NOW in-house workshops

NOW improv workshops

Since 1978, the New Orchestra Workshop Society (NOW) has presented music improvisation workshops, offering space for exploration and participation. NOW currently presents workshop series at 8EAST and online. We also present workshops to children and youth in schools and private workshops, such as at the Roundhouse Community Center, the St. James Music Academy in Vancouver's DTES, and Tahayghen Elementary School, Skaadgaa Naay Elementary, Skidegate and Gidgalang Kuuyas Naay Secondary in Haida Gwaii. Our Onomatopoiea workshops feature the 48-page graphic comic book score of Gary Wildeman, and ecourage particiapante to make their own graphic scores.

Our workshops are for improvisers of all levels of ability and ranges of experience, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race or religion. We protect privacy in our workshops and adopt the We Have Voice Collective Code of Conduct.

NOW workshops accommodate participants and observers. Content may be prepared and/or impromptu exercises, games and etudes that represent the philosophies and practices of the facilitator and respond to the challenges and strengths of the participants. Workshops focus upon participation, they are not in the style of performative clinics or academic lectures. Focus is upon trust, openness and responsiveness, upon egalitarian participation and instantaneous creation that is experienced rather than commodified or owned. Ample opportunities are provided to participants to play their instruments and speak about their experiences.

We protect privacy in our workshops and adopt the We Have Voice Collective Code of Conduct. Read more about NOW workshop policies here.



Spring Workshops 2024

At 8EAST 2pm - 3:30 pm

Saturday January 20
Sundays March 10 and March 24
Saturdays March 16 - April 20


Fall Workshops 2023

At 8EAST 2 - 3:30 pm

Sunday Oct 1 and Saturdays October 28 - November 18




Spring Workshops 2023

At 8EAST and Roberts Creek Community Hall

February 23 - March 5





Fall Workshops 2022

Nov. 19 - Dec 17 in person at 8EAST and Online



Spring workshops 2022




Fall workshops 2021




in-house improv workshops  2020/21






2020 Spring online improv workshops