Music Programs

Academy Flute Choir

Open to flutists of all ages to play music written for large and small “orchestras” of flutes. The choir provides an opportunity to learn to play bass flute, alto flute and/or piccolo. For players with strong ensemble and playing skills. A Grade 4 RCM level is recommended.

Term 1: Sep 17 - Jan 21 (no class Dec 24, 31)
Term 2: Jan 28 - May 27 (1 week break in Mar)

Sat • 10:00 - 11:30am • Downtown

$167.25/term • VCM $143.66/term

Judith Pazder

Judith Pazder

Judith Pazder graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance. She has taught in Windsor, Halifax and Vancouver, where she founded the Millennium Flute Ensemble. Judith is on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and has been the director of the Academy Flute Choir for the past 10 years. In 2014 she started organizing Flute Boot camps and the program has now been expanded to include trumpet and saxophone. Judith is also involved in recorder teaching, study and performance.


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Adult Group Flute

These classes offer students a fun and approachable way to learn the flute while building their skills in music reading, rhythms and ensemble playing.

Session 1: Sep 22 - Oct 27
Session 2: Nov 3 - Dec 8
Session 3: Jan 19 - Mar 9
Session 4: Apr 7 - May 19

New Beginnings
Thu • 5:30 - 6:15 pm • Downtown
Session 1 & 2: $124.40
Session 3 & 4: $155.90
Fee includes weekly group classes and one 30-minute private lesson per session.
Textbook: Trevor Wye, Flute Class (Novello) (book + 2 CD set)

Building on the Foundations
Thu • 6:30 - 7:30 pm • Downtown
Session 1 & 2: $178.35
Session 3 & 4: $220.35
Fee includes weekly group classes and one 45-minute private lesson per session.
Textbook: Trevor Wye, Flute Class (Novello) (book + 2 CD set)


Into the Ensemble
Thu • 7:45 - 8:45 pm • Downtown
Session 1 & 2: $178.35
Session 3 & 4: $260.35
Fee includes weekly group classes and one 45-minute private lesson per session.

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Marsha Elliott

Canadian flutist Marsha Elliott is an acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and educator. As a performer Marsha has toured throughout Canada and the US and has been seen and heard on national television and radio. Marsha holds a B.Mus. in Performance from the University of Toronto and a M.Mus. in Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied with soloists Susan Hoeppner and Carol Wincenc respectively. Marsha also spent a transformative year in the Professional Winter Residency Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her past teachers and mentors have included Julius Baker (…)


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Adult Recorder Group

Do you want to learn a wind instrument but aren’t sure where to start? The recorder is an excellent beginner instrument; it’s easy, inexpensive and sounds great in an ensemble.

Offered at both VCM's Downtown and Westhills locations!

Session 1: Sep 21/22 - Oct 26/27
Session 2: Nov 2/3 - Dec 7/8
Session 3: Jan 18/19 - Mar 8/9
Session 4: Apr 5/6 - May 24/25

Learn Recorder!
Wed • 1:00 - 1:45pm • Westhills
Thu • 4:30 - 5:15pm • Downtown
Session 1 & 2: $94.50
Session 3 & 4: $126

Enter Into Ensembles!
Wed • 2:00 - 3:00pm • Westhills
Wed • 5:30 - 6:30pm • Downtown
Session 1 & 2: $126
Session 3 & 4: $168

Judith Pazder

Judith Pazder

Judith Pazder graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance. She has taught in Windsor, Halifax and Vancouver, where she founded the Millennium Flute Ensemble. Judith is on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and has been the director of the Academy Flute Choir for the past 10 years. In 2014 she started organizing Flute Boot camps and the program has now been expanded to include trumpet and saxophone. Judith is also involved in recorder teaching, study and performance.


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Mary Jill Mcculloch

Mary Jill McCulloch is principal flutist of Civic Orchestra of Victoria. She performs with Voces Intimae as both flutist and singer, and plays violin with Sooke Philharmonic. Since coming to Victoria in 1989, Mary Jill has appeared as flute soloist with St. Cecelia Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Victoria, Victoria Chamber Orchestra, and Sidney Community Music School Orchestra. She has performed frequently in the Christ Church Cathedral Summer Recital Series. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels of proficiency, using a wide variety of music. Her students have often won top honours in their Conservatory exams and excelled at (…)


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Advanced Flute Ensemble

Are you looking for a way to continue playing the flute at a high level outside of regular lessons or a band program? This ensemble of adult flutists (or talented juniors) is for you! There are many options for performance – Winds & Brass Masterclass, Collage Concerts, City Hall, Alix Goolden Performance Hall and more!  […]

Term 1: Sep 15 - Dec 1

Term 2: Jan 26 - Apr 20 (1 week break in Mar)

Thu • 5:30 - 6:30pm • $204/term • Downtown

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Mary Jill Mcculloch

Mary Jill McCulloch is principal flutist of Civic Orchestra of Victoria. She performs with Voces Intimae as both flutist and singer, and plays violin with Sooke Philharmonic. Since coming to Victoria in 1989, Mary Jill has appeared as flute soloist with St. Cecelia Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Victoria, Victoria Chamber Orchestra, and Sidney Community Music School Orchestra. She has performed frequently in the Christ Church Cathedral Summer Recital Series. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels of proficiency, using a wide variety of music. Her students have often won top honours in their Conservatory exams and excelled at (…)


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Advanced Voice Workshop

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.

Term 1: Sep 13 - Nov 29
Term 2: Jan 17 - Apr 3 (1 week break in Mar)

Tue • 1:00 - 3:00pm • $504/term • Downtown

Acceptance is by audition/interview. 
Auditions will be held in the week preceding the beginning of each term.
Optional extra coaching is available

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Nancy Argenta

With a repertoire spanning three centuries, Nancy Argenta has been hailed not only as the supreme Handel soprano of our age but also for her performances of works by such diverse composers as Mahler, Mozart, Schubert and Schoenberg. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Ozawa, Gardiner, Davis, Blomstedt, Pinnock, Hogwood and Norrington. She has sung with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Toronto, Montreal, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
In opera, concert and recital, she has appeared at many leading festivals including Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, and the BBC (…)


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Ingrid Attrot

Hailed as ‘a singer with uncommon theatrical sensibility and musical intelligence’, soprano Ingrid Attrot has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with conductors such as Dutoit, Marriner, Willcocks, Pinnok and Hickox. Her work with conductor Richard Hickox has included performances of the Britten War Requiem, Peter Grimes (Ellen Orford), and Beethoven’s Fidelio (Leonora). Opera companies with which she has worked include the English National Opera (as Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw), Opera Northern Ireland (as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni), and Pacific Opera (…)


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Robert Holliston

Robert Holliston studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music under Robin Wood and Winifred Scott Wood, and at the University of British Columbia under Robert Rogers. As an accompanist and chamber player he has performed throughout Canada and the USA, England and New Zealand, and has been heard frequently on CBC-Radio. He has recorded CDs with the popular salon ensemble Viveza, trombonist Ian McDougall, tenor Ken Lavigne, his brother Tom Holliston, Show Business Giants, and members of the Hornby Island Ensemble. Robert has collaborated with many of Canada’s leading singers, including Richard Margison, Benjamin Butterfield, Judith Forst, Nathalie Paulin, Susan (…)


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AVCM Certificate

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).

For details and registration information contact the Post-Secondary Registrar: postsecondaryregistrar@vcm.bc.ca

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Anna Cal

ANNA CAL is trained in the famous tradition of Russian piano schools. She studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg with well-known Russian performers and professors including Vitaly Berzon, Pavel Yegorov and the late Helen Shishko. She holds Master degrees with high distinction in three fields: piano performance, piano pedagogy and collaborative piano. After studying in Russia, Anna spent two years in Rome, Italy where she worked as a soloist and a voice coach. Anna is a senior teacher at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where she teaches piano, piano pedagogy and collaborative piano. She is Director of Collaborative piano and Interpretation in German Lieder Projects. Anna is a frequent performer in Victoria as a soloist and in collaboration with vocalists and instrumentalists.


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Mary Byrne

One of the active and energetic musicians in Victoria’s artistic community, Dr. Mary Byrne _DSC1043 Low Res Colour_webhas devoted much of her professional life to performing, studying, and teaching the flute. She received a B.Mus. in Flute Performance and Music Education (1985) and a M.Mus. in Flute Performance (1986) at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Victoria, where her field of specialization is the pedagogy and performance practice of the flute performer/teachers at the Paris Conservatoire during the 19th and early 20th centuries. An active teacher, adjudicator, lecturer, recorded artist, and published author (…)


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Robert Holliston

Robert Holliston studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music under Robin Wood and Winifred Scott Wood, and at the University of British Columbia under Robert Rogers. As an accompanist and chamber player he has performed throughout Canada and the USA, England and New Zealand, and has been heard frequently on CBC-Radio. He has recorded CDs with the popular salon ensemble Viveza, trombonist Ian McDougall, tenor Ken Lavigne, his brother Tom Holliston, Show Business Giants, and members of the Hornby Island Ensemble. Robert has collaborated with many of Canada’s leading singers, including Richard Margison, Benjamin Butterfield, Judith Forst, Nathalie Paulin, Susan (…)


Ingrid-Attrot

Ingrid Attrot

Hailed as ‘a singer with uncommon theatrical sensibility and musical intelligence’, soprano Ingrid Attrot has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with conductors such as Dutoit, Marriner, Willcocks, Pinnok and Hickox. Her work with conductor Richard Hickox has included performances of the Britten War Requiem, Peter Grimes (Ellen Orford), and Beethoven’s Fidelio (Leonora). Opera companies with which she has worked include the English National Opera (as Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw), Opera Northern Ireland (as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni), and Pacific Opera (…)


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BC Fiddle Orchestra

The BC Fiddle Orchestra began with a small group of talented and enthusiastic young violinists from Daniel Lapp’s studio. The first performance, in 1994, was at the Opening Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games.

Intro to Fiddle
Ages 5 - 7
Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 15 • $300
Term 2: Jan 12 - Jun 22 • $440
(2 week break in Mar)

Ages 8 - 12
Requires 1 to 2 years experience.
Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 15 • $379.80
Term 2: Jan 12 - Jun 22 • $599.60
 (2 week break in Mar)
Thu • 4:00 - 5:00pm • Downtown

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Old-Time Dance Orchestra (ages 8 - 13)
Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 15
Band $269.80 • Fiddle $379.80

Term 2: Jan 12 - Jun 22 (2 week break in Mar)
Band $379.60 • Fiddle $599.60
Thu • 5:00 - 6:15pm • Downtown

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BCFO (ages 12 - 19)
Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 15
Band $269.80 • Fiddle $379.80

Term 2: Jan 12 - Jun 22 (2 week break in Mar)
Band $379.60 • Fiddle $599.60
Thu • 6:15 - 7:45pm • Downtown

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Daniel Lapp

Daniel Lapp is a world-renowned singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher, archivist, band leader, sideman, producer, promoter and – no kidding – the list goes on. And like the true-blue Canadian he is, Daniel does it all with trademark energy and warmth. As a fiddler, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter, Daniel Lapp has played on over 100 albums and performed across Canada, United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Germany with some of the world’s most renowned Folk and Jazz musicians. Daniel is the winner of the B.C. Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as (…)


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Brass Choir

This group will draw on the rich traditions of music for brass and is open to players of all ages and abilities. Repertoire ranges from simple brass quintet arrangements to pieces for brass choir and full brass band.

Term 1: Sep 13 - Dec 13

Term 2: Jan 10 - Apr 18 (1 week break in Mar)

Tue • 7:00 - 8:30pm • $139.50/term (VCM $120.08/term) • Downtown

Scott MacInnes

Scott MacInnes

Scott MacInnes has become a leader in the musical community as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger and clinician. In the fall of 2005 Scott moved to British Columbia to play bass trombone for a season with the Victoria Symphony. The following year he joined both the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra (VISO). As a member of the VISO for the past 10 years he has held the position of Principal Bass Trombone. In addition to his studio teaching and leading the Brass Choir at the VCM, Scott teaches private trombone lessons as well as conducts the brass (…)


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Cello Orchestras

Develop better intonation and learn to play more musically with the rich, warm tone of a cello ensemble. Repertoire consists of high-quality transcriptions of great music.

Term 1: Sep 15/16 - Jan 12/20 (no class Nov 11, Dec 27/24, 30/31)
Term 2: Jan 26/27 - May 18/26
 (no class Apr 14; 1 week break in Mar)

Thu • 7:30 - 8:45pm OR Fri • 10:30 - 11:45am

$178.46/term • Downtown

Start date subject to change. Late registrations permitted; consult instructor.

Laura Backstrom

Laura Backstrom

Laura Backstrom began her musical life as a pianist, switching over to cello in her teens. She studied cello at the University of Alberta with the renowned pedagogue Claude Kenneson, and participated in summer programs in Banff and Victoria. Upon graduation from the U of A with a Bachelor of Music, Laura was invited, with a full scholarship, to study with the Fine Arts Quartet at the University of Wisconsin. Her next few years were spent pursuing studies in Toronto with cellist Daniel Domb. While there, Laura completed two intensive training courses: the Orchestral Training Program, and the Musical Performance (…)


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Certificate in Music Technologies

The Music Technologies certificate is a series of seven courses which may be taken part-time over three semesters. You will study basic software and hardware technologies and explore practical applications of technologies, gaining fluency with the four pillars of music technology required by today’s music workplace:

Application Deadlines
Please submit two applications for the Certificate in Music Technologies program: a Camosun application form as well as a Victoria Conservatory of Music application.

Apply by August 15 to start in September
Apply by December 1 to start in January
Apply by April 1 to start in May

Admission is offered to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Qualified applicants whose application is received after the deadlines above will be offered placement through waiting-list for a specified future term.

Admission requirements
Minimum Music Competency
When you apply, you must demonstrate Minimum Music Competency in one of two ways:

Option 1: Coursework
Submit sealed original or certified copy of a postsecondary transcript showing successful completion of coursework equivalent to or exceeding the requirements for Minimum Music Competency along with the application to the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Camosun/VCM options: a C in MUSC 111 or equivalent and a C in MUSC 120 or equivalent

Option 2: Music Department Entrance Examination
For an additional fee, complete a Music Department Entrance Examination, through the Victoria Conservatory of Music, demonstrating fluency with the written and aural rudiments of music theory and understanding of the musical trends and styles in the history of Western music over the past two millennia.
If the original or certified copy of a postsecondary transcript does not accompany your application to the Victoria Conservatory of Music, it will be assumed that you are requesting a Music Department Entrance Examination and will be charged the associated assessment fee. Minimum Music Competency must be demonstrated in full prior to the application deadline and before admission to the program will be granted.
For all inquiries regarding this program option, contact the Director of the Department of Postsecondary Studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Program participation requirements
Students are required to have the appropriate computer, software and hardware for the program. For details see What it Costs.

Completion requirements
To qualify for the Certificate in Music Technologies you must successfully complete all required courses and achieve an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

Jonathan Haek

Jonathan Haek

Jonathan Haek is a composer and flutist originally from Portland, Oregon. Dr. Haek is the Director of the School of Music Technology and Creativity at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He currently teaches Aural Skills courses for the VCM’s Department of Postsecondary Studies, and is the designer, developer, and instructor of the new postsecondary Certificate of Music Technologies program offered in partnership with Camosun College. Jon’s interests lie at the intersections of music, math, and technology. His projects have involved collaboration with modern dance choreographers, free improvisation, interactive and computer music composition, and Fibonacci numbers as compositional tools. Dedicated to […]


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