How to improve the school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it

October 5, 2017

Some good reading!

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Thank you to Cory’s Law

July 11, 2017

Thank you Cory’s Law for continuing the beautiful legacy of Cory, spreading the joy of music to youth in the Downtown Eastside. We are pleased to share that the Cory Monteith Summer Music Camp Challenge raised $4236, making it possible to send 10 children to summer camp! Thank you to each and every person who supported Saint James Music Academy honouring Cory and his love of music.

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Thanks to The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation & Genus Capital Management!!

June 25, 2015

A big thank you to The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation for awarding $12,700 in funding to our ‘Exploring Music with Early Learners’ program which launches this fall.

Also, On May 6th, 2015, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation held its 60th Anniversary Celebration, which featured a performance by the Saint James Choir. The choir’s performance was generously underwritten by Genus Capital Management.


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October 19, 2014

A spectacular gift of $150,000 has recently been given to SJMA as a bequest by the estate of Dorothy Ryan. Dorothy and her husband Paul loved both music and community, which Dorothy’s executors say SJMA combines with such beauty.  Dorothy and Paul’s family are delighted that the gift is already being put to excellent use; their nephew, Michael, says SJMA is the most perfect social endeavor he has ever seen (or heard).  Check out our new video (below) made in their honour.

Dorothy and Paul Ryan

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Thank you to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

February 14, 2014

Big thank you to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra who provided complimentary tickets to SJMA parents as part of a special Valentine’s Day date night this past Friday! We love our community partners!! We couldn’t do our work without you.






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Bah! Humbug!

December 9, 2013

Greetings Friends of the Saint James Music Academy!

And a Very Merry Bah! Humbug! to You All!

Every year our students take part in the Vancouver Moving Theatre production of Bah! Humbug! – an Eastside adaptation of Charles Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’.

This year’s Bah! Humbug! features Jim Brynes as Ebenezer,  alongside Downtown Eastside actors Steven Lytton and Mike Richter, and First Nation artists Margo KaneSam Bob and Jenifer Brousseau and special guests, our very own Saint James Music  Academy Children’s’ Choir. Plus!: two new songs with lyrics by DTES involved residents Patrick Foley and Leith Harris.


We hope to see you at our festival fundraiser! It’s a great show, and a wonderful way to support the Downtown Eastside community and the Festival!


More information in the graphic below and by visiting


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Join the Symphony of 1000 Today

November 30, 2013
SJMA is a grass roots organization, born in the heart of the city of Vancouver. Hundreds of people from many walks of life share its vision, and offer their time and resources to make that vision a reality. And we’re growing, which means that we need the hundreds who now support us to be joined by many more.

The Symphony of 1000 is our goal.

Please join us.  Become a monthly supporter, and add your music to ours.

The Symphony of a Thousand from Saint James Music Academy on Vimeo.

Download our information package to learn more.

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Salute to Nathalie

November 11, 2013

Nathalie, SJMA’s first ever graduate into university, was recently asked about her experience as a student of music at SJMA.

The Saint James Music Academy has been around since 2007, and I am glad to admit that I have been a part of it from the start. Fast forward to five years later – graduation from high school also meant leaving St James, as a student, youth mentor, and volunteer. University was looming ahead of me as I performed for the last time in the chapel of St James’ Anglican Church on Friday, June 7, 2013. At the end of the recital, unbeknownst to me before hand, I received a surprise scholarship that could use towards my books and tuition in the fall. Even now I am still extremely grateful to the academy for all of their support and what they have done for me to get me where I am today.

The transition to university hasn’t been smooth sailing, but it hasn’t been a hurricane either. I learned how to prioritize and manage my time in high school when I was volunteering at other places and focusing on piano and theatre on top of coming to St James Music Academy several days a week. They supported me in my musical and personal growth; my mind was more open to the community and being in tune with it, and my contribution to the community through music and the academy was recognized by several other external awards towards my post secondary education. Music opens doors. And the doors of Saint James were always open.

I feel that the constant presence of music in my life has helped me stay grounded and in tune with my family, community, and self. Even though I am too busy these days to come by St James, I still keep up with the events and updates, marveling vicariously at their progress and ever growing list of new endeavors – for instance recently performing at WeDay.

When it all comes down to it, I would not be where I am today without the Saint James Music Academy – my experience with the academy and the people that run it have only ever been pleasant, and I am blessed to have had known and been a part of it.

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“In the Hall of the Mountain King” at the 2013 Season Finale

June 24, 2013

Our senior orchestra (and many special guests) perform Evard Greig’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” at the 2013 Season Finale. 

June 7th, 2013. 

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“For Good” – Performed by the SJMA Senior Choir

June 18, 2013

One of the choir performances from our June 7th Season Finale!

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