FUELLING THE PASSION FOR MUSICMarch 1, 2019 will once again be one of the most important and special days at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. For both musicians and audience members it is an experience that enriches lives and ignites spirits.
We invite you to join us as top student vocalists and instrumentalists perform alongside professional musicians and the VCM Senior String Orchestra.
“A music student comes to the VCM with a spark of interest,
We feed the spark and it becomes a flame
We feed the flame and it becomes a fire
We feed the fire and it becomes a roaring blaze”!
Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 8, no. 2, RV 315, “L’estate” (Summer) from “Le Quattro Stagione” (The Four Seasons) – Vivaldi
Trumpet Concerto in E flat – Haydn
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major – Mozart
Per pietà, non ricercate, K. 420 – Mozart
Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia, K. 582 – Mozart
Anne van der Sloot
Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings – Howard Hanson
Silent Woods for cello and orchestra – Dvorak
Lexie Jana Krakowski
“It is a dream that many aspiring music students have, however few realize: to one day play or sing as soloist with a symphony orchestra, with a famous conductor, in front of a full house of people who support them and share their love for music,” said Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Dean Stephen Green. “Spark to Flame makes that possible, because we know realizing that dream is enough to turn the spark of talent, and passion for music a young student has, into the flame that their teachers at the VCM will nurture into the roaring blaze that fuels a great career. It all begins with the spark, a great concert program, and a supportive audience.”
Elijah began playing the violin when he was 6 years old, and is currently studying under Simon MacDonald. He often performs with his family ensemble for charities such as Our Place and HeroWork, and at different churches and nursing homes. Elijah won first prize at the Provincial Performing Arts Festival for both Junior Chamber Music and Solo Canadian Music categories last year. In the same year, as winner of the Cowichan Consort Concerto Competition, Elijah performed with the Cowichan Consort as a soloist. He is a member of the Collegium Program, an enrichment program for talented classical music students at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), where he has won the Chamber Music Competition for the past 2 years. Elijah is grateful to have received generous scholarships from the VCM and to be chosen to be featured as a soloist with the VCM Orchestra in March as one of the winners of the Spark to Flame competition. Aside from music, Elijah has won many Speech Arts awards from the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. He also loves all kinds of sports especially hockey, baseball, and soccer, and is currently playing Peewee Rep Hockey for the Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey Association.
Evan Overman is a first-year student in the Music Performance program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Born into a very musical family, music has been a major part of Evan’s life since before he can remember. Inspired by the film scores of John Williams, he began taking trumpet lessons at age 10. Immediately he fell in love with the instrument and the musical possibilities it presented. Primarily a soloist, Evan has won multiple awards in local and provincial music festivals. He has also played in provincial and national honour youth ensembles and is a member of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, the BC Brass Collective, and the Victoria Conservatory Chorale. Evan is very grateful to his parents, friends and teachers, especially his trumpet teacher of 6 years Joanne Allers, for all their support and encouragement in his musical endeavours.
Rohin Arun is a grade 10 student at Brentwood College School. Upon moving to Canada in 2013 at the age of 9, he began taking piano lessons from Roger Buksa. Rohan has performed in and won awards at the Upper Island and Cowichan Valley Music Festivals, and is looking forward to playing in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival for the first time this year.
As he approaches the end of his time at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, tenor, Adam Schmidt plans to make what may be his last year in Victoria one to remember. After tonight’s performance he enters final preparations to sing Tamino in the VCM’s production of “The Magic Flute,” followed by a graduating recital in early Spring. In May he leaves for Edmonton to sing Lysander in Opera NUOVA’s production of ” A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Benjamin Britten, and then… who knows! Beginning in March he will be auditioning for several universities across Canada to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. Proudly a student of Nancy Argenta and Ingrid Attrot, Adam is a choral scholar at Christ Church Cathedral and performs with the Pacific Opera Victoria chorus. Past performances include Ferrando in the VCM’s 2018 production of “Cosi fan Tutte,” and last year’s Spark to Flame concert. Updates on his school plans and performance schedule can be found at adamgschmidt.ca
ANNE VAN DER SLOOT
Soprano Anne van der Sloot is in her first year of postsecondary, eighteen years old, and studying Classical Voice at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in pursuit of a performance career. She studied for 5 years under the instruction of Ingrid Attrot, and is currently studying with Nancy Argenta. Anne was a soprano soloist in the Monteverdi “Vespers of 1610” with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir in 2017, under the direction of Peter Butterfield. Anne has had the privilege to be directed by many distinguished musicians, including Ingrid Attrot, Nancy Argenta, Benjamin Butterfield, Lawrence Cummings, Tracy Dahl, Steven Devine, Daniel Taylor, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers. She has performed with Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Opera Studio in productions of Purcell’s “Fairy Queen” in 2016, Mozart’s “Cosí fan Tutte” in 2018, and is currently preparing the role of the Erst Dame in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” for this spring. She is a McCrae Choral Scholar in the St. John the Divine Choir under the direction of David Stratkauskas. Anne has spent three summer seasons at the VCM Summer Oratorio program as a soloist in Handel’s “Solomon” and Bach’s Cantata 202 “Weichet nur betrübte schatten”. Anne has also performed solos with the Victoria Baroque Players, and will be doing so again this spring. Her voice has led her win first place in the BC Provincials intermediate division, and she has been the first prize winner of numerous awards within the VCM Lieder, Italian, English, and French competitions. Anne’s desire to perform is unending, and she is eager to continue to share her passion for years to come.
After graduating from college in Korea, Sujung moved to Canada, and luckily, brought her old flute from elementary school studies. In 2016, she arrived in Victoria and started busking. After many people encouraged her to start studying music seriously, she applied and was accepted into the VCM postsecondary program. She is in her second year as a VCM/Camosun Diploma in Music Performance student, studying with Emily Nagelbach. Since last year, Sujung has been an active performer throughout Victoria, including performances in City Hall and Camosun College. Sujung won first prize in the 2018 Collegium Chamber Music Competition, and has recently been chosen as a soloist for the 2019 Spark to Flame concert on March 1, 2019.
Lexie Krakowski is a Grade 10, French Immersion student at Oak Bay High School who began studying the cello at age seven after attending a Music Discovery Camp at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Lexie is in her third year studying with Paula Kiffner having previously worked with Brian Yoon and Karen Whyte. Lexie has been a member of the Collegium, Young Artists Program since January 2015 and has received numerous awards and scholarships from the VCM, Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, BC Performing Arts Festival and in 2018 was the winner of the Louis Sherman Concerto Competition. Lexie is very grateful for this opportunity to perform with Maestro Timothy Vernon and the VCM Senior Strings Orchestra as a young soloist in the VCM Spark to Flame showcase. Lexie currently plays on an 1820 Gand Cello and W.E. Hill and Sons bow which have been generously loaned to the VCM and her by the Gail O’Riordan Memorial Fund for Music and the Performing Arts under auspices of the Victoria Foundation.
Enjoy a selection of the 2016 performance:
Many thanks to our generous Concert Sponsor: