VS is committed to enriching lives in our community through the shared experience of extraordinary music. Our programs engage children, youth, aspiring composers and the entire community to create a thriving music community on Vancouver Island.
Do you love to play an instrument?
Do you like working with kids?
Would you like to share your time and talents and make a difference in your community?
Join vsYOUTH Volunteers!
We are a group of high school/university aged volunteers who are enthusiastic about helping VS and enjoy working with kids. We love playing, learning about and listening to music.
We attend Symphony performances. We run Instrument Petting Zoos at community fairs, special events and for various community groups, giving young kids the chance to try out instruments of all types.
We help out at the pre-concert activities and Instrument Petting Zoo at the Concerts for Kids shows three times a season.
Benefits & Responsibilities
As a vsYOUTH member, you will:
• Gain valuable experience and develop skills in leadership and teamwork
• Introduce children and others to the world of music and musical instruments
• Make a positivie contribution to your community
• Earn work experience/career education hours
• Have the opportunity to meet and learn from VS musicians
• Be exposed to a variety of musical experiences
• Be able to use the VS as a reference for jobs, scholarships and post-secondary school entrance
• Have the opportunity to attend VS concerts for free
Our volunteer hours are flexible and after 10 hours of vsYOUTH service, you are eligible for a reference and FREE Symphony tickets!
Call or email Sandy Grayson – 250.412.1977 or [email protected]
Click here for an application
Instrument Petting Zoo
Toot a trumpet! Visit a violin! Cuddle a clarinet!
Welcome to the Instrument Petting Zoo!
The zoo gives children (and adults!) of all ages the opportunity to try a musical instrument. It is a relaxing and fun way to spark a child’s interest in music and gives them a firsthand try of many different instruments.
The zoo is supervised by capable vsYOUTH volunteers who are experienced high school/university aged students who love music and enjoy working with kids. They will guide your child to the right way to hold, blow or bow each instrument.
vsYOUTH bring the Instrument Petting Zoo to Concerts for Kids performances, community events, schools, after-school groups and other youth community groups around Greater Victoria. We run our biggest zoo at the annual Symphony Splash in the Splash Family Zone!
For more information on the zoo or if you’d like to book one for your event, please call or email Sandy Grayson – 250.412.1977 or [email protected]
vsNEW Composers Workshop
vsNEW is an innovative program for young composers to write new works for a small ensemble of dedicated VS musicians.
This year, the program will be taught by new Composer in Residence, Jared Miller. In each of the four workshops, composers bring their pieces in various stages of completion, and they are read through by the musicians. From the most basic to the most complex, many musical issues arise; it’s a great learning experience for everyone. At the end of the program, composers participate in a live performance and recording of their piece.
Each year, composers have the option to enter their pieces into the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival composition section. This is a fantastic opportunity for composers to get an outside view and constructive feedback on their piece.
A a highlight of the program is the performance of the new pieces before a VS main stage performance as a pre-concert event. Each composer is asked to speak to the audience about the ideas and inspirations behind their piece.
The VS is proud of this program’s success and many of our composers have won local, provincial and even national awards!
Please download the 16/17 application package here. Deadline for applications is September 12, 2016 @ 4:00 pm. The first workshop is September 24, 2016.
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia and the SOCAN Foundation.
Hugh Davidson Composer Readings
The 2016/17 Readings will be on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am at Alix Goolden Hall.
We are now accepting materials for our March 2017 Composer Readings! All the details are available here:
Every year, the VS accepts submissions for its Hugh Davidson Composer Readings program, offering aspiring composers the chance to have their piece played by VS. Approximately five new orchestral works will be rehearsed and performed by Tania Miller and the VS in a public workshop at Alix Goolden Performance Hall. These works are written by BC residents studying composition and are in the early stages of their professional career. The works are chosen by a jury led by VS Composer in Residence, Jared Miller. Successful applicants are required to attend the workshop, which may include direct involvement with the orchestra regarding the performance of his/her work, and feedback from Jared Miller.
All submission materials must be received by November 8, 2016.
Applications and materials should be sent to:
620 View Street, Suite 610
Victoria, BC V8W 1J6
Music Director Tania Miller and Concertmaster Terence Tam are available for speaking engagements.
VS will consider all speaker requests submitted at least 30 days in advance by groups. We cannot guarantee availability and will work with you to make the most appropriate arrangements.
Questions? Please contact Jill Smillie: 250.412.1986 or mail [email protected]
New in 2017! Rink Cycle II (April 9, 2017)
The Victoria Symphony is excited to present a district-wide event called Rink Cycle II on April 9, 2017! Up to 1,500 students from greater Victoria (strings, bands and choirs) will perform with the orchestra and Tania Miller at Save-On-Foods Arena. This event will incorporate movement and dance as well as showcase young musical talent and the importance of music for students of all ages! Rink Cycle II will celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday with an all Canadian composed repertoire and local First Nations.
Rink Cycle II (April 9, 2017) is a culmination in many ways, bringing together hundreds of students in a participatory project that uses their artistic skills and celebrates community. We are very excited to offer schools the opportunity to be a part of this major event, working with the professionals of the Victoria Symphony, and celebrating their own efforts, their community and their nation. Special thanks to project artistic director and music education specialist Marcelline Moody.
PLEASE NOTE THE RINK CYCLE IS FULL, but we are taking a waiting list.
Download the Rink Cycle Booking Form here.
The Victoria Symphony’s Education and Outreach concerts are designed for students in grades K to 7 in Victoria, Saanich, Sooke, Gulf Islands and Cowichan school districts as well as independent and home schools.
These concerts provide fun, accessible and engaging experiences while exposing students to the wonders of live classical music. Each year these concerts outreach to over 6,800 elementary school students on Vancouver Island.
The 2017 Education and Concert is “O Canada 150”
You and your students are invited to help Maestro Joey and the Victoria Symphony celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by visiting various parts of Canada and exploring them through their musical history!
Music CD is available to order separately by contacting Sandy: [email protected] 250.412.1977.
Download the GENERAL teacher’s guide here.
Download the SPECIALIST teacher’s guide here.