The Kessler Academy 2018

Saturday August 25 to Thursday August 30, 2018

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 four 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 Destrub√©, Andrea Siradze - violins, Tawnya Popoff - viola, Rebecca Wenham - cello).

There will be a $50 registration fee for accepted participants. Other than this there will be no other cost for being part of the academy. Funding will come from private sponsorship and through crowd-funding.

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 brief 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.