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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra believes that music is vital and essential to a well-rounded education and enriching life. As part of our commitment to bring the incredible world of symphonic music to people of all ages, we have developed and currently implement eleven education and community programs.

The Vancouver Symphony's programs are guided by the following vision and mission statements:

To continue the development and enhancement of our position among leading fine and performing arts educators, in collaboration with musicians and other music educators, in order to enrich the lives of people in British Columbia.

To develop and offer symphonic music education programs and related experiences, incorporating emerging technologies, that integrate into existing BC Ministry of Education curricula as well as provide lifelong learning for all ages.


  • Offer quality and relevant music education programs through consultation, collaboration, and integration
  • Nurture / develop our relationships with students, music educators, musicians, patrons and sponsors
  • Implement educational program offerings, where appropriate, through emerging technologies

  • Kids' Koncerts


    Concerts for children aged four to eleven and their families! Kids' Koncerts features the full orchestra, and the very best in children’s musical entertainers.

    The VSO Kids’ Koncerts Instrument Fair allows children to touch and play real orchestral instruments in the Orpheum lobby beginning one hour before the concert. All instruments are generously provided by Tom Lee music.

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  • Tiny Tots Concerts


    A four-concert series for children up to five years of age, focusing on early childhood development through enjoyable and entertaining music education. This series features professional music educators and musicians, Let Your Music Shine! with Lisa & Linda, in their own musical presentations for kids.

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  • Education & Community Partnerships


    The VSO maintains partnerships with educational and community organizations, through which we aspire to support the growth and appreciation of symphonic music, and to advocate for outstanding music education in schools and community music organizations.

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  • VSO School of Music


    The Vancouver Symphony Society is pleased to have envisioned and created the VSO School of Music, which began offering lessons and programs to students of all ages and ability levels in the fall of 2011. Information on the VSO School of Music, which is a separate not-for-profit society, can be found at www.vsoschoolofmusic.ca.

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