Orchestras

To engage the diversity of talents of our students, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra offers four orchestra levels. Each level develops and nurtures student musicians as they build their repertoire and hone their performance skills. Orchestra programs include annual workshops and other opportunities for students to further explore their abilities and discover their potential.

Debut Orchestra

DebutLed by Guest Conductor Dr. Rick Dorfer, this orchestra is designed for string musicians, ages 8 to 11, who have little or no previous ensemble experience. Debut musicians demonstrate a love of music, commitment to rehearsing, and enthusiasm for ensemble work.

2017 -18 Rehearsals: Saturdays, 11:15am – 12:30pm    September – May  

 

2017 – 18 Fees:  $640.00
$500 Tuition fee + $20 Membership fee + $20 Activity fee + $100 Annual Fundraising Fee

Bursaries are available, and are awarded based on financial need. 

Junior Orchestra     

Our Junior Orchestra provides training in orchestral skills for more experienced string musicians, generally ranging in age from 9 to 13 years old. Whether they play violin, cello or another string, students in this orchestra have demonstrated their passion and ability for music, and seek to enhance their gifts as part of a harmonic whole under Conductor Dr. Rick Dorfer.

2017 – 18 Rehearsals: Saturdays, 9am-10:45am    September – May

2017 – 18 Fees:  $675.00
$535 Tuition fee + $20 Membership fee + $20 Activity fee + $100 Annual Fundraising Fee
Bursaries are available, and are awarded based on financial need.

Intermediate Orchestra     

A full orchestra, Intermediate level offers training for musicians in junior and senior high school. With increasing skill and maturity, Intermediate students enjoy the growing challenges and rewards of their orchestral experience under Conductor Mr. Jin Zhang.

2017 – 18 Rehearsals: Saturdays, 10am-12:30pm    September – May

2017 – 18 Fees:  $805.00
$665 Tuition fee + $20 Membership fee + $20 Activity fee + $100 Annual Fundraising Fee

Bursaries are available, and are awarded based on financial need.

Senior Orchestra

seniorVYSO’s Senior level, a full orchestra, boasts some of Canada’s most advanced young musicians, up to 22 years of age. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Mr. Roger Cole, the Senior orchestra performs the great symphonic repertoire exquisitely and with growing finesse.

2017 – 18 Rehearsals: Saturdays, 1:30pm-4:30pm    September – May

2017 – 18 Fees:  $895.00
$755 Tuition fee + $20 Membership fee + $20 Activity fee + $100 Annual Fundraising Fee

Bursaries are available, and are awarded based on financial need.

Awards & Scholarships: For information about the Amy Dundas Head Memorial Award and Lightburn/van den Bos Scholarships for Senior Orchestra musicians, see Scholarships.

“From hearing the woodwind solos to the brass chorales, I’ve always enjoyed the weekly VYSO rehearsals. By exploring new musical styles and learning the harmonies between melodic lines, I discovered my joy for orchestral
playing.

 

Throughout the years, I’ve learned the skill of listening, the value of watching and, of course, the importance of always having a pencil (with an eraser) on the stand.”
~Anonymous, VYSO Alumni

For All Orchestras:

Auditions

Learn about auditions for the all orchestras .

Music Lessons and Practice

As part of their commitment as members of the VYSO, student musicians are expected to practice daily and engage in weekly private music lessons.

Volunteer Commitment

Volunteers are vital to the health and success of the VYSO, a non-profit community organization. The VYSO relies on the generous volunteer participation of members and their families throughout the concert season. Volunteering can be immensely rewarding — wonderful friendships are forged and parent volunteers set a positive example for their musicians.

VYSO asks for a 10-hour annual commitment from each family, which can be fulfilled by musicians and/or family members.