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A Concert in your Kitchen!

Round up the kids for A Concert in Your Kitchen! Your child will have a blast jamming along with other kids and members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

The VSO is delighted to share an interactive and fun virtual concert that invites your children to play along with us at home. Get ready to jam with VSO Principal Percussionist Vern Griffiths, meet Maestro Otto Tausk, several VSO musicians and their friends, and hear what other kids have to say about some exciting musical masterpieces. 

Hosted by VSO Assistant Conductor, Andrew Crust, and VSO Violinist Karen Gerbrecht. Featuring Vern Griffith's Kitchen Concerto.

Your kids will enjoy discovering new musical instruments all around them, so get ready to jam along with the VSO on instruments you can find in your own house!

Before watching the show, with help from an adult, gather the following:

  • Pots and pans
  • Two (2) pot lids
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Crackers, cereal in boxes
  • Chopsticks
  • An empty pop can or other containers with lids
  • A handful of dry rice
  • A cheese grater
  • A whisk, or spoon
  • Tape
  • A piece of paper
  • Four (4) different colour crayons

We hope you and your family will enjoy this special concert made just for the kids!

Discover the VSO's Virtual Learning Hub

We are pleased to bring you and your family an assortment of fun and engaging musical learning experiences! The VSO Virtual Learning Hub offers a unique opportunity to learn directly from members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as they share personal insights and musical gems. 

Whether your children miss their school band, music class, or other ensembles, or you would just like to supplement home learning with the joy of music, the Virtual Learning Hub has something for all ages and interests. 

"I've had the privilege of experiencing the VSO Virtual Learning Hub and find it to be a wonderful resource for kids of all ages learning to play an instrument.  It's clear that our fine VSO musicians have really thought about how to bring music to life in their videos. I encourage parents and teachers to share the hub with young musicians. What a great way to bring a world-class musician into your own home."

— Santa J. OnoPresident & Vice-Chancellor, UBC

How Does It Work?

At the VSO Virtual Learning website, there is a combination of free and paid content with pricing that is school-wide as well as for families/households.

The FREE content includes a VSO Virtual Field Trip, Storytime with the VSO, and a series of videos introducing students to the instruments that are often under-represented, like viola, bassoon, and oboe.

The PAID content (under VSO Virtual Connects) includes:

Music in Motion (for grades K-3) 
A favourite lesson among younger students that richly blends music and dance.

Instrumental Workshops (for grades 6-12 and adult amateurs)
Specialized in-depth instrument clinics for band and string instruments. A great way to refresh the fundamentals of playing with a professional’s edge, while setting up smart practice habits.

Listen Up! (for grades 4-8) 
Meet James and Jacob, members of the flute and viola sections, as they give an insider's view of Beethoven's 5th symphony. They will help you prepare to attend our online concert of this symphonic masterpiece! Students are invited to create artwork that will be compiled into a keepsake musical video for all participants.

Meet the Maestro! (for ages 8-adult)
Visit Maestro Otto Tausk at home in the Netherlands and learn about the life of an orchestral conductor and Beethoven’s beautiful Symphony No. 6.

Please visit for a sneak peek "trailer" of what you'll find on the VSO Virtual Learning Hub. 

The musicians and staff of the VSO wish you all the best as we navigate these challenging times together. We hope you’ll join us in connecting through music.


The VSO Education Team

P.S. Many of the musicians you will meet in the Virtual Learning videos teach at the VSO Schoo of Music - - which is running private and group lessons online, including wildly popular Mini Music Makers classes. 

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