Music Programs

Recorder Rascals

Learn to play recorder in this fun class for kids! Recorder and fife are excellent beginner wind instruments; the skills learned transition easily to other wind instruments including flute, clarinet, and saxophone. Instrument and music provided.

Offered at Westhills location only

Session 1: Sept 21 - Oct 26
Session 2: Nov 2 - Dec 7
Session 3: Jan 18 - Mar 8
Session 4: Apr 5 - May 24

Learn Recorder
Wed • 3:30 - 4:15pm • Westhills
Session 1 & 2: $114.50 (includes fife or recorder and music)
Session 3 & 4: $146 (includes fife or recorder and music)

Children’s Consort
Wed • 4:15 - 5:00pm • Westhills
Session 1 & 2: $94
Session 3 & 4: $126

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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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 12/21 - Nov 7/9 

(no class Oct 10)

Session 2: Nov 14/16 - Jan 16/18 

(no class Dec 19/21, 26/28, Jan 2)

Session 3: Jan 27/25 - Mar 13/15 

(no class Feb 13)

Session 4: Apr 3/5 - Jun 5/May 24
(no class Apr 17, May 22)

Mon • 6:00 - 7:30pm • Downtown
Wed • 4:00 - 5:30pm • Westhills
$204/session

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Adult Rock Band
Session 1: Sep 19/21 - Nov 7/9 

(no class Oct 10)

Session 2: Nov 14/16 - Jan 16/18 

(no class Dec 19/21, 26/28, Jan 2)

Session 3: Jan 27/25 - Mar 13/15 

(no class Feb 13)

Session 4: Mar 20/29 - May 8/17
(no class Apr 17)


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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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Saxophone Choir

The saxophone is a very versatile instrument, equally at home in classical music or jazz.  This ensemble brings together the variety of instruments in the saxophone family while performing music drawn from a number of traditions.  It is a great opportunity to play in a group dedicated to exploring the unique sounds of the saxophone. […]

Term 1: Sep 18 - Jan 22

No Class Dec 25 2016 and Jan 01 2017

Sun • 1:00 - 2:00 pm • $135.80/term (VCM $116.93/term) • Downtown

New! Summer Term: Jun 20 - Aug 22

Tue • 7:00 - 8:00pm • $84.00 • VCM $72.90 • Downtown

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Jack Edwards

Dr. Jack Edwards is Conductor of the Greater Victoria Junior Concert Band and SookeWinds, Director of the Victoria Community Marching Band, Director of the Harmony Project Marching Drumline, and bassoonist in the Raincoast Trio and Springridge Quintet. He has also performed as Principal alto saxophone and bassoon with the Greater Victoria Senior Concert Band and Principal alto saxophone with the Merideum Wind Orchestra. He is on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Sooke Music Academy. Dr. Edwards was born and raised in Northeast Georgia, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. On a full, four-year saxophone scholarship, […]


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Self-Directed Voice Studies for Advanced Singers

Have you recently graduated from a degree or diploma program? Graduates often feel they need further study or specialized instruction to prepare for professional engagements and auditions. VCM offers a personalized combination of our innovative programs for advanced singers, which includes coachings and lessons with senior faculty, Opera Studio, the Advanced Voice Workshop, and Voice […]

Instruction days and times will vary according to program selection.

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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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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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Simple Trombone Tunes

The P-Bone and P-Bone Mini have made it possible for children of any age to create music on an instrument that comes in different colours, changes shape and is nearly indestructible! Simple Trombone Tunes is a group lesson that approaches the basics of brass playing and rhythm through the elements of play and movement. Parents are welcome […]

Mon · 5:00-6:00pm · 15 weeks · $320/term
Term 1: Sept 14 – Jan 18 no class Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 21, 28
Term 2: Jan 25 – May 31 no class Feb 8, March 21, 28, May 23
Students are required to bring their own instrument to class.
Consult the instructor for information about instrument rental or purchase.

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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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Simple Trumpet Tunes

Brass and percussion for children aged 7 – 12 Engage your child in the world of brass playing at a young age and watch them flourish musically, socially, and academically. This active group class introduces young students to trumpet (with later option of French horn or trombone), rhythm using a variety of drums, interactive games […]

6 - 12 years
Term 1: Sep 12/13 - Jan 16/17 

(no class Oct 10, Dec 19/20, 26/27, Jan 2)

Term 2: Jan 25/26 - May 30/31

(no class Feb 13, Apr 17, May 26; 1 week break Mar)

6 - 8 years • Mon • 4:15 - 5:00pm

$241.25/term • Downtown

9 - 12 years • Mon • 5:00 - 6:00pm

$320/term • Downtown

6 - 12 years • Tue • Time TBA*

$241.25/term • Westhills
* 45 minute weekly classes to be arranged 
according to level by the instructor.

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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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Sinfonia I

An introduction to playing in consort, open to intermediate recorders, violins, violas and cellos. Explore simple Renaissance dance music from England, France, Germany and Italy. New players should contact the instructor before registering. End of term performances are available for those wishing to participate. Stacey Boal

ADD: New players should contact the instructor before registering.

Term 1: Sep 17 - Nov 24
Term 2: Jan 21 - Apr 8

Sat • 2:30 - 3:30pm • $173/term • Downtown

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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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Sinfonia II

Open to advanced recorders who are interested in 20th century chamber music. HIndemith, Kodaly, Vaughn Williams and Lutoslawski all wrote well for the recorder. Here is an opportunity to experience these intriguing and challenging ensembles. Please contact the instructor before registering. Session 1 & 2 will each be 4 weeks. You may choose either or both. Session 1 will […]

Term 1, Session 1: Sep 17 - Oct 15
Term 1, Session 2: Nov 5 - Nov 24
Term 2: Jan 21 - Apr 8

Sat • 3:30 - 5:00pm • $131/Term 1, Sessions 1 and 2; $257 Term 2 • Downtown

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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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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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