FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the difference between the VOC and the VPOPS?
The VOC (Vancouver Orchestra Club) and VPOPS (Vancouver Pops) is one and the same. The name VOC was commonly used during the early development of the organization from 2009-2014. In 2015, as the VOC evolved into doing more performances locally and abroad, there was a need to have a proper "stage name". Hence, the VOC adopted the new name, "Vancouver Pops" as a designation for many of its performing ensembles. Today, the two remain synonymous and can be used interchangeably.

What is the difference between level 4 and level 5 ensembles?
In terms of music genre, it is one and the same. Both levels will perform similar repertoire, and both will perform at our premiere concerts held at the Chan Centre. However, the difference lies in the quantity and difficulty of the music learned each term. Level 5 ensembles will perform a full concert repertoire (45 minutes for choir, and 90 minutes for orchestra), whereas the level 4 ensembles will perform half a concert repertoire (25 minutes for choir, and 45 minutes for orchestra. The level 4 ensemble will combine with the level 5 in performance. 

What kind of music do you play?
We play music from Hollywood, Disney, Broadway, Jazz, and Popular Vocal Genres. Occasionally, we perform original works written by recent composers and artists. 

How often do you have concerts?
VPOPS itself hosts at least 4-5 major concerts each year. However, there are a number of other smaller performances that happen throughout the year that may be sponsored or hosted by other organizations.

What is the age range of your classes and ensembles?
The average age of the intermediate/advanced level ensembles sits around 25 years old, but the range extends from 16 - 65+ years old. Students between 9-16 can participate in the youth programs, while young adults between 14-18 can choose to go in either youth or adult groups. We are a friendly community, and all who love music will feel welcomed here! Beginner level classes are appropriate for students as young as 9 years old. 

Do you accept beginners?
Yes. At the VPOPS, we have a multi-level program that is designed to accurately meet everyone's learning curve. The beginner level is geared towards those with less than 2 years of experience. These sessions will provide instruction in the areas of basic music notation, rhythm, intonation and playing technique.  For those who have had past experience with music, but are not fully confident in their skill and knowledge level, our intermediate level classes are available to perfect playing technique, range flexibility, endurance, and execution of complex rhythms. As members progress, they will eventually graduate into the advanced level ensemble, which provide previously trained musicians a challenging, demanding, and fast-paced program to further their skill, technique, and musicality in an exciting performance-oriented environment.

What happens if I miss a rehearsal?
We allow members up to 2 properly excused absences in each term. To be able to perform confidently with a high level of quality, it will require dedication, lots of practice, and training. If you know you will be missing many rehearsals, it would be better to register for a future term where your attendance will be regular. If there are any concerns about commitment, it can be discussed at the audition.  

What makes VPOPS unique from other organizations or community groups?
On the surface, our goal towards music and art is common to most other community orchestras, bands, or choirs. However, the VPOPS differs in that we aim to do more than the average ensemble. We provide spacious and equipped facilities, higher instructor to student ratios, and provide quality performance opportunities that normally would not be available to recreational musicians. In addition, because VPOPS is made up of multiple ensemble groups, giving members many opportunities to collaborate together musically on stage. To make VPOPS a truly unique offering, we include frequent audio and video recording sessions each season so that members can experience what it's like to be a musician in a professional music production. Ultimately, the VPOPS is also a place where one can make new friends, become part of the VPOPS family, and build lasting relationships with other musicians. At the VPOPS, we also strive to establish a safe and inviting social community where both locals and international visitors can connect. Words can only express so much. You have to come and see for yourself! 

REFUND POLICIES
Membership fees are only refundable within 14 days of payment or within the first 14 days of the term. Refunds are not issued if sheet music is not returned within the same 14 day period. Refunds are also not issued if registrants fail to attend weekly sessions or meet performance standards in the term registered. Refunds are not issued if registrants decide to quit in the middle of the term due to personal unforeseen circumstances.