Music Programs


ChoirKids is a non-auditioned choir program for school-age kids that focuses on singing for fun to foster a love and appreciation for music. All music is learnt by ear, and may include at times light choreography. Weekly one-hour rehearsals provide a range of “warm-up” games, and repertoire is drawn from popular folk tunes, and contemporary music, sung either in unison, or in two parts.

Term 1: Sep 12 - Jan 19
Term 2: Jan 23 - May 11

Tue • 5:00 - 6:00pm • $120/term

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Emily Green

Emily grew up in Oakville, Ontario in a musical family, the daughter of a rock guitarist. She received her Bachelor of Music degree with Honours from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Music Education, with a Minor in German, and studied classical piano with Mr. John Kruspe. Emily began teaching group piano classes while still a student and over the past five years has taught at various music schools in the Toronto area, including the notable Merriam School of Music. Emily is also a church pianist and has acted as Music Director at two Anglican churches in her […]

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Clarinet Choir 

This ensemble offers clarinet players the opportunity to come together and explore literature written specifically for instruments in the clarinet family.  We will also explore rich transcriptions of literature written for other instrumental groups.  Players will enjoy playing music of a variety of genres – from classical to popular to jazz.  Suitable for students with […]

New! Summer Term: Jun 20 - Aug 22, 2017
Tue • 6:00 - 7:00pm • $84.00 • VCM $72.90 • Downtown

Term 1: Sep 12 - Jan 16
Term 2: Jan 23 - May 22

Tue • 6:00 - 7:00pm • $146/term • Downtown

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Jack Edwards

Dr. Jack Edwards is Conductor of the Greater Victoria Junior Concert Band and SookeWinds, Director of the Victoria Community Marching Band, Director of the Harmony Project Marching Drumline, and bassoonist in the Raincoast Trio and Springridge Quintet. He has also performed as Principal alto saxophone and bassoon with the Greater Victoria Senior Concert Band and Principal alto saxophone with the Merideum Wind Orchestra. He is on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Sooke Music Academy. Dr. Edwards was born and raised in Northeast Georgia, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. On a full, four-year saxophone scholarship, […]

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Classical Guitar Orchestra

Classical guitarists of all ages develop strong ensemble and sight-reading skills under the direction of a conductor. Repertoire ranges from music of the 16th through to the 20th centuries, as well as world music and Beatles songs. All levels welcome from beginner to intermediate.

Term 1: Sep 16 - Jan 20
Term 2: Jan 27 - May 26

Sat • 10:30am - 12:00pm • $164.75/term (VCM $130.80/term) • Downtown


Douglas Hensley

Douglas Hensley is an ecclectic and versatile musician who enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages, helping them develop a solid technique which will enable them to play whatever kind of music they choose. Since 2001, he has served with the Victoria Symphony on guitar, lute, mandolin, and banjo, and in 2008 joined Pacific Opera Victoria in Regina. As co-founder and co-director of the Continuum Consort, he explores a repertoire from 12th century Cantigas de Santa Maria to 21st century works written for the ensemble (including commissions funded by the B.C. Arts Council and the Canada Council), on a (…)

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Conservatory Chorale

A mixed-voice (SATB) chamber choir. Major choral works from the classical canon are paired with lesser-known and contemporary selections to comprise a rich and varied repertoire each term. Strong musicianship, and good sight-reading and part-singing ability are required.

Term 1: Sep 7 - Dec 7
Term 2: Jan 8 - Apr 12

Mon & Thu • 2:00 - 3:30pm • $224/term • Downtown


Brian Wismath

Brian Wismath is music director of the Victoria Conservatory of Music Chorale, the Victoria Choral Society and Vox Humana. Brian began his education in choral music as a chorister in the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, and after completing a Bachelor of Music at Queen’s University, he received a Master’s in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona. Brian has a rich choral background. He has served as director of the University of Victoria Chamber Singers and Tucson Masterworks Chorale; as associate conductor of Orpheus Choir of Toronto, Chorus Niagara, and Ontario Youth Choir; and as assistant conductor of Opera in (…)

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Diction for Singers

Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and the ability to convey a foreign language text accurately and expressively are essential skills for singers. English (British and North American) and IPA, Italian, German and French diction are offered on a rotating, term basis.

Term 1: Sep 11 - Dec 7
Term 2: Jan 8 - Apr 12

Mon & Thu • 10:00 - 11:00am • $588/term • Downtown

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Kiiri Michelsen

For Kiiri Michelsen, music is a passion to be shared, whether on stage or in the teaching studio. She is active in performance, teaching (voice/piano/lyric diction), coaching (lyric diction) and research. Since 1998 (piano) and 2002 (voice), Kiiri has taught both privately and on faculty at various music schools, including the Sidney Community Music School, Brentwood College School, and Con Brio Music School. She has taught in both Victoria and Montreal, and is now pleased to be part of the VCM faculty. Kiiri’s teaching approach focuses on the development of healthy technique through the elimination of tension patterns and mental (…)

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Diploma in Music Performance

The Diploma in Music Performance offers a full-time postsecondary music program with unparalleled access to acclaimed performance and composition faculty. This ground-breaking credential program leads musicians of all genres through a common first year and a specialized second year of hands-on, practical music making and performance. Rounded out with essential theory, history, ear training, workplace, […]

Deadline for early admission is February 28. Applications for the Certificate and Diploma programs include:
VCM Questionnaire
Camosun College Application
Two letters of reference
Application & Assessment Fees
Auditions take place in late-March and early-April. Live auditions are highly recommended.
If you are an international student, contact Camosun College International Student Services before registering. Before registering, students MUST contact the Postsecondary Registrar: 250.386.5311, ext. 5000

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The Ear-Training program helps students learn how to effectively practice intervals, chords, chord progressions, playbacks, rhythm clap-backs, and rhythmic reading to match their instrumental level.

6 x 60 min • Class dates and times to be arranged with Theory coordinator • $126 • Downtown


Crystal Wiksyk

Crystal is a theory and musicianship instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she coordinates the Classical Music Theory programming through the School of Music Technology and Creativity, for the Ann & George Nation Conservatory of Classical Music. Crystal teaches group classes as well as individual lessons at the VCM, and has taught theory and musicianship classes for the VCM/Camosun College Diploma program. She is the co-author of three publications for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and also leads the Music Theory programming for the VCM’s Summer Academy. Crystal is a Royal Conservatory certified theory teacher and long-time member […]

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Early Bird Flute Choir

A welcoming and exciting ensemble, perfect for the beginner flute student of any age. Learn how to follow a conductor, develop strong listening skills and play music together as a team.

Term 1: Sep 16 - Jan 20 • $138 (VCM $118.80)
Term 2: Jan 27 - May 26 • $146 (VCM $125.60)

Sat • 9:00 - 10:00am • Downtown

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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Families Making Music

Birth - 5 years A fun music program for the whole family! Sing, dance, try new instruments and play fun musical games. Bring the whole brood for an interactive program at a great family rate. Classes are offered at both the main Victoria location, and new Westhills location. *Siblings receive a 20% discount on FMM tuition; siblings under […]


Music Discovery
Tue • Sep 12 - Nov 7 • 10:15 - 11:00am • $141.75
Thu • Sep 14 - Nov 9 • 10:15 - 11:00am • $141.75
Sat • Sep 16 - Nov 4 • 10:15 - 11:00am OR 11:15am - 12:00pm • $110.25

Music, Winter, and Weather
Tue • Nov 14 - Jan 23 • 10:15 - 11:00am • $141.75
Thu • Nov 16 - Jan 25 • 10:15 - 11:00am • $141.75
Sat • Nov 18 - Jan 27 • 10:15 - 11:00am OR 11:15am - 12:00pm • $126

Music, Animals, and Creatures
Tue • Jan 30 - Apr 10 • 10:15 - 11:00am • $141.75
Thu • Feb 1 - Apr 12 • 10:15 - 11:00am • $141.75
Sat • Feb 3 - Apr 14 • 10:15 - 11:00am OR 11:15am - 12:00pm • $126

Music from Around the World
Tue • Apr 17 - Jun 12 • 10:15 - 11:00am • $141.75
Thu • Apr 19 - Jun 14 • 10:15 - 11:00am • $141.75
Sat • Apr 21 - Jun 16 • 10:15 - 11:00am OR 11:15am - 12:00pm • $141.75



Music Discovery
Thu • Sep 14 - Nov 9 • 11:25am - 12:10pm • $141.75

Music, Winter, and Weather
Thu • Nov 16 - Jan 25 • 11:25am - 12:10pm • $141.75

Music, Animals, and Creatures
Thu • Feb 1 - Apr 12 • 11:25am - 12:10pm • $141.75

Music from Around the World
Thu • Apr 19 - Jun 14 • 11:25am - 12:10pm • $141.75

Note: Families Making Music classes require a minimum enrolment of 5. If enrolment is insufficient, registrants will be offered an alternate class or a refund


Andrea Cave

Andrea Cave has always enjoyed interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. Her interest in psychology, wellness, and music led her to pursue training in the field of music therapy. Andrea studied at Camosun College before transferring to Capilano University where she completed an Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy degree in September 2013. During practicum placements, Andrea worked with cancer patients, geriatrics with dementia, and children with various special needs. Her internship at the VCM, under Dr. Johanne Brodeur, included work on-site and within the community. Andrea continues to provide supportive music therapy for children with autism, developmental, physical, (…)


Georgina Craig

Georgina Craig graduated from Christ Church University in Canterbury, England; undertook postgraduate vocal studies at Trinity College of Music in London, teacher training at Reading University and Orff training in Calgary. She brings to the VCM a wealth of experience working with students of all ages both in a class setting and on a one to one basis. In addition to her community outreach work at the VCM, Georgina is the conductor for the Concerto group of Viva Youth Voices. Georgina enjoys performing music of all genres and is a member of Ensemble Laude here in Victoria. She also sings (…)


Nicole Payie

Nicole has played classical guitar from the age of seven when she started lesson at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. After completing the VCM/Camosun Diploma in Music, majoring in Classical Guitar Performance, she pursued a Bachelor of Music at the University of Victoria and afterwards a Master’s in Music Performance at the University of Ottawa. Nicole has taught private students of all ages and abilities and enjoys helping students find their own music voice. Nicole is excited to join the faculty in the Department of Early Childhood Music, teaching classes out in the Greater Victoria community, and looks forward to […]

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First Level String Orchestra

An introduction to ensemble playing an orchestral repertoire. Students in this orchestra should have at least one year playing experience and be comfortable reading music. Performance opportunities include concerts at the VCM and in the community.

Term 1: Sep 12 - Jan 16
Term 2: Jan 23 - May 22

Tue • 6:00 - 7:00pm • $146/term (VCM $116.93/term) • Downtown


Tatiana Kostour

Ms. Tatiana Kostour, Moscow born, is a violinist from The Ukraine. In 1991 she graduated from Kiev Conservatory of Music and in 1993 immigrated to Canada. Besides performance, studying pedagogy, method of teaching and practical teaching courses under supervisions of very fine Ukrainian teachers, Tatiana always stood out with the highest marks in performance and teaching. Many years of polishing her teaching techniques brought to Ms. Kostour very successful results. Number of Tatiana’s students received Gold and Silver medals from The Royal Conservatory of Music and first places from The National Canadian Music Competitions. In addition to these awards her (…)

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