VSOI 2019 June 24–July 3

Applications for the 2019 Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute have now closed.

Please check this page in Fall 2019 for information on the VSOI 2020.


Please pay careful attention to the following instructions
and read entirely through steps 1, 2, and 3.


Submit your online application form and your application fee of $50.


UPDATE: We are working hard to process all of the applications coming in. If you have not received your Audition ID # by Saturday, March 2nd, please send your video to with the name you used on your application.

Upon completion of your application, you will receive an email from VSOI to confirm receipt of your application and fee. In this email, you will also be given an Audition Identification Number. You will need this number in order to submit your audition materials. Please note it may take up to 72 hours to receive your Audition Identification Number. Ensure that you leave enough time between applying and submitting your audition video. All auditions must be received by March 3, 2019.


Auditions are anonymous; do not announce your name or your excerpts and avoid recording your voice.

*Please see the note below regarding recordings made for other summer programs.

Recordings should be unaccompanied.

The audition materials may be recorded in any order.

We will only accept one recording of your audition; you may record your video as many times as you like until you are satisfied with the final result. Always listen back to your finished recording to see whether you are capturing the best tone, dynamic flexibility, and clarity of articulation you are capable of.

The audition must be recorded as one continuous video*, do not stop the recording between pieces.

Your body and instrument must be clearly seen in the frame.


  • Experiment with the location of your camera, most will capture the best audio quality from 10-20 feet away.
  • Using a digital video camera will produce better results than using a regular camera with a video function.
  • You do not need to use your camera’s highest video setting, a lower quality setting will reduce the file size and make uploading the video easier.
  • You should use the best stereo sound setting your camera has available.

*Because the VSOI values your time, we will accept (in their entirety) audition videos of the same repertoire made for other 2019 summer festivals or institutes. Where additional VSOI requirements are specified, these may be recorded separately and then appended into the same file. Excerpts not required for the VSOI will be disregarded during the screening process. Videos must still contain your personal Audition Identification Number and be uploaded to YouTube as a new video for the VSOI.


You may choose between two accepted formats to submit your video.

You will be contacted by VSOI upon the successful receipt of your video. Please contact us if you do not receive confirmation within one week of submitting your audition.


  • You will need a YouTube account for this option; if you do not already have one you can create one free at
  • Click the “Upload” button located in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  • If your final video is longer than 15 minutes, you need to select “increase your limit” and follow the instructions to verify your account.
  • Change the setting “public” to “unlisted”, and then follow the onscreen instructions to upload your video. Make the title of the video your Audition Identification Number that you received by email, do not include your name.

    Ex. Flute 150250

  • Test your video by copy-pasting the URL into an email to yourself or a friend. Double check that your Audition Identification Number is listed correctly above the video.
  • Copy the URL in an email to with the subject Audition Submission 2018. In the body of the email, include a listing of the start time and title of each excerpt.

    Ex.  Mozart Violin Concerto- 0:00
    William Tell- 8:40
    Classical Symphony a – 12:15
    Classical Symphony b – 14:34
    (failure to disclose excerpt timings may result in disqualification)

  • Do not change or edit your video after sending us the URL, and please leave your video on YouTube until the audition results are announced.


  • Burn your recorded audition onto a DVD.
  • With your DVD, include a listing of the start time and title of each excerpt.

    Ex. Mozart Violin Concerto- 0:00
    William Tell- 8:40
    Classical Symphony a – 12:15
    Classical Symphony b – 14:34
    (failure to disclose excerpt timings may result in disqualification)

  • Both the DVD case AND disk should be labeled with your Audition Identification Number. Your name should not appear.
  • Consider the time your package will take to reach us through the mail. Be sure you send it early enough that we receive it before the audition deadline.
  • Mail your DVD to:

    Artistic Operations and Education Assistant
    Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
    500-833 Seymour Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 0G4

Email or call 604-684-9100 ext 246

We look forward to receiving your application!

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The fees for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at are as follows:

TUITION: $875 CAD ($622 USD)                                                                            LODGING: $475 CAD ($360 USD)

Scholarships may be considered upon acceptance. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, you must request a scholarship form by emailing after you have submitted your application.

* Optional additional fees will apply for individual lessons, and meal plans.
* Fees will be processed in Canadian dollars. The US dollar amount is current as of January 10, 2019, and is subject to change. Your credit card provider may charge a fee, usually up to 3%, for a foreign transaction.

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