Plato said that music gives “life to everything.” This idea, that music is as essential to our lives as water or sunlight, forms the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s vision of a lively, musical community in the Salish Sea area of the Pacific Northwest. Since 1964, the Conservatory has enriched lives by building a large family of musicians and music lovers through programming in music education, performance and wellness, for all ages, at all levels.
We proudly offer in-person and online classes in a variety of disciplines within our six schools: the Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music, the Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music, the School of Music Technology and Creativity, the Department of Music Therapy, the Department of Early Childhood Music, and the Department of Postsecondary Studies – each led by highly respected and acclaimed faculty including many world-renowned performers. Our events arm, VCM Presents, brings a range of professional concerts to South Island audiences.
Students of the Conservatory also have the unforgettable experience of performing on stage to large and small audiences under the roof of our 55,000 square foot heritage facilities, with 54 studios and three venues: the Alix Goolden Performance Hall, Wood Hall, and the Metro Studio Theatre. We are pleased too to offer programs at our satellite Westhills location in Langford, the fastest-growing city in BC. These spaces are full of passion and life.
Whether you want to introduce your child to the world of music, or you are a student preparing for a music career, or rekindling your friendship with an instrument you once played, or you are retired and deciding that the time is right to finally learn guitar, the Conservatory has the learning experience that is right for you. I invite you to browse upcoming activities and speak to the team.
Music has been heard on this island for thousands of years. As a charitable organization operating on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt, W̱ SÁNEĆ and Beecher Bay Nations, we recognize the privilege to work, create and perform here as we build toward a respectful and inclusive community.
We hope that this will be your year to make a sound at the Victoria Conservatory of Music!
Nathan Medd began in community arts in the mid-Island as a child before attending UVic for theatre and English literature, earning a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019, and later attending Harvard University for a Master’s degree focused on nonprofit management. A producer and community builder in the non-profit arts, he served six years in a senior programming role at the National Arts Centre and has worked with several organizations familiar to the local community, including the Belfry Theatre, the BC Arts Council, and Intrepid Theatre where he helped establish the Metro Studio Theatre in 2006 through a novel, collaborative arrangement with the VCM. Most recently, Nathan concluding a four-year appointment as managing director of performing arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the globally recognized artist training centre where he oversaw pedagogy, residencies, and new works across genres of music, theatre, dance, and opera.
Medd returned to Vancouver Island after 15 years working across Canada with leading artists and arts instructors, to support the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s mission to inspire, nurture, and enrich community through excellence in music education, performance, and wellness. Born in Nanaimo and raised on the traditional territory of the Qualicum First Nation, Nathan is a member of a large extended family of educators, artists and builders who live around the Island.