Envisioned by Bramwell Tovey (Music Director Emeritus), Arthur H. Willms (Honorary Life Vice President) and Jeff Alexander (former VSO President and CEO) in 2003, the VSO School of Music was created to provide a modern educational institution next to the Orpheum Theatre, where students of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds could enjoy lifelong learning and the majority of instructors would be members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Macdonald Development Corporation was approached by the VSO to buy the Capital 6 movie theatre that formerly occupied the site, with the intention of building a music school: the concept, including a residential tower above, was immediately embraced by the company. Wall Financial Corporation later took over the lead role in the project, and oversaw the construction of the school and residential tower designed by Bingham Hill Architects. Made possible through the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Amenity Bonus Program, the residents of British Columbia now have a state-of-the-art community music school, serving students from 3 months old to senior citizens, catering to all ability levels from beginners to aspiring professionals.
The School’s Artistic Advisor is Maestro Otto Tausk, Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2023-24)
Elisabeth Finch, Chair
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Daniel Chow, Treasurer
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Manijeh Colabella, Secretary
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Siong Heng Chan
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