The stunning campus of the University of British Columbia and the world-class modern and close-to-nature city of Vancouver offer a one-of-a-kind destination for a musically life changing summer. Student life at the VSO Institute is refreshing, rejuvenating, stimulating, and energizing. You will leave feeling fulfilled both musically and personally, with friendships and professional relationships to last a lifetime.


The beautiful Gage Apartments at UBC will be your home in Vancouver. Each student will have a private bedroom in a shared suite. Your apartment-style suite will be a short and beautiful walk to all VSOI activities as well as a variety of restaurants, shops, and even the beach. The apartments are fully equipped with a kitchen if you’d prefer to prepare your meals, and you are warmly welcomed to practice, relax, or socialize in your suites. Options abound for a great meal in Vancouver and at UBC! There are dozens of excellent restaurants in all price ranges and types of cuisine within close walking distance of all VSOI facilities. Students may also choose an optional meal plan, which is convenient during a busy day of rehearsals and activities.


During the VSO Institute, students will have spare time to discover everything Vancouver has to offer from the city to the mountains to the sea. There is nothing like summertime in Vancouver: moderate temperatures, fresh mountain air, and calming sea breezes. Group recreation activities including hiking, cycling, city exploring, whale watching, beach-going and lots more are available for all students. There is a ton to do in Vancouver, especially including the festive Canada Day weekend as well as performances by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.


Each day at the VSOI will include a combination of orchestra rehearsals, chamber music rehearsals, instrument-specific masterclasses or repertoire classes, and free time for practice, socializing, or relaxation. As the Institute progresses, our focus shifts from rehearsals to performances. The Institute Orchestra will perform twice, and there will be a series of chamber music concerts in a number of unique settings both indoor and outdoor. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra also presents a series of concerts during the VSOI that all students will attend. VSO rehearsals are open for students to observe from a seat on stage.