VCM Summer Academy

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ACADEMY INFORMATION

Choose from full- and half-day programs, ensembles, classes, and more!

Whether you are a curious beginner, preparing for auditions or exams, or simply looking for a fun and creative way to liven up your summer, there truly is something for everyone.

The summer academy also offers a range of student and faculty performances.
Don’t miss these exciting summer concerts!

 Host a billet! Host families receive $25 per day in VCM tuition credits.

Financial Assistance

Some bursary assistance will be available. Applicants must comply with all deadlines and requirements. Late applicants will not be considered for financial assistance.

Note: Online registration requires payment in full. Those who wish to attend the Academy but are awaiting the results of their bursary application should register by phone, in person, or via the downloadable pdf registration form (available by following the Academy Registration link on each of the specific program pages).

To apply, download and complete our Summer Academy Bursary Application.

Bursary forms may be returned to:

Kolina Ecklin
Assistant to the Registrar
Victoria Conservatory of Music
900 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC
V8V 3N4

ecklin@vcm.bc.ca
Tel: 250.386.5311 ext 1002
Fax: 250.386.6602

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Billeting Program and UVic Rates

VCM offers a space-available billeting program for out-of-town students who are under 19 years of age. Where possible, we will match you with a family of another student participating in the same academy.

If you are interested in being billeted, download and complete our Summer Academy Billeting Application.

Tuition discounts are available for families who host a billet. Billeting students pay $25 per day for their accommodations, 100% of which is remitted to the hosting family in the form of VCM tuition credits. Download and complete our Summer Academy Billeting Host Application if you are interested in participating in this program.

For those wishing to make their own accommodation arrangements, we recommend you consult the following websites:
Best Bed & Breakfasts of Victoria
Tourism Victoria.

Reasonable rates are also offered at the University of Victoria residences see below:

Bed & Breakfast (1-14 nights):
Single or Twin room rates are available in a dormitory building with daily breakfast. Housekeeping and towel service are offered every 5 days.
Single Room – $57.95/night + tax
Twin Room – $77.90/night + tax
•  Booking deposit is one night’s accommodation per room due at the time of reserving
•  Full payment will be processed by the front desk on the day of arrival from the credit card used for deposit
•  Notice of cancellation must be received 48 hours prior to the arrival date or your deposit is forfeited.

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Refund Policy

Summer Academy program viability is based upon minimum enrollment. As such, there are no refunds available after the registration deadline (in most cases, four weeks prior to the program start date), except in cases of injury or illness (for which a Doctor’s note is required), or other exceptional circumstance, such as family re-location.

Prior to the registration deadline, tuition may be refunded, pending the approval of the Artistic Director. Registration and transaction fees are non-refundable. Withdrawal requests must be made in writing to the VCM Registrar’s Office. Requests made after the completion of a given Academy will not be considered.

Program-specific registration deadlines are as follows:

  • Vocal – April 15, 2017
  • Piano – May 15, 2017
  • Theory – June 6, 2017
  • Strings – June 1, 2017
  • Choral – July 1, 2017
  • Guitar – May 15, 2017

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 June 7 – 17, 2017

Application and Bursary Deadline: April 15, 2017

Advanced Singers Program  $1010 ($760 with scholarship*)

 

A 10-day intensive workshop, designed for professional singers and advanced students, comprised of private lessons, masterclasses and coachings, with a concert at the end of the course. This course focuses on the individual singer, so participants may bring any repertoire they wish to prepare from any era (Baroque to avant garde), including song, oratorio, and opera. The faculty bring a unique and broad range of skills, working with singers to the highest standard in repertoire, technique, physical awareness, confidence and presence. Workshops on maximizing creativity, improving performance and reducing anxiety will also be held throughout the course.

Lessons, masterclasses, coachings and workshops are scheduled between 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:30-5:30 pm daily except for Sunday, June 11 (free day).

To apply, please call 250-386-5311 or visit the VCM office at 900 Johnson Street.  Applicants may also send a completed Advanced Singers Program application to Kolina Ecklin, Assistant to the Registrar: ecklin@vcm.bc.ca

Non-refundable Registration fee $30

FACULTY:

Nancy Argenta (bio) (soprano), Artistic Director

Ingrid Attrot (bio) (soprano), Artistic Director

Daniel Taylor (bio) (countertenor)

Finale concert: Saturday, June 17 7:30pm

*The 2017 Summer Academy Vocal Program is made possible through the generous support of the NRS Foundation.  A portion of the funding allows us to offer scholarship assistance to all students who are accepted into the program in the amount of $250.  Scholarship recipients are still eligible to receive bursary funding (by separate application).

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August 5 – 12, 2017

Application deadline: July 1, 2017
Bursary deadline: May 15, 2017
Summer Academy Choral Program Timetable 2017 – Subject to Change

Register Online

 

 

Faculty
Artistic Directors: Kathryn Whitney & Brian Wismath
Visiting Faculty: Kathleen Allan
Pianist & Organist: David Stratkauskas
VISTING FACULTY – KATHLEEN ALLAN

8 days + 6 choirs + 3 award-winning faculty members + 5 centuries of music + a stunning Victoria location = one unforgettable week of choral singing!

Full-time Course $390 ($370 with early bird discount until April 15, 2017)
• *New for 2017! Participants sing in two chamber choirs under three conductors
• *New for 2017! Choral workshops, two with award-winning visiting faculty Kathleen Allan
• *New for 2017! Two special sessions on rhythm and metre for choristers
• *New for 2017! Dedicated session on choral tuning and vocal production
• Vocal lessons by voice type with Kathryn Whitney
• 7 Full choir rehearsals with conductor Brian Wismath
• Special ‘warm-up / morning sing’ (WUMS) sessions to start your day
• ‘Break-out sight-singing (BOSS) sessions for beginner and advanced singers daily
• ‘Bring-and-sing’ lunch-time concerts
• A ‘Who Knew (what you can do)? Variety’ – staff and student party midweek
• Final performances in the beautiful and historic Alix Goolden Performance Hall

Part-time Course $150 ($130 with early bird discount until April 15, 2017)
• Welcome session at the Victoria Conservatory of Music
• The chance to sing in an 80-voice full choir under the direction of Brian Wismath
• Daily warm-up sessions before rehearsals
• 7 2-hour rehearsals (Saturday day, weekday evenings) at the Victoria Conservatory of Music
• A ‘Who Knew (what you can do)? Variety’ – staff and student party midweek
• Final performance in the beautiful and historic Alix Goolden Performance Hall

2017 REPERTOIRE includes:

Full choir repertoire:
Franz Schubert – Mass in G
Jake Runestad – Peace flows into me
Mark Livingstone – Down in the River to pray

Chamber Choir repertoire:
Nancy Telfer – Magnify
Schumann – Mädchenlieder
Laura Hawley – Earth Voices
John Farmer – Fair Phyllis
Johann Haydn – Benedictus
Gregg Smith – Now I walk in beauty
Vivaldi – Gloria exceprts
Pergolesi – Stabat mater excerpts

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QUOTABLE – THE WORD FROM OUR SINGERS IN 2015:
“Thank you so much for providing this first-rate experience. It was uplifting and joyful to be
present and work and learn and sing with so many others, all so fully engaged in the same
endeavour. The final concert was a real ‘high’! In that moment, it really felt as if our music making could heal the ills of the world.” – 2015 participant

“You should be very proud of this curriculum. it was outstanding from both a musical and
pedagogical viewpoint. It amazes me that you could provide such a high quality of instruction
and performance to such a wide range of musical talent and experience.. the use of different
levels helped with this and was very effective in my view. I so appreciated your demands for
high quality of performance. … I was terrified to come to this workshop but in the end it was
one of the best experiences of my life and will contribute enormously to my future motivation
for and involvement in choral singing. You will definitely see me in 2017 (and I hope
before!)” – 2015 participant

“It was such a great experience. On a personal level, I stepped out of my comfort zone on
more than one occasion. One of those times was volunteering for a solo – something I’d never
done before. … Thank you for opening my eyes to my possibilities.” – 2915 participant
“Thank you to the faculty. It was an amazing week!” – 2015 participant

“Absolutely wonderful teachers with outstanding skills! We were fortunate to have the
opportunity to learn from each of them in so many different contexts.” – 2015 participant

“All instructors have a great balance of nudging us toward excellence with patience and
humour. Also very good at dealing with a variety of experience levels, with enough
information to keep the more accomplished participants interested while not talking down to
the less experienced.” – 2015 participant

“The instructors were highly professional (understatement!) generous and stimulating! They
motivated us to achieve a high quality of performance and provided the skills to help us get
there. As well as accomplished professionals, they were each outstanding teachers. They
were also humane and understanding of the different levels of participants I was humbled,
awed and grateful to be exposed to their excellence and discipline. . Thank you! Thank you!”
– 2015 participant

“Thank you so much! Fabulous course and instructors/conductors. I wish you had this every
year.” – 2015 participant

“Everything was absolutely top notch.” – 2015 participant

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July 3 – 14, 2017

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017 (Registrants after this date may be accepted on a space-available basis)
Bursary Deadline: May 15, 2017

Register OnlineThe VCM Summer Academy has become a leading centre for summer piano study. Our programs and classes offer pianists of any age or skill level the benefit of working with internationally recognized faculty, playing on beautiful Steinway grand pianos, performing in numerous student recitals, and attending faculty concerts.

Location All programs are held at the University of Victoria School of Music, Maclaurin Building, B Wing, 3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road.)

Faculty Programs
Optional Components Concerts and Recitals

 

Faculty

Susan de Burgh, Artistic Director

Michelle Mares Mark Anderson Roger Buksa Anna Cal
Kelly Charlton David Clenman May Ling Kwok Ed LeBarron
Linda Low Colin Tilney Bruce Vogt

Practice Supervisors:
Gillian Lemire-Elmore
Nicole Lavallee
Debbie Baynes

If you are an instructor who is interested in auditing classes at our Piano Academy, please contact Kolina Ecklin for more information: ecklin@vcm.bc.ca

Programs

Young Artists (by audition) $675 An accelerated program for advanced students and emerging young professionals. Program includes 2 hours of private lessons, and 30 hours in small masterclasses with frequent playing opportunities. Daily classes include:

  • General Repertoire (8:30am-9:30am)
  • Exploring Classical Style with Michelle Mares (8:30am-9:30am OR 9:30am-10:30am)
  • A Listening Survey with David Clenman (2:00pm-3:00pm): We all practice major and minor scales but there are many other types. Explore wonderful repertoire that uses unusual scales, and scales used unusually.

…plus assigned duet or duo music, frequent student performances, and free entry to piano_summerfaculty concerts. Students applying to this program should submit a good quality CD, DVD, or mp3 recording of two contrasting works with their registration materials. Admission may also be granted by permission of the Artistic Director.

Senior (Grade 9 -11) $675 Program includes two hours private lessons and 40 hours of instruction in masterclasses, groups and choir. Daily classes include:

  • General Repertoire (8:30am-9:30am)
  • Exploring Classical Style with Michelle Mares (9:30am-10:30am OR 10:30am-11:30am)
  • A Listening Survey with David Clenman (2:00pm-3:00pm): We all practice major and minor scales but there are many other types. Explore wonderful repertoire that uses unusual scales, and scales used unusually.

…plus assigned duet or duo music, frequent student performances, and free entry to faculty concerts.

Intermediate (Grade 5-8) $530 Program includes 2 hours private lessons, 3 hours one-to-one practice supervision, and 30 hours group instruction, including:

  • Repertoire masterclass (8:30am-9:30am)
  • Technique class (9:30am-10:30am)
  • Choir (11:30am-12:30pm)

There are frequent performance opportunities at midday, late afternoon and in the evening recitals. Students are assigned duets and matched with partners in preparation for performance in the ensemble recital.

Junior (Grade 1-4) $465 Program includes 1.5 hours private lesson, 4 hours one-to-one practice supervision, and 30 hour group instruction, including:

  • Repertoire masterclass (8:30am-9:30am)
  • Technique class (9:30am-10:30am)
  • Choir (11:30am-12:30pm)

There are frequent performance opportunities at midday, late afternoon, and evening recitals, and free entry to faculty concerts.
*Please note: students enrolling in the Junior program MUST be at least 10 years of age.

Adult (all levels) $545 Program includes two hours private lessons and 20 hours of masterclasses.  Classes include:

• General repertoire with an emphasis on performance participation, nerves, and memory (2:00pm-3:00pm)
• Classical Repertoire (3:00pm-4:00pm)

*Please note that all Adult Program classes will begin in the afternoon each day.  Private lessons may be scheduled in the morning.
Students may attend Choir if they wish.  There are many opportunities for performance at midday, late afternoon, or evening recitals, duet or duo assignments if desired, entry into all faculty concerts, and two adult only recitals in the Philip T Young Hall.

Optional Classes

Franz Liszt Repertoire with Bruce Vogt (10:30am-11:30am) $185

Baroque Style with Colin Tilney $315 Week 1 only; 3 hours daily with half-hour break; 3:00pm-6:30pm. An insider’s guide to playing and teaching Bach at different student levels: the little preludes; the inventions; the preludes and fugues of the Well Tempered Clavier. And then, perhaps for the teacher’s pleasure alone, something from Bach’s great romantic masterpiece, The Art of Fugue. Tempo, articulation, expressivity, ornamentation, and much else will be discussed with a harpsichordist who has played all the repertoire and recorded much of it Teachers and students are asked to prepare repertoire to perform in class.

Choir (11:30am-12:30pm) $110 Choir is a wonderful musical experience, excellent ear training, and is often required for the large ensemble credit of university study. Parents, grandparents, and friends of attending students are all invited to take part. Our popular choir director is David Clenman. Choir is scheduled from 11:30 to 12:30 daily.

Chamber Music:
Registrants will receive one hour of private lessons with a Piano Academy instructor, one hour of rehearsal time with that instructor and string player(s), and will perform their piece in a finale concert. Please consult the Artistic Director for repertoire suggestions before registering to ensure the availability of parts.  Rehearsal schedules will be set on a case-by-case basis; rehearsals and performances will take place in the second week of Piano Academy (July 10-14).

Duo: $186
Trio: $248
Quartet: $310
Quintet: $372

Private Lessons $69.80 Additional private lessons may be taken in piano, piano pedagogy, ear training, sight reading, written or keyboard harmony, counterpoint, or form and analysis. Specific instructor requests are encouraged but not guaranteed.

Non-refundable Registration fee: $30

All students are welcome and encouraged to practice in their free time and after-hours. A key to the practice rooms is available with a refundable $20 deposit.

Location All programs for the Piano Academy take place at the University of Victoria School of Music, Maclaurin Building B Wing, 3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road)

Concerts and Recitals: CONCERT DETAILS COMING SOON!

Midday concerts are held daily from 1-1:50pm in the Philip T Young Recital Hall. Late afternoon concerts, at 5:00pm, will be held on some days in one of the large ensemble rooms, to allow students extra concert experience. Students preparing a whole or partial recital program may request time to perform several works in succession. All evening concerts are held in the Philip T Young Recital Hall, Maclaurin Building B Wing, 3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road) at 7:30pm. Piano Academy students may enter for free as part of their program. Families, guests, and the general public are asked to make a donation at the door.

Bursary Donations  We are very fortunate to have several kind supporters who donate money for student bursaries. Please consider a donation to help needy and talented students attend the Piano Academy. Tax receipts will be issued. Please contact the Artistic Director for details.

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July 4 – 21, 2017

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2017 (Registrants after this date may be accepted on a space-available basis) Bursary and Billeting Deadline: May 15, 2017

All programs will take place onsite at the VCM (900 Johnson St.).

Register Online The VCM Summer Academy String Program brings together young violinists, violists, and cellists wanting to immerse themselves in exciting string study tailored specifically for the needs of advanced students and junior players, with emphasis on the development of technique and musicianship. Through this intensive program, students can expect to significantly improve their overall level of playing in just one or two weeks!

Faculty
Michael van der Sloot, Artistic Director
Robert Holliston, collaborative piano
Elfi Gleusteen, collaborative piano
…and more coming soon!

Programs

Senior Strings

  • 1 week (July 4-July 8 or July 10-July 14) $445
  • 2 weeks $815

Senior Strings participants will take part in daily technique classes, masterclasses, three private lessons per week, accompanying sessions with a professional pianist, and string orchestra or chamber music. Participants are encouraged to attend all concerts that are part of the VCM Summer Academy string programs. Registrants must submit a repertoire list of recently studied and/or performed solo, chamber and orchestral works.

Senior String “Boot Camp”

  • 1 week (July 17-21) $365

The Senior String “Bootcamp” is an comprehensive week of practise, lessons, and technique classes designed for advanced students. Taking place immediately following the traditional two-week Summer Academy String Program, this intensive course will hone in on refining skills, mastering instrument-specific techniques, and conquering persistent ‘trouble spots’. Admission is by permission of the Artistic Director. Please contact Michael van der Sloot for details.

Junior Strings

 

  • 1 week (July 4-July 8 or July 10-July 14) $235
  • 2 weeks $425

An entertaining and enriching program for players 10 and younger. The emphasis is on having fun while developing technique and musicianship. The junior strings program runs from 9:00am-12:00pm daily, and includes technique class, group lessons/sectional rehearsals, string orchestra and a performance at the end of each week. Junior participants are encouraged to attend all concerts that are part of the VCM Summer Academy string programs.

Non-refundable Registration Fee $30

Orientation There will be a short orientation for Week 1 students at 8:30am on Tuesday, July 4.  The orientation for Week 2 students will take place in the afternoon of Sunday, July 9.  Further details will be sent to participants by email toward the end of June.

Adult Learners
 Adult students are welcome to apply. With sufficient registration, a separate technique class will be held daily for adult students.

Concerts

Finale Concerts Senior Program Featuring our orchestras, chamber groups and selected soloists Friday, July 8 and Friday, July 14, 2:00pm & 7:00pm (two shows on each day) Alix Goolden Performance Hall / Wood Hall Admission by donation

Finale Concerts Junior Program Friday, July 8 and Friday, July 14, 12:00pm Wood Hall Admission by donation For more information: Michael van der Sloot, Artistic Director 250.386.5311 ext 2090 mvandersloot@me.com

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July 25 – 29, 2017

$305

Beginning Guitar Class: $130

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017 (Registrants after this date may be accepted on a space-available basis)
Bursary Deadline: May 15, 2017
Register Online

 

 

Location: This program will be held at the University of Victoria School of Music, Maclaurin Building, B Wing, 3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road.)

Dr. Alexander Dunn, Director

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The Summer Guitar Academy invites guitar lovers of all ages and abilities* to explore the art of the classical guitar with VCM faculty and international guests. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced players will find engaging activities including private and group instruction, guitar orchestra, ensemble opportunities, technique sessions. Concerts include SGA faculty and international guest artists. A special beginning guitar class, taught by Andrei Burdeti, is offered to guitar newcomers.  SGA 2017 is a relaxed, focused and encouraging learning environment where you may expand and refine your guitar skills with some of Western Canada’s top guitar performers and international guests.

*at least one year of guitar study is recommended. Age minimum – 12 years, 8 years for Beginning Guitar Class students.

Faculty

Dr. Alexander Dunn, Director (BC)
Dr. Randy Pile (CA)
Stephen Lochbaum (TX)
Michael Kolk (ONT)
Andrei Burdeti (BC)

Guest artists
Simon Farintosh (BC)
Christopher Boston (FL)
Alexander Dunn
Chad Ibison and Janet Grohovac

Cost $305 per student for technique warm -up, guitar orchestra, masterclasses, and concerts.

$130 for Beginning Guitar Class.

Short-term housing is available on the University of Victoria campus.

Please check the Residence Services website for current information and to book rooms. There are dorm rooms, apartments, and cluster units available.

Bed & Breakfast (1-14 nights)

Single or Twin room rates are available in a dormitory building with daily breakfast. Housekeeping and towel service are offered every 5 days.
Single Room – $57.95 /night + tax
Twin Room – $77.90 /night + tax
•   Booking deposit is one night’s accommodation per room due at the time of reserving
•   Full payment will be processed by the front desk on the day of arrival from the credit card used for deposit
•   Notice of cancellation must be received 48 hours prior to the arrival date or your deposit is forfeited.

 

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July 4 – August 4, 2017

Registration Deadline: June 6, 2017
(Registrants may be accepted after this date on a space-available basis)
Bursary Deadline: May 15, 2017

Register Online

 

 

FACULTY
Crystal Wiksyk, Artistic Director
250.361.1271 soundadvice@telus.net

Brenda Braaten
Daniel Brandes
David Clenman
Robert Holliston
Jan Randall

Many of these courses are offered at both our downtown and Our new Westhills location in Langford!                                                    

Requests for specific class times can often be accommodated. Please contact the Artistic Director with any questions and to be placed in the appropriate class.

We offer classes, private and semi-private lessons for all ages and all levels of theory and ear-training including Rudiments, Harmony, Counterpoint, and Composition. We offer adult classes and new to the Summer Theory Academy this year is an Introduction to Composition, Film Scoring and Digital Notation with Jan Randall.

Our theory classes are designed to encourage students to relate theoretical concepts to the actual sound of the music. Music listening, history and musical style is an integral part of our theory classes and students will be encouraged to keep up with ear-training co-requisites. Melody writing and composition are introduced at every level.

Students are prepared for the theory co-requisites for instrumental and vocal examinations, high school credits, and postsecondary theory placement but the main reason to study theory is to develop a deeper understanding of how music “works” and to foster a life-long enjoyment of music.

Classes can be arranged according to student’s needs. Contact the artistic director for information regarding placement before registering for classes.

If you are planning to write an RCM examination in August, confirm your placement in a class before registering for an examination.  RCM examinations will be held in Victoria on August 11 and 12, 2017.  The deadline to apply for all RCM summer theory examinations is June 6, 2017.

Note: While our theory classes prepare students for RCM exams, the exams are not registered through or administered by VCM. For more information regarding examination registration, visit the RCM examination website: www.rcmusic.ca

Please note: a transaction fee of $2.25 applies to all registrations

Theory and Ear-Training Classes

Instructors Brenda Braaten and Crystal Wiksyk are co-authors of Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training and the new RCM Celebrate Theory series.  All classes are based on the new 2016 RCM theory syllabus. Please contact the artistic director for cross-over information and placement.

Distance learning is available for most of our theory classes!  Please contact the Artistic Director for more information: soundadvice@telus.net

2017 Theory 01
An Introduction to Theory and Ear-Training
July 17 – 28
11:00am – 12:00noon (weekdays)
10 x 1h sessions
$210.00 + $5.00 materials fee
Students learn or improve their reading music skills in both pitch and rhythm and work on related aural skills. Parents are encouraged to participate and often enjoy the classes as much as their children!

Theory – Level 3
July 4 – 14
10:00am – 12:00pm (weekdays)
9 x 2hr sessions
$378.00
Students will develop a strong foundation for future studies.  If you are in RCM grades 1 – 3 instrumental or voice, this is where you will want to start.

Theory Level 5
July 4 – 14
12:45-3:00 (weekdays)
9 x 2.25 hr sessions
$425.25
Level 5 covers the theory requirements for RCM Grade 5 instrumental and vocal examinations.  Pre-requisite, Theory 4 or equivalent.

Theory Level 6
July 17 – 28
1:00pm – 3:00pm (weekdays)
10 x 2hr sessions
$420.00
Level 6 covers the theory requirements for Grade 6 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite Theory 5 or equivalent.

Theory Level 7
July 4 – 14
3:00pm – 5:15pm (weekdays)
9 x 2.25 hr sessions
$425.25
Level 7 covers the theory requirements for Grade 7 instrumental and vocal examinations.  Pre-requisite, Theory 6 (Intermediate Rudiments) or equivalent.

Theory Level 8
July 17 – 28
3:00pm-5:00 pm (weekdays)
10 x 2hr sessions
$420.00
Level 8 covers the theory requirements for Grade 8 instrumental and vocal examinations.  Pre-requisite, Theory 7 or equivalent.

An Introduction to Harmony
July 17 – 28, 9am – 11am (weekdays)
10 x 2hr sessions
$420.00
Students are introduced to four part harmony and counterpoint, all seventh chords with lead sheet symbols, improvisation over chord symbols and song writing. Level 8 lays the foundation for further studies in Harmony. Pre-requisite Advanced Rudiments.

2017 Theory 02

Harmony 9 or 10 Harmony (RCM Basic or Intermediate Harmony)
Instructor: Crystal Wiksyk
July 4 – 28
Dates/times to be arranged with instructor
Registration is through shared private lessons –2 students will share the cost of 20 hours of instruction ($698.00 each)
Topics include melody writing, harmonization in four parts, counterpoint, harmonic and structural analysis, modulation and form as required for RCM Level 9 or 10 Harmony (Basic or Intermediate) examinations.

2017 Theory 03

Advanced Harmony and Counterpoint, Composition and Advanced Aural Skills

David Clenman is a long time VCM faculty member and instructor at the University of Victoria.  David teaches all levels of Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition, Advanced Aural Skills and Sight-Singing. Private and semi-private lessons can be booked throughout the Summer Theory Academy.  Private and shared private lessons are available – please contact the Artistic Director for placement: soundadvice@telus.net

History Classes with Robert Holliston:

Grade 9 History (RCM History 1)
July 4 – August 4
4:45pm – 6:00pm (weekdays)
30 hours of class time plus 2 hours of exam preparation (TBA)
$672.00
Robert will guide you through an overview of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras. Through his unique teaching style he brings each era to life. This course covers the lives and musical contributions of a wide range of composers, the development of musical genres and forms, and representative works from each era are studied and discussed. Grade 9 History is a co-requisite for grade 9 instrumental and vocal examinations.

Grade 10 History (RCM History 2)
July 4 – August 4
8:45am – 10:00am (weekdays)
30 hours of class time plus 2 hours of exam preparation (TBA)
$672.00
History 2 concentrates on the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras with an emphasis on the development of musical genres and forms. You will hear the development of music through the centuries. History 10 is a co-requisite for grade 10 instrumental and vocal examinations.

ARCT History (RCM History 3)
Class dates/times to be arranged – Contact Artistic Director
2 hours
$672.00
These classes are based on the music of the Romantic and Modern eras. North American composers and several contemporary performing artists are included in the curriculum.  History 3 is a co-requisite for the A.R.C.T. in performance and pedagogy.

Postsecondary Preparation
Instruction to prepare students for postsecondary theory placements, including the Camosun College/VCM diploma program and Bachelor of Music programs, is available. Please contact the Artistic Director for more information: soundadvice@telus.net

Adult Theory Classes

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Beginners
July 4 – 14, 9:00am-10:00am (Tue – Fri)
8 x 1hr sessions
$168.00

Experienced Students
July 4 – 14, 10:00am-11:00am (Tue – Fri)
8 x 1hr sessions
$168.00

If you sing in a choir, play the saxophone or fiddle, have rediscovered the guitar or are planning to learn an instrument in the future, you will enjoy learning about theoretical concepts and hearing how they relate to the actual sound of the music. We will start at the
beginning and move along as quickly, or slowly, as we feel comfortable.
The course is designed to make all of your musical involvements more enjoyable, as your increased knowledge provides new levels of understanding and musical independence. Contact the Artistic Director for placement.

Stay Tuned
Ear-Training and Rhythmic Reading Sessions

Join Brenda Braaten and Crystal Wiksyk, co-authors of Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training series and the new Royal Conservatory of Music Celebrate Theory series for some summer “fine tuning”.

Strong musicianship skills benefit all musicians. If you play an instrument, these classes are for you! If you are a singer and need to improve your sight-singing, let us know—classes can be arranged with an extra emphasis on sight-singing just for you.
Learn some tips and tricks, how to use technology, and how to set up a practice routine.
Students will learn how to effectively practice intervals, chords, chord progressions, playbacks, playbacks with an accompaniment, rhythm clap-backs and rhythmic reading to match your level.
Brenda and Crystal were instrumental in developing the content for the on-line portion of the new Four Star series. The ear-training and rhythmic reading requirements for the new 2015 Royal Conservatory of Music piano syllabus will be covered in these classes.

Grades 1-4
July 5—7
Arrange with Artistic Director
3 x 1hr sessions
$63.00 + $5.00 materials fee

Grades 5-6
July 11—14
Arrange with Artistic Director
4 x 1hr sessions
$84.00 + $5.00 materials fee

Grade 7-8
July 18—21
Arrange with Artistic Director
4 x 1hr sessions
$84.00 + $5.00 materials fee

Grade 9-10
July 24—28
Arrange with Artistic Director
5 x 1hr sessions
$105.00 + $5.00 materials fee

Private Instruction
Private and shared private lessons are available:
Rudiments and Ear-Training Levels 1 -10:  $59.80/hour
Harmony 9 and 10: $69.80/hour
Advanced Harmony, Counterpoint, History, Ear-Training, and Composition: $79.80/hour
Digital Software Notation: $79.80/hour

2017 Theory 05

 

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2017 CAMP INFORMATION COMING SOON PENDING FUNDING

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VCM SUMMER ACADEMY CONCERT SERIES
A summer concert series featuring dozens of young rising stars, VCM faculty and international musicians from the 2016 VCM Summer Academy Programs. Many of our summer concerts are admission by donation. Where applicable, tickets are available from the VCM administration office.

All concerts admission by donation unless otherwise specified


 

PIANO

All concerts in the Philip T Young Recital Hall at the University of Victoria

CONCERT INFORMATION COMING SOON!


STRINGS

Senior Program Finale Concert
Friday, July 8 and Friday, July 14
2:30pm & 7:30pm (two shows each day)

Alix Goolden Hall and Wood Hall

Junior Program Finale Concert
Friday, July 8 and Friday, July 14
12:00pm
Wood Hall

Faculty Concert
Time and Date TBA
Wood Hall


VOCAL

Finale concert Saturday, June 17 7:30pm
Alix Goolden Hall