VICO Summer Academy 2019

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) invites established and emerging musicians and composers to apply for the third annual VICO Summer Academy, to be held July 9-19, 2019 at Vancouver Community College (1155 East Broadway). Space is limited, and registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. We have a special program for young composers and musicians aged 15-25. We also welcome instrumentalists and composers of every music background and every level of development to this unique opportunity!

The VICO Summer Academy is an innovative educational initiative that offers hands-on experience in creating and performing intercultural music, over the course of a 10-day 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.

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1. Ensemble & Master Classes for Instrumentalists
Musicians performing any type of musical instrument – orchestral (e.g. clarinet, violin, cello) or traditional (e.g. erhu, oud, accordion) – are invited to partake in hands-on workshops and master classes delving into topics such as: intercultural performance techniques; different improvisational styles; the musics of China and the Middle East; and contemporary western Classical music. Participants will also have the opportunity to perform in a 20-piece intercultural orchestra under the mentorship of professional VICO musicians.


2. Master Classes for Composers
Composers of every stage and age are invited to compose under the direction of established intercultural composers, then workshop their new compositions with professional VICO musicians, and attend the premiere performance. Composers will also receive A/V documentation of their new work. Each composer may compose/workshop or submit a 6-8 minute-long composition, using instruments from ONE of the following two groups (Quintet A or B) plus additional instruments if desired (up to 10 players total):

Quintet A: harp, dan bau, erhu, kamanche, cello
Quintet B: clarinet, accordion, santur, cello, ney


3. Lectures & Documentation
The Academy programme includes discussions on musics of different cultures, improvisational techniques, intercultural composition. All workshops and performances will be documented (both audio & visual) for later reference.


4. Concerts
The Academy will culminate with concerts on July 18-19 at the Orpheum Annex.



Mark Armanini (artistic director)
Gloria Wong (principal)
Farshid Samandari (composer-in-residence)
Moshe Denburg (composer)
Erica Roozendaal (visiting artist; accordion)
Behzad Mirloo (kamanche)



Bic Hoang (danbau)
Saina Khaledi (santur)
Finn Manniche (cello)
Michel Marang (clarinet)
Mark Takeshi McGregor (flute)
Mohamad Amini (kamanche)
Yun Song (erhu)
Antonis Pratsinakis (cello)
Elisa Thorn (harp)



HOW TO APPLY (Application deadline: June 10, 2019)

1. Fill out and submit the online registration form here.
2. E-mail any supporting materials to
3. A non-refundable registration fee of $35 is required; please submit payment via Paypal ( if you have a Paypal account, or with a credit card via the Paypal button below).

If your application is successful, the tuition fee of $700 will be due by June 21, 2019.




TUITION: $700 CAD (plus $35 non-refundable registration fee)

Small Scholarships are available, and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Once accepted into the Academy, payment of the tuition fee ($700 CAD) is required via Paypal, cheque, money order or wire transfer before June 21. In case of cancellation before July 1, 2019, all funds minus the non-refundable registration fee ($35 CAD) will be returned. After July 1, the entire payment is non-refundable.

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With grateful thanks to our funders and partners, whose generous contributions have made the VICO Summer Academy possible: