Music Programs

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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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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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 19 - Dec 5
Term 2: Jan 16 - Apr 24

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.

Term 1: Sep 23 - Dec 9
Term 2: Jan 20 - Apr 14

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

A class for advanced recorders and strings. Explore the beginnings of harmony and play some of the most beautiful melodies ever written. Music for the low consort: tenors, basses, great basses, violin, viola, and cello.

Term 1: Sep 23 - Dec 9
Term 2: Jan 20 - Apr 14

Sat • 3:30 - 5:00pm • $257/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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Music Theory

Our theory classes (Preparatory to level 8) go beyond the teaching of music theory, integrating ear-training, music history/style and melody writing, offering students a well-rounded music education. As of level 9, separate History classes and studio instruction are offered for all subjects including Harmony 9, Harmony and Counterpoint 10, and ARCT theory. Our theory classes […]

Second Term is the higher of each level (eg: Term 1 is Level 3 and Term 2 is Level 4). Students will be prepared to write the higher-level RCM instrumental or vocal examination during the May session. Prerequisite: the previous theory level or equivalent.

Term 1: Week of Sept 11 - Jan 15
Term 2: Week of Jan 22 - May 14

$336/term • Downtown

Prep Classes for Beginners, Ages 7 - 9
Students learn to read music and/or improve their music reading skills. Courses lay a foundation for further studies of any instrument and enrich early studies.
To be arranged with the coordinator.

Theory Level 3 / 4
If you are in RCM grades 1 - 3 instrumental or voice, or have played an instrument for several years, this is where you want to start.
Mon • 5:00 - 6:00pm OR Thu • 5:00 - 6:00pm

Theory Level 4 / 5
Fri • 4:30 - 5:30pm

Theory Level 5 / 6
Mon • 4:00 - 5:00pm OR Thu • 4:00 - 5:00pm

Theory Level 6 / 7
Mon • 6:00 - 7:00pm

Theory Level 7 / 8
Tue • 4:00 - 5:00pm

Theory Level 8 / Introduction to Harmony
Students are introduced to subjects such as four-part harmony, counterpoint, and song writing. An excellent foundation for further studies in Harmony.
Tue • 5:00 - 6:00pm OR Fri • 5:30 - 6:30pm

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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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Studio Instruction – Advanced Music Theory

Understanding what music is truly all about, starts with learning how it is put together. The VCM’s School of Music Technology and Creativity offers a complete array of advanced music theory subjects through Individual. or through Shared Studio Instruction. Advanced Subjects offered include: Composition, Songwriting, Arranging, Harmony, Counterpoint, Analysis, and Score Study.

Harmony 9 or 10
(RCM Basic or Intermediate Harmony)
Crystal Wiksyk, Stephen Brown

Composition
Stephen Brown, VCM Composer in Residence
David Clenman, Jonathan Haek, Liova Bueno, Daniel Brandes, Christopher Reiche, Jan Randall

Songwriting, Arranging
David Clenman, Jan Randall (also teaches at VCM Westhills location)

Counterpoint, Analysis, Score Study
Stephen Brown

All Individual or Shared Studio Instruction for these subjects is based on an $79.80 hourly fee, shared among participants.

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Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown holds ARCT Diplomas in both Theory and Composition from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is an associate of the Canadian Music Centre. He is a senior theory for the RCM in Toronto and has twice served as a juror for the British Columbia Arts Council. His compositions include a symphony, a piano concerto, three song cycles, two overtures, two suites for orchestra, a missa brevis, a canticle and an elegy for soprano and strings, and many chamber and solo works. Recently, Mr. Brown has completed his second and third suites for solo cello, a woodwind quintet revision, (…)


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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 […]


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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Liova Bueno

A faculty member at the Victoria Conservatory of Music since 2014, Liova Bueno teaches individual instruction in composition, theory, song-writing, music history and music appreciation, covering a wide variety of musical styles, genres, and time periods. He also teaches postsecondary students in connection with the VCM/Camosun College Diploma in Music Performance Program (Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint).
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Liova Bueno’s music has been performed in concerts and music festivals internationally, from countries in Central and South America to Europe, the United States and across Canada. He has received commissions from and has collaborated with various ensembles, organizations, […]


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Daniel Brandes

Daniel Brandes (b. 1985) is a composer who lives in Victoria, British Columbia with his wife and cat. In 2010, Daniel completed his Masters of Music at the University of Victoria where he studied composition with Christopher Butterfield and Daniel Bíro. In 2012 he founded A Place to Listen — Victoria BC’s only monthly experimental music series — which presents works from members of the Wandelweiser composers collective, and other fringe artists exploring the use(s) of silence in contemporary music. Daniel composes music that walks tight ropes — tight ropes between nothing and something, fragility and fierceness, beauty and ugliness. He likes art (…)


Chris Reiche

Christopher Reiche

CHRISTOPHER REICHE is a performer, composer and instructor. Originally from Ontario, he moved to Victoria British Columbia to pursue a Masters of Music at the University of Victoria. As a composer, his works have been performed by The Vancouver Miniaturist Ensemble, Mark McGregor and Brian Nesselroads, and locally by the Aventa Ensemble. His work The length of this piece is not arbitary – Painting Portrait of Glass has been recorded by Quatuor Bozzini and released on their CD À chacun sa miniature. As a performer, he specializes in contemporary music and free improvisation. In Victoria he has performed with the (…)


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Jan Randall

Jan Randall is a pianist, who played entirely by ear from childhood, started working in blues and pop music bands while still in high school, and after receiving formal classical and jazz training as a composer and arranger went on to spend a decade in theatre before moving on to make a career of composing sound tracks for broadcast. Jan has been the head song writer since 2011 for the hit CBC radio series “The Irrelevant Show.” He wrote songs and doubled as musical director for comedy shows with Second City in the early 80′s, where he collaborated with such (…)


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David Clenman

Private theory and composition studies under full scholarship with Srul Glick; advanced ear training with Robert Mundinger; electronic music studies at the University of Chicago; theory, composition, and conducting studies at the University of Victoria (President’s Scholarship). Compositions and arrangements performed and broadcast in Canada, the United States, and Central America; recorded by Denise Williams, Jacques Lorioz, and the Canadian Tenors. Teaches theory and ear training at the University of Victoria, where he was awarded the Gilian Sherwin Award for Teaching Excellence, Adjudicates many competitions, is a VCM examiner, and has been an examiner for the Royal Canadian College of (…)


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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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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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Group Cello for Adult Beginners

Learn to play the cello in a fun, social environment, starting with the basics. No musical experience is necessary. Textbook: All for Strings, Book 1

Term 1: Sep 11 - Dec 11
Term 2: Jan 22 - Apr 30

Mon • 7:15 - 8:30pm • $315/term • 
Downtown

Start date subject to change. Consult the instructor prior to registering for appropriate placement.

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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