Music Programs

Violin from Scratch (Adults)

Play violin in your youth? Always wanted to play violin, but just never got around to it? It is never too late!

Offered at Westhills location only.

Session 1: Sep 15 - Nov 3
Session 2: Nov 17 - Jan 19 (no class Dec 22, 29)
Session 3: Jan 26 - Mar 16
Session 4: Mar 23 - May 18

Thu • $168/session • Westhills

Level 1 (Beginners): 10:00 - 11:00 am
Level 2: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Dexine Wallbank

DEXINE WALLBANK was a member of The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and also played with the National Ballet Orchestra of Canada, both in Toronto. Apart from the years she spent in eastern Canada, Dexine has played with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra since she was twenty years old. Over the years she has also played with various chamber groups including the early music group, Victoria Festival Consort. Dexine received Suzuki teacher training form the Suzuki Kingston institute as well as the Guelph Suzuki institute. In addition to many years of giving lessons privately from her home, she has also taught at (…)


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Theory and Musicianship for Adults

For adults who have completed the Adult Beginners course or the equivalent.  Theory, ear-training and sight reading are integrated to further develop musical literacy. Students become musically literate and have a deeper understanding and a life-long appreciation of how music “works.” Students will be arranged into the appropriate level based on their previous experience. Brenda […]

Available at VCM Westhills location only.
Please email the instructor, Brenda Braaten, for placement: eartraining@shaw.ca
$59.80 / hour (shared among participants)

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Brenda Braaten

Brenda Braaten is co-author of the Sound Advice Theory and Ear-Training Program, published by Frederick Harris Music Company. Brenda teaches theory and musicianship at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, is the musicianship instructor for the Diploma in Music program offered by Camosun College in conjunction with the VCM, and also teaches theory/musicianship via distance learning. She is a theory and ear-training clinician and, for over 25 years, has taught theory, harmony, history, and musicianship in Victoria, Nanaimo, and the Cowichan Valley. Brenda was co-director of a popular summer performing arts school in Ladysmith. She has been presenter for “The Art (…)


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Self-Directed Voice Studies for Advanced Singers

Have you recently graduated from a degree or diploma program? Graduates often feel they need further study or specialized instruction to prepare for professional engagements and auditions. VCM offers a personalized combination of our innovative programs for advanced singers, which includes coachings and lessons with senior faculty, Opera Studio, the Advanced Voice Workshop, and Voice […]

Instruction days and times will vary according to program selection.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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 […]

Term 1: Sep 13 - Jan 17

Term 2: Jan 24 - May 23 (1 week break in Mar)

Tue • 6:00 - 7:00pm • $135.80/term • VCM $116.93/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 18 - Jan 22

No Class Dec 25 2016 and Jan 01 2017

Sun • 1:00 - 2:00 pm • $135.80/term (VCM $116.93/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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Recorder Ensemble

For intermediate level players, the Recorder Ensemble offers the opportunity to meet other players, improve reading skills and play trios, quartets and more in a large ensemble. Repertoire will include songs and dances from the 12th century through the Renaissance and Baroque, as well as popular Celtic and Swing. There are end of term performance […]

Term 1: Sep 20 - Dec 6 
Term 2: Jan 17 - Apr 25

Tue • 7:30 - 8:30pm • $210/term • Downtown

Beginning Recorder lessons available by 
arrangement, shared lessons encouraged.

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Stacey Boal

A multi-faceted musician, Stacey Boal teaches recorder, violin and viola at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and plays the viola in the Victoria Symphony. In addition, she has taught at WCAMS summer camp, and led recorder workshops in Victoria, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Kelowna and Edmonton. Stacey has performed several recorder solos with the VS, most recently Bach’s 2nd Brandenburg Concerto. She has also played the recorder in Pacific Opera productions of Handel’s Rodelinda and Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Stacey was born in Revelstoke and went to high school in North Vancouver. She is a graduate of Carson Graham and the UBC (…)


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Sinfonia I

An introduction to playing in consort, open to intermediate recorders, violins, violas and cellos. Explore simple Renaissance dance music from England, France, Germany and Italy. New players should contact the instructor before registering. End of term performances are available for those wishing to participate. Stacey Boal

ADD: New players should contact the instructor before registering.

Term 1: Sep 17 - Nov 24
Term 2: Jan 21 - Apr 8

Sat • 2:30 - 3:30pm • $173/term • Downtown

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Stacey Boal

A multi-faceted musician, Stacey Boal teaches recorder, violin and viola at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and plays the viola in the Victoria Symphony. In addition, she has taught at WCAMS summer camp, and led recorder workshops in Victoria, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Kelowna and Edmonton. Stacey has performed several recorder solos with the VS, most recently Bach’s 2nd Brandenburg Concerto. She has also played the recorder in Pacific Opera productions of Handel’s Rodelinda and Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Stacey was born in Revelstoke and went to high school in North Vancouver. She is a graduate of Carson Graham and the UBC (…)


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Sinfonia II

Open to advanced recorders who are interested in 20th century chamber music. HIndemith, Kodaly, Vaughn Williams and Lutoslawski all wrote well for the recorder. Here is an opportunity to experience these intriguing and challenging ensembles. Please contact the instructor before registering. Session 1 & 2 will each be 4 weeks. You may choose either or both. Session 1 will […]

Term 1, Session 1: Sep 17 - Oct 15
Term 1, Session 2: Nov 5 - Nov 24
Term 2: Jan 21 - Apr 8

Sat • 3:30 - 5:00pm • $131/Term 1, Sessions 1 and 2; $257 Term 2 • Downtown

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Stacey Boal

A multi-faceted musician, Stacey Boal teaches recorder, violin and viola at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and plays the viola in the Victoria Symphony. In addition, she has taught at WCAMS summer camp, and led recorder workshops in Victoria, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Kelowna and Edmonton. Stacey has performed several recorder solos with the VS, most recently Bach’s 2nd Brandenburg Concerto. She has also played the recorder in Pacific Opera productions of Handel’s Rodelinda and Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Stacey was born in Revelstoke and went to high school in North Vancouver. She is a graduate of Carson Graham and the UBC (…)


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