‘Women’s Voices’ is an initiative exploring the multi-faceted work that women do in the world of classical music. We will be celebrating, highlighting and exploring this work through a series of video interviews with guest artists, orchestra members, administrators, and educators.
We will be capturing, collecting, and sharing these stories of women in the classical music industry. The stories will be familiar to some and new to others and the VSO is excited to be a facilitator of this conversation.
Music creates opportunities for discussions in a safe environment. When we are unable to find the right words, music allows us to reflect on reality in a different way. Now is the time to celebrate what we’ve achieved and highlight the work that still needs to be done.
The VSO is committed to Truth and Reconciliation and building better relationships with local indigenous communities. In seeking reconciliation, we have established an indigenous council made up of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh), and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ) nations, as well as an elder, youth, Metis, and Urban Aboriginal representative. By creating this council, we hope to continue our commitment to truth and reconciliation, and collaborate on new projects with the guidance of the council.
In our initiative Giving Back, the VSO supports numerous charitable organizations in the region through the donation of concert tickets for fundraising efforts. The VSO also offers complimentary tickets to organizations such as Big Brothers, YWCA, and United Way for distribution to children and adults who otherwise would not be able to attend.