Music Programs

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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Folkestra

“I created Folkestra as an opportunity for people to have a fun night out playing music with others looking for the same experience. It’s a way for people to make the transition from listening to playing music in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. We are a band, a community and our own weekly kitchen party!”

Term 1: Sep 13 - Dec 13 • $159.25
Term 2: Jan 17 - May 2 • $183.75
(1 week break in Mar)

Wed • 8:15 - 9:30pm • Downtown
$16.50 per drop-in, $75 for 5-class pass

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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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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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Group Guitar for Adults

An introduction to classical guitar that will allow beginners to develop basic technique and more experienced novices to refine their skills. Sight-reading and the understanding and fingering of basic chords to accompany singing are incorporated into a fluid curriculum, where participants are encouraged to suggest repertoire and topics of guitar methodology about which they are […]

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

Tue • 7:00 - 8:00pm • $362/term • Downtown

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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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Group Guitar for Beginners: 7-9 years and 10-14 years

Elements of classical and Suzuki instructional methods are employed to introduce children to the basics of classical guitar technique. Students learn to play both solo and ensemble repertoire, and are introduced to chords.

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

Level 1 • 7 - 9 years • Wed • 5:30 - 6:30pm

$362/term • Downtown

Level 2 • 10 - 14 years • Wed • 6:30 - 7:30pm

$362/term • Downtown

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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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Group Piano for Beginners: 5-6 years and 7-8 years

These fun-filled lessons will help your child begin their musical education on a positive note. They will participate in a class where they can socialize and encourage one another, all while learning to play the piano.

Term 1: Sep 12/14 - Jan 16/18 

Term 2: Jan 23/25 - May 22/24

5 - 6 years • Tue OR Thu • 4:00 - 5:00pm 

$362/term • Downtown

7 - 8 years • Tue OR Thu • 5:00 - 6:00pm

$362/term • Downtown

Ellen Boston

Ellen Boston

Ellen studied piano with Robin Wood at the University of Victoria and Piano Pedagogy with Winifred Wood at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Her studies have also included harpsichord with Eric Schwandt, Colin Tilney, and Doreen Oke. She received Suzuki certification with Merlin Thompson and holds memberships in the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has collaborated with both singers and instrumentalists at the BC Festival of the Performing Arts and accompanist at MusicFest Canada and the Kathaumixw International Choral Festival. More recently, Ellen assisted the music ministry as pianist for Trinity (…)


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Group Ukulele for Adults

An introduction to Hawaii’s small but mighty musical export! Students will learn to strum chords and accompany songs, gradually working toward proficient note-reading in this fun, relaxed class.

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

Tue • 8:00 - 9:00pm • $362/term • Downtown

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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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History of Music

Music History classes are suitable for all students, from school age through to adults and seniors, either as a complement to studio instruction, or simply for music appreciation. Courses offered integrate into all of our theory classes up to level 8. As of level 9, three levels of advanced History classes are offered. All classes align with the RCM’s 2016 theory syllabus and prepare students to write the corresponding History examinations held in May.

Term 1: Sep 16- Jan 13
Term 2: Jan 27 - May 12

Sat • $346/term • Downtown

History 9 (RCM History 1)
9:00 - 10:00am OR Wed • 6:00 - 7:00pm

History 10 (RCM History 2)
10:15 - 11:15am

History ARCT (RCM History 3)
11:30am - 12:30pm

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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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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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Joy of Life Choir

A non-auditioned, adult choir open to all who are seeking a joyful musical experience. Repertoire is drawn from great songs found in the gospel, folk, country, jazz and R&B traditions as well as original songs composed by Daniel specifically for this choir.

Term 1: Sep 13 - Dec 13 • $143.50
Term 2: Jan 17 - May 2 • $153.75

Wed • 6:45 - 8:00pm • Downtown
$14.00 per drop-in, $62.25 for 5-class pass

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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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