October 19th, 2016
REMINDER: No Masterclass this week!
NO MASTERCLASS THIS WEEK
Our next performance class will be October 26th. There is still a little room left on this class, so if there are any Winds/Brass students interested in playing, please contact Emily Nagelbach at email@example.com.
October 17th, 2016
SPARK TO FLAME 2016-2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday November 10, 2016 [ ONLINE APPLICATION ]
AUDITIONS: Friday November 25, 5:30-9:30PM (Room 302) ; Saturday November 26, 8:30AM-5:30PM (Room 303)
FINAL REHEARSAL: Thursday February 23 (time TBA)
CONCERT: Saturday February 25, 7:30PM
ABOUT SPARK TO FLAME
The VCM’s Spark to Flame is a program that supports emerging artists’ development, and is open to all students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. It brings together the VCM’s Senior String Orchestra, along with members of the VCM faculty and Victoria Symphony Canada, to provide a high quality professional experience for both the students playing in the orchestra, as well as a group of promising student soloists, selected through audition, who perform under the direction of guest conductor Timothy Vernon, Founder and Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria.
The program instills in musicians the importance of personal responsibility in creating a professional performance. During the weeks leading up to the Spark to Flame performance in February, participating soloists are given the opportunity to work with VCM faculty and management to develop their professional and artistic skills, and along with all participating students assist with promoting the program, which culminates in a concert at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall in February.
Helping students gain a sense of co-ownership in the program is essential to its success each year, and as such, following the Spark to Flame concert, the students are invited to participate in one or two run-out concerts, that take place in local Elementary or Middle schools in the Greater Victoria Area. This also forms an essential part to the program, giving students the opportunity to grow interest in their younger peers in school, and collectively nurture a love for music in all.
If you are interested in participating, please submit an application form available at the front office.
Instrumental applicants must audition with the concerto, or the movement of the concerto, they wish to play in the concert. Concertos for more than one instrument will be accepted. The audition will be 15 minutes long. Candidates should bring one original copy of their audition repertoire to the audition for the adjudicator.
Please note: Candidates must also research the instrumentation for the piece they wish to present and include this information in the space below marked “Audition Repertoire”.
For 2017, the series will focus on instrumental works and vocal arias/duets compatible for Chamber orchestra accompaniment (i.e. with VCM String Orchestra + 2FL, 2Ob, 2CL, 2Bn, and 2Hn), and is open to all students currently registered at the Victoria Conservatory of Music for the 2016-2017 academic year, who have also been registered in studio instruction for more than one year at the VCM, OR who are currently enrolled in either the Collegium, Opera Studio, Advanced Voice Workshop, or Postsecondary Diploma program. The final realization of winds, brass, and percussion parts may be transcribed to the piano at the discretion of the audition committee.
Applicants must provide their own accompanist.
Notification of results will be Friday December 9 2016 or earlier. Soloists will be chosen based on their performance in the audition. However, programming and representation from all disciplines may be considered.
For more information, please contact Rosabel Choi, Assistant Program Director, at: 250.386.5311 ext. 2190, or firstname.lastname@example.org
June 22nd, 2016
Summer Flute Workshop and Ensemble Class
NEW: VCM Summer Flute Workshop & Ensemble Class with Judith Pazder! This class is designed for all ages and abilities and is just enough challenge and fun to keep your flute playing going strong this summer. There are seven sessions from June 29-August 24, with the first class next Wednesday, June 29th from 6:30-8:30pm. There is an optional celebratory flute choir performance at the VCM Open House on September 10th. Register by calling the VCM at 250.386.5311
May 4th, 2016
Lots of availability left for upcoming Winds & Brass Masterclasses!
We have a number of masterclasses remaining this term with lots of availability for performers. We encourage you to sign up for this opportunity! We have some fabulous teachers leading these classes and there is lots to gain both from playing and auditing. If you would like to sign up, please email email@example.com with the date you would like to play and your repertoire. Students of all ages and level are welcome!
Here are the remaining dates for the term:
May 18 – with Richard Volet
May 25 – with Marsha Elliott
May 4th, 2016
“Just Intonation” with Scott MacInnes
Wednesday May 11, 7:00 – 8:30pm, Room. 303 – Free admission!
Whether you are new to your instrument and the concept of playing in tune, or a seasoned student looking to explore the more complex details of fine intonation, bring your instrument and come learn more about this fascinating topic. From tuning with a tuner or piano, to playing with drones and other instruments, this workshop will explore both the history and practical side of intonation.
Good intonation is essential for musicians of every level and instrumentation – you won’t want to miss this class!
For more information on any of the VCM’s Woodwind & Brass Department courses, please contact the VCM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 20th, 2016
Winds & Brass Department Collage Concert
Winds & Brass Department Collage Concert
Saturday, June 11, 10:30am, Wood Hall, FREE
Our Collage Concerts showcase the immense range of talent within our department, featuring students of all ages and levels on a wide variety of wind and brass instruments, playing solo, chamber and ensemble repertoire. Students interested in performing can email Emily Nagelbach, Acting Winds and Brass Department Head at email@example.com
April 19th, 2016
Super Winds and Brass Class – May
There will be no WB masterclass this Wednesday, April 20th. We had originally scheduled our next Super Winds & Brass class for this date, however, we are looking to reschedule some time in May. Stay tuned for more details!
March 9th, 2016
Winds & Brass Masterclass – March 9th
There spots still available for the Winds & Brass masterclass this week (Wednesday, March 9, 7-8:30pm in Room 303). Richard Volet, principal flute with the Victoria Symphony, will be leading the class with Wendy Stofer on piano. Please email Emily Nagelbach firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to play. As always, we welcome students of any ability! Our VCM alumni, Leslie Opatril, will be playing in the class, so come down to say hello and hear some fabulous flute playing!
February 22nd, 2016
Winds and Brass Department Notices
Welcome to the VCM’s Winds and Brass Department notice board. This page is where the VCM will post news and other information related to our Winds and Brass Department programs. Bookmark the page or drop in regularly to keep in the know.