FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
What is the difference between level 3, 4, and 5 ensembles?
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 about half that amount (30 minutes for choir, and 45 minutes for orchestra). The level 3 choir will perform just 15 minutes on the big stage as a foretaste of the full experience. In terms of music genre, it is one and the same. All levels will prepare overlapping repertoire, and will perform at our premiere concerts held at the Chan Centre.
How are the seatings decided?
All individuals will be asked to submit audio recordings for an assessment on the third rehearsal of every month (3 submissions per term). Seating/levels are determined by these assessments.
What is the age range of your classes and ensembles?
The average age of the intermediate/advanced level ensembles sits around 25-35 years old, but the range extends from 16 - 65+ years old. Students between 7-14 can participate in our youth programs, while teenagers between 14-17 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 7 years old.
Do you accept beginners?
Yes. At the VPOPS, we have a multi-level program that is designed to accurately meet you where you are. The beginner level is perfect for any one starting out. 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 level 3 ensembles are available to perfect playing technique, range flexibility, endurance, and execution of basic rhythms. As members progress, they will eventually graduate into our level 4-5 ensembles, 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.
How often do you have concerts?
VPOPS itself hosts at least 3-5 major concerts each year. However, there are a number of other smaller (optional) performances that happen throughout the year.
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 well-equipped facilities, higher instructor to student ratios, and quality performance opportunities that normally would not be available to recreational musicians. In addition, VPOPS is made up of multiple ensemble groups, giving members many opportunities to collaborate together musically on stage. At the VPOPS, we also strive to establish a safe and inviting social community where both locals and international visitors can connect. 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. Words can only express so much. You have to come and see for yourself!
Registration fees are only refundable within 14 days of payment or within the first 14 days of the term registered. Registrants can transfer to other classes/ensembles within the same term free of charge. 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 drop out due to personal or unforeseen circumstances.