Partners and Support
Thank you to our Partners, Sponsors and Contributors
From nursery rhymes to wedding songs and national anthems, nothing evokes deep emotion and memory like a song. Songs cross all boundaries…drawing us together in shared experience.
VISI offers intensive training for singers and teachers from across North America, lectures about global poetry and ideas, workshops for the general public in diverse song traditions, and the SONGFIRE Festival of Song. The Song Institute offers a continually expanding service to the Vancouver community, a month-long immersion of courses, concerts, and conversations open to all.
VISI's annual summer sessions are made possible by the generous support of the UBC School of Music, and UBC Faculty of Arts and the Office of the Vice President of Research, the BC Arts Council, and City of Vancouver. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Richard Kurth, Director, UBC School of Music; Dr. Gage Averill, UBC Dean of Arts; Dr. John Hepburn, UBC Vice President Research & International and our devoted donors, foundations, sponsors and contributors as listed below.
VISI thanks our host
the UBC Faculty of Arts, School of Music
Thanks to our other partners and sponsors
|The Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization Inc., established in 1996 by their daughter, Claudette Sorel, is a 501(c)(3) private foundation. Ms. Sorel was a child piano prodigy. She is the youngest graduate of The Juilliard School completing her degree at age 9. Our mission is to keep musical excellence alive and to help stretch the boundaries for women in music.|
Special thanks to our many donors, whom we like to call VISIonaries:
PRESTISSIMO ($10,000 + ) - 8 donors
VIVACE ($5,000 – $9,999) – 1 donor
ALLEGRO ($1,000 – $4,999) – 15 donors
ALLEGRETTO ($500 – $999) – 3 donors
CANTABILE $240 – $499) – 1 donor
ANDANTINO ($100 – $249) – 10 donors
ANDANTE ($35 – $99) – 14 donors
VISI 2012 Scholarship Donors
Douglas and Cynthia Andrews*, Lloyd Burritt*, Marnie Carter/Deux Mille Foundation Scholarship*, John Howes, The National Association of Teachers of Singing - Vancouver Chapter, Dianne Rice, Patricia Shaw, Sam Sullivan, Keith and Laurie Switzer*, Shana White, Ailsa Zaenker, Anonymous*
*These individuals have each generously supported a full $1,200 scholarship for a VISI 2012 student.
Harold D. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund
VISI is pleased to establish this Scholarship in honour of Harold D. Brown (1917 – 2011) a long-time collaborative pianist, vocal coach and music lover. Donations are encouraged. Click here
An Evening with Ben Heppner Fundraiser - VISI extends its profound thanks to Mr. Peter Wall for his tremendous generosity in hosting “An Evening with Ben Heppner” and to Wall Financial for its outstanding support. To Mr. Ben Heppner, our heartfelt thanks for gracing us with his magnificent talent and his warm personality. VISI is very pleased and appreciative to welcome Ben Heppner to our Advisory Board.
Sir Thomas Allen Concert - VISI deeply appreciates the support of Charlotte and Sonya Wall for their generous sponsorship of the Sir Thomas Allen Concert in memory of Johanna Lowther whose love of music and song was a gift that suffused her life with joy and, consequently, the lives of those who knew and loved her.
And to our kind friends who have given time and talent to VISI with special contributions
Charles Barber – City Opera Vancouver.
We also express gratitude to our dedicated faculty who helped make VISI 2012 possible with their gracious in-kind and financial contributions.
We recognize and appreciate the universities that provided travel support to our faculty or scholarships to our participants including Duquesne University, Eastman School of Music, Oakland University, University of Manitoba, and Vanderbilt University.
VISI offers grateful thanks to the photographers who have captured the beautiful images of our program, Evan Kreider, Denis Bouvier, Shannon Lythgoe, Brent Calis, Brian Hawkes, Simon Li, John Hallett, Victor Aberdeen, Connor Beaton, Garry Campbell and Jesse Read.
VISI also extends appreciation to Mark Habdas for the generous donation of the website cover photography. See more of his beautiful work at birdsphotography.com
Karen and Andrew Dawes
Helen and Frank Elfert
David and Sheila Meek
Deborah Roitberg and Dr. Jack Amar
Jane and Don Shumka
Keith and Laurie Switzer
Shana and Alan White
George and Colleen Cotton
Karen and Andrew Dawes
Anne and Don Graham
Maria and John Sehmer
Nicki Stieda and Wal van Lierop
Janis and David Wensley
Peter Moskos and Margaret Archibald