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Welcome to a new decade of Music in the Morning!


Our 31st season is our opportunity to celebrate Music in the Morning’s legacy and look to the future with both inspiring concerts on our Main series, and the launch of our new summer festival.

Your concert subscriptions now include seven performances at the Vancouver Academy on our much-loved series, plus a choice of one of the morning concerts that form part of our new festival, Summer Music Vancouver in July (summer was just too long without music...).

Our signature series at the Vancouver Academy of Music welcomes back cellist Colin Carr who on his last visit transformed us with his performances of solo Bach. I am excited our season opens with the exceptional New Orford String Quartet, and can’t wait for you to hear the magical voice of Canadian mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta in November.

Looking to engage further, join us for Tuning In with Eric Friesen. This popular series of talks with artists introduces the creative world of some magnificent personalities.


Barry Shiffman
Executive Artistic Director

About Barry Shiffman,
Executive Artistic Director

Canadian violinist and violist Barry Shiffman has a rich and varied career as a performer, recording artist, teacher, and creator of special projects. Shiffman made his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15 and co-founded the St. Lawrence String Quartet in 1989. During his 17 years with the quartet he appeared in over 2,000 concerts in venues around the globe, and recorded several critically accliaimed discs under an exclusive contract with EMI Classics. The SLSQ won the 1992 Banf International String Quartet Competition and were participants in many of the programs at The Banff Centre.

In addition to his role as executive artistic director of Music in the Morning, Mr. Shiffman is a sought-after violin and viola teacher and chamber music coach. From 2006 to 2010, Barry Shiffman was director of music programs at The Banff Centre, and he currently is executive director of the Banff International String Quartet Competion. He is also Associate Dean of the Glenn Gould School and Dean of the Young Artists Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory.

About June Goldsmith, C.M., O.B.C.,
Founder and Former Artistic Director

Thirty years ago, June Goldsmith, a musician, music educator, and entrepreneur, founded Music in the Morning. She believed classical music that challenged, educated, as well as entertained, would find a following at 10:30 in the morning. Goldsmith is revered in the community for her willingness to share her love of music and she is a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s North by Northwest with Sheryl MacKay.