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 Ben Carson – 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 Ben Carson – 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.
Information on the 2017/18 program is coming soon…
About the program.
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 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!
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia and the SOCAN Foundation.
Hugh Davidson Composer Readings
Information on the 2017/18 composer readings is coming soon…
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 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. 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.
Music Director Christian Kluxen 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]
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.
Information on the 2018 Education concert will be available in the fall!
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 Ben at 250.412.1977 [email protected]
Download the SPECIALIST teacher’s guide here.