The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is pleased to announce the dates and details of our annual Sounds Global Composers’ Workshops, offered in Vancouver for the 2017/18 season (with associated concerts in North Vancouver and Surrey). These workshops are designed to introduce composers to traditional instruments from all over the world; this year, the featured instruments include erhu, santur, oud, tárogatò, clarinet, viola and cello. Registered participants are encouraged to submit sketches or works in progress for these instruments, to be workshopped by VICO musicians over the course of 3 sessions. Some finished new works will then be performed at “Sounds Global in Concert” chamber recitals 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 available below and at



In 2017/18 we are pleased to offer two workshop series, each featuring a different combination of instruments:

  • Intercultural TRIO (erhu, santur, cello): Nov. 4, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10 with concert performance in Surrey
  • Intercultural QUARTET (viola, clarinet/tárogatò, oud, santur): Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10 with concert performance in North Vancouver

Details and registration information available via the links above. Composers are welcome to register for both workshop series if interested.



The VICO extends heartfelt thanks to the following funders and partners whose generous contributions make our 2017-18 Sounds Global workshops possible: