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The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra
The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is a professional concert orchestra devoted specifically to performing new intercultural music on a grand scale. Founded in 2001, it was one of the first such ensembles in the world, and is currently the only one of its kind in Canada. The VICO’s core roster consists of 24 musicians, some of whom are trained in the Western (European) classical tradition, while others are performers in the musical traditions of cultures from all over the world (Asian, African, East Indian and Middle Eastern, among others). The VICO’s composers and musicians are on the cutting edge, writing and performing the Canadian music of the future. VICO’s mission is to be a fresh and relevant voice in the contemporary music of our country...a creative force for innovation, diversity and understanding.
What Audiences Are Saying:
"...beautiful music and performed so exquisitely..."
"...a remarkable display of cultural diversity and unity (...). What an important resource and example for our community and beyond."
"...innovative and interesting music, not quite what I was expecting but challenging and exciting!"
"...hugely inspiring and a wonderful testament to the glorious places humans can grow toward."
Job Posting: VICO is Hiring!
The VICO is hiring an Operations Coordinator. This is a part-time, year-round contract position with a flexible schedule. The work can be done mainly from home, apart from attendance at staff meetings and some VICO events. The estimated time commitment is an average of 6-8 hours per week, with some parts of the year being busier/more time-intensive than others (September-November and April-June especially).
The Operations Coordinator will provide administrative support and project management assistance to VICO staff in delivering the orchestra's many programs year-round. Specific responsibilities may vary according to the successful candidate's skill set, but communications and marketing will be a major focus of the position.
VICO Statement Re Proposed Cuts to Elementary School Band & String Programs
As representatives of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO), we wish to formally state our opposition to the Vancouver School Board's proposed cuts to elementary school string and band programs. We also strongly condemn the proposed alternative of raising the fee for annual participation from $25 to $250, which would make these programs inaccessible for many students. We were relieved today to hear that Vancouver School Board chair Patti Bacchus has presented a new proposal to postpone any cuts to elementary school band and string programs for one year, while a task force develops a sustainable long-term plan for preserving these programs. We thank Ms. Bacchus for listening to the chorus of voices that have spoken up for music education, and hope that the VSB as a whole will see the value in a more measured approach to this important issue.
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