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Spark to Flame Student Showcase

March 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


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 Saturday, March 12th at 7:30pm in Alix Goolden Performance Hall. This in-person, live concert is a magical evening of exciting works for student soloists accompanied by the VCM Chamber Orchestra and led by Maestro Timothy Vernon. VCM faculty artists and local professional musicians join our students to, once again, produce the high-caliber Spark to Flame performance experience that fuels the love of music in our emerging young musicians and audience members alike.


Spark to Flame Program 

The Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Spark to Flame program supports emerging artist’s 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 in the weeks leading up to the performance to develop their professional and artistic skills. The final concert is a thrilling evening featuring these students performing with faculty artists, with works by Bach, Mozart, Hüe, and Macmillan. 

Congratulations to the students, featured below, who have been selected to be featured in this year’s event! 


Spark to Flame Student Performers 


Eu-Rway Chew (piano)

Eu-Rway Chew is 15 years old and has been studying piano with his teacher Ingrid Henderson for 6 years at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.  Eu-Rway enjoys performing regularly in the community including the Advent concert series at St. Mary’s Church in Oak Bay to benefit the Alzheimer’s Society and the Christ Church Cathedral St. Cecelia Day concert; many additional performances to support hospitals, senior homes, and school events. 

He has competed in several competitions winning multiple awards, most recently in August 2021 receiving first place for the Developing Artist category (Age group 18 & below) at the 50th Anniversary National Federal Canadian Music Festival.  He also received numerous scholarships from the Victoria Conservatory of Music, including the 2021 David Foster Scholarship and Robin & Winifred Wood Scholarship awards. 


Amy Chen Spark to Flame 2022Amy Chen (piano)

Amy is 13 years old and has been studying piano with Ingrid Henderson at the Victoria Conservatory of Music since the age of 8. Amy has won numerous awards in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival including the Junior Baroque and Classical categories; Junior Piano Concerto Cup and Junior Cup for overall Outstanding Musicianship in 2019. She also received the Intermediate French Trophy and Romantic award in 2021. Amycompleted the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto Grade 8 piano exam in 2021 with Distinction and received the highest mark award with 100 percent in the RCM written Theory 8 exam. She also received the award for the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto Grade 8 piano award. In addition, she was honored with the Millicent Lavoy Piano Scholarship award from the Victoria Conservatory of Music. 

Amy loves performing and is thrilled to play with the VCM orchestra at the Spark to Flame Concert.  She also enjoys playing and performing the violin and learning Karate. 


Alex Chernata Spark to Flame 2022Alex Chernata (clarinet)

Alex Chernata was born in Cherepovets, Russia and migrated to Canada in 2005. His studies on the clarinet began shortly after.  Currently enrolled in the performance program at the University of Victoria, his future musical goals include composition, teaching, and a performance career that will include solo, chamber, and orchestral playing. Furthermore, he is very interested in historical instruments and their performance practices, especially that of the 17th and 18th century clarinets. 



Chloe Williams Spark to Flame ConcertChloe Williams (flute)

Chloe has been studying flute with Emily Nagelbach for almost four years. She is in her second year with the Collegium program and is also a member of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra. She is a grateful recipient of several awards and scholarships from the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival where she was recommended as Woodwinds Junior Competitor in 2019 and 2021. Chloe is honoured by the opportunity to perform in the Spark to Flame Showcase and acknowledges, with gratitude, the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples on whose territory she continues her learning at the VCM and as a grade 10 student at Oak Bay High School.  


Tasmin Carlow Ujiie Spark to Flarme ConcertTasmin Carlow-Ujiie (cello)

Tasmin started playing the cello with Ms Judith Fraser at the Vancouver Academy of Music at the age of five. Shortly after, Ms Fraser and Ms Nicki Steida introduced her to chamber music, and Tasmin discovered her love for the cello through performing with her friends. The highlight of her chamber music experience was placing second at the Friends of Chamber Music with The Anonymous Four and winning at the BC Provincials with Trio con Brio. She moved to Victoria two years ago and is currently studying with Mr. Brian Yoon at the VCM. She is in grade 12 at Royal Bay Secondary School and, outside of music, she enjoys dancing, watercolour painting, and baking. She is excited to study biology at university next year. Tasmin is honoured for the opportunity to perform in Spark to Flame. 


Elana Lin Spark to Flame ConcertElana Lin (violin) 

Elana started playing violin at the age of 7 and is in Grade 10 at Mount Doug Secondary School. She is in her second year of studying with Simon MacDonald and have previously worked with Tatiana Kostour and Catheryn Kennedy. Elana has been part of the Collegium Young Artists Program since September 2017, the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra since September of 2019 and has received awards from the VCM and Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival 



Max Francis Spark to Flame ConcertMax Francis (violin) 

Max Francis is a 10-year old homeschooled student who is equally at home playing fiddle tunes and classical repertoire. He has won numerous national and international fiddle contests and was recently featured in the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition Youth Showcase. He is in his fourth year of study under Ivonne Hernandez, and he also studies with Daniel Lapp, Simon MacDonald, and Adam Dobres. A composer and multi-instrumentalist, he is currently working towards recording his original compositions in a professional studio. He is in his second year of Junior Collegium and third year in BC Fiddle Orchestra at Victoria Conservatory of Music. 


Maestro Timothy Vernon – the first VCM graduate 

Esteemed Maestro Timothy Vernon, Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria and Conductor Laureate of Orchestra London. will be conducting the Orchestra for the evening. Maestro Vernon began teaching at the Faculty of Music, McGill University, and became conductor of the McGill Symphony Orchestra 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! 

Purchase a ticket

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

  • General Admission: $19.25 per person
  • Youth/Child: Free for 18 years of age and under. Limited tickets available and maximum 2 per order.


Donate to support VCM young artists

If you are unable to attend, please consider donating to support our emerging young artists on their musical journeys and help ensure that we can continue to provide our students with these exceptional performance opportunities. Thank You!

Ways to give:

Online: CanadaHelps

Phone: 250.386.5311 (Mon-Thurs 8:30am to 8:30pm, Fri 8:30am to 7pm, Sat 9:00am to 4:00pm)

Donation by e-transfer:
1. Log into your Online Banking and click the link for INTERAC or EMAIL MONEY TRANSFER and send to [email protected]
2. Email [email protected] to let us know the amount that you have e-transferred and confirm that it is a donation.

NOTE: We are on AUTODEPOSIT, so we do not need the Password/Challenge Answer.


Health and Safety Notice

The VCM continues to monitor and abide by all COVID-related health measures, including having a Communicable Disease Prevention Plan in place. We very much look forward to welcoming our audience members back in person in our spacious Alix Goolden Performance Hall. Proof of double vaccination is required at the door. To view our complete health and safety notice, visit https://vcm.bc.ca/contact/ 


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March 12
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Alix Goolden Performance Hall
907 Pandora Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia V8V 3N4