Notices

April 27th, 2017

Collegium May 1st Schedule & Announcements

Collegium May 1, 2017 – Instrumental

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►   Garden Tour:  Sunday May 13 and 14.
Thanks to Kate, Tovin, Lexie, Sophie, Kevin C, Jasmine, Emma, Danielle, Clara, Jono and Marin for signing up to play.
Everyone else, please contact Micki very soon to sign up for a spot to play!  Thanks for your support of this important event.
A tout moment, la Région se réservera le droit de mettre un terme définitif (pour l’année en cours et les années à venir) à la prise en charge du séjour dans le cas où le (la) gagnant(e) et/ou son invité(e) auraient un casier judiciaire, seraient inscrits sur la liste des personnes recherchée dans le cadre du fichier « S » ou porteraient atteinte d’une quelconque manière à l’identité régionale, de la Région, à son image et les valeurs qu’elle défend
►    Collegium 2017-18.  Anyone wanting to return to Collegium next year must apply and audition.
There is no audition fee for returning students. Application Deadline:  May 14, 2017
·         Voice Auditions will be Wednesday May 24th.
·         Instrumental auditions will be held after Provincials June 2nd-5th.

►    Found:  Chin rest.  Contact Micki and identify to claim.

►    Reminder!  The VCM scholarship application deadline is THIS Friday, April 28th 2017

►  Grad Recitals:
·         Anne Jeffrey Friday April 28,  3:00pm  Wood Hall
·         Jennifer Turner  Tuesday May 2, 7:30pm Wood Hall
All Welcome!

►    Don Chrysler Concerto Competition for Young Musicians
Finalists’ Competition Performance:
Saturday April 22, 2017
From the Sooke Philharmonic web-site:
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photo courtesy of Rick Robinson, StoneRidge Photography
“Kevin Chen, winner
Audience comment: “Amazing! Needs to smile a bit more!” “Gorgeous sound!”
They were all very different and enjoyable performances, but in the end it was Kevin Chen who took home the first prize for his stunning performance of the virtuosic Khachaturian. If there were a prize for largest number of notes, he surely would have earned that as well!
Chen wins the rare opportunity to play the Khachaturian concerto with an orchestra, and will be the soloist with the Sooke Philharmonic at our October concerts in Sooke and Colwood this fall.”

►    Summer school/camp and Postsecondary Audition results: send in yours!

►   SNACKS:  Thanks to Kevin Chen and Maki Yamagata and Jen Meier for the snacks last week.
On Monday May 1st snacks will be supplied by Josie Thompson for the instrumentalists and Julia Hensley for the singers.
The next week, on May 8th snacks suppliers will be the Reader-Lees and Annalysa Tylor.

April 20th, 2017

Collegium April 24 Schedule & Announcements

Collegium Schedule April 24, 2017 – Instrumental

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►   Performance classes:  JR/INT Chamber & Solo Monday Apr 24 ; Senior Chamber & Solo Monday May 1st:
to play email Michael and Micki with repertoire title, composer, movements number(s) and run-time.  Soon!

►    Collegium 2017-18.  Anyone wanting to return to Collegium next year must apply and audition.
There is no audition fee for returning students. Application Deadline:  May 14, 2017
·         Voice Auditions will be Wednesday May 24th.
·         Instrumental auditions will be held after Provincials June 2nd-5th.

►    Concert: Victoria Chamber Orchestra
Friday April 21, 2017 8:00 PM
First Metropolitan United Church,
932 Balmoral at Quadra
Sunday April 23, 2017 2:30 PM
Oak Bay High School Auditorium
2121 Cadboro Bay Rd.
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante
Soloists: Emma Reader-Lee and Danielle Tsao
BRITTEN Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge
For free student tickets see separate email send by Micki Stirling Weds Apr 19 at 11:31AM.

►    Don Chrysler Concerto Competition for Young Musicians
Finalists’ Competition Performance:
This Saturday April 22, 2017 – 7:00 PM
Free concert – Open to the Public!
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria,    Prizes donated by Long & McQuade
Collegium member finalists:
Tovin Allers, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto; Danielle Tsao, Walton Viola Concerto; Sophie van der Sloot, Elgar Cello Concerto.

►    Summer school/camp and Postsecondary Audition results: send in yours!
Kate Moran is excited to announce that she was accepted to the Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music, and she has officially committed to studying with Victoria Chiang at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland!

►    We are adding a Soundings Session Monday May 8th with Theresa Leonard.
Theresa Leonard is a well-known music producer and audio educator. For over 20 years, she served as Director of Audio at The Banff Centre in Canada where she was responsible for directing the internationally-known audio practicum area and directing all activities in the Centre’s extensive audio facilities. Ms. Leonard worked closely with top industry professionals who served as guest faculty members for music production, engineering and sound for picture. She continues to be instrumental in helping audio practicum participants obtain key positions in the professional audio industry.
Ms. Leonard holds a Master of Music degree in sound recording, from McGill University, and bachelor degrees in music and education. Her work spans music and audio production, engineering, education and research. She has produced and engineered award-winning recordings for many labels including Analekta, Bravo!, Centaur, EMI, Honens and NAXOS, and received outstanding reviews for this work in The New York Times and The New Yorker, among other publications. In 2008, she was invited as a guest research professor to Bang & Olufsen in Denmark and in 2015 was Visiting Scholar at New York University Steinhardt School.

►   SNACKS:  On Monday April 24th snacks will be supplied by Kevin Chen and Maki Yamagata for the instrumentalists and Jen Meier for the singers.  The next week, on May 1st snacks suppliers will be Josie Thompson and Julia Hensley.

April 18th, 2017

Collegium April 17 Schedule & Announcements

Collegium April 17 – Easter Closure

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►    Collegium 2017-18.  Anyone wanting to return to Collegium next year must apply and audition.
There is no audition fee for returning students. Application Deadline:  May 14, 2017
·         Voice Auditions will be Wednesday May 24th.
·         Instrumental auditions will be held after Provincials June 2nd-5th.

►    Monday April 17th is Easter Monday.  The VCM building will be closed and there is no Collegium programming. The building is also closed on Friday and Sunday.  It is open as normal on Saturday April 15th.

►    We are adding a Soundings Session Monday May 8th with Theresa Leonard.
Theresa Leonard is a well-known music producer and audio educator. For over 20 years, she served as Director of Audio at The Banff Centre in Canada where she was responsible for directing the internationally-known audio practicum area and directing all activities in the Centre’s extensive audio facilities. Ms. Leonard worked closely with top industry professionals who served as guest faculty members for music production, engineering and sound for picture. She continues to be instrumental in helping audio practicum participants obtain key positions in the professional audio industry.
Ms. Leonard holds a Master of Music degree in sound recording, from McGill University, and bachelor degrees in music and education. Her work spans music and audio production, engineering, education and research. She has produced and engineered award-winning recordings for many labels including Analekta, Bravo!, Centaur, EMI, Honens and NAXOS, and received outstanding reviews for this work in The New York Times and The New Yorker, among other publications. In 2008, she was invited as a guest research professor to Bang & Olufsen in Denmark and in 2015 was Visiting Scholar at New York University Steinhardt School.

►   SNACKS:  Thanks for April 10th snacks from Lexi Krakowski for the instrumentalists and Gina Johnson for the singers.  The next week, on April 17th the building will be closed for Easter Monday.

April 6th, 2017

Collegium April 10 Schedule & Announcements

Collegium Schedule April 10, 2017 – Instrumental

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►    Collegium 2017-18.  Anyone wanting to return to Collegium next year must apply and audition.
There is no audition fee for returning students. Application Deadline:  May 14, 2017
·         Voice Auditions will be Wednesday May 24th.
·         Instrumental auditions will be held after Provincials June 2nd-5th.

►    Monday April 17th is Easter Monday.  The VCM building will be closed and there is no Collegium programming.

►    Master Class with Joel Stobbe – Monday April 10  Alix Goolden Hall,
Audience Welcome – No Charge
Marin Hoh, Sophie van der Sloot, Lexie Krakowski, Janelle Tiessen

►   Master Classes with Andrew Dawes  April 9 and 10
Audience Welcome – No Charge
Sunday Apr. 9
1:00-3:00pm    Room 203
Danielle Tsao
Clara Sui
Jasmine Yu
Rebecca Reader-Lee
3:00-5:00pm   Room 302
Susanna Heystek
Tovin Allers
Kate Moran
Emma Reader-Lee

Monday Apr. 10        5:00-6:30pm   Wood Hall
Trio DiCaprio – Beethoven Op. 1, no. 3 – 1st mov.
Trio Royale – Kodaly Serenade Op. 12 – 1st and 2nd mov.
Fantasia Quartet – Schumann Piano Quartet, 4th mov.

►   SNACKS:  April 10th snacks will be provided by Lexi Krakowski for the instrumentalists and Gina Johnson for the singers.  The next week, on April 17th the building will be closed for Easter Monday.

March 30th, 2017

Collegium April 3 Schedule and Announcements

Collegium Schedule April 3 2017 – Instrumental

2016-17 Senior Collegium Schedule Mar-May

2017 Splash young soloist application

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►   Welcome back!  We hope you had a great break.

►   The Senior Collegium Instrumental schedule from now until the end of term has been revised.
Please see link above or online here

►    Tomorrow: Concert:  Ya Ping (Jasmine) Huang,  Grad Recital  Wood Hall 2:30pm

►    2017 Symphony Splash Young Soloists – Deadline April 14 – application linked above.

►    Monday April 3 Master Classes with the Emily Carr String Quartet
       5-6:30  Wood Hall & Alix Goolden Hall
Audience Welcome – No Charge
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Adelfie Quartet – Haydn Quartet Op. 64, no. 2
Crimson Quartet – Bacewicz Quartet for 4 violins
Viello Quartet – Schumann Quintet 2nd mov.
Wood Hall
Tre Strumenti Trio – Brahms Horn Trio, 1st mov.
Artemis Trio – Taneyev Trio Op. 21
Filozófia Trio – Kodaly Serenade – 3rd mov.

►   Master Classes with Andrew Dawes  April 9 and 10
Audience Welcome – No Charge
Sunday Apr. 9
1:00-3:00pm    Room 203
Danielle Tsao
Clara Sui
Jasmine Yu
Rebecca Reader-Lee
3:00-5:00pm   Room 302
Susanna Heystek
Tovin Allers
Kate Moran
Emma Reader-Lee

Monday Apr. 10        5:00-6:30pm   Wood Hall
Trio DiCaprio – Beethoven Op. 1, no. 3 – 1st mov.
Trio Royale – Kodaly Serenade Op. 12 – 1st and 2nd mov.
Fantasia Quartet – Schumann Piano Quartet, 4th mov.

►   SNACKS:  After spring break, on April 3rd snacks will be provided by Charlie Dutton for the instrumentalists and Chloe LeRoy for the singers.  The next week, on April 10th it will be Lexi Krakowski and Gina Johnson.

March 24th, 2017

Collegium March 27 Schedule & Announcements

Senior Collegium Schedule Mar-May 2017

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►   The Senior Collegium Instrumental schedule from now until the end of term has been revised.  Please see attached above or on the Collegium web-site under ‘events’.

►   Next Collegium coaching day:  April 3rd.

►   Note:  Orchestra breaks for one week only.   March 27 = break.

►    Private Lessons During Spring Break – Don’t make any assumptions!
Check with your teacher to see exactly when you will be having lessons or break time in the next two weeks.

►    April 3 Master Classes with the Emily Carr String Quartet
5-6:30  Wood Hall & Alix Goolden Hall
Audience Welcome – No Charge
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Adelfie Quartet – Haydn Quartet Op. 64, no. 2
Trio DiCaprio – Beethoven Op. 1, no. 3 – 1st mov.
Viello Quartet – Schumann Quintet 2nd mov.
Wood Hall
Tre Strumenti Trio – Brahms Horn Trio, 1st mov.
Artemis Trio – Taneyev Trio Op. 21
Filozófia Trio – Kodaly Serenade – 3rd mov.

►   Master Classes with Andrew Dawes  April 9 and 10
Sunday Apr. 9
1:00-3:00pm    Room 203
Danielle Tsao
Clara Sui
Jasmine Yu
Rebecca Reader-Lee
3:00-5:00pm   Room 302
Susanna Heystek
Tovin Allers
Kate Moran
Emma Reader-Lee
Monday Apr. 10        5:00-6:30pm   Wood Hall
Crimson Quartet – Bacewicz Quartet for 4 violins
Trio Royale – Kodaly Serenade Op. 12 – 1st and 2nd mov.
Fantasia Quartet – Schumann Piano Quartet, 4th mov.

►   SNACKS:  After spring break, on April 3rd snacks will be provided by Charlie Dutton for the instrumentalists and Chloe LeRoy for the singers.

March 20th, 2017

Collegium March 20 Schedule & Announcements

2017 Splash Young Soloist Application

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►   Next Collegium coaching day:  April 3rd.

►   NOTE:  ORCHESTRA BREAKS FOR ONE WEEK ONLY.  March 20 = rehearsal; March 27 = break.

►    PRIVATE LESSONS DURING SPRING BREAK – Don’t make any assumptions!
Check with your teacher to see exactly when you will be having lessons or break time in the next two weeks.

►    CONCERT:  Ya Ping (Jasmine) Huang’s graduation recital
Friday March 31st, 2:30 pm  Wood Hall
Performing Works by:
Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Prokofiev
Come out and support your fellow Collegium member in her important recital.  More Collegium grad recitals to follow in April & May.

►   CONCERT:  Mozart with the EMILY CARR STRING QUARTET and AK Coope, clarinet
What: ”INTIMATE LETTERS”
When: Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2:30 pm
Where: St. Mary of the Incarnation, 4125 Metchosin Road, Metchosin BC
2nd performance:
When: Monday , March 27, 2017, 7:30 pm
Where: St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria BC
Tix:  $25 Available at Ivy’s Bookshop, Royal and McPherson box offices, at Eventbrite.ca and at the door.
250 386 6121 or 1 888 717 6121 or online @ www.rmts.bc.ca      Students free at the door.

►  2017 Symphony Splash – Deadline April 14 Young Soloist Application attached to this email.

►   SNACKS:  Big thanks to Jessica Carter and to Abby Overman.   After spring break, on April 3rd it will be Charlie Dutton for the instrumentalists and Chloe LeRoy for the singers.

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March 10th, 2017

Collegium March 13 Schedule and Announcements

Schedule Monday March 13th, 2017

Collegium March 13, 2017 – Instrumental

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►   Spring Break 2017:  Collegium breaks for two Mondays:  March 20 and March 27.  Mark your calendars!  If you will be away any Mondays other than those two, please notify Micki, your coach and ensemble members as early as possible.

►   NOTE:  ORCHESTRA BREAKS FOR ONE WEEK ONLY.  March 20 = rehearsal; March 27 = break.

Monday March 13 Master Class
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CONCERT:  Sunday, March 12th,   2:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Sidney Classical Orchestra invites you to attend its annual celebration of the excellence of young Victoria-area soloists, composers and conductors in concert on Sunday March 12 at St Elizabeth’s Church 10030 Third St. in Sidney BC. Peter Berlin (Music in Victoria said in 2012: “Nothing is more refreshing than attending a concert of young musicians. I can think of several reasons for this: their work ethic, their obvious talent, the total absence of artistic arrogance and swagger, the excitement equally shared between the performers and their parents, and the entire audience’s genuine wish for them to succeed.”  Collegium members and alumni soloing include: Emma Reader-Lee – violin; Danielle Tsao – viola; Rebecca Reader-Lee – violin; Leslie Opatril – composition; Lexie Krakowski – cello; Esther-Ruth Teel – conducting; Jono Devey – piano; Bonnie Lu – piano
$25 per concert for adults, $12.50 per concert for students over 19, (those 19 or under are free at the door)

►   SNACKS:  Big thanks to Danielle Tsao and Anne van der Sloot and families for the snacks on March 6th.
The snacks on Monday March 13th will be provided for the 36 instrumentalists by Jessica Carter and to the 15 singers by Abby Overman.   After spring break, on April 3rd it will be Charlie Dutton and Chloe LeRoy.

March 2nd, 2017

Collegium March 6 Schedules and Announcements

Collegium Schedule and Announcements – March 6th, 2017

Collegium Schedule March 6, 2017 – Instrumental

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►   Spring Break 2017:  Collegium breaks for two Mondays:  March 20 and March 27.  Mark your calendars!  If you will be away any Mondays other than those two, please notify Micki, your coach and ensemble members as early as possible.

►   NOTE:  ORCHESTRA BREAKS FOR ONE WEEK ONLY.  March 20 = rehearsal; March 27 = break.
►   Congrats to all for playing so beautifully for Spark to Flame 2017, and to getting out such a good audience.  Jessica Carter won the prize for selling 100 tickets – amazing!

►   2017 Piano Honours Concert: Sunday March 5   2:00PM  Alix Goolden Hall
Hosted by Linda Low Admission by Donation
Presented by the Keyboard Department of the Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music, this year’s Piano Honours Concert features over 25 talented piano students, performing a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from 17th-century sonatinas and dances to 21st-century jazz-style character pieces, and culminating with distinguished VCM postsecondary student Ya-Ping (Jasmine) Huang, who will play the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto accompanied by her teacher, Faculty member May-Ling Kwok.  Other Collegium members playing include Felina Yang, Bonnie Lu, Jasmin Yu, Jono Devey and Charlie Dutton.

►   Collegium Performance Classes  Mar. 6 , 2017
Room 303  Host: Michael van der Sloot
Elfi
Janelle Tiessen                         Lalo cello Concerto
Maki Yamagata                       Bartok Concerto – 3rd mov.
Lexie Krakowski                     Haydn CM Concerto – 1st mov.
Sophie van der Sloot               Prokofiev Sonata in CM – 3rd mov.
Suzanna Heystek                    Wieniawski Concerto in dm – 1st mov.
Rebecca Reader-Lee               Wieniawski Scherzo-Tarantella
Tovin Allers                            Tchaik Concerto – 2nd mov.
Emma Reader-Lee/Danielle Tsao Mozart Sinfonia Concertante – 1st mov.

Wood Hall  Host: Micki Stirling
Braden
Kaira Fukui                             Prokofiev Sonata – 1st mov.
Clara Sui                                 Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen
Amy Zhang                             Beethoven Spring Sonata – 1st mov.
Seth McMillan                        Walton Viola Concerto – 2nd mov.
No Accompanist
Viello Quartet                         Schumann Piano Quintet – 2nd mov.
Leo Maekawa                         Bach Partita No. 2 – Gigue
Jessica Carter                          Bach Partita No. 3 – Preludio
Charlie Dutton                        Bach Prelude and Fugue in B Flat Major

►  CONCERT:  Sunday, March 12th,   2:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Sidney Classical Orchestra invites you to attend its annual celebration of the excellence of young Victoria-area soloists, composers and conductors in concert on Sunday March 12 at St Elizabeth’s Church 10030 Third St. in Sidney BC. Peter Berlin (Music in Victoria said in 2012: “Nothing is more refreshing than attending a concert of young musicians. I can think of several reasons for this: their work ethic, their obvious talent, the total absence of artistic arrogance and swagger, the excitement equally shared between the performers and their parents, and the entire audience’s genuine wish for them to succeed.”  Collegium members and alumni soloing include: Emma Reader-Lee – violin; Danielle Tsao – viola; Rebecca Reader-Lee – violin; Leslie Opatril – composition; Lexie Krakowski – cello; Esther-Ruth Teel – conducting; Jono Devey – piano; Bonnie Lu – piano
$25 per concert for adults, $12.50 per concert for students over 19, (those 19 or under are free at the door)

ONE PAIR FREE ADULT TICKETS!  For the SCO Young Artists Concert described above.  Email Micki to collect.  First response takes them.

►  CONCERT:
What: ”INTIMATE LETTERS”
Who: EMILY CARR STRING QUARTET and guest AK Coope, clarinet
When: Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2:30 pm
Where: St. Mary of the Incarnation, 4125 Metchosin Road, Metchosin BC
2nd performance:
When: Monday , March 27, 2017, 7:30 pm
Where: St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria BC
Tix:  $25 Available at Ivy’s Bookshop, Royal and McPherson box offices, at Eventbrite.ca and at the door.
250 386 6121 or 1 888 717 6121 or online@ www.rmts.bc.ca      Students free at the door.

►   SNACKS:  Big thanks to Janelle Tiessen and Jennifer Turner for the snacks on Feb 20th.
The snacks on Monday March 6th will be provided for the 36 instrumentalists by Danielle Tsao and to the 15 singers by Anne van der Sloot.   On March 13th  it will be Jessica Carter and Abby Overman.

February 15th, 2017

Collegium February 20 Schedule & Announcements

Schedule Monday February 20th, 2017

Collegium Schedule February 2017 – Instrumental

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►  We do not have the resources to track all our alumni, but it is always great when they bring themselves to our attention.
It was a delight to watch Voice Collegium alumna Rebecca Genge fill the Royal Theatre with her lovely voice as Papagena, in the current POV production of the Magic Flute.

►    We are proud that of the list of students recently selected to play in the Young Artists Concert of the Sidney Classical Orchestra eight of the ten are Collegium members or alumni.  The winners are: Emma Reader-Lee – violin, Danielle Tsao – viola, Rebecca Reader-Lee – violin, Leslie Opatril – composition (alumna), Lexie Krakowski – cello, Esther-Ruth Teel – conducting (alumna), Jono Devey – piano, Felipe Jiang – piano, Karen Chan – piano, Bonnie Lu – piano.  Congratulations to them and their teachers!

►   GREATER VICTORIA YOUTH ORCHESTRA OPEN REHEARSAL
February 18, 2017     Saturday  9:15 – 10:45 am     No Charge
Pacific Opera Victoria’s Baumann Centre  925 Balmoral Road
Curious about orchestral music?  Ever wondered how a conductor communicates with the musicians? Interested to hear how separate threads of music weave together to form great sound?
The GVYO welcomes students, musicians, and friends to an Open Rehearsal on Saturday, February 18, when Music Director Yariv Aloni leads the orchestra through the intricacies of orchestral music!
Spend an hour in the midst of the music, then meet the players over refreshments at break time.
In preparation for the February 26 concert at University Centre, the orchestra will be rehearsing:

STRAUSS     The Gypsy Baron Overture
ADASKIN     Saskatchewan Legend
BRAHMS       Symphony No. 4

►   SNACKS:  The snacks on Monday February 20th will be provided for the 36 instrumentalists by Nelly Tian and to the 15 singers by Louis Dillon.   On February 27 it will be Janelle Tiessen and Jennifer Turner.

Schedule Monday February 20th, 2017 ►  attached and visible on our web-site at:

►  And on the Collegium bulletin board (come admire your photos!) at the top of the eastern spiral staircase and on the Voice Department Bulletin board.

February 2nd, 2017

Collegium February 6th Schedule and Announcements

Schedule Monday February 6th, 2017

Collegium Schedule February 2017 – Instrumental

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►  Upcoming Special weekend classes – mark your calendars now!
·         TARAS GABORA see http://www.casalmaggiorefestival.com/taras-gabora/ Sunday February 5th 1:00-5:00
o   Play order on Collegium webpage/events
·         ANDREW DAWES see http://music.ubc.ca/person/andrew-dawes/  Sunday April 9 1-5:00 plus Monday April 10

►  Monday Feb 6th  Bach Master Class – thanks to the 7 players who came forward – it will be a great session of music, critique and discussion.  Y’all come!

►   SNACKS:
Our thanks to the Gastons and to Julia Hensley.  The snacks on Monday February 6th  will be provided for the 36 instrumentalists by Sophie Schmidtke and to the 15 singers by Chloe Leroy.  Next week, February 13th is the BC Family Day Holiday.  The Conservatory will be closed – enjoy the day with your family – however you define them, whether they be by birth, adopted, or chosen!

January 20th, 2017

VCM Collegium Program Residency with William van der Sloot

William van der Sloot has established a reputation as a leader in the development of young artists. His students have won international acclaim, having won prizes in many major national and international competitions, including Grand Prizes at the Canadian National Festival, the Canadian Music Competition, The Alberta Provincial Music Festival, the Montreal Symphony Standard Life Competition, Klein Competition (San Francisco), and prizes at the ASTA Competition (USA), the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand), Concertino Praha (Prague), the Menuhin International Violin Competition, the Montreal International Competition, and the Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow). His students are heard on concert stages throughout Canada and abroad. They have performed often as guest soloists with many of Canada’s major symphony orchestras.

He is in demand as a guest clinician and judge at music schools and competitions in North America, China, and Europe. Mr. van der Sloot has given many masterclasses for major music organizations in Canada, the United States, Germany, Russia, Poland, Serbia, and China. He is a regular guest artist at the Central Conservatory (Beijing), the San Francisco Conservatory, Northwestern University (Chicago) and the Medicine Hat College Conservatory.

He will again be a faculty member at Mount Royal College’s international Morningside Music Bridge program this summer, and is co-artistic director of the Valhalla Summer School of Music in Silverton, BC. Invitations for this season include The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Meadowmount Summer School of Music (NY), the Central Conservatory (Beijing), The Chopin University (Warsaw), Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, as well as invitations to the jury of the Hong Kong International Violin Competition, the Johannes Brahms International Chamber Music Competition, and the Wieniawski Competition.

William van der Sloot began his violin studies at the age of seven. His principal teachers include Mary Shortt, Dr. Lise B. Elson, and Gerardo Ribeiro. He also worked in extensive masterclass seminars with Max Rostal, Tibor Varga, Yehudi Menhuin, Joseph Gingold, and members of the Juilliard, Hungarian, and Alban Berg String Quartets.

As a former violinist of the Villa Marteau Quintet (artist in residence at the Haus Marteau in Germany), he has toured extensively in Eastern and Western Europe and North America and has recorded for German, American, and Canadian National radio.

Before moving to Calgary to teach at Mount Royal, he was instrumental in the development of the Conservatory at Medicine Hat College and its program for gifted youth. Mr. van der Sloot is presently Manager of The Academy for Gifted Youth, Choral Programs, and is the distinguished instructor of violin at Mount Royal University, Calgary.

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January 19th, 2017

Collegium January 23, Schedules and Announcements

Schedule Monday January 23, 2017

Collegium January 23, 2017 – Instrumental

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►  Performance Classes:  If you are hoping to perform on Monday, please confer with your accompanist as needed and let Michael or Ingrid know by email.  Thanks

Festival Registration deadline Friday January 27th – please send Micki a copy of your GVPAF registration; and please pay your share of the fee to your coach or contact ASAP.  Don’t reward their efforts with having to be out of pocket! Thanks.

Going away?  Audition tours?  School trips?  Spring break?  Now is the time to compare your schedule with the Collegium schedule and let us all know of any conflicts:  Micki, your coach and your chamber group members.  Thanks

►  Spark to Flame ticket sale competition: Open to all VCM Students:  Be the top seller and win a set of deluxe cordless noise-cancelling headphones!  Contact Rosabel Choi – Office 219  email: choi@vcm.bc.ca for tickets and information.

►   SNACKS:
The snacks on Monday January 23th will be provided for the 36 instrumentalists by Reader-Lee family and to the 16 singers by Jen Meier.  Next week, January 30th, it will be Sophie Schmidtke and Julia Hensley.

January 17th, 2017

2017 Splash Young Soloist Application Form

2017 Splash young soloist application

Applicants must be 18 years of age or younger on August 6, 2017 and must reside on Vancouver Island, BC.
Application deadline:
Applications must be received before 5 pm on FRIDAY APRIL 14, 2017

January 13th, 2017

Collegium January 16 Schedules and Announcements

Schedule Monday January 16, 2017

Collegium January 16, 2017 – Instrumental

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

►  CONCERT:  This Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm the Sidney Classical Orchestra will be presenting their second concert of the season. Please join them for what will be a delightful event. We have two soloists, Konstantin Bozhinov – accordion, from Vancouver, and Stephen Brown’s lovely daughter Alberta – flute, all the way from Berlin where she is studying with the co-principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The program is an eclectic repertoire spanning nations and time periods, featuring Piazzolla’s Five Tango Sensations for accordion and string orchestra, and CPE Bach’s Flute Concerto in D minor.
St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 10030 Third Street, Sidney, BC
Tickets: $25 Adult, $13.00 Student of any age, Ages 19 & under FREE at the door

Weekly rehearsals:  Thanks everyone for getting their bookings in.  There is a copy of the chart on the Collegium bulletin board.  Please send in your releases for any weeks you won’t be using the room SOON.

Going away?  Audition tours?  School trips?  Spring break?  Now is the time to compare your schedule with the Collegium schedule and let us all know of any conflicts:  Micki, your coach and your chamber group members.  Thanks

CONCERT: SPARK TO FLAME
February 25, 2017  7:30PM Alix Goolden Hall
For both musician and audience member Spark to Flame is an experience that enriches lives and inspires spirits.
We invite you to join us as top student vocalists and instrumentalists perform alongside professional musicians and the VCM Senior String Orchestra.
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►  Spark to Flame ticket sale competition: Open to all VCM Students:  Be the top seller and win a set of deluxe cordless noise-cancelling headphones!  Contact Rosabel Choi – Office 219  email:choi@vcm.bc.ca for tickets and information.

►   SNACKS:
The snacks on Monday January 9th will be provided for the 36 instrumentalists by Kate Moran and to the 16 singers by Gia Johnson.  Next week it will be the Reader-Lees and Jen Meier.

January 6th, 2017

Collegium – Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival

Hello Collegium instrumental members and families.
All Collegium Chamber groups are expected to participate in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our groups to challenge themselves, be adjudicated and spread the reputation of our program throughout the city and the province.
Your Group Coach will register the group and pay on your behalf.  Parents are expected to pay their child’s portion of the group fee. Please see the chart below to know how much is due.  Please send this payment to the first coaching next week. Please do this right away so that the coach does not have the burden of chasing payments in addition to doing the registration and coaching. Thank you.

Permissions:
The coach is required to state on your behalf that “I consent to and authorize the use of the participant’s name and/or images without monetary gain for performance information, recognition of achievement and awards, and for historical record.” It is assumed that teachers have obtained appropriate consent from their participating students. They also have to say yes to:
Liability/Permission Waiver: I acknowledge that I am an adult participant, a parent/legal guardian of participant under the age of 19, or a teacher, and that I have read all the rules as contained in the current official Syllabus and agree to comply with all conditions governing this entry and further waive and release the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Association and its employees and volunteers from any liability in connection with participation in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. Photos will not be used for publicity without specific consent.
If you have questions or concerns about these permissions or payment,  please contact Micki immediately.
Thanks.

Also, please see below for more information about the Festival.

AVERAGE AGES AS OF JAN 1, 2017 (rounding down to whole number)
and PRICES (base price plus $5 for each player after 3):

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And here is more information about the Festival:

Our 90th Festival year is fast approaching and registration for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival opens Tuesday, January 3, 2017. If you have never registered students in our festival, we hope you will consider the benefits your students will experience from the performance opportunity and professional adjudication.

We have a wonderful slate of adjudicators lined up for 2017; check them out on the website http://www.gvpaf.org/adjudicators.aspx.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES:
January 20 – Studio Dance
January 27 – Classical Guitar, Composition, Piano, Speech, Strings, Voice – Classical & Musical Theatre
February 10 – Brass, Choral, Ethnic Dance, Fiddle, Woodwinds, School Bands and School Orchestras
February 24 – School Dance

The Syllabus is on our new website at http://www.gvpaf.org/syllabus.aspx.  Please read the Rules & Procedures, as well as the specific section in which you are registering.

Do not hesitate to call the office 250-386-9223 or email  festival@gvpaf.org if you can’t find a class in the dropdown box on the registration form, but it is listed in the Syllabus.
Remember:
1)      Performers will be expected to announce the title and composer name prior to performing.
2)      Be sure the repertoire selected is correct for the class/period selected.
3)      Use the ‘comments’ box to advise the section head of any potential scheduling conflicts.

New this year, the entire Festival program will be online and no longer sold as a paper program. This means everyone will be able to view the program and print off pages as they wish. A $25 pass will be on sale at all venues which will permit admission to all sessions (not concerts) at all venues, to replace the  printed program which was also a pass to all sessions.

We look forward to another great year of celebrating Victoria’s talented performing artists. We hope to see you there!

January 3rd, 2017

Collegium January 9th Schedules and Announcements

January 9, 2016

Collegium January 9, 2017-Instrumental

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New groups! New music! Attached please find the schedule for chamber groups after the new year.  If your group’s repertoire is not listed yet, you will be hearing from your coach as to what you will be playing and how to connect with the music so you can start practicing.
 
► Nice Christmas Activity:  Vox Humana, Brian Wismath conducting will put on their annual version of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales.  Christmas Eve Day, December 24th Alix Goolden Hall 2:30 PM Admission by donation.
“Always on Christmas night there was music…”
Story read by Welshman Melville Jones and accompanied by carols. Enjoyed best with friends and family, and fun for all ages!
For more information visit voxhumanachoir.ca
 
 Micki will be in the office Thursday morning Dec 22 and then not again until Tuesday January 2ndIf you need anything before the end of the year, contact her Thursday morning.
 
►  Building closure: the VCM building will be closed from Noon on Thursday December 22nd to Monday January 1st,
Reopening Tuesday January 2nd.
 
►   SNACKS:  Thanks Monday, December 12 to Kaira, Jasmine, Leonardo and Emmalene for the snacks, and for all of you who brought goodies to the concerts.  It made for very lovely occasions.
The snacks on Monday January 9th will be provided for the 36 instrumentalists by Andrew Montgomery and to the 16 singers by Madeline Stel.

 

December 12th, 2016

Spark To Flame Performers

Congratulations to our students who have been selected for the February 25 2017
Spark to Flame concert:

  • Aimi Howden, piano
  • Andrew Montgomery, violin
  • Kate Moran, viola & Emma Reader-Lee, violin (duo)
  • Jennifer Turner, soprano

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online with TicketFly

Share the ticket link on your social networks, email your friends and big thanks to you all for your participation. We look forward to enjoying the concert in February!

December 8th, 2016

Collegium December 12 Schedule and Announcements

Schedule Monday December 12, 2016

 Collegium December 12, 2016 Party

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Christmas Concerts:
The Friday December 9th Voice Collegium concert starts at 7:00pm in Wood Hall.
The Sunday December 11 Senior Instrumental Collegium concert starts at 2:30 in Wood Hall.

Each concert will be followed by a reception.
We ask that all students bring one plate of finger food to each concert they are playing in;
and that they come be audience for the others.
These will be lovely occasions!

Christmas party:
– The last session will be on Monday December 12th:  a carol sight-reading session and party.

Please let Micki know if you will not be at the party or do not eat pizza!

For the party part (5:00-6:30) we will have a White Elephant Gift Exchange.
Please bring one wrapped fun gift – maximum $5, preferably second-hand or hand-made.  Find something in your stuff that you no longer want and wrap it up!  The process is anonymous, so no one will know that it is from you :~)
image004.jpgHow the game goes: Each participant supplies one wrapped gift. The gifts are placed in a central location, and participants determine in which order they will take turns selecting them. The first person opens a wrapped gift, and the turn ends. On subsequent turns, each person can open a new present or gets the choice to “steal” another person’s gift. One gift can only be stolen two times, after it is stolen for the second time the gift is “done”, meaning no one else can steal that gift. When a person’s gift is stolen, that person can either choose another wrapped gift to open or can steal from another player. The game is over when the last person goes.  Questions?  Contact Micki.

CONCERT:  Sing Along Messiah – Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Alix Goolden Performance Hall     Director: Brian Wismath *
Soloists:
Monica Orso, soprano **
Kiiri Michelsen, contralto *
Kaden Forsberg, tenor
Andrew Erasmus, bass **
Derrick Milton, trumpet
Michael Cochran, continuo
You, the Audience, sing along as the Chorus.  (Non-singing audience members are also welcome!)
The Civic Orchestra of Victoria has some vocal scores to lend to the Chorus during performance (donations greatly appreciated.) If you have your own score, please bring it with you.   *VCM Faculty ** VCM Student/Alumni

Over the holidays:  Group changes and music for the new year:  we will be contacting everyone in the next few weeks to let you know of any group changes and new repertoire for the new year.  Next coaching session will be Monday January 9th.
Micki will be in the office until at least December 15th, and wishes each of you a wonderful holiday season.

►  Building closure: the VCM building will be closed from Noon on Thursday December 22nd to Monday January 1st,
Reopening Tuesday January 2nd.

►   SNACKS:  Thanks last Monday, December 5 to Marin Hoh and Gwen Jamieson and their families for the snacks.
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This week, for the party on Monday December 12 five instrumentalists will supply juice and cookies to go with pizza:
Kaira Fukui – 2 litres juice,
Jasmine Huang – 2 litres juice,
Leonardo Maekawa – 2 dozen cookies,
Geoffrey Paul – 2 dozen cookies,
Emmaline Van Meel – 2 dozen cookies.

December 5th, 2016

Collegium December 5 Schedule and Announcements

Schedule Monday December 5, 2016

Collegium December 5, 2016-Instrumental

 

Announcements   __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Christmas Concerts:
The Sunday December 4 Orchestra and Junior Collegium concert starts at 2:00 in Alix Goolden.
The Friday December 9th Voice Collegium concert starts at 7:00pm in Wood Hall.
The Sunday December 11 Senior Instrumental Collegium concert starts at 2:30 in Wood Hall.

Each concert will be followed by a reception.
We ask that all students bring one plate of finger food to each concert they are playing in;
and that they come be audience for the others.
These will be lovely occasions!

► Christmas party – The last session will be on Monday December 12th:  a carol sight-reading session and party. More details to follow.

►  FREE TICKETS!   Rudolf Komorous Celebration on December 8th, with distinguished alumni concert at 8:00, with ten minute documentary by John Bolton screened in room 037 at 7:45.  To collect, contact Cathy Fern Lewis cathyfernlewis@gmail.com.

►  CONCERT: Konstantin Bozhinov – accordion & Alberta Brown – flute Sidney Classical Orchestra
2:30 pm, Sunday, January 15, 2017. St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church Sidney

“And he is a terrific comedian. Please read below and visit his Comedy of Music website and to watch some quite funny videos.

His one-man variety show, The Comedy of Music, conducted by the world-famous Maestro Sir Oscar Stickman (Konstantin Bozhinov) will be visiting Sidney on its BC tour. Using a combination of musical talent and humour Maestro leads us in a rediscovery of the arts and the fundamental role they play in modern culture. He accomplishes this with his brilliant use of a multitude of musical instruments and an assortment of songs and dances, wrapped in layers of comical stories and anecdotes.”
Maestro Sir Oscar Stickman, celebrity conductor-extraordinaire, polymath, and Arts and Culture adviser to the Parliament.
ww.konstantin-bozhinov.com
www.TheComedyofMusic.com

Young Soloists Concert – Call for Applications
Sidney Classical Orchestra Stephen Brown – Artistic Director and Conductor
Applications are now being accepted for musicians 22 years of age and under who are currently living on Vancouver Island or from Vancouver Island and are studying elsewhere (any instrument or voice or conducting or composition).
Chosen soloists will perform with the Sidney Classical Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Brown, at 2:30 pm, Sunday, March 12, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Sidney, BC.
The audition process is in three stages.
1. Interested musicians will submit an audio recording by Thursday, January 11, 2017.
2. Selected applicants may be invited for a live audition on Saturday or Sunday,
January 21 or 23, 2017 at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
3. Notification of chosen applicants will be by Saturday, January 30, 2017.

►   SNACKS:  Thanks last Monday, November 28 to Emily Groseth and Bethany Kriese and their families for the snacks.
Monday, December 5 it will be Marin Hoh for the 36 instrumentalists and Gwen Jamieson for the 16 singers .
The next week, the party on Monday December 12 five instrumentalists will supply veggies, fruit, juice and cookies to go with pizza:
Kaira Fukui, Jasmine Huang, Leonardo Maekawa, Geoffrey Paul and Emmaline Van Meel.  They will be sent individual instructions :~).