About VSOI

THE VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAL INSTITUTE will offer students a once-in-a-lifetime comprehensive, and nurturing orchestral training program. Our faculty is comprised of musicians from the renowned Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of VSO Music Director, Maestro Otto Tausk. Musical opportunities will abound, as all of our students play in the Institute Orchestra, rehearse and perform in chamber ensembles, and participate in masterclasses and repertoire classes with our outstanding faculty. The VSOI offers fantastic performance opportunities including student and faculty recitals, a concerto competition, as well as chamber music performances in truly 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 will culminate 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.


The Institute Orchestra will be directed by Maestro Otto Tausk, Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. VSO Institute instrumental faculty are musicians in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. All faculty members are outstanding performers and teachers with diverse backgrounds in orchestral and chamber music.

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At the Institute, you will experience some of the finest orchestral and chamber repertoire, as well as repertoire and orchestral excerpts specific and significant to your instrument.

Mussorgsky (Orch. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition
Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
Symphony No. 5
Prokofiev The Love for Three Oranges – March


2019 Concerto Competition

For information about the 2019 Concerto Competition, click here

2019 Conducting Residencies

The VSO Institute will welcome conducting residents to work with Maestros Tausk and Girard. Following the VSOI, conducting residents will continue to the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival.

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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute is managed by the Vancouver Symphony’s Education & Community Programs Department. To read about the VSO’s Education & Community Programs, please visit our website:




Director of Education & Community Programs


Artistic Operations & Education Assistant

> Duncan Watts-Grant

Community Engagement Specialist