The Kessler Academy 2024

Sunday August 4 to Saturday August 10, 2024

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 six 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).

For the 2024 session Hannah Addario-Berry will be replacing Rebecca Wenham.

The cost of the program (ca. $800 per participant) is covered by our generous private sponsors and other contributors.

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 the Orpheum Annex, presented by Music on Main

2024 Repertoire will include two 20th century masterworks:

Arnold Schönberg - Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

Béla Bartók - Divertimento (1939)

Schedule to be announced.