The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute

An exceptional professional training opportunity with Maestro Otto Tausk and members of the Grammy award winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the beautiful Chan Center for the Performing Arts.


THE VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAL INSTITUTE, on the exquisite Pacific Ocean-front campus of the University of British Columbia, offers young musicians an experience and education like no other. Students are immersed in a collaborative, nurturing musical environment, mentored by musicians of the Grammy and Juno Award-winning VSO and internationally acclaimed music director, Maestro Otto Tausk. At the VSOI, students participate in the Institute Orchestra, chamber music, instrumental coachings, masterclasses, and a variety of exceptional performance opportunities. Playing and learning in the breathtaking, arts-rich surroundings of the city of Vancouver, your time at the VSOI will be an unforgettable musical experience close to nature, a world-class orchestra, and outstanding young musicians from around the globe.



VSOI 2020 June 27 to July 6, 2020

Maestro Otto Tausk, conductor

Stravinsky Le Sacre du printemps
Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Liszt Les préludes


Auditions open: Dec 10, 2019

Auditions close: March 11, 2020



Following the VSOI, students may extend their time in Vancouver by applying for the renowned University of British Columbia Chamber Orchestra Festival, featuring an elite, intimate chamber orchestra experience, opportunities for concerto performances, and intensive study for student conductors.

Conducting Residencies:

The VSO Institute runs in partnership with the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival.  There are conductor fellow opportunities with the UBC Chamber Orchestra Festival which give significant podium time to outstanding young conductors.  Conductors who are selected for the UBC Chamber Orchestra festival may have the opportunity to audit the VSOI to observe rehearsals with Maestro Tausk and Maestro Girard.  Conducting applicants should submit their application through the VSOI website.

Conductors can learn more about the UBC Chamber Orchestra festival here:

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