Music Programs

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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Saxophone Choir

The saxophone is a very versatile instrument, equally at home in classical music or jazz.  This ensemble brings together the variety of instruments in the saxophone family while performing music drawn from a number of traditions.  It is a great opportunity to play in a group dedicated to exploring the unique sounds of the saxophone. […]


Term 1: Sep 12 - Jan 16
Term 1: Jan 30 - May 22

Tue • 7:00 - 8:00 pm • $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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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 12 - Dec 12

Term 2: Jan 9 - Apr 10

Tue • 7:00 - 8:30pm • $150/term • Downtown

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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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Rock Band (Teen/Youth to Adult)

On stage in the VCM’s Metro Theatre, the Rock Band program creates new and welcomes existing bands to develop the chops needed to bring it live on stage as rock musicians.

Youth Rock Band
Session 1: Sep 11/13 - Nov 6/8
Session 2: Nov 20/22 - Jan 15/17
Session 3: Jan 22/24 - Mar 19/21
Session 4: Apr 9/11 - Jun 4/6

Mon • 6:00 - 7:30pm • Downtown
Wed • 6:00 - 7:30pm • Westhills
$204/session

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Adult Rock Band
Session 1: Sep 11/13 - Nov 6/8
Session 2: Nov 20/22 - Jan 15/17
Session 3: Jan 22/24 - Mar 19/21
Session 4: Apr 9/11 - Jun 4/6

Mon • 7:45 - 9:15pm • Downtown
Wed • TBA • Westhills
$204/session

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Kelly Nordstrom

Kelly Avril Nordstrom is native to Canada’s West Coast and is well known as a gifted producer and educator. Most recently, Kelly celebrated the award winning debut release of his studio collaboration with the band “Sound of Contact”, featuring Simon Collins, Dave Kerzner and Matt Dorsey entitled “Dimensionaut”. SoC (Sound of Contact) was mixed by Producer Nick Davis (Genesis, Tony Banks, Mike + the Mechanics, XTC, Marillion…) and received the prestigious “Limelight Award” at the “Progressive Music Awards 2013” held in the UK, marking an important touchstone of Kelly’s musical and technical abilities. Co-creator of the concept behind the “Dimensionaut” (…)


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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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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 16 - Jan 20 • $170 (VCM $144.50)
Term 2: Jan 27 - May 26 • $180 (VCM $153)

Sat • 10:00 - 11:30am • 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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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 8 - 12
Requires 1 to 2 years experience.
Term 1: Sep 7 - Dec 14 • $382
Term 2: Jan 11 - Jun 21 • $602
Thu • 4:00 - 5:00pm • Downtown

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Old-Time Dance Orchestra (ages 8 - 13)
Term 1: Sep 7 - Dec 14
Band $231 • Fiddle $381

Term 2: Jan 11 - Jun 21
Band $382 • Fiddle $602
Thu • 4:00 - 5:00pm • Downtown

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Intro to BCFO
Term 1: Sep 7 - Dec 14
Band $231 • Fiddle $381

Term 2: Jan 11 - Jun 21
Band $382 • Fiddle $602
Thu • 5:00 - 6:15pm • Downtown

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BCFO (ages 12 - 19)
Term 1: Sep 7 - Dec 14
Band $231 • Fiddle $381

Term 2: Jan 11 - Jun 21
Band $382 • Fiddle $602
Thu • 6:15 - 7:30pm • 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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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


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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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Intermediate String Orchestra

Hone your ensemble skills, with focus on developing good intonation, rhythm, and musicianship. Members should be playing at a RCM Grade 4 level or higher, have some previous ensemble experience, and be comfortable sight-reading.

Term 1: Sep 13 - Jan 17
Term 2: Jan 24 - May 23

Wed • 4:15 - 5:45pm • $180/term (VCM $143.66/term) • Downtown


Tatiana

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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Senior String Orchestra

An intensive program focusing on the study and performance of great works in the string orchestra repertoire, this orchestra is for advanced students who are playing at an RCM Grade 7 level or higher. A challenging, rewarding, and fun experience.

Term 1: Sep 11 - Dec 11
Term 2: Jan 8 - Apr 9

Mon • 7:00 - 9:00pm • $234/term (VCM $200.40/term) • Downtown

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