Conservatory School of Classical Music

“Training in the Western European Classical Tradition lies at the root of a successful career in music, and as such, remains at the core of all music programs offered by the VCM.”

~ Stephen Green, Dean

For over 50 years, the study of Western European Classical Music has been the corner stone for all programs offered through the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM).  With the recent expansion of VCM curricula to include the study of Popular-Contemporary genres, as now offered through the Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music, it was time to also sharpen the focus around the study of Classical music, and as such, the Conservatory School of Classical Music (CSCM) was formed.

In celebration of the VCM’s 50th anniversary (2014-2015), the new CSCM was named in honour of Ann & George Nation, who along with Ann’s sister Gillian Nelles, and their mother, Mrs. Alix Goolden, founder of the VCM, have been steadfast supporters of the Conservatory since its founding in 1964. With their sincere passion and commitment over the years, what began as the Victoria School of Music with just 8 students, has continued to grow and flourish, and so now in celebration of their wonderful support, The Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music represents the “jewel in the crown”, of the VCM, one of North America’s most prominent Music Conservatories.

The traditional Faculty departments of Keyboard, Strings, Voice, Winds & Brass, as well as Classical music theory, history, and musicianship are housed under the CSCM umbrella.  In addition, the high-level comprehensive music programs – the Young Artists Collegium, the Advanced Voice Workshop and the Opera Studio also find their home within this new school.  The broad range of classes, ensembles, and individual studio instruction offered, are grounded in high quality proven methodologies and approaches to learning, and welcome students of all ages and levels, from students of any age learning just for fun, to emerging professional musicians.

Using the tabs above, please browse through the various Faculty Departments and programs of the CSCM, where you will find more information, including lists of faculty, programs, and events, as well as news, photos, videos, and notices to current students.