Ms. Angela Elster

Ms. Angela Elster

President & CEO, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the VSO School of Music

Angela Elster has led an extensive career in music and arts performance, education, research and learning. She has held various key leadership positions with The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto including Executive Director, Senior Vice President of Research and Education, and Vice President Academic between 1994 and 2015 as well as with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra where she was Vice-President of the VSO School of Music & Community Programs. She is a recognized expert in the field of music education and innovation, and as Executive Director of the Canadian Network of Arts and Learning, the Coalition for Music Education Canada, as well through her various consulting roles, she has become the “go-to” person in Canada for expanding the impact, relevance and effectiveness of music and the arts across the country. Elster has post-graduate degrees from the University of Toronto and the European Graduate School. She is a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal for her work creating and executing “Learning Through the Arts” which grew to reach over one million participants.