Programs

Young Artists Collegium Program

Senior Instrumental

WHO: Open by audition to all teenage or postsecondary classical instrumentalists who have already reached the RCME Grade 9 Conservatory level.

WHAT:  Chamber music, master classes with local and internally acclaimed artists, performances, and other classes aimed at expanding the awareness and experience of classical music and musicians work with collaborative pianists, social snacks.

  • Full members receive a package of private lessons, chamber music, group sessions, performances, private coaching with a collaborative pianist, and credit towards theory or history lessons. The package price is subsidized approximately 50% by scholarships and fundraising. Full members are expected to attend all sessions and practice with their chamber group at least weekly outside of the coaching sessions.
  • Associate* members receive a package of Chamber music, group sessions and performances. They are expected to participate in all Chamber music coachings, rehearsals and performances and may participate in as many other group sessions as suits their schedule.  *Associate membership may be offered to students enrolled in the VCM/Camosun Postsecondary Diploma in Music Performance. For more information, contact David Visentin, Director of Postsecondary Studies  (visentin@vcm.bc.ca).

WHEN:  September through May.

  • Most sessions happen Mondays between 4:00 and 6:30pm

WHERE: Victoria Conservatory of Music downtown location, 900 Johnson St,

WHY:  the Collegium Program is designed to optimise the success of seriously dedicated and gifted young musicians, in music and in life. 

What others have said:

“It’s AWESOME! I’ve learned numerous things that were and still are invaluable to my career as a musician, and the relationships I’ve formed with friends through this program will hopefully stay with me through the rest of my life. Great flippin‘ program!!!

“The Collegium program has made me a better musician and individual.”

(Students 2015 )

“It is one of the top programs of its kind in the country.”  (Teacher 2015)

We are so pleased with the growth that our son’s Collegium experience provided for him.  He improved musically and personally while making new friends that share his interests.

“This has been a life transforming program for my daughter.”

(Parents 2016)

HOW MUCH:  See Tuition Information tab

HOW TO APPLY: See Application Information tab

Young Artists Collegium Program 

Voice 

WHO: Open by audition to all singers teenage to young adult (youth), including students enrolled in the VCM/Camosun Diploma in Music Performance.

WHAT:  The aim of the Collegium Voice program for singers is to supplement private voice lessons by providing experiences specific to the developing singer, that are beyond the scope of individual lessons. Students develop and perfect basic musicianship through regular ear training and sight singing classes as well as classes in practice techniques, learning music, conducting, and music history.  Performance skills are honed in movement classes such as yoga, Alexander Technique, improvisation drama, and stage direction. 

The program also includes:

  • Individual coaching with a professional coach/ accompanist.
  • Introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet, a necessary tool for all classical singers, who are expected to sing in several languages.
  • Regular master classes with members of the VCM   voice faculty and visiting instructors.
  • Lectures on a variety of topics of interest to a singer.
  • Opportunities to prepare and perform staged scenes with professional stage directors.
  • Performing in large and small ensembles.
  • Social snacks.

Full members receive a package of private lessons, ensemble coaching, group sessions, performances, private coaching with a collaborative pianist, and credit towards theory or history lessons. The package price is subsidized approximately 50% by scholarships and fundraising. Full members are expected to attend all sessions and have priority singing in master classes.

Associate* members receive a package of Chamber music, group sessions and performances. They are expected to participate in all ensemble music coachings, rehearsals and performances as scheduled.

*Associate membership may be offered to students enrolled in the VCM/Camosun Postsecondary Diploma in Music Performance. For more information, contact David Visentin, Director of Postsecondary Studies  (visentin@vcm.bc.ca).

WHEN:  September through May.

  • Most sessions happen Mondays between 4:00 and 6:30pm

WHERE: Victoria Conservatory of Music downtown location, 900 Johnson St,

WHY:  The Collegium Program is designed to optimise the success of seriously dedicated and gifted young  musicians, in music and in life. 

What others have said:

“The collegium program is incredibly valuable for students to explore the true world of music. In addition, music students, who are currently studying in the level that is lower than post-secondary level receive many essential experiences in the Collegium, which are hardly available in other places.”  (Student )

“It offers a wonderful variety of pertinent instruction, opportunities and interactions with diverse high calibre teachers in a three hour block of concentrated time, which is extremely unique and desirable.”  (Teacher)

“It’s a great program!” (Parents) 

HOW MUCH:  See Tuition Information tab

HOW TO APPLY: See Application Information tab

Young Artists Collegium Program

Junior Strings & Winds

WHO: Open by audition to all pre-teen or teenage strings or wind players who have already reached the RCME Grade 6 level.

WHAT:  Chamber music, orchestra, theory, master classes, performances and social snacks.

WHEN:  September through May.

Orchestra, snacks and Chamber music happen on Wednesdays from 4:15 – 7:00pm.

Master classes are scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays.

Theory is scheduled individually with students depending on their level.

WHERE: Victoria Conservatory of Music downtown location, 900 Johnson St,

WHY:  the Collegium Program is designed to optimise the success of seriously dedicated and gifted young musicians, in music and in life.

What others have said:

“Jr. Collegium has been an excellent experience for my daughter.  It has of course been an amazing place to grow as a musician; being in the company of like-minded peers and fantastically inspired teachers has given her great support, a sense of belonging and goals to strive for.”  (Parent)

“My student started as a weak player in the fall and completely changed in a few months.” (Teacher)

“I liked the friendly and supportive environment created by the students and the administrators of the program.”  (Student)

“There is nothing else remotely like it in Victoria – case in point: Collegium chamber groups won all the chamber classes at this year’s Provincials.”   (Teacher)  

“Collegium is the most important education my children have received. In no other venture have my children learned all of the following: striving for excellence, setting goals, experiencing a teacher passionately picture their next achievement, collaborate with peers who are older, and younger, working with professional mentors, developing stage presence, and learning to share mutual appreciation among each other.”  (Parent)

HOW MUCH:  See Tuition Information tab

HOW TO APPLY: See Application Information tab

Young Artists Collegium Program

Junior Piano Plus

WHO: Open by audition to all pre-teen or teenage pianists who have already reached the RCME Grade 6 level.

WHAT:  Chamber music with strings, Piano Plus ensemble coaching, theory, master classes, performances and social snacks.

WHEN:  September through May.

Piano Plus, snacks and Chamber music happen on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 7:00 pm.

Master classes are scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays.

Theory is scheduled individually with students depending on their level.

WHERE: Victoria Conservatory of Music downtown location, 900 Johnson St,

WHY:  the Collegium Program is designed to optimize the success of seriously dedicated and gifted young musicians, in music and in life.

What others have said:

“Jr. Collegium has been an excellent experience for my daughter.  It has of course been an amazing place to grow as a musician; being in the company of like-minded peers and fantastically inspired teachers has given her great support, a sense of belonging and goals to strive for.”  (Parent)

“The program allows students to connect with others who also love music. It’s very well organized and well run.”  (Teacher)

“The Collegium program has helped me grow so much as a musician. Being surrounded by amazing players pushes you to want to have higher expectations for yourself.”   (Student)                 

“We enjoyed witnessing our son truly love participating in this program.  It was also great to watch his progress as he improved as an individual as well as a musician.  This was his first opportunity to collaborate with other musicians and he enjoyed playing with others, building relationships and being a part of a community.”  (Parent)

HOW MUCH:  See Tuition Information tab

HOW TO APPLY: See Application Information tab

Young Artists Collegium Program

Tuition Information

  • Each category of membership has a different tuition.  All tuition is per term.
  • Students are expected to do both (2) terms per year.
  • Pricing, scholarship and subsidy details are listed below.

Net Tuition Payable:  Instrumental and Voice

  1. Collegium Full member – Strings, Winds, Voice:  $1,397 per term (2 terms)
  2. Collegium Full member – Piano: $1,277 per term (2 terms)
  3. Collegium Associate Member: $395 per term (2 terms)
  4. Collegium Postsecondary Associate: $95 per term (2 terms)  Note:  Fee is in addition to respective VCM/Camosun course fees.
  5. Junior Collegium – Strings/Winds: $395 per term (2 terms)
  6. Junior Collegium –Piano Plus: $395 per term (2 terms)

Payment timing:

Students auditioning for the first time are charged a $30 audition fee. Although students audition each year to remain in the program, this is a one-time fee.

Because the Collegium is an ensemble-based program, we need commitment from students long before the first day of classes.  For this reason, non-refundable tuition payments of $200 are required by June 30, in advance of term 1, and similarly by December 1st for term 2; the balance of tuition owing for each term is due by the first day of each term.

Pricing detail:

1. Collegium Full member – Strings, Winds, Voice:  $1,397 per term (2 terms)

a) 16 weekly 1 hour private lessons
b) 14 weekly Master & performance classes, Soundings sessions
c) 14 weekly 1 hour chamber coaching sessions
d) $100 theory/history class credit
e) 8 ½ hour private collaborative coaching sessions
f) Concerts and other performing opportunities

Gross price per term $2,410
Less: Scholarship $500
Less: donated subsidies $513
Net payable per term $1,397


2. Collegium Full member – Piano: $1,277 per term (2 terms)

a) 16 weekly 1 hour private lessons
b) 14 weekly Master & performance classes, Soundings sessions
c) 14 weekly 1 hour chamber coaching sessions
d) $100 theory/history class credit
e) Concerts and other performing opportunities

Gross price per term: $2,131
Less scholarship: $500
Less donated subsidies: $354
Net payable per term: $1,277

 

3. Collegium Associate Member: $395 per term (2 terms )

a) 14 weekly Master & performance classes, Soundings sessions
b) 14 weekly 1 hour chamber coaching sessions
c) Concerts and other performing opportunities

Gross price per term: $754
Less donated subsidies: $359
Net payable per term: $395

 

4. Collegium Postsecondary Associate: $95 per term (2 terms) plus Camosun fees 

a) 14 weekly Master & performance classes, Soundings sessions
b) 14 weekly 1 hour chamber coaching sessions
c) Concerts and other performing opportunities

Gross price per term: $860
Less tuition paid to Camosun: $400
Less donated subsidies: $365
Net payable per term: $95

 

5. Junior Collegium – Strings/Winds: $395 per term (2 terms)

a) 14 weekly ½ hour chamber coaching sessions
b) 17 weekly 1.5 hour Intermediate Orchestra sessions
c) 16 weekly 1 hour theory classes
d) 4-6 master classes
e) Concerts and other performing opportunities

Gross price per term: $952
Less scholarship: $300
Less donated subsidies: $257
Net payable per term: $395

 

6. Junior Collegium – Piano Plus: $395 per term (2 terms)

a) 14 weekly ½ hour chamber coaching sessions
b) 14 weekly piano plus coaching & rehearsal sessions
c) 16 weekly 1 hour theory classes
d) 4-6 master classes
e) Concerts and other performing opportunities

Gross price per term: $965
Less scholarship: $300
Less donated subsidies: $270
Net payable per term: $395

 

Donated subsidies and scholarships:

The reduced net payable tuition is due to scholarships and subsidies made possible by private citizens, supportive companies and the Victoria Conservatory of Music, who all can see the enormous benefits of this unique program.

If you would like to help invest in the future of classical music and these great kids, please contact us.

Collegium is the most important education my children have received. In no other venture have my children learned all of the following: striving for excellence, setting goals, experiencing a teacher passionately picture their next achievement, collaborate with peers who are older, and younger, working with professional mentors, developing stage presence, and learning to share mutual appreciation among each other.”  (Parent 2016)

Young Artists Collegium Program

How to apply to the Collegium

1) Complete our online application form

2) Pay the one-time non-refundable $30 application fee  (new applicants only)

Payment Options (All fees are paid through the reception staff at the front desk)

  • Cash, Debit Card, or e-transfer
  • Cheque payable to the Victoria Conservatory of Music

3) Audition: All new and returning students are required to audition.

Auditioning students should prepare two works which best show your current level of performance.  Sight-reading or other technical skills may be required, and as part of the interview students will be asked to explain why they want to join the Collegium, and what other extra-curricular activities they pursue which may conflict with Collegium.

An accompanist is not required. Instrumentalists play unaccompanied and an accompanist is strongly recommended for voice auditions.

Application Deadline for 2017/18:  May 14, 2017 

Audition Dates:  June 2 - 6, 2017 

For further information contact: 

Micki Stirling | VCM Office #336  | 250 386-5311 x 3360 | stirling@vcm.bc.ca