A new community music school in Vancouver opens for business on 2 August, with classes starting in September. The VSO School of Music is a project of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, 32 of whose players are on the new school's 49-strong faculty. Individual and group classes will be available, and children from as young as three months will be taught Colourstrings.

The school is equipped with 18 teaching rooms, 6 practice rooms, 2 ensemble rooms and a high-tech recital hall. The school has the capacity to teach 1,500 students every week, but there are also video conferencing facilities that will provide distance learning opportunities for rural populations in British Columbia.