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UBC announces new partnership with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Images courtesy of VSO

Images courtesy of VSO

The School of Music is thrilled to announce that it will host the 2019 edition of the VSO Orchestral Institute (VSOI), 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 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.

Auditions for the VSOI are now open.

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."

“We are thrilled that the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute at UBC is about to become a reality,” Dr. Alexander Fisher, Acting Director of the School of Music. “This partnership with one of Vancouver’s most prestigious arts organizations is a natural step that will benefit young musicians, the VSO, UBC, and the Vancouver arts community at large. We are looking forward to a mutually enriching collaboration that will support the cause of music education in the city, region, and beyond.”

Musical opportunities abound as students play in the Institute Orchestra, rehearse and perform in chamber ensembles, and participate in masterclasses and repertoire classes with outstanding faculty. 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 Otto 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 3-10, 2019.

“I am very happy that for my first year as Music Director of the Institute we will be able to work in such outstanding facilities in Vancouver, one of the world’s great cities. I and the musicians of the VSO find this city such an inspiration point for our music making. I am confident that VSO Institute members will share in that same experience,” Maestro Tausk said.

VSO President Kelly Tweeddale added, “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 ocean, is going to make Vancouver the place to be this summer for young musicians. Thank you to President Santa Ono and Dean Gage Averill for helping make this partnership possible.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Sarah Yu, VSO Publicist, at 778-239-7676 / or to Erik Rolfsen, UBC Public Affairs, at 604-209-3048 /

Read the VSO press release here.


Auditions for the Institute are now open. Musicians ages 15-25 are invited to apply on our website The VSO Orchestral Institute, on the exquisite Pacific Ocean-front campus of the University of British Columbia, offers young musicians an experience and education like no other. Students are immersed in a collaborative, nurturing musical environment, mentored by musicians of the Grammy and Juno Award-winning VSO and internationally acclaimed music director, Maestro Otto Tausk.


Located at the heart of the University of British Columbia campus in the traditional, unceded territory of the Musqueam people, the UBC School of Music is one of the oldest and largest music schools in Canada. It offers a wide array of degree and non-degree progams in composition, performance, and scholarship and every year graduates young musicians who go on to award-winning careers as professional musicians, teachers, producers, and more.

Since its opening in spring 1997, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts has earned an international reputation for its striking design, stellar acoustics and exceptional programming. Artists, critics and audiences alike are unanimous in their praise of this multi-faceted facility, winning it a place among North America’s premier performing arts centres. The Chan Centre is part of UBC’s Arts and Culture District, and hosts rehearsals and performances by the UBC School of Music and the UBC Department of Theatre and Film throughout the year.


Founded in 1919, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s most active and successful performing arts institutions; the largest performing arts organization west of Ontario and the third largest symphony orchestra in the country.

The VSO performs to an annual audience of over 250,000 people and features more than 50 celebrated guest artists each season. Over 170 concerts are performed annually by the VSO in the historic Orpheum Theatre and numerous additional venues throughout the Lower Mainland. 2018/2019 marks the organization’s 100th season.