EMV’s Educational Mandate:
“To sponsor musical performances and educational opportunities informed by an in-depth knowledge of original performing conditions, period-specific instruments, and broad historical context.”
Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme (BOMP)
Developing the next generation of period performers, students rehearse weekly over each academic term at UBC with a core group of five professional mentors led by the PBO’s Music Director Alexander Weimann. A select group of students are recruited to participate in the programme, and instruments have been made available for loan to all participants through the UBC School of Music and EMV’s Instrument Collections. This programme is generously supported by Vic and Joan Baker.
SUMMER BAROQUE ACADEMY
Since 2019, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Victoria Baroque, and Early Music Vancouver (EMV) have been working together to produce a week long summer intensive training program in period instrument performance led by members of Victoria Baroque and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. This course is aimed at players who already have experience playing on baroque instruments as well as those with no prior experience but who have a solid proficiency on their modern instrument equivalents and are interested in taking their first steps with period instruments. The programme welcomes advanced music students, professional musicians and advanced amateurs. Instruction is available for strings, woodwinds, and harpsichord.
EMV Scholarship Programme for BC Residents
In the Fall of 2017, EMV began a new scholarship programme awarding up to 10 annual scholarships to BC residents. Qualified candidates are professional-track music students or active professional musicians seeking to develop skills in early music performance. This initiative, like EMV’s Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme is aimed at increasing the long-term sustainability of the regional period instrument scene in BC by providing instruction on early music performance through private lessons with primarily regionally based professional artists.
Green College Performances
For over five years, EMV has offered an annual series of free lecture-demonstrations at Green College at UBC, related to our season programming and designed to inform and grow our audience base.
St. Anselm’s Series
EMV is proud to present a series of intimate concerts at St. Anselm’s Church made possible by the generous support of the Drance Family. Each concert will be followed by a small reception where audience members can engage with the musicians. Concerts are all admission-by-donation.
EMV Instrument Collection
Over the years, EMV has assembled a valuable collection of unique historical instruments. This collection is available to the community and benefits many musicians and established cultural institutions that produce concerts and educational programmes of repertoire requiring specialized instruments.
Other Education & Outreach Activities
In addition to our formal education & outreach programmes, EMV also hosts open dress rehearsals, pre-concert discussions before all concerts, documentary screenings, and public talks relating to our repertoire. These presentations are all free and open to the public.