Advanced Studies


The postsecondary Diploma In Music Performance program is offered through a partnership between the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College. This program is designed to meet a heightened requirement for versatility in performance style. Increasing demand on artists to participate in creation, along with the quick implementation of music technologies to create, capture, and transfer music, indicates the need for non-traditional training.

See Camosun College Program page for more information.


The postsecondary Music Technologies certificate program is offered online through a partnership between the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College. Designed for accomplished musicians, this program will allow you to acquire a basic competency in digital technologies applicable to modern practice in professional music-making. You will learn about digital notation, music sequencing, digital instrumentation, audio recording, mixing and editing.

See Camosun College Program page for more information.


This sought-after program provides comprehensive training in the many facets of opera for singers. Employing a mix of rehearsals, workshops, and classes leading to performances of opera excerpts and/or one act operas at the end of each term, aspects of training will include acting, movement, musical preparation and coaching, recitative study, audition techniques, and role preparation. The faculty is comprised of well-known guest directors, conductors and masterclass clinicians.

See our Opera Studio program page for more information.


The Opera Studio has earned a reputation for excellent work. The Victoria newspaper Richard MargisonTimes Colonist praised it as “the little jewel in the crown of Victoria’s art scene.” With each acclaimed production, the audience has grown to the point where houses have been sold out.

The Opera Studio has also gained public attention through its main benefactor, Richard Margison, who has staged two enormously successful fundraising galas on its behalf. Mr. Margison’s commitment to the Opera Studio and to Selena James, his former teacher, clearly testifies to the value of this program.

Many individuals and businesses have become loyal advocates and financial supporters of the Opera Studio. They appreciate the high quality of the program, the challenging projects it tackles and its broad community reach, as well as the opportunities and cultural experience it offers to so many young artists from the region. Through its sophisticated yet reasonably priced productions, the Studio is generating a new following for opera in Victoria. It greatly enhances the profile of the Conservatory and expands interest in serious music. For both participants and audience members, the Opera Studio has proven itself to be a valuable asset to the arts community.

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An opportunity for advanced students and professional singers to explore all aspects of their performance, with coaching and instruction from senior voice faculty. Using a masterclass format, AVW focuses on technique, style, interpretation, bodywork and presence to create powerful performances and empowered performers.

See our Advanced Voice Workshop program page for more information.


Students of post-secondary age who wish to explore their musical interests may design an individualized program specific to their current goals and interests.

Since a program of Self-Directed Studies is uniquely tailored to the individual student, it allows great flexibility in program structure, yet offers a focus to the course of study. Students use the Self-Directed Studies program to enhance their own individual understanding and practice of music, increase their skills in a first instrument/voice, begin a second instrument, study music theory, musicianship, music history, and participate in chamber music and large ensembles.

A program of Self-Directed Studies is ideal for students preparing to audition for one the VCM’s postsecondary level programs, including the Diploma in Music Performance offered through the VCM’s partnership with Camosun College, and the Opera Studio or Advance Voice Workshop programs, offered through the Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music.

See also Self-Directed Voice Studies for Advanced Singers


Associate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music Certificates are available in the following disciplines: – Performance – Teaching – Collaborative Piano In addition, the VCM offers advanced study in all co-requisite theoretical and practical components required for these certifications, which are recognized by the Registered Music Teachers Association (RMTA) and the Music Educators Association (MEA).

Contact the VCM Registrar if you wish to receive more information or to apply for Self-Directed Studies:

VCM Registrar
Bethany McNeil, 250-386-5311, ext 2350