The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra welcomed 81 outstanding participants to the 2019 Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The immersive, ten-day training program is a unique opportunity for emerging talents of the classical music world to live and perform at the University of British Columbia in beautiful BC. As part of the final concert on July 3rd at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, six outstanding young musicians were presented with Stingray Rising Stars prizes.
Stingray welcomed six award recipients:
Jacques Forest (double bass): 500$
Britney Do (viola): 400$
Chris Lu (viola): 400$
Naomie Okubo-Champoux (double bass): 300$
Jeremy Ho (violin): 200$
Kelly Li (flute): 200$
Through its Rising Stars program, Stingray has supported tuition scholarships, and sponsored masterclasses and coaching sessions for chamber music and orchestral performances by the young musicians of the Institute Orchestra.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute offers students a once-in-a-lifetime comprehensive and nurturing orchestral training program. The faculty is comprised of musicians from the renowned Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of VSO Music Director, Maestro Otto Tausk. Musical opportunities abound, as all the students play in the Institute Orchestra, rehearse and perform in chamber ensembles, and participate in masterclasses and repertoire classes with their outstanding faculty. The VSOI offers performance opportunities including student and faculty recitals, a concerto competition, as well as chamber music performances in unique settings. The entire Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is in residence during the VSOI for a series of concerts. Students can observe rehearsals from a seat on-stage and enjoy relaxing concerts after a great day of music making. The VSOI culminates with indoor and outdoor performances by the Institute Orchestra in iconic Vancouver settings including the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia, one of Canada’s finest concert halls.