Career Opportunities

The VCM is so much more than just a music school; it is a creative hub where music, technology, and vision converge, fostering an environment where students can stretch their musical imaginations. In addition, the VCM’s beautiful heritage Alix Goolden Performance Hall is a premier concert space for the Greater Victoria region.  The VCM is also a place where people come for the health and wellness benefits that music brings through our renowned Music Therapy program. We are a community that inspires, nurtures, and enriches through excellence in music education, performance, and wellness.

All current opportunities are listed in the tabs on this page.

The VCM is a great place to work and we thank all applicants for their interest.  Please note, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All successful applicants for positions at the Victoria Conservatory of Music must undertake a current Criminal Record review.

Please Note:  While we happily accept open applications, we reserve the right to only contact applicants who may be of interest to the VCM.

Thank you for your interest in the career opportunities at the Victoria Conservatory of Music!

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VCM Faculty Position Posting:

Instructor for Infant/Toddler & Preschool Group Music Classes

Located on the Lək̓ʷəŋən traditional territory, known today as the Songhees, Esquimalt, WSÁNEĆ (Tsartlip, Tseycum, and Tsawout) and Scia’new (Beecher Bay) Nations, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) identifies Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

The VCM is currently accepting applications for a part-time independently contracted teaching position within the VCM’s Department of Early Childhood Music, to teach Infant/Toddler & Preschool music classes at VCM community sites around Greater Victoria including the Westshore.

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Minimum Qualifications: 

  • At least two years’ experience working with young children in daycare and/or preschool setting and/or experience teaching music to younger grades (K-3) in Elementary school;
  • Musical proficiency in vocal, instrumental, and musicianship areas relevant to leading music activities for young children (infants to 5 years);
  • Experience teaching music classes in small and large groups (4 to 20 children per group); and
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and access to own transportation to travel to VCM community sites with portable Early Childhood instrument sets for use in classes (similar to medium-sized suitcase).

Strengths and skills:

  • Familiarity with age-appropriate music repertoire and musical activities.
  • Creative and innovative approaches to teaching music to young children.
  • Able to design structured music classes on specific themes with sequential musical activities using a wide range of instruments appropriate for this age group.
  • Able to sing in a pitch range and volume appropriate for young children, in small to large groups.
  • Effectively interact and communicate with children, parents, and staff at each community site.
  • A well organized, punctual, and professional individual, with an enthusiastic, energetic, as well as sensitive and respectful disposition.

We invite those interested in exploring this opportunity further to submit via email a cover letter and resume, relevant supporting materials, and contact information for two references to:

Office of the Dean:  [email protected]  

Attn: Dr. Johanne Brodeur Ph.D., MTA, Dept Head for Early Childhood Music

Starting Date: Immediate

Compensation: Paid monthly according to hours submitted, using the VCM’s established pay rates for in-community teaching (current as of Sept 2022: $44.90), plus mileage as per VCM rates for program delivery at community sites.

Closing Date: ongoing until position is filled.

VCM Faculty Position Posting:

Instructor, Voice

Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music

Located on the L əəkʷ ə ŋ ə n traditional territory, known today as the Songhees, Esquimalt, WSÁNEĆ ( Tseycum, and Tsawout) and Scia’new (Beecher Bay) Nations, the Victoria Conservatory of Music ( identifies Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

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The VCM’s Department of Classical Voice has been offering excellent and innovative programs to the VCM community for over 55 years, with highly trained and experienced faculty helping students of all ages achieve their unique goals whether it be singing Art Song, Opera, Choral repertoire, participating in school musicals, or exploring other genres while growing a lasting and meaningful relationship with music. As a department, the Voice Faculty members are a close-knit community and form an integral part of the VCM’s greater faculty community of 130+ members.

We are currently seeking voice instructors with experience teaching in a studio setting using appropriate Classical voice methodologies and technique and working with students with interests in Classical and/or non-Classical/Commercial musical genres. Positions are available for both seasoned professionals and recent graduates.

Terms of Employment:  Part time, individual studio instruction as independent contractor

Compensation: variable, according to posted VCM tuition rates and respective instructor pay rates

Anticipated start date:  Immediately or latest January 30, 2023

Locations:  Victoria Conservatory of Music – openings available for both Downtown Victoria and Westhills-Langford locations

Minimum Requirements

Education:

Two – four years of study at a postsecondary/advanced level, including having obtained a BMus, DipMus, ARCT, AVCM, or equivalent credential. Candidates with Voice Pedagogy training are preferred.

Experience:

At least two years performing and teaching

Areas of Teaching Specialization:

Classical (primary); musical theatre (some experience preferred); non-Classical genres

Languages:

Spoken and written English, working knowledge of French, German and Italian preferred for Classical instruction

Other Skills:

Ability to organize and maintain an active teaching schedule, communicate well with students and parents (as applicable), be reliable, and have a desire to be involved with, and contribute to the VCM community.

Application deadline: Monday, January 23, 2023 or until positions are filled.

To apply:  Send letter of application and curriculum vitae (email preferred) to Office of the Dean ([email protected])

VCM Faculty Position Posting:

Choir Director, ChoirKids

School of Music Technology and Creativity

Located on the Lək̓ʷəŋən traditional territory, known today as the Songhees, Esquimalt, WSÁNEĆ (Tsartlip, Tseycum, and Tsawout) and Scia’new (Beecher Bay) Nations, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) identifies Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

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ChoirKids is a non-auditioned choir program delivered through the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Outreach for Children, into local Victoria Elementary schools.  ChoirKids focuses on singing for fun, to foster a love and appreciation for music. All music is learnt by ear and may include at times light choreography.  Weekly rehearsals provide a range of “warm-up” games, and repertoire is drawn from popular folk tunes, and contemporary music, sung either in unison, or in two parts.  The VCM adopted the ChoirKids program from the Arbutus Singers Music Education Society in 2015, and until the pandemic forced the program to pause, over 1000 children across six schools had participated in weekly rehearsals, as well as Christmas and end of year concerts. As of this past October, the VCM was very pleased to be able to restart the program.

We are currently seeking a choir director with experience working with Elementary age children. Choir sizes can range from 20 to 50 with weekly rehearsals taking place usually during the lunch period, or after school in some cases. Accompanist is provided typically, however the choir director may also choose to self-accompany.

Terms of Employment:

  • Part time as independent contractor
  • Compensation – hourly according to posted VCM instructor pay rates for Outreach Program in-community delivery.
  • Start date – Immediately
  • Location – Three local Elementary schools in SD61 (Victoria School District)

Minimum Requirements:

  • A trained and proficient singer and musician, with ability to comfortably project voice without need for microphone.
  • Able to engage and inspire larger (40-50) groups of Elementary-age students in unison and two-part singing.
  • A passion for music education, working with children, and group singing.
  • An ability to foster safe and dynamic learning environments.
  • Previous experience working with elementary aged students.
  • Able to creatively navigate behaviour management and other classroom management issues as they arise.
  • Punctuality; excellent time management and communication skills.

Experience:

  • Experience working with elementary age students either as music specialist or group/classroom instructor is preferred. Candidates with experience teaching children in a one-on-one setting only will also be considered.
  • Experience as a choir and/or youth choir director will be prioritized, however, all candidates being considered will have experience singing in a choral or group setting.
  • Candidates with experience working with youth/children in a leadership capacity however in a non-music setting (ex. Summer Camps) will be considered in addition to their musical background.

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with the program manager to select appropriate songs and warm-ups for the choirs.
  • An aptitude for choosing repertoire and other activities that will engage the students and foster their excitement for singing.
  • Ability to independently travel to participating Elementary schools within the Victoria School District (SD61).

Application deadline: Monday, January 23, 2023 or until positions are filled.

To apply: Send letter of application and curriculum vitae (email preferred) to Office of the Dean ([email protected])

 

VCM Faculty Position Posting:

Accompanist, ChoirKids

School of Music Technology and Creativity

Located on the Lək̓ʷəŋən traditional territory, known today as the Songhees, Esquimalt, WSÁNEĆ (Tsartlip, Tseycum, and Tsawout) and Scia’new (Beecher Bay) Nations, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) identifies Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

Download a PDF copy of this posting

ChoirKids is a non-auditioned choir program delivered through the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Outreach for Children, into local Victoria Elementary schools.  ChoirKids focuses on singing for fun, to foster a love and appreciation for music. All music is learnt by ear and may include at times light choreography.  Weekly rehearsals provide a range of “warm-up” games, and repertoire is drawn from popular folk tunes, and contemporary music, sung either in unison, or in two parts.  The VCM adopted the ChoirKids program from the Arbutus Singers Music Education Society in 2015, and until the pandemic forced the program to pause, over 1000 children across six schools had participated in weekly rehearsals, as well as Christmas and end of year concerts. As of this past October, the VCM was very pleased to be able to restart the program.

We are currently seeking an accompanist to for ChoirKids weekly rehearsals taking place at three local Elementary schools during the lunch period or immediately after school.

Terms of Employment:

  • Part time as independent contractor
  • Compensation – hourly according to posted VCM instructor pay rates for Outreach Program in-community delivery.
  • Start date – Immediately
  • Location – Three local Elementary schools in SD61 (Victoria School District)

Minimum Requirements:

  • A trained and proficient pianist with experience working as an accompanist, ideally for choirs.
  • Able to sight read and learn repertoire quickly.
  • Comfortable playing, and embellishing, from lead sheets (melody with provided chord symbols).
  • Comfortable working in a variety of popular song genres.
  • A strong interest in contributing to safe and dynamic learning environments for children.
  • Punctuality; excellent time management and communication skills.

Experience:

  • Experience working as an accompanist, ideally with choirs.

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with the Choir Director and program manager to select appropriate songs and warm-ups for the choirs.
  • Ability to independently travel to participating Elementary schools within the Victoria School District (SD61).

Application deadline: Monday, January 23, 2023 or until positions are filled.

To apply: Send letter of application and curriculum vitae (email preferred) to Office of the Dean ([email protected])

 

Job Posting

Music Program Developer and Coordinator

Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music

Located on the Lək̓ʷəŋən traditional territory, known today as the Songhees, Esquimalt, WSÁNEĆ (Tsartlip, Tseycum, and Tsawout) and Scia’new (Beecher Bay) Nations, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) identifies Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation among its Core Values and encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

Application Deadline: 4:00 pm PST, Wednesday February 15, 2023

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Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) has earned an outstanding reputation of quality in education, performance, and music therapy.  Among the VCM’s six program areas, the Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music (SCM), launched in 2014 as part of the VCM’s 50th Anniversary celebration, embodies the VCM’s commitment to providing accessible and relevant programming for the whole community. Since its launch, the SCM, led by Artistic Director Daniel Lapp, has quickly grown Contemporary music programs in Jazz, Blues, Folk, Rock, and R&B, and has currently over 250 students enrolled in lessons, classes, or ensembles including the Joy of Life Choir, Folkestra, Intro to Fiddle, BC Fiddle Orchestra, Sing & Strum Ukulele, Jazz Combos, and Youth Rock Band.

The next and equally important phase in the development of the SCM is to build out its programs beyond the above-mentioned traditional cornerstone areas, to address broader musical interests and learning needs of our community, especially concerning our youth.  To help realize this next phase, the new part-time position of (SCM) Music Program Developer and Coordinator has been created.

Job Summary

The Music Program Developer and Coordinator (MPDC), under the direction of, and in collaboration with the SCM Artistic Director (SCM AD) explores and formulates new and innovative music program initiatives and coordinates the building, launch and review of these through the SCM to the greater community.  New initiatives may include activities delivered via VCM Community Outreach into schools, however, ultimately all programs successfully piloted exist as tuition-based activities. Programs are to be accessible to students ranging in age from children and youth to adults of all ages, providing opportunities for students to learn about and perform music from a broader range of musical genres.

Specific tasks include attending regular meetings with the SCM AD to discuss, design and plan the build and launch as available funding allows of new program initiatives; developing with the SCM AD a comprehensive work plan around each new program initiative and providing course/activity outlines/descriptions and other specifics as needed to the VCM Marketing and Registration departments to assist in the promotion, set-up, launch, and review of new programs. Each initiative launched will be reviewed by SCM AD and MPDC and tweaked as needed until a final tuition-based version (in consultation with and approved by the Dean) is formally added to the VCM’s Course Calendar.

The MPDC attends SCM faculty meetings (typically 2-3 times per term), and has the opportunity where appropriate, to be included among faculty assigned to teach and/or facilitate newly developed programs.

This part-time salaried administrative position is weighted as 0.5 FTE, with the incumbent having the option to balance the position through a separate independently contracted VCM Faculty appointment.

Qualifications:

  1. A well-respected teacher/mentor and performer in one or more Contemporary music genres.
  2. Professionally active in and knowledgeable about the Contemporary music industry.
  3. Experience and skill in developing and administering music education programs.
  4. Excellent relevant administrative and communication skills, with an interest in connecting community through music.

Start date:  Immediate

Please email cover letter and current CV with two references to [email protected].

The VCM will confirm receipt of applications, and we thank all applicants for their interest, however, advise that only those shortlisted for interviews will be contacted further.

JOB POSTING

Building Custodian

The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) is seeking to hire a Custodian as a key part of the team that helps deliver a clean and vibrant space for the community to gather, study, enrich, and enjoy.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music – A great place to work

The VCM is so much more than just a music school; it is also a creative hub where music, technology, and vision converge, fostering an environment where students can stretch their musical imaginations.  In addition, the VCM’s beautiful heritage Alix Goolden Performance Hall is a premier concert space for the Greater Victoria region. The VCM is also a place where people come for the health and wellness benefits that music brings through our renowned Music Therapy program. We are a community that inspires, nurtures, and enriches through excellence in music education, performance, and wellness.

Key Responsibilities

  • Keeping building and property in clean and orderly condition
  • Performing routine cleaning activities
  • Performing heavy cleaning duties
  • Sweeps, mops, scrubs, or vacuums floors
  • Gathers and empties trash
  • Scrubbing, sanitizes, and supplies restroom facilities
  • Dusting furniture, walls, and equipment
  • Cleaning windows, mirrors, and partitions
  • Mixing cleaning solutions and chemicals in containers in preparation for cleaning, according to instructions

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Knowledge of standard cleaning methods and procedures
  • Ability to stand, walk, and bend for many hours
  • Ability to perform repetitive motion for long periods of time
  • Experience with using cleaning equipment, including vacuum cleaners, floor buffers, and cleaning solutions
  • Background in handling, mixing, and using cleaning chemicals
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards safety rules
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to lift heavy objects, climb ladders and work at heights
  • Building Service Worker Level 1 / WHIMIS

Hours: Permanent Full-time position, generally 37.5 hours/week with 7.5 hour days.

Compensation: $18.75/hr plus a competitive benefit package.

A Criminal Record Review is required for all positions at the VCM.

Please submit a resume by email to Martin, Chief Facilities Officer at:  [email protected]

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their applications.  Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue through the selection process will be contacted.

JOB POSTING

Security Professional

The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) is recruiting for a Security Professional as a key part of the team that helps maintain a vibrant space for the community to gather, study, enrich, and enjoy.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music – A great place to work

The VCM is so much more than just a music school; it is also a creative hub where music, technology, and vision converge, fostering an environment where students can stretch their musical imaginations.  In addition, the VCM’s beautiful heritage Alix Goolden Performance Hall is a premier concert space for the Greater Victoria region. The VCM is also a place where people come for the health and wellness benefits that music brings through our renowned Music Therapy program. We are a community that inspires, nurtures, and enriches through excellence in music education, performance, and wellness.

Key Responsibilities

This is a permanent, part-time position (projected at 30hrs/wk)

As a member of our Security Team, you will:

  • Maintain a safe and secure environment for Students, Staff & Patrons
  • Approach all interactions with a customer minded perspective
  • Conduct regular security audits of the building and assets
  • Adhere to all company policies and procedures
  • Documenting all evidence and typing clear and concise reports as required

Job Qualification:

  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Takes Pride in Delivering Outstanding Customer Service
  • Able to Write Reports on Job-Related Activities
  • Keen Eye for Observing Exterior and Interior Premises
  • Access Control
  • Approaches a Situation with a Listening Mindset
  • Capable of Standing for a Duration of the shift

Certification Requirements:

  • BC Security License.
  • First Aid / CPR (an asset)

Availability Requirements:

  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule

 

Compensation: Commensurate with experience, plus a competitive benefit package.

A Criminal Record Review is required for all positions at the VCM.

Please submit a resume by email to Martin, Chief Facilities Officer at:  [email protected]

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their applications.  Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue through the selection process will be contacted.