2019 Spark to Flame Student Showcase

Published January 22, 2019

Featuring some of Victoria’s brightest and best, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) is proud to present the Spark to Flame Student Showcase on Friday, March 1st at 7:30pm in Alix Goolden Performance Hall. The concert is a magical evening of exciting solo and orchestral works featuring the VCM Senior String Orchestra and local professional musicians, conducted by Maestro Timothy Vernon.


The Victoria School of Classical Music’s Spark to Flame is a program that supports emerging artists’ development, and is open to all students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Selected through audition, students are given the opportunity to work with VCM faculty and management to develop their professional and artistic skills. The March 1st concert brings together the VCM’s Senior String Orchestra, along with members of the VCM faculty and the Victoria Symphony to provide a high-caliber professional experience for both the students playing in the orchestra, as well as a group of promising student soloists.


Student Soloists

• Evan Overman (Trumpet)- Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat
• Elijah Kim (Violin) – Vivaldi’s RV 315 “Summer” from the Four Seasons
• Rohin Arun (Piano) – Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.19 in F Major
• Adam Schmidt (Voice- Tenor) – Mozart’s Perpieta, non ricercate
• Anne van der Sloot (Voice- Soprano) – Mozart’s Chi sa, chi sa, quell sia
• Sujung Lee (flute) – Howard Hanson’s Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings
• Lexie Krakowski (Cello) – Dvorak’s Silent Woods for cello and orchestra


Lexie Krakowski is in her third year studying with Paula Kiffner, having previously worked with Brian Yoon and Karen Whyte.

The VCM Senior String Orchestra

The VCM Senior String Orchestra (SSO), directed by David Visentin, is an intensive string orchestra program for advanced students (Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 7 or higher). They have distinguished themselves as a strong and supportive ensemble, known for their superbly-played dynamic performances. SSO recently successfully mounted its first-ever tour to Vancouver in March 2018 and joined forces with the University of North Carolina (Charlotte) Chamber Orchestra (UNCCO), Handsworth and Sentinel High Schools from West Vancouver and the St. James Music Academy for joint performances at the Kay Meek Centre. The Orchestras Project was organized by UVic alumni hornplayer and conductor Dr. Jonathan Govias who conducts the UNCCO. They recently performed with Sarah Slean and completed a recording project with producer Theresa Leonard.


Maestro Timothy Vernon- the first VCM graduate

Esteemed Maestro Timothy Vernon, the Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria and Conductor Laureate of Orchestra London will be conducting the Senior String Orchestra for the evening. Maestro Vernon began teaching at the Faculty of Music, McGill University, and became conductor of the McGill SO and associate director of Opera McGill in 1986. He has made regular guest appearances with opera companies and orchestras across Canada. He has performed frequently for the CBC and has acted as jurist for the Canada Council, the S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, and the GPA Dublin International Piano Competition. In the early stages of his career, Maestro Vernon studied conducting from 1962-4 with Otto-Werner Mueller at the Victoria School (now Conservatory) of Music, and was the VCM’s first graduate student in 1964!

Maestro Timothy Vernon, the Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria and Conductor Laureate of Orchestra London will be conducting the Senior String Orchestra at the 2019 Spark to Flame Student Showcase.

To purchase tickets for the Spark to Flame Student Showcase, visit the VCM front desk at 900 Johnson Street or online at Ticketfly.

The Spark to Flame Student Showcase is proudly presented by Urbana Kitchen.

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