The Kessler Academy

      a chamber orchestra

Microcosmos Quartet announces the second Kessler Academy for young musicians, a conductorless mentorship orchestra led by members of the Microcosmos Quartet and focusing on string orchestra repertoire composed in the past one hundred years.

"I honestly think that I have never grown so much as a musician in such a short time as I did last week. It stretched me beyond my limits and challenged me, but I came out of it feeling much different (and happier) about my musical abilities." (2015 participant)

With the understanding that there is no better learning situation than making music alongside those with more experience, the Kessler Academy was established to give young string players an intensive experience preparing and performing a challenging program in a professional context. The session involves a concentrated period of rehearsal at the VSO School of Music in downtown Vancouver, followed by a public concert in Pyatt Hall, presented by Music on Main on September 1, 2016.

Thursday September 1st, 7:30pm

for tickets:

or phone 604.879.9888

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Mrs. Susan Kessler and other friends of the Microcosmos Quartet, along with private sponsors, there will be no cost to participants. The Kessler Academy is open to high school and university level students, as well as young professional musicians. Click here to apply.

You can help us by contributing to our funding campaign for this and future Kessler Academy projects.

By credit card:

Choose 'Kessler Academy/Microcosmos Quartet from the scrolldown menu

You will receive an official tax receipt from Turning Point Ensemble via Canada Helps.

By cheque:

Please mail your cheque, made out to 'Turning Point Ensemble', with 'Kessler Academy' on the memo line to:

Turning Point Ensemble

2227 West 13th Avenue

Vancouver, BC V6K 2S4

You will receive an official tax receipt from Turning Point Ensemble.

The Kessler Academy is a project of Microcosmos Quartet, in collaboration with the VSO School of Music, Music on Main, and the Turning Point Ensemble.


                a string quartet