Music Programs

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 who are playing at an RCM Grade 7 level or higher. A challenging, rewarding, and fun experience.

Term 1: Sep 11 - Dec 11
Term 2: Jan 8 - Apr 9

Mon • 6:00 - 9:00pm • $234/term (VCM $200.40/term) • Downtown

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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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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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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.

Level 1: Saturdays 11am-1pm| 8 weeks beginning September 30. No class November 11.

Level 2: Saturdays 3-5pm| 8 weeks beginning September 30. No class November 11.

Level 3: Sundays 2-4pm| 8 weeks beginning October 1. No class November 12.

Cost: $220 plus $10 materials fee (all levels)

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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 5 - Dec 5

Term 2: Jan 9 - Apr 10

Tue • 11:30 - 2:30pm • $234/term • Downtown

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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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Piano for Adult Beginners

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

New! Summer Session: Jun 5 - Aug 21, 2017
(no class Jul 3, Aug 7)

Term 1: Sep 18 - Dec 4
Term 2: Jan 22 - Apr 9

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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BC Fiddle Orchestra

The BC Fiddle Orchestra began with a small group of talented and enthusiastic young violinists from Daniel Lapp’s studio. The first performance, in 1994, was at the Opening Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games.

Intro to Fiddle
Ages 8 - 12
Requires 1 to 2 years experience.
Term 1: Sep 7 - Dec 14 • $382
Term 2: Jan 18 - Jun 21 • $602
Thu • 4:00 - 5:00pm • Downtown

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Old-Time Dance Orchestra (ages 8 - 13)
Term 1: Sep 7 - Dec 14
Band $231 • Fiddle $381

Term 2: Jan 18 - Jun 21
Band $382 • Fiddle $602
Thu • 5:00 - 6:15pm • Downtown

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BCFO (ages 12 - 19)
Term 1: Sep 7 - Dec 14
Band $231 • Fiddle $381

Term 2: Jan 18 - Jun 21
Band $382 • Fiddle $602
Thu • 6:15 - 7:45pm • Downtown

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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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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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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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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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