Music Programs

Keyboard for Beginners (Ages 5-8)

The perfect start for children wishing to learn to play keyboard: Fun and socially engaging groups of up to six, explore music from both the popular and classical styles, while laying the foundation for a solid musical training and growing a lifelong love for music!

Offered at Westhills location only

Term 1: Sep 13 - Jan 10 (no class Dec 20, 27)
Term 2: Jan 24 - May 16 (1 week break Mar)

5 - 6 years • Tue • 3:30 - 4:15pm
$276.25/term • Westhills

7 - 8 years • Tue • 5:00 - 6:00pm
$315/term • Westhills

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Joanne Allers

Joanne Allers, B.Ed, M.Mus, has experienced a rich musical education encompassing mentorship and instruction from musicians and educators in Edmonton and Chicago. After graduating from the U of A, and teaching for the Edmonton Public School Board, Joanne benefited from four years of trumpet study in Chicago, studying primarily with Mr Luther Didrickson (Northwestern University) and Mr Mark Ponzo (Northern Illinois University), but also with William Scarlett (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the late Arnold Jacobs, and Barbara Butler (Rice University). While residing in Calgary for 15 years, Joanne performed with Altius Brass Ensemble, with highlights including performing with the Bach Society (…)


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Large Contemporary Music Ensemble

The LCE explores a wide variety of contemporary musical genres in Folk, Pop, Rock, Jazz & Fusion. Classes will be facilitated by the director but much emphasis will be given to self-directed rehearsals, arrangements and repertoire ideas.

Term 1: Sep 6 - Dec 9 (no class Nov 3)


Term 2: Jan 10 - Apr 21 (no class Apr 14)

Tue • 3:30 - 5:30pm & Fri • 3:00 - 4:00pm

$217.20/term • Downtown

To set up an audition, email Daniel Lapp

daniel@daniellapp.com

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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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Master classes, Workshops, and Jams

Master Classes, Workshops and Jams are an invaluable way to learn from some of the very best musicians in the world and each other. The VCM has a wide variety of opportunities in each of our Program Areas and Departments.

For more information contact the respective Department Head or Artistic Director:

Robert Holliston (Dept. Head, Keyboard)
rholliston@shaw.ca

Ingrid Attrot (Dept. Head, Voice)
sops@shaw.ca

Michael van der Sloot (Dept. Head, Strings and Collegium)
mvandersloot@me.com

Emily Nagelbach (Dept. Head, Winds and Brass)
emily.nagelbach@gmail.com

Daniel Lapp (Artistic Director, SCM)
daniel@daniellapp.com

Dr. Jonathan Haek (Director, SMTC)
haek@vcm.bc.ca

Stephen Brown (VCM Composer in Residence)
brown@vcm.bc.ca

David Visentin (Director, Dept. of Postsecondary Studies)
visentin@vcm.bc.ca

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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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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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Michael van der Sloot

Michael van der Sloot began his musical studies with one of Canada’s foremost string teachers, his brother William van der Sloot. He later received his Bachelor and Masters degrees on the viola at UBC, studying with Gerald Stanick, with Post-Graduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria with Thomas Riebl. In addition to successes at various solo and chamber competitions, Michael has represented Canada in international solo competitions and recorded for CBC radio. Michael has played with most of the Symphonies in Western Canada. His performances have taken him throughout Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland and Italy, including performances at the (…)


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Emily Nagelbach

Emily Nagelbach, Faculty Department Head, Winds and Brass, Conservatory School of Classical Music. Emily plays second flute/piccolo with the Vancouver Island Symphony, is a member of Pedagogy Committee of the National Flute Association. As a freelance musician, she frequently performs with many orchestras, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Symphony Orchestra. She served as the Artistic Director of the Summer Music Discovery Camp at the VCM for many years. Emily holds an AVCM from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), a B.Mus. in Performance and Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University and a M.Mus. in Performance from the University of (…)


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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 (…)


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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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, (…)


David Visentin

David Visentin

David Visentin is widely known throughout Canada as a performer, conductor, pedagogue and arts administrator whose leadership and creative experience in the performing arts has successfully advanced classical music from coast to coast. In 2011, founded Sistema Toronto and was appointed as the organization’s President and CEO. Sistema Toronto is a free and uniquely immersive after-school social program through music for at-risk children and youth, modeled after the highly successful program known as el Sistema. For six years, as dean and associate dean of The Glenn Gould School and Young Artists Performance Academy of The Royal Conservatory of Music, David […]


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Music Foundations Through Singing

Music Foundations Through Singing is a new program designed to move students into independent music making. Singing in unison allows children to learn how to listen to themselves, while listening and tuning to a group, and through the matching of pitch, begin to explore tonality.

Term 1: Sep 12/13 - Jan 16/3
(no class Oct 10, Dec 19/20, 26/27, Jan 2)

DOWNTOWN:
Mon • 4:00   - 4:45pm • $265.25/term

WESTHILLS:
Tue • 4:30   - 5:15pm • $265.25/term

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Marnie Setka-Mooney

On Faculty at the VCM since 1998, Marnie has also taught at Pearson College and the Victoria School of Ideal Education. She has adjudicated for the VCM Lieder Competition and has taught Children’s Voice for the VCM Diploma Program. Her major teachers have been Catherine Young (VCM) and French Tickner (UBC). As a performer, she has sung professionally as a recitalist in Winnipeg (Women of Note), Vancouver (Cantata Singers), Kelowna (Philharmonic Orchestra), and Victoria (Bel Canto/Viva). A believer in professional development, Marnie has sung in Master Classes for Richard Miller, Edith Wiens, and Cornelia Prestl. She conducts Viva’s Foundation Choir (…)


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Music Theory (Rudiments)

A comprehensive approach to learning Music Theory, as it pertains to RCM Theory levels. (Formerly Sound Advice) Theory 1 – 4 Students learn concepts that correspond to their level of instrumental study while developing a strong theoretical foundation for future studies. Theory 5 Prepares students for the co-requisite of RCM Grade 5 instrumental and vocal […]

Term 1: Week of Sept 12 - Jan 20 (no class Oct 10, Nov 11, Dec 19 - Jan 8)
Term 2: Week of Jan 13 - May 5 (no class Feb 13, Apr 14, 17, May 26; 1 week break in Mar)
$336/term • Downtown

Theory 1 - 4

Level 1: Fri • 4:30 - 5:30 pm • Term 1 only
Level 2: Fri • 4:30 - 5:30 pm • Term 2 only

Level 4: Mon• 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Thu • 4:00 - 5:00 pm


Theory 5
Tue • 4:00 - 5:00 pm OR Thu • 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Theory 6
Tue • 5:00 - 6:00 pm OR Fri • 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Theory 7
Mon • 6:00 - 7:00 pm OR Thu • 5:00 - 6:00 pm

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Crystal Wiksyk

Crystal is a theory and musicianship instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she coordinates theory programming for the School of Music Technology and Creativity. 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 is the Artistic Director of Theory Programs for the VCM Summer Academy. Crystal is a Royal Conservatory certified theory teacher and long-time member of the BC Registered Music Teachers Association. Her students are often the […]


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Musical Storytime

Clap your hands, sing along, and get lost in a book! Using a variety of instruments and plenty of movement, these fun and participatory drop-in sessions are designed to accompany popular picture books with age-appropriate songs and activities.

Infant - 5 years
First and Third Tuesday of every month*
1:50-2:30pm
Westhills
$5 for families with up to 2 children
*February 7 class rescheduled to February 14 (due to inclement weather)

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Georgina Craig

Georgina Craig graduated from Christ Church University in Canterbury, England; undertook postgraduate vocal studies at Trinity College of Music in London, teacher training at Reading University and Orff training in Calgary. She brings to the VCM a wealth of experience working with students of all ages both in a class setting and on a one to one basis. In addition to her community outreach work at the VCM, Georgina is the conductor for the Concerto group of Viva Youth Voices. Georgina enjoys performing music of all genres and is a member of Ensemble Laude here in Victoria. She also sings (…)


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Opera Studio

This sought-after program provides comprehensive training in the many facets of opera for singers. Employing a mix of rehearsals, workshops, and classes leading to performances of opera excerpts and/or one act operas at the end of each term, aspects of training will include acting, movement, musical preparation and coaching, recitative study, audition techniques, and role preparation. The faculty is comprised of well-known guest directors, conductors and masterclass clinicians.

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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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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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Csinszka Redai

Csinszka Redai graduated with her Master of Arts in Music as a harpsichord artist and teacher, and an accompanist/coach at Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 2002 and 2004. From 2003-2010 she taught at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music as an accompanist-coach in the vocal and Opera Studies Department. Csinszka is now on the faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where she continues her work with vocal students as an accompanist and coach. Csinszka also accompanies for the Pacific Opera Victoria.


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Piano for Adult Beginners

An introduction to playing piano for adults new to music study, with emphasis on reading musical notation and rhythmic understanding.

Term 1: Sep 19 - Nov 28
(no class Oct 10)

Term 2: Jan 27 - Apr 10
(no class Feb 13; 1 week break in Mar)

New! Summer Session: June 5 - August 21
(no class Jul 3, Aug 7)

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

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Laura Wood

Laura Wood has played piano since 4 years of age. She studied at the Conservatory beginning at five years of age with Ivy Screech. Starting at nine years old, she studied with Edward Parker obtaining consistently high marks in her exams. She successfully completed the teacher training program with her AVCM and first class honours. She particularly loves teaching children and adult beginners, and in addition to her studio teaching, offers piano group instruction at the VCM.


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Play Piano Chords Today

Using a chordal approach, Linda Gould’s innovative method will have you playing the piano in just 12 weeks – even if you’ve never played before. Students learn to read lead sheet or “fake book” notation and add appropriate left hand accompaniments to several styles of music, while learning to play by ear. Styles introduced are Stride, Blues, Latin, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Classical, Waltz and Folk.

Term 2: Jan 24 - Apr 18
Level 1: Tue • 6:15 - 7:15pm • $264/term
Level 2: Tue • 7:15 - 8:15pm • $264/term

NEW: Feb 28 - May 23 (7pm)


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Emily Green

Emily grew up in Oakville, Ontario in a musical family, the daughter of a rock guitarist. She received her Bachelor of Music degree with Honours from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Music Education, with a Minor in German, and studied classical piano with Mr. John Kruspe. Emily began teaching group piano classes while still a student and over the past five years has taught at various music schools in the Toronto area, including the notable Merriam School of Music. Emily is also a church pianist and has acted as Music Director at two Anglican churches in her […]


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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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