Music Programs

Cello Orchestras

Develop better intonation and learn to play more musically with the rich, warm tone of a cello ensemble. Repertoire consists of high-quality transcriptions of great music.

Term 1: Sep 14/15 - Jan 11/12
Term 2: Jan 26/27 - May 18/26
 (no class Apr 14; 1 week break in Mar)

Thu • 7:30 - 8:45pm OR Fri • 10:30 - 11:45am

$178.46/term • Downtown

Start date subject to change. Late registrations permitted; consult instructor.

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 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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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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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

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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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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

Scott MacInnes

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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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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Vocal Jazz Ensemble

For ages 17 and up, accompanied by a full rhythm section. Singers receive instruction in performance technique, improvisation, intonation and vocal independence. Vocalists should have strong music reading skills and part-singing ability. Acceptance by audition.

Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 8
Term 2: Jan 12 - Apr 13

Fri • 4:00 - 7:00pm • $234/term • Downtown

Louise Rose

Louise Rose

Louise Rose has been called a living Canadian treasure. She studied classical voice in Pennsylvania with John Duddy and Todd Duncan; pipe organ with Catharine Brooke Morgan; piano with Oscar Peterson; conducting with Leonard Bernstein and arranging with Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington. Some of her independent studies have been with Carmen McRae, Ella Fitgerald and B.B. King. She has served as artist/mentor in residence at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA and at The Frank DeMiero and Soundsation Vocal Jazz Camps. Louise is a sought after vocal jazz ensemble clinician. She has played and sung with symphony orchestras in Canada (…)


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