On December 10, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) announced that in Summer 2019, the VSO Orchestral Institute (VSOI) will now be in residence in Vancouver in partnership with the University of British Columbia from June 24 to July 3, 2019. The VSOI is an orchestral training institute which attracts 100 professional-track musicians from around the world each summer. This new partnership between the VSO and the University of British Columbia School of Music will give the VSOI access to the facilities of one of Canada’s premiere music schools and the stunning Chan Centre for the Performing Arts overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Institute is in its fifth year and offers musicians pursuing a symphonic instrument, a unique mentoring opportunity with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Otto Tausk. This year, the Institute will offer students an opportunity to perform a full symphonic concert in a state-of-the-art competition, pursue a conducting track, and the opportunity to extend the learning cycle with UBC's School of Music Chamber Orchestra program.
UBC President Dr. Santa Ono stated, “The University of British Columbia is pleased and proud to partner with the VSO to further music education for youth in Canada and around the world, and we celebrate the involvement of UBC’s School of Music and the Chan Centre for Performing Arts in this innovative summer institute."
VSO President Kelly Tweeddale said, “The VSO is very happy to be able to partner with the University of British Columbia on the next edition of the VSO Orchestral Institute. Bringing the institute into these exceptional facilities in the heart of our city with its stunning urban architecture, beaches, mountains, and harbours will make Vancouver the place to be this summer for young musicians. I'd like to thank President Santa Ono and Dean Gage Averill for helping make this partnership possible.”
Auditions for the Institute are now open. Musicians ages 15-25 are invited to apply at www.vsoinstitute.ca.
The VSOI offers performance opportunities including student and faculty recitals, a concerto competition, as well as chamber music performances around Vancouver. New for 2019 are student conducting residencies under the tutelage of Maestro Tausk and also Maestro Jonathan Girard, VSOI Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival. These highly qualified student conductors will also conduct during the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival during July 4-10, 2019.