The official public announcement won't be made until Tuesday, but the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is already serenading BC residents with plans for the creation and development of a new facility where youth will be trained in classical music.
“The RMOW is committed to expanding arts and cultural initiatives consistent with the Whistler Community Cultural Plan and the Cultural Tourism Development Strategy, as well as supporting new learning opportunities consistent with the recommendations of the Whistler Learning and Education Task Force,” said Mayor Wilhelm-Morden. “We are excited to see the introduction and evolution of a youth program in Whistler that fosters musical education and cultural experiences.”
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will partner with the RMOW to develop, promote and produce the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler (VSOIW). It is anticipated the program will start modestly in year one, and progressively increase intake in subsequent years.
The VSOIW will target experienced young adults (aged 15-22 years), who would audition as part of the application process to the VSOIW. The successful applicants will participate in an intensive program including private lessons, master-classes, chamber music, and orchestral rehearsals and performances, with instruction from members of the VSO.
The RMOW has allocated $175,000 over three years as development funds to the VSS for the services related to development, planning, promotion and production of the VSOIW from 2015-2017.