1525 Taylor Way     West Vancouver BC     V7S 1N5     Phone: 604 925-3403


Private Lessons are available during July and August in piano, violin, cello, guitar, voice, flute, clarinet and saxophone. Lesson times can be arranged with individual intructors.

Private and Group Classes in Theory and Music History are offered in preparation for RCM examinations. Please contact the academy or instructor for more information and to arrange lesson times.


Summer Chamber Music Program
Dates: July 23rd to July 29th 2017

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $425
Final Concert: Saturday, July 29th at 7:00 pm


With an emphasis on chamber music (trio, quartet and quintet) and piano duet/two piano repertoire, the program includes masterclasses, performance, and other activities related to music study. Participants will work in small chamber groups and receive daily coaching on repertoire during the 7 day intensive program. Performance opportunities include informal recitals and a final concert on July 30th.

Chamber Ensemble
Each participant is assigned to two chamber groups and is coached by the faculty in daily sessions in preparation for public performance.

Piano Class
Piano students meet with the piano faculty for lessons in piano duets and piano duos.

Chamber Orchestra
The string faculty and associates join the students in rehearsal and performance of chamber orchestra repertoire.

Extra Curricular Activities
Each day includes a session of either masterclass, piano duets/quartets, chamber orchestra and other music related activities such as improvisation, painting, orchestration, theory and introduction to early keyboard and string instrument making.

Sample Daily Schedule (subject to change)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Chamber ensemble coaching

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Masterclasses, workshops, piano duets/quartets and chamber orchestra

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm break/recitals/extra curricular activities

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Chamber ensemble coaching

Classes run Sunday to Saturday


Promenade du soir by Alex Pechenyuk
Samantha Kung, Viola
Alex Pechenyuk, Piano


Summer Chamber Music Program Faculty
Alexander Pechenyuk, piano, composer in residence
(NSMA Faculty)

Bo Peng, cello
(NSMA Faculty)

Diane Sanford, piano
(NSMA Faculty)

Associate Faculty
Tony Chotem, improvisation
(NSMA Faculty)

Ken Speller, woodwinds
(NSMA Faculty)

Special Guest Faculty
Jonathan Der, violin
Samuel Tsui, violin
Manti Poon, viola

Jonathan Der, violin
Jonathan graduated with a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from Indiana University. His interest in chamber music lead him to study with distinguished professors Rostislav Dubinsky (first violinist of Borodin Quartet) and Gyorgy Sebok.  Jonathan is a conductor, chamber musician and church organist and has appeared as soloist with various orchestras, giving chamber and solo recitals in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He has served as the string department head of the Merriam School of Music in Oakville, Ontario, the music director of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Richmond, BC and the conductor of Maine Symphony Orchestra at the Medomak Summer Conducting Festival in 2010. He is currently the music director of St. Anne’s Stevenston Anglican Church and the associate conductor of the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, String Coach and Chamber Music Director.

Samuel Tsui, violin
After completing his ARCT, Samuel was awarded a full scholarship to further his music education at the University of British Columbia, attaining both his Bachelors and Masters degrees specializing in violin performance under the tutelage of Jasper Wood. Samuel regularly coaches string sectionals for the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, Surrey Youth Symphony Orchestra the Richmond Delta Youth Symphony Orchestra. During the summer, he serves as a faculty member of the Music, Meadows and Mountains retreat in Washington, USA. Samuel currently performs as the principal second violinist of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the first violin section in the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Canada West Chamber Orchestra, and the Willingdon Church Orchestra. He also served as the personnel manager and a first violinist of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. Samuel has become a well sought-after violinist in western Canada, where he has been invited to perform and record for various high-profile occasions and has worked with notable artists including Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, and Mary J. Blige.

Manti Poon, viola
After moving to Vancouver in 1993, Manti Poon furthered his studies in viola performance with Professor David Harding at the University of British Columbia on full scholarship. Since then he has become a much sought-after musician in British Columbia as a soloist, orchestral musician and chamber music collaborator. Apart from holding the position of principal violist with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra and the Canada West Chamber Orchestra, he also performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, to name a few. Mr. Poon is one of the founding members of the Classical String Quartet and also performs regularly with the Vancouver Intercultural Ensemble and the Pacific Rim String Quartet on both violin and viola. Mr. Poon is on faculty at the Douglas College, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Vancouver Academy of Music. He also coaches the Vancouver, Surrey and Academy Youth Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Poon performs on a fine viola by Paulus Pilat, 1940.

The tuition fee for the 7 day program is $425 per student. A non-refundable deposit of $50 should be paid within two weeks of acceptance to confirm participation. The balance of tuition fees is due July 1, 2017.

Application Process
The program is open to violinists, violists, cellists, pianists, voice students and wind players.  Applicants must submit an audio sample (CD or DVD) of an audition piece with their application. Note: NSMA students are not required to submit an audition tape.

Applicants must be at a RCM Grade 7 level or above. Both individual performers and pre-formed ensembles are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit the following by May 31, 2017
a) Outline of musical experience and education
b) A letter of recommendation from the candidate’s teacher
c) Completed on-line application form or PDF application form
d) A quality video recording (DVD, Youtube or other digital media)

Refund Policy
Refund requests must be submitted in writing. A full refund minus the non-refundable deposit will be made until July 15, 2017. No refunds will be issued after this date.

PDF Application Form

On-line Application Form:

Student's Name:
City: Province:
Postal Code: Date of Birth:
Phone: Cell:
Audition Piece:
Teacher's Phone:
Teacher's email:

Outline of musical experience and education:


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the District of West Vancouver through their Community Grant Programs, and Canada Safeway, Caulfeild Village, West Vancouver for their generous support of our program.






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