Tom Durrie

Tom Durrie has an MA in counselling psychology and an M.Mus. in opera production and direction. He has directed operas, plays and musical comedy. He served as artistic director of the Hornby Festival on Hornby Island, and, more recently, was manager of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. He also acts as host and commentator for concerts with City Opera Vancouver.

One of the founders of Vancouver Opera in Schools (VOIS), he served as program creator, translator and narrator for many years. A charter member of the B.C. Arts Council, Durrie has sat on juries for both the Canada Council and the B.C. Arts Council. From 2006 to 2008, he led the successful campaign to save the York Theatre. He sits as a director on the Grandview Woodland Area Council and acts as executive director of Arts Advocacy British Columbia, a provincial advocacy organization.

A proponent of social change through music, he is chair of the Saint James Music Academy, an El Sistema inspired music school serving children in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

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