The Penticton Academy of Music Society is a charitable
non-profit organization that was formed in 1994 with the mission to provide music education to students of all ages and circumstances through outstanding faculty in an environment that stimulates music excellence, enriching the community at large.
At The Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts
We believe the arts are essential to the human spirit.
We believe that studying the arts and nurturing artistic expression:
Sparks curiosity, innovation and creative problem solving;
Encourages interpretation, reflection and collaboration;
Builds self-awareness and self-confidence;
Contributes to a healthy, vibrant community; and
Fosters deep emotional connections that inspire greater insight, understanding and a sense of belonging.
To educate, mentor and inspire students to achieve their full potential within a fun and enriching environment that promotes excellence, leadership and a life-long love of the arts.
Music lessons have been taught at the Leir House since 1969. A music school was operated through the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts (based in the Leir House) in the 1980s and early 90s. Due to growth, it was deemed necessary for the music school to become its own entity.
On April 13, 1994, the Penticton Academy of Music Society became a registered non-profit society, and on August 1 of that year, it received registered charity status. Its Founding Directors were Anna McIvor, Janiese Karpa, Joy Jasper, Sandra Karr, and Elizabeth Davis.
The Academy has grown considerably in student numbers, programs, and supplementary events over the years.
Board of Directors and Annual Reports
The Academy is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, who are elected each fall at the Annual General Meeting. This board takes on many roles, including policy-setting, strategic planning, and fundraising.
At each Annual General Meeting, the Annual Report is presented and reviewed. Here are the Annual Reports for the past three years.
Providing Opportunities for Music Education
How does the Academy ensure that people have the opportunity to experience music learning?
We have qualified faculty members teaching a variety of instruments and classes:
We ensure quality teaching. Potential faculty go through an interview and selection process before joining the Academy, as well as a criminal record check.
We ensure choice. We recruit music teachers to the area based on need. For example, some of our teachers commute from the Central Okanagan to the Academy.
We offer group classes. An important element of music education is learning to play with others.
We provide accountability. We manage the payment and registration process on behalf of students and teachers.
We make music accessible through a bursary program and instrument loans.
We offer enriching opportunities for students, including monthly recitals, workshops, and summer school
Of course, coming for lessons to the wonderful, historic Leir House is a bonus!