Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
Canmore Collegiate High School
September through April

As a relative newcomer to the valley, I've found the VWMA to be a nice place to meet and get to know people with interests similar to mine. Most people are really friendly and interested in being helpful when answering my many questions. The music is fun and challenging. The conductors of both the choir and the concert band are outstanding musicians and interesting people.

Evelyn Powell

Jung Suk Ryu - Concert Band Music Director

Jung Suk Ryu - Concert Band Music Director

Jung Suk Ryu is an award-winning pianist and has conducted and guest conducted a number of prominent ensembles and choirs. In 2009, he founded the Ottawa Symphonic Ensemble Orchestra, comprised of more than 60 professional and amateur musicians. During his tenure as Artistic Director and CEO, the orchestra filled a unique niche in the nation’s capital, performing classical arrangements of non-European traditional folk tunes – such as the North American premiere of Korea Fantasia by prominent Korean composer, the late Ahn Eak-Tai. In 2010, the ensemble performed with the nationally-acclaimed Cantata Singers of Ottawa for its Asian Soundscape series.

A graduate of the Royal Conservatory program in Piano Performance and the winner of the 1998 British Columbia Piano Competition, Jung Suk is the Associate Director, External and Community Relations at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.