The Kessler Academy 2017

Tuesday May 30 to Saturday, June 3, 2017

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 DestrubĂ©, Andrea Siradze -violins, Tawnya Popoff -viola, Rebecca Wenham - cello).

There will be no cost to participants. Funding will come from private sponsorship and through crowd-funding.

The programme will feature the Canadian premiere of Jennifer Higdon's 'Dance Card', John Adams' 'Shaker Loops' and a commissioned work by previous Kessler Academy participant Bruno Cavalca. 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

Tentative schedule:

May 30      10-12:30/1:30-4:00

May 31      10-1/2-5

June 1       10-1/2-5

June 2       10-1

June 3       12-2:30 dress rehearsal at Post at 750

                  3:30 call at Pyatt Hall

                  4:00 concert