Music Programs

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 17 - Jan 21 (no class Dec 24, 31)

Term 2: Jan 28 - May 27 (1 week break in Mar)

Sat • 9:00 - 10:00am • Downtown

$135.80/term • VCM $116.93/term

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 17 - Jan 21 (no class Dec 24, 31)
Term 2: Jan 28 - May 27 (1 week break in Mar)

Sat • 10:00 - 11:30am • Downtown

$167.25/term • VCM $143.66/term

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 14 - Jan 18 (no class Dec 21, 28)
Term 2: Jan 25 - May 24 (one week break Mar)

Level 1 • 7 - 9 years • Wed • 5:45 - 6:30pm

$272.75/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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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 7 - Jan 18 (no class Dec 21, 28)
Term 2: Jan 25 - May 31 (1 week break in Mar)

Wed • 4:15 - 5:45pm • Downtown

$167.25/term • VCM $143.66/term

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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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Senior String Orchestra

An intensive program focusing on the study and performance of great works in the string orchestra repertoire, this orchestra is for advanced students.

Term 1: Sep 12 - Dec 12 (no class Oct 10)

Term 2: Jan 9 - Apr 24 (no class Feb 13, Apr 17)

Mon • 7:00 - 9:00pm • Downtown

$217.20/term • VCM $186.12/term

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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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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 9 - Dec 9 (no class Nov 3)

Term 2: Jan 13 - Apr 7

Fri • 4:00 - 7:00pm • $217.20/term • Downtown

To set up an audition, email Louise Rose

louise.rose@shaw.ca

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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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 14 - Dec 14 • $143.50
(no class Nov 3)

Term 2: Jan 11 - May 3 • $153.75
(1 week break in Mar)

Wed • 6:45 - 8:00pm • Downtown
$14.00 per drop-in, $60 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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Solfa Choir

Designed especially for aspiring choral singers – or those who would like to be choral singers – the Solfa chamber choir workshop is a course in sight-reading and choral skills for singers who wish to learn how to ‘hear the music in their head’ when they look at it on the page. Participants will learn to read music while improving their tuning, vocal control, and listening skills.

Dates (UPDATED!): March 11-April 1, 2017 Saturdays
Level 2: 3.00-5.30pm
Fee: $135 plus $5 materials fee

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Kathryn Whitney

Canadian/British singer Dr Kathryn Whitney was raised on Vancouver Island and now divides her time between Britain and Canada. A versatile musician whose work combines concert and recital performance with a wide range of collaborative research, educational and other projects, she is a lyric mezzo-soprano with an “impressively wide dynamic range” (Oxford Times) and a “special gift” for interpreting text (Nanaimo News) whose singing has been described as “meaty”, “prophetic” (Oxford Times) and “very touching” (Sir John Eliot Gardiner). Kathryn is a freelance performer, teacher, researcher, and solo and choral clinician. She is currently an Associate Fellow at the Institute (…)


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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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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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