) Recommended for: Adults who are curious about classical music Instructor: Kevin Zakresky Fee for term: $250 (regular) / $220 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
Come learn the stories behind some of the greatest works of classical music, each term offering eight fascinating and fun lectures – choose the subject that most appeals to you or attend them all. No prior music history knowledge necessary: the only pre-requisite is the love of music!
Russian Orchestral Works
Oct 6 - Nov 24
Jan 26 - Mar 16
The Philosophy of Music
Apr 13 - Jun 1
RCM THEORY GROUP COURSES Level 8 Theory: Saturdays, 4-5pm Level 9 Harmony: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm 14-week course: Jan 8 to May 4 (excl. spring break) Recommended for: Students planning to take the May session Level 8 Theory or Level 9 Harmony RCM exams Instructor: Helen Hall Fee: $350 (regular) / $300 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
As well as being a vital building block of music education, theory knowledge is a requirement to achieving advanced RCM qualifications. Prepare for RCM theory exams the right way, and learn everything you need for success in these small group courses. Harmony 9 students should have already completed Theory 8. Theory 8 students will be contacted by the instructor to confirm suitability before the course begins.
SATURDAY SONG SCHOOL Saturdays, 4-5:30pm 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Adults who are curious about classical music Instructor: Diane King Fee for term: $325 (regular) / $250 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7) Drop-in fee (any 10 classes in year): $375
In an enjoyable and supportive masterclass format, singers can bring the technical and interpretive work done with their private voice teacher to an encouraging group class. With an accompanist each week, students have the opportunity to receive positive feedback from teachers and colleagues. This is the perfect class to hone performance skills for recitals, competitions, and auditions.
VOCAL TECHNIQUE FOR ADULTS Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm 4-week course: Jan 23, 30; Feb 6, 13 Recommended for: Adults who want to improve their singing Instructor: Diane King Fee: $175
For choral singers, “shower singers” and everyone in between, this course covers the basics of healthy singing including breathing, posture, projection, range development and tone quality.
ENHANCING MUSIC MAKING WITH THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE Tuesdays, 7-9pm 4-week course: Oct 16, 23, 30; Nov 6 Recommended for: Anyone age 16yrs-adult who plays an instrument or sings, and wants to improve their performance Instructor: Gabriella Minnes-Brandes Fee: $175
Yehudi Menuhin; James Galway and Paul McCartney all credit the Alexander Technique with improving their performance and now you can too. Learn tools to be authentic, versatile and respond in â€œreal timeâ€? during playing, in this introductory course exploring basic Alexander Technique principles through movement, breath, support and sound.
YOGA TO LIVE CLASSICAL MUSIC Thursdays, 12:15-1pm 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Adults, no yoga experience necessary Instructors: Orsy Szabo; Gillian Hunter-Gibbs Fee per term: $175 / Drop-in class fee: $20
Escape the stress of modern life and join us in your lunch hour, to energize your body and soul with this Yin-Yang Flow yoga class with live classical music. Led by certified yoga instructor Orsy Szabo, each class brings together dynamic sequences with relaxing static postures, accompanied by calming improvised music which mirrors the shape of the class. www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca
JAZZ BIG BAND Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm Full year ensemble, Sep 11 - Jun 18 (excl. winter & spring breaks) Recommended for: Trumpet, trombone, saxophone and rhythm section players age 13yrs-adult, with previous band experience Director: Bob Rebagliati Fee for year: $550 (regular) / $495 (VSOSoM discount â€“ see pg.7)
Swing with the hottest big band in town, led by legendary jazz educator Bob Rebagliati. The band has regular performance opportunities in Pyatt Hall and outside for the wider community. Entry to the Big Band is by video audition. Please visit our website for guidelines to submit your video.
JAZZ COMBOS Various days & times 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Musicians of any age with previous jazz experience Coaches: Miles Black; James Danderfer; Jillian Lebeck; Jodi Proznick; John Stetch Fee for term: $395 (regular) / $295 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
Join a jazz combo (small groups of around 4) under the guidance of the acclaimed VSO School Jazz faculty. Participants are grouped by level and interest and can choose to focus on jazz standards or a particular genre. Combos are given free practice time in addition to coaching sessions. Entry to the Combos is by video audition. Please visit our website for guidelines to submit your video.
JUNIOR JAZZ PIANO Sundays, 11:30am-12:30pm 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Children age 8-16yrs, who have been studying piano for 3+ years Instructor: John Stetch
Bach, Mozart, Beethoven – they all improvised a lot, and didn’t wait until they finished 10 years of RCM to do so! Children are flexible, open-minded and not afraid to ask questions, which is why it’s a perfect time to introduce jazz and musical creativity as a complement to classical studies.
Fee for term: $190 (regular) / $175 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7) www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca
INTRO TO IMPROV Wednesdays, 5:45-7:15pm 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Music students of any age and genre with 3-4yrs playing experience and basic theory knowledge
Explore improvisation and beginning jazz theory through your instrument or voice in a way that â€œdemystifiesâ€? the language of jazz for musicians of any genre.
Instructor: James Danderfer Fee for term: $275 MUSIC APPRECIATION
WHAT MAKES IT JAZZ?
Tuesdays, 7-9pm One-day presentations (see below for dates) Recommended for: Adults with an interest in jazz. No musical experience necessary
Learn how jazz evolved via captivating audio and video clips alongside stories and live musical examples from noted jazz expert Alan Matheson.
Instructor: Alan Matheson Fee for series of all 6 classes: $100 / Individual class fee: $25
Origins of Jazz: African-American Folk Music
Early Jazz: 1923-30
Swing Era Jazz: 1935-45
Be-Bop / Modern Jazz: 1945-55
Modern Jazz: 1956-69
Recent Trends: 1970-now
Founding Circle of the Tengxi Qiu Chinese Traditional Music Program DIAMOND FOUNDER
Mr. Tengxi Qiu
Mr. Tony Zhou
Mr. Ming Ge Ms. QiQi Hong
WORLD MUSIC AZALEA CHINESE MUSIC ENSEMBLE Sundays, 2-3:30pm Full year ensemble, Sep 16 – Jun 23 Recommended for: Players of traditional Chinese instruments (all ages). Ability to read cipher notation required Director: Zhimin Yu
Master traditional Chinese musical styles and techniques in this ensemble, which also enjoys the unique opportunity to collaborate with the classical and jazz music departments of the VSO School, as well as perform in Pyatt Hall and beyond.
Fee for year: $550 (regular) / $495 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7) www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca
BEGINNING ERHU GROUP CLASS Fridays, 4-5:30pm 10 weeks per term (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Anyone who would like to learn the erhu Instructor: Nicole Li Fee for term: $395 (regular) / $295 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
These group lessons introduce participants to the Chinese bowed fiddle, or Erhu. Learn the basics of posture, tuning, bowing and cipher notation, building to an informal performance. The instructor will help with arranging instrument rentals or sales.
BEGINNING PIPA GROUP CLASS Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm 10 weeks per term, WINTER TERM ONLY Recommended for: Adults and teens who would like to learn the pipa Instructor: Qiu Xia He Fee for term: $395 (regular) / $295 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
These group lessons introduce participants to the Chinese lute, or Pipa. Learn the basics of posture, tuning, plucking techniques and cipher notation, building to an informal performance. The instructor will help with arranging instrument rentals or sales.
FUSION ENSEMBLE Thursdays, 7-8:30pm 10 weeks per term, (see pg.2 for term dates) Recommended for: Intermediatelevel players of ANY classical, jazz or world instrument, ages 13yrs-adult Instructor: Mohamed Assani Fee for term: $395 (regular) / $295 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
This course offers unique opportunities to musicians and singers to expand the horizons of their art form. You will learn complex rhythms and melodic structures from South Asian music in a contemporary setting. As well as learning new musical ideas from the wide ranging genres of South Asian music you will be encouraged to bring ideas from your own musical experience and the ensemble will work towards presenting them in a contemporary manner with an emphasis on fusion of diverse musical styles. You will also learn about the oral tradition of learning music and improvisation. There will be a performance towards the end of each term.
THE STORY OF FLAMENCO GUITAR
Thursdays, 7-9pm 2-week course: Dec 6 & 13 Recommended for: Ages 16yrs-adult, no musical experience necessary Instructor: Stanton Jack
An introduction to the fiery history of the flamenco guitar – its players, dancers and journey from the caves of Southern Spain to the concert stages of the world. Featuring musical and dance examples!
Fee: $80 (regular) / $70 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
THE STORY OF LATIN GUITAR
Thursdays, 7-9pm 2-week course: Apr 4 & 11 Recommended for: Ages 16yrs-adult, no musical experience necessary Instructor: Stanton Jack Fee: $80 (regular) / $70 (VSOSoM discount – see pg.7)
An introduction to the guitar music of Latin America - learn of its journey across the Atlantic and beyond. From its aboriginal influences, to the modern sounds of Bossa Novas, the Latin American guitar has a rich story to tell.
VSO SCHOOL OF MUSIC REGISTRATION POLICIES BECOMING A VSOSOM STUDENT Registration for private lessons takes place through the School Registration team only. Registration for group classes may be completed with the Registration team, or online. Students are required to pay a nonrefundable annual registration fee as follows: – Private instrumental instruction and group classes: $55 covers the whole school year (Sep-Jun) and includes any additional classes
– One-day classes, music appreciation classes and summer camps have no registration fees – Discounted registration of $80 per school year for families (2 or more students) Tuition and fees must be paid according to one of the payment options shown below, a minimum of one week before a student may begin instruction or program participation.
PAYMENT OPTIONS Group Classes / Ensembles When enrolling in a one-term (or shorter) activity, payment must be made in full at least one week before participation begins. When enrolling in a full-year activity, payment can be made either in full, or in
three installments. The first installment is due when enrolling, and the other two will be automatically deducted from a credit card on November 17 and March 19.
Private Lessons 1) Payment in Full Payment for the school year may be made in advance by credit card, Interac or cheque. 2) Automatic Monthly Pre-authorized Payments First installment (credit card, Interac or cheque) covers the first month’s lessons plus the registration fee.
deducted from your credit card on April 17. A $25.00 service charge will be applied for any payment from accounts with insufficient funds (NSF). More than one NSF will result in the loss of chequewriting privileges.
Remaining installments are automatically charged to a credit card, 14 days prior to the 1st of each month. Each payment covers the amount of lessons occurring in that month.
If a student has more than one failed credit card payment in a school year, they will lose the option of automatic monthly installments for the remainder of that school year, and will be required to pay a term at a time, at least 14 days in advance.
Example: If you have 5 lessons scheduled for May, a payment covering those 5 lessons will be automatically
Instructors are directly dependent upon timely student payments. Your cooperation is appreciated.
BURSARIES The VSO School of Music is proud to provide financial assistance to make our programs accessible to all families.
Please visit our website for complete information, applications forms and deadlines.
SCHEDULING PRIVATE LESSONS Students may sign up for and begin private lessons at any time during the year. Returning students enroll in a full year of lessons. New students may choose to enroll in lessons one term at a time, or commit to the (remainder of the) school year, in which case the registration fee will be waived for that year.
discretion of the teacher. Please contact the Registrar to discuss your scheduling needs. Lesson days and times are not held over from year to year, but returning students are given a priority registration period to secure their teacher and timeslot.
Special schedules, e.g. bi-weekly lessons, may sometimes be accommodated at the
ATTENDANCE Group Classes / Ensembles There are no make-up classes or refunds for group classes or ensemble rehearsals missed by a participant. If the instructor is sick and no substitute instructor can be found, the class will be cancelled, and a pro-rated amount for that class will be credited back to the studentâ€™s school account.
Sibling attendance: For the benefit of all students, class sizes must be limited to those enrolled. We are not able to accommodate unregistered siblings as participants in classes.
Private Lessons Student Absences If a student is aware of an upcoming absence – e.g. vacation – the student should inform the Registrar at the time of registration and, with the Instructor’s permission, the number of lessons can only be adjusted at the time of registration. Once a student has committed to a specific number of lessons, the teacher reserves these times for the student. Students are expected to attend each lesson he/she has reserved with the teacher. Make-up lessons are not guaranteed, and lessons missed by the student will only be made up under special circumstances (not including vacations, school events etc.), at the discretion of the individual teacher. Giving maximum possible notice of an impending absence may increase the chances of the instructor agreeing to give a make-up lesson.
Excessive cancellations may jeopardize a student’s privilege to make-up lessons.
Instructor Absences Members of the faculty are active performers in the field. From time to time, their performance schedules may necessitate rescheduling a lesson. If an Instructor is absent, every effort will be made to provide a make-up lesson at a time that is suitable to both the student and the Instructor. If the Instructor is unable to make up a lesson, the student will receive a refund, or credit to be applied to future lessons or classes. Refunds/credits for Instructor absences will be issued only upon written notice from the Instructor.
CHANGING INSTRUCTORS It is highly recommended that students do not change instructors during the school year, in order to avoid a negative impact on their progress. While the VSO School of Music cannot guarantee transfers between instructors, every effort will be made to ensure students are placed appropriately
with a teacher that meets their individual needs. Two weeks’ written notice to the student’s current Instructor is required when transferring to another VSOSoM Instructor.
WITHDRAWALS, CREDITS AND REFUNDS Group Classes / Ensembles
If a student needs to withdraw from a group class up to two weeks before it has started, then any fees paid will be transferred to a school credit. No credits will be issued if a student withdraws from a group class less than two weeks before the start date.
If a student wishes to withdraw from private lessons, one month’s written notice to the Instructor is required. The date of notice will be the date the Instructor submits a withdrawal form to the School’s administration. Automatic payment schedules will be suspended only once payment is received for lessons up until the official withdrawal date.
If a student’s behavior is deemed consistently disruptive to a class, after consultation with the parents, the teacher will have the right to refuse entry to the class. Minimum enrollment: Group classes and ensembles need to meet a minimum number of enrolled participants to run. Activities may have to be cancelled if they fail to meet their minimum number. In this instance, participants will be notified at least one week in advance, and will receive a full refund.
Credits for missed private lessons: Lessons that are missed during a term that cannot be made-up will only be credited after that particular term has ended, with the instructor’s written permission to the school’s administration.
HOLIDAYS AND CLOSURES The School is closed on all statutory holidays and VSB and CSF Winter and Spring holidays. Please check our online calendar for holidays and other important term dates. Statutory holidays are taken into account in the number of
lessons booked at the time of registration. Lessons will not take place on these dates. Private lessons missed due to a School closure, such as a snow day, will be made up if possible.
BUILDING HOURS September through June
July and August
Mon to Fri: 9am – 9pm Saturday: 9am – 7pm Sunday: 9:30am – 5pm
Mon to Sat: 9am – 5pm Tuesday: 9am – 9pm Sunday: Closed
PRACTICE ROOMS Currently registered VSOSoM students may use practice rooms on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability.
Policies for practice rooms and assigned keys are available at the front desk of the school. www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca
GIFT SHOP Sheet music, books, accessories and musical gifts may be purchased at the VSO School gift shop, located in our first floor lobby.
SAFETY & SECURITY The VSO School of Music is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students, patrons and the general public, through:
• Security cameras located in all interior hallways, lobbies and elevator • Electronic access and control system on all instruction rooms • One staff person with first aid training always on site
DIRECTIONS, PARKING & TRANSIT The VSO School of Music is located immediately behind the Orpheum Theatre, in downtown Vancouver. Look out for the big wall of music notes on Seymour Street, which is to the left of our front entrance.
Address 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4
DROP-OFF AND PARKING There is a parkade underneath the VSO School, with three drop-off and pick-up spaces on the P1 level and pay parking spots (including a disabled parking spot)
on the P2 level. The entrance to the parkade is directly beneath the large red square window on Seymour Street.
TRANSIT The VSO School of Music is conveniently located within 5mins walking distance from Canada Line, Expo Line and Millennium Line Skytrain stations. Numerous buses
run along Seymour and Granville Streets (4, 7, 10, 16, 17, 50, N9, N10, N17) making it easy to get to and from the School without needing a car.
CONTACT US Email: email@example.com Phone: 604.915.9300 Visit: 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4 Visit: www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca to view full information about all our programs, events, policies and more.
OUR CONTRIBUTORS The VSO School of Music relies on the generosity of donors to sustain and grow the exceptional musical education experiences available to our students. We thank all the students and families who contribute to the continued growth of our musical community, and recognize the generosity of the following 2017-18 Annual Fund supporters:
Leader Circle ($20,000 and above) Tengxi Qiu Tony Zhou
Virtuoso Circle ($10,000-$19,999) RBC Foundation
Province of British Columbia Anonymous Donation
Accolade Circle ($5,000-$9,999) Hazel Bell Arthur H. Willms & Mary-Ann Clark
Bravo Circle ($2,500-$4,999) Dave Cunningham Claire Hunter Gordon & Kelly Johnson Hein Poulus & Mollie Massie
Patricia & Ken Shields Ned Southerland Eric & Beverley Watt
Honour Roll ($1,500 to $2,499) Jeff & Keiko Alexander Kelly Tweeddale
Friends of the VSO School of Music (up to $1,499) Harold Birston Naomi Brown Siong & Wendy Chan Cheryl Choo Rod & Fusako Constable Leanne Davis & Vern Griffiths Peter Dodek Kinuko Fukuhara Thomas Hobley Jessica Laurea
We thank the following for the establishment of scholarships and bursaries for students at the VSO School of Music: The Hazel Bell Bursary Fund HSBC Bursary Fund The George & Mary Anne Sigal Bursary Fund The Leon & Joan Tuey Bursary Fund
Jean Lytwyn Steven McKinney Lois Milsom Christine Nicolas Martin Oâ€™Connor Derek Sterling Alexandra Volkoff Francis & Xue Wu Annie and Nihat Yalcin Anonymous Donation
HOW TO JOIN OUR COMMUNITY OF SUPPORTERS Make a donation securely and easily at www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca For information on gifts of securities, legacy giving, establishing scholarships or bursaries, or naming opportunities, please contact: Angela Elster, VP of the VSO School of Music & Community Programs firstname.lastname@example.org / 604.915.9300 ext.114
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843 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC. Canada V6B 3L4 Ph: 604.915.9300 Fx: 604.915.9500
Browse our wide range of music lessons, classes and ensemble for Sep 2018 - June 2019. Early years music, classical, jazz and world music fo...
Published on Jul 11, 2018
Browse our wide range of music lessons, classes and ensemble for Sep 2018 - June 2019. Early years music, classical, jazz and world music fo...