EMV is hiring!

Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator

Deadline: April 15, 2017, Position to begin May 1st or earlier if possible.

Organization Description: 

EMV has a long-standing reputation for the presentation and study of Western classical repertoires in an historical context. It offers one of the most ambitious programs of its type in North America, presenting an average of 30-35 concerts per year featuring internationally renowned local and guest artists. It has a main season that runs through the fall, winter and spring, and an annual two-week long summer Bach festival and educational programme at U.B.C. It is one of the most active non-profit presenting organisations in the Lower Mainland.

Our current team is small (only 5 FTEs). We are extremely collegial, fun loving and positive while also being hard working. We are seeking to fill this position with someone who works well as part of a group while also being self-directed. Please consult our website to get a fuller sense of who we are and what we do. A genuine interest in classical music is important. Our offices are on the second floor of Hodson Manor at 1254 West 7th in Fairview Slopes.

Job Description:

Early Music Vancouver (EMV) seeks a full time Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator who is responsible to the Executive and Artistic Director for the administration of all aspects of EMV’s marketing and volunteer programs in accordance with the annual plans and budgets of EMV. The Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator also works closely with and under the direction of:

  • The Business Manager
  • The Director of Marketing & Communications – currently a contracted service (Murray Paterson Marketing Group – MPMG).


Website and Social Marketing:

  • Maintaining the EMV and Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO) websites.
  • Planning and executing e-mail campaigns (e-blast via Mail Chimp).
  • Building and maintaining EMV’s on line/social marketing presence (Facebook and other appropriate media) by regular posting of relevant materials.
  • Supporting ‘On- Line Advertising’ initiatives (Face Book ad campaigns; Google ad campaigns) in coordination with MPMG).

Support to MPMG for Media Relations campaigns and On line Advertising Campaigns:

  • Provide administrative support to MPMG for all media relations and online advertising campaigns, including:
    • Maintaining and providing as needed all required “press kit” materials for media relations campaigns – photos, bios, videos
    • Coordinating interviews with artists

Coordination of “In House” Promotional Campaigns:

In addition to media relations and on line advertising support to MPMG, plan and manage execution of EMV “in house” promotion programs, such as:

  • Coordinating design & placement of print media ads
  • Custom e-mails promoting specific events.
  • Custom mailings/cards to invite special guests to specific events.
  • Other advertising programs.

“Box Office” and Front of House / Customer Relations:

Serving as primary office contact for customer service / customer queries and primary coordinator between EMV and the EMV Ticket Agent – Chan Centre Box Office

  • Building and maintaining service relationships with existing and potential customers of EMV (defined as: ticket buyers, concert attendees, event attendees, donors, granters, supporters of any kind).
  • Managing relationship & coordinating “front of house” concert presentation issues with venue staff.
  • Taking responsibility for handling “Box Office” incoming ticket orders, e-mails and phone calls coming into EMV offices
  • Managing comp ticket lists for each concert / event, including seat allocations, trouble seats etc.
  • Maintaining the databases of ticket buyer information by concert / event, including:
    • Updating of Mail Chimp database with new ticket buyer e-mail addresses.
    • Updating of Filemaker Database with concert ticket purchase information.
  • Managing EMV VIP table at concerts for distribution of will call comps and other customer issues around the concert.
  • Serving as the main contact for EMV service to our supporters to respond and take care to their needs/issues.

Coordination and Preparation of EMV Concert Programmes:

  • Organizing all programme materials for programme designer
    • Coordinating ad trades with other organizations
    • Gathering programme notes, bios, photos of artists, cover art work from MPMG, updated donor lists, other announcements/ads etc.

Volunteer Coordination:

Recruiting, training and directing the service volunteers to work “Front of House” at concerts and events:

  • Ushers/ program distribution / ticket taking / cd sales
  • Managing the merchandise to be sold at concerts/events
  • Poster distribution.

Recruiting, training and directing service volunteers to assist in execution/delivery of fundraising programs including campaigns and special events.

  • Office admin work for EMV
  • Database data entry work
  • “Stuffing” for mail distribution for campaigns

Maintaining the database on volunteers (names / contact info / type of interest / work done etc), including “Back of House Volunteers” working for the Production Manager.

Planning and delivering appropriate Volunteer Recognition programs/events (Including the recognition of “Back of House Volunteers”)


Other duties as may be assigned from time to time.


  • Demonstrated previous experience working in a deadline driven environment preferably for large events
  • Proven previous experience working as part of a high performing team
  • A keen eye for detail, a passion for exceeding expectations and a desire for providing “value-added” service
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to handle confidential information appropriately
  • Exceptional relationship management skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize a diverse workload in a busy environment
  • Strong ability to effectively share ideas and courageously take initiative
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office – experience with a CRM program (we use Audience View) and data base programs (FileMaker Pro & Shiftboard) an asset
  • Comfortable making informed decisions and delegating tasks to volunteers
  • A degree or diploma from a recognized institution preferred

How to Apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter to Matthew White at matthew@earlymusic.bc.ca. Please make sure to indicate in your cover letter why you want to work at Early Music Vancouver, specifically referencing our vision, mission and values. The application deadline is April 15, 2017.


Full-time position – Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000 per annum.

Fantastic Review of ‘Handel and his Rivals’ in the Vancouver Sun

Our season opener, Handel and his Rivals with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and Amanda Forsythe, was a huge success! In his review for the Vancouver Sun, David Gordon Duke agrees:

Until time travel is a possibility, we will never know the exact sound of early 18th century music. But I’m convinced that had Handel and his rivals been in the front row of the cathedral, they would have led the bravas for the enchanting Forsythe.

photo by Jan Gates


Read the full review here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our incredible season lineup here.

2016/2017 Season Announced!

Early Music Vancouver Announces Vancouver Bach Festival & Resplendent 2016/17 Season

Lineup of Prestigious Artists & Timeless Masterworks Offers Classic Concert Hall Experiences & New Artistic Adventures

Vancouver, BC – Early Music Vancouver (EMV) announces its Vancouver Bach Festival and 2016/2017 Season, bringing a staggering list of events to venues in and around Vancouver.
This year, concert-goers are invited to revel in the genius of Bach, discover a brilliant but disregarded composer who surmounted adversity (Le Mozart Noir), and enjoy an up-close-and- personal encounter with one of the world’s greatest choral ensembles – Stile Antico. EMV’ s programming offers an opportunity to travel back through time and hear masterpieces illuminated by an in-depth knowledge of the specific musical culture, instruments and style in which they were written.

A major highlight of the upcoming season, the first ever Vancouver Bach Festival will welcome acclaimed musicians to perform J.S. Bach’s greatest works in the heart of the city at Christ Church Cathedral in August. Combining magnificent architecture and acoustic splendour, Vancouver’s oldest church offers an embracing and uplifting space in which to enjoy the sounds of EMV artists & ensembles performing on period instruments.

“As EMV’s audience grows, we continue to seek out fresh, engaging ways to present musical treasures that have withstood the test of centuries,” explains Matthew White, Executive and Artistic Director of EMV. “The upcoming season boasts some of the world’s top talent performing iconic works that have shaped Western music as we know it. We are honoured and proud to host such an incredible line up of distinguished artists throughout the season in Vancouver and to build on our reputation as a hub for early music in North America.”

The Vancouver Bach Festival, August 2 through August 12, offers local enthusiasts a veritable ‘Best of’ collection of the German composer’s masterworks, from exquisite chamber music to monumental orchestral undertakings. Headlining the programme will be Bach’s crowning achievement – the Mass in B Minor. Led by esteemed conductor Alexander Weimann, this performance will feature Montreal’s Arion Baroque Orchestra and eight internationally – renowned Bach specialists as soloists. Among intimate recital offerings, innovative Jazz pianist Dan Tepfer will find the common ground between Baroque and Jazz with his New York Times praised Goldberg Variations/Variations, Beiliang Zhu, who recently won the International Bach competition in Leipzig, will perform the famed Cello Suites, and Davitt Moroney will play the Art of the Fugue.

Commencing in September with a brilliant Handel Arias recital starring Soprano Amanda Forsythe and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the 2016/2017 season also offers a number of unconventional, and intriguing collaborations. Breathtaking, will feature Czechoslovakian soprano Hana Blazikova with the world’s leading cornetto player, Bruce Dickey, in a programme demonstrating the close relationship between the human voice and the cornetto. Toque of the Town is a theatrical celebration and tantalizing tribute to the history of French gastronomy. Boasting an on-stage chef, two singers, an instrumental ensemble, and a wonderfully convivial tasting menu at the end of the performance, this is a unique event to suit all lovers of food, wine, and theatre.

A February must-see spotlights one of the early classical era’s most fascinating figures:
Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George (Le Mozart Noir). In this eye-opening evening, GRAMMY nominated violinist Monica Hugget and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra share symphonies from the little known, yet extraordinary composer of African ancestry alongside works by Mozart and Haydn. The season will culminate with Canada’s superstar soprano, Karina Gauvin, singing works by Henry Purcell with accompaniment by Les Boréades de Montréal.

EMV Masterworks at the Chan Centre features EMV’s largest scale events. This season, in addition to a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass, a beloved Vancouver Christmas tradition, Festive Cantatas, will return with Bach’s Magnificat in D Major, A special spring highlight will be The Choir of Kings College Cambridge, celebrated worldwide and best-known for their annual BBC Christmas Eve broadcast.

Early Music Vancouver is proud to offer a flexible subscription model allowing patrons to purchase any three concerts and attend a fourth free. All subscription packages including more than four concerts also enjoy a 25% discount. For more information, click here.

The full Vancouver Bach Festival and 2016/17 Season includes:


Common Grounds: June 30, 2016 at 7:30pm (A Co-production with the Vancouver Independent Music Centre and Vancouver Coastal Jazz), at Christ Church Cathedral


Goldberg Variations/Variations – a collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Jazz: August 2, 2016 at 7:30pm
Schübler Chorales: August 3, 2016 at 1pm
The Art of the Fugue: August 3, 2016 at 7:30pm
Sonatas for violin and harpsichord: August 4, 2016 at 7:30pm
J.S. Bach – Mass in B Minor at the Chan Centre*: August 5, 2016 at 7:30pm
Anna Magdalena Songbook with Ellen Hargis: August 6, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Musical Offering: August 9, 2016 at 7:30pm
Sonatas and Partitas: August 10, 2016 at 1pm
Cello Suites: August 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Orchestral Suites for a Young Prince with Monica Huggett: August 12, 2016 at 7:30pm

All concerts at Christ Church Cathedral at 7:30pm unless noted otherwise


J.S. Bach – Mass in B Minor*: August 5, 2016 at 7:30pm
Festive Cantatas – J.S. Bach Magnificat*: December 18, 2016 at 3pm
The Choir of Kings College Cambridge*: March 26, 2017 at 2pm


Handel and his Rivals – Amanda Forsythe, soprano: September 16, 2016 at 7:30pm
Fretwork – The Cries of London: October 21, 2016 at 7:30pm
Breathtaking – A Voice and a Cornetto Entwined: November 4, 2016 at 7:30pm
Tibia ex tempore: November 16, 2016 at 7:30pm
Ensemble Fuoco e Cenere – Toque of the Town: November 25, 2016 at 7:30pm
Ensemble La Galinia – Yo Soy la Locura: January 20, 2017 at 7:30pm
New Music for Old Instruments I: January 25, 2017 at 7:30pm
New Music for Old Instruments II: January 28, 2017 at 7:30pm (A Co-presentation with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival)
Le Mozart Noir (Film Screening & Concert at Vancouver Playhouse): February 4, 2017 at 7:30pm
Stile Antico – In a Strange Land – Elizabethan Composers in Exile: March 5, 2017 at 2:00pm
Karina Gauvin with Les Boréades – Works of Henry Purcell: April 21, 2017 at 7:30pm

All concerts in the Main Series at Christ Church Cathedral unless noted otherwise