VSO Institute at Whistler attracts over 80 students from all over the globe for an internationally-renowned orchestral residence program in Whistler.
In June 2014, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and the Vancouver Symphony Society (VSS) entered into an agreement to create and develop the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler (VSOIW). The new institute will capitalize on the brand and expertise of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) to create an internationally-renowned orchestral residence program.
The development of an educational program in Whistler builds on recommendations of 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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VSS will develop, promote and produce the inaugural VSOIW starting summer 2015 for a three-year period. It is anticipated the program will start modestly in year one, and increase intake in subsequent years.
The VSOIW will target experienced young adults (aged 15-22 years) who will audition as part of the application process. 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.
It is anticipated the program will use existing venues to accommodate both teaching and housing for students and faculty.
The RMOW and the VSS are still refining the operation and execution of the program, including defining specific dates that will support the Whistler resort programming already scheduled.
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.