The Kessler Academy 2020
Sunday August 9 to Saturday August 15, 2020
An opportunity for talented young string players to explore string orchestra repertoire from the past century.
This mentorship program, for young professionals and advanced students, will comprise five days of intensive rehearsal followed by a public performance in Vancouver, presented by Music on Main.
Participation will be through audition, recommendation and/or invitation. The orchestra will be without conductor and will be led by members of the Microcosmos Quartet (). (Marc Destrubé, Andrea Siradze - violins, Tawnya Popoff - viola, Rebecca Wenham - cello).
There will be a $50 registration fee for accepted participants. The cost of the program (ca. $700 per participant) is covered by our generous private sponsors and other donations.
The orchestra will be made up of 12 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos and 2 double basses.
To apply to take part please send an email with a description of your musical experience, teachers, etc. and a statement describing why this program is appealing to you, and email it to You may be asked to take part in an informal audition.
Rehearsals at The Post at 750, 750 Hamilton Street (CBC Building)
Concert at Pyatt Hall (VSO School of Music), presented by Music on Main
Repertoire and schedule to be announced soon.