Spark curiosity that leads to great things...


Noah wasn't one of those kids whose parents made them learn an instrument. It was his Grade 7 teacher demonstrating the Double Bass in music class that inspired his musical journey.

When asked what inspired the VSO's Assistant Principal Bass to become a professional musician, Noah Reitman said “I know I would not have made it this far in my career without the help of educators and professional musicians who encouraged me through their passion and dedication.” 

Noah, Age 12

Noah, age 12

And now, he is delighted to pay it forward by introducing 50,000 students of all ages to the wonder of symphonic music through VSO education programs each year.

VSO Connects, for example, provides opportunities for Noah and his colleagues to go into Elementary and Secondary classrooms. “We love seeing the amazement and joy in the eyes of Elementary School children as they discover music for the first time,” he said. He also mentioned seeing a look of pride and increased self-esteem on the faces of older students while coaching their Secondary School ensembles. “You can see how confident they become through improved skills, teamwork and musicianship.”

Noah Reitman, Assistant Principal Bass

Noah Reitman, VSO Assistant Principal Bass

A donation to the VSO can help support all 13 of the VSO’s education programs, including early childhood programming for infants and field trips to the Orpheum Theatre for Elementary School Concerts and Symphonic Encounters student rehearsals. The VSO also makes more than 100 classroom visits each season, and offers the VSO Orchestral Institute at Whistler for the next generation of orchestral musicians.

Possibly Noah’s favourite program is the Instrument Fair held prior to each Kids’ Koncert. “It’s an opportunity for all of the youngsters to try different instruments and find the one that speaks to them,” he said. “Simply putting their tiny hands on an instrument can spark curiosity that leads to great things.”

Music education programs can have a profound effect, not only on the individual, but also through its ability to build and connect a community.

Your gift to the VSO will also provide for the day-to-day work required to present 150 affordable and accessible performances of classical, popular and culturally-diverse performances each season. And, you'll enjoy the benefits of being a Friend of the VSO including invitations to special events, discounts, newsletters and more.

Maestro Tovey and the VSO

Please donate online now, call Lauren at 604.684.9100 x 239 or mail your donation today.

Thank you for helping to enrich and transform lives through music in our community with your gift to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Your contribution is so important to the VSO’s mission and is sincerely appreciated by Noah and all of the musicians who are so grateful to have wonderful Friends like you.



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