Post-Concert Meet-and-Greet 1Education is a pillar of the VICO’s mandate. We are proud to offer a range of unique learning opportunities, including:

  • Music of the Whole World: free lecture-performance series presented at the Vancouver Public Library and other venues (see our Events page for details of upcoming presentations)
  • Music of the Whole World: Junior Edition: “introduction to intercultural music” concerts for elementary school students
  • Professional development workshops for established musicians and composers, on topics such as “Bridging the Aural-Written Divide”
  • Sounds Global Composers’ Workshop for aspiring composers pursuing studies at the high school and post-secondary level
  • NEW in 2017: the VICO Summer Academy

UPCOMING PROGRAMS (2017/18 Season)


These workshops, offered in North Vancouver and Surrey for 2017/18, are designed to introduce composers to traditional instruments from all over the world. Registered participants are encouraged to bring sketches of works in progress for these instruments, to be workshopped by VICO musicians over the course of 2 sessions (see dates below). Some finished new works will then be performed at “Sounds Global in Concert” during the VICO’s 2017/18 season. NOTE: Interested composers who do not wish to have a piece workshopped may audit any session free of charge.

Details of this year’s workshops will be posted soon. Watch this space and/or subscribe to our newsletter to get all the info as soon as it is available!




July 2018
Venue & registration details TBA

The VICO Summer Academy is an innovative educational initiative that brings emerging young composers and musicians together with professional artists to acquire hands-on experience in creating and performing intercultural music, over the course of a 1-week intensive. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside professional VICO musicians and composers, acquiring new knowledge about orchestration, instrumental techniques (in particular for traditional non-Western instruments that may be unfamiliar to them), improvisation, intercultural ensemble skills and rehearsal methodologies.