The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler (VSOIW) attracts 90 students from around the globe for an internationally-renowned residence program in Whistler.
The VSOIW was established in 2014 after several years of successful collaboration between the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), and the Vancouver Symphony Society (VSS) which governs the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and the VSO School of Music. VSS is responsible for all aspects of VSOIW and works closely with the RMOW and other organizations in Whistler to ensure the 8-day VSOIW summer residency is a memorable and inspirational experience for the musicians, for residents, and for visitors to Whistler.
The establishment of the VSOIW is consistent with recommendations in Whistler’s Learning and Education Task Force, the Whistler Community Cultural Plan, and Whistler’s Cultural Tourism Development Strategy. It is also in line with recommendations from Whistler’s Economic Partnership Initiative Report.
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The VSOIW is available to experienced musicians (aged 15-22 years) following a rigorous application process which includes a video audition. Successful applicants participate in an intensive eight-day program in Whistler with instruction from members of the VSO which includes private lessons, master-classes for specific instruments, as well as rehearsals and public performances of ensembles and the full VSOIW orchestra. For more details, please contact the Vancouver Symphony Society or the VSOIW