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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 identifies equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and reconciliation among its guiding ideals, and encourages applications from candidates of all identities and backgrounds.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music is much more than just a music school; it is a creative hub where music, technology, and vision converge – an environment where students can stretch their musical imaginations. Our beautiful heritage Alix Goolden Performance Hall is a premier concert space for the Greater Victoria region. In addition, this is 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.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Please Note: While we happily accept open applications, we reserve the right to only contact applicants who may be of interest to the Conservatory. All successful applicants for positions at the Victoria Conservatory of Music must undertake a current Criminal Record review.

Teacher Positions

Head of Voice

Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music

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Application Deadline: Until position is filled.
Start date: September 1, 2023

Submit cover letter and current CV with two references via email to [email protected].
The Conservatory will confirm receipt of all applications, however, will further contact only those shortlisted for interviews.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) invites applicants for the Head of Voice position within the Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music (CSCM).  The CSCM engages students of all ages to develop meaningful relationships with music of the Classical tradition, while developing their true potential as artist, performer and/or educator through high quality rigorous training. The school is comprised of Keyboard, Winds-Brass, Strings, and Voice Faculty departments, and offers instruction through individual lessons, group classes and ensembles, as well as the Young Artists Collegium, Music Theatre, and an array of Summer Intensive programs.

The Voice Department currently has 14 regular and guest faculty members, and offers individual lessons, masterclasses, an annual series of voice competitions in English, French, German, Italian and World Languages, the Voice Collegium program, Music Theatre, Summer Choral Intensive and Cabaret programs. The department is poised for growth and seeks to broaden its scope through new programs that best reflect the culturally diverse communities the VCM now strives to serve. Carrying forward the Classical tradition of rigorous training, the Voice Department’s main objective is to teach students how to sing well, regardless of musical genre, and empower them with self-confidence through well-developed vocal technique and musicianship.

Job Summary

The Head of Voice is an active, enthusiastic, and well-respected artist mentor and performer. Their artistic and pedagogical expertise, together with interpersonal qualities as an approachable and supportive colleague, inspire growth and excellence within the department and its faculty, while maintaining an inclusive and welcoming community with an outstanding cohesive environment for mentorship and learning. Leading through facilitation and collaboration, the Head of Voice’s diverse experiences, including professional collaborations in one or more areas of the arts, and work with community groups, provide the level of inspiration and entrepreneurship to forge new connections between the Voice Department and cultural communities of all ages and abilities, both locally and beyond.

Reporting to the VCM’s Chief Artistic and Academic Officer (Dean), and as a contributing member of the VCM’s Artistic Directorate Committee (ADC)*, the Head of Voice leads and manages the Voice Department and its faculty in an artistic, academic, and administrative capacity, aligning with the shared artistic and academic vision and goals of the Dean and the ADC, as well as with the Mission, Vision, and Goals of the VCM’s Strategic Plan. The Head of Voice ensures that the minimum artistic and academic expectations for teaching VCM students are met or exceeded, as set out by the ADC in the Faculty Teaching Assessment Program, and that the code of conduct for VCM faculty and staff, along with all other policies and practices as set out by the VCM, are adhered to within the Voice Department.

Working closely with and supporting the Voice Faculty, through all aspects of programs housed within this department, the Head of Voice ensures that the student experience remains optimal, while maintaining the department’s fiscal viability through effective management of the annual department budget.

Strengths, Skills, Qualities and Experience
  • Well-established as vocal pedagogue, performer, and collaborator.
  • Has completed advanced studies in vocal performance and pedagogy (master’s degree or 10+ years of relevant education and experience).
  • Leads through collaboration and facilitation, possessing excellent communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrating both professionalism and collegiality.
  • Possesses administrative skills related to the day to day operations of a music department within a modern community music school.
  • Supports and actively contributes towards the advancement of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Reconciliation within the Arts.

A more specific list of duties and tasks is included further below.

This position is weighted as 0.5 FTE, with the incumbent having the option to balance the position with independently contracted teaching services for the VCM, that include maintaining a teaching studio, coaching vocal ensembles, adjudicating, and teaching masterclasses.  The incumbent may also add separately contracted voice program coordination assignments as available and appropriate, including for the Opera Studio, Voice Collegium, or Summer Intensive programs. Furthermore, the incumbent would be free to engage in additional freelancing opportunities outside of the VCM within reasonable competitive-related limitations. A estimation of total potential annual earnings based on the above salaried position plus additional separately contracted options with the VCM as mentioned, and before any additional free-lance work, would total in the range of $75 – 85K.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Supervises related operations of the voice department and delivery of all programs, at both the VCM’s downtown and Greater Victoria locations, through the year, including summer.
  • In the spirit of inter-departmental collaboration, advises the Director of the Department of Postsecondary Studies as needed on artistic and academic matters pertaining to Voice program components.
  • Provides over-arching artistic leadership for the Voice Collegium and other integrated programs offered through the Voice Department that include a contracted program coordinator position. Note: The Head of Voice may elect to assume one or more of the above-mentioned integrated program coordinator positions as additionally contracted services, as these are considered temporary and continue only as long as the respective programs run.
  • Attends and contributes to all meetings of the *Artistic Directorate Committee (ADC), as well as being member of the Artistic Team for the annual Spark to Flame (student showcase) event (including as jury member).
  • Schedules and chairs regular faculty meetings for the Voice Department Faculty.
  • Organizes and coordinates four annual song competitions and end of term recitals offered through the department for voice students and/or faculty.
  • Manages the scheduling and payment (through submitting hours to payroll) for all department-related accompanist services (competitions, department recitals).
  • Acts as liaison between CSCM Voice Faculty and VCM Administration, bringing issues within the department in a timely fashion to the Dean and/or Registration as appropriate.
  • Mitigates Instructor – Student/Parent disagreements as needed/requested to ensure these are resolved amicably through exercising discretion and professionalism, including where transferring the student to a new instructor may be required.
  • Administers the Faculty Teaching Assessment Program for the Voice Department as per scheduling and conditions set out jointly by the ADC.
  • Provides guidance to Voice Faculty as requested regarding potential professional development opportunities, bringing forward to the ADC any faculty applications for financial assistance through the VCM Faculty Professional Development Project Award program.
  • Manages the recruitment of new instructors in collaboration with the Dean.
  • Refers new students to voice faculty in a fair and equitable manner, following up with instructors to ensure that referrals are acted on in a timely manner, maintaining regular communication with the VCM Referrals Coordinator (Registrar’s Office).
  • Administers the Voice Department budget under supervision of the Dean.
  • Organizes voice students and/or faculty performers as requested periodically for VCM fundraising events, most notably for the VCM’s annual Mother’s Day Musical Garden Tour.
  • Maintains a public profile as performer, clinician, and adjudicator, helping to attract advanced students, new faculty, and guest clinicians to the department.

(*) About the Artistic Directorate Committee

Chaired by the Dean, the committee represents all ten departments within the VCM’s Artistic and Academic fabric: Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music (Five departments – Keyboard, Strings, Winds-Brass, Voice, and the Young Artists Collegium); Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music; School of Music Technology and Creativity; Department of Postsecondary Studies; Department of Early Childhood Music; and Department of Music Therapy.  The leaders of these departments (Artistic Directors, Department Heads/Directors) meet typically twice per month during the regular academic terms, collectively and collaboratively steering all aspects of the VCM’s music programs.

Staff Positions

Facilities Service Worker

Hours: Permanent Full-time position, generally 37.5 hours/week with 7.5-hour days.
Compensation: $19.00/hr plus a competitive benefit package, including a bonus paid vacation week at Winter Break, Extended Health, Dental Health Spending Account, and Personal Wellness Days.
Start Date: As soon as possible.

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

Key Responsibilities
  • Keeping building and property in clean and orderly condition.
  • Performing routine cleaning activities, including:
  • Sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming floors.
  • Scrubbing, sanitizing, and suppling restroom facilities.
  • Dusting furniture, walls, and equipment.
  • Cleaning windows, mirrors, and partitions.
  • Preparing & mixing cleaning solutions.
  • Setting up rooms & equipment for classes and lessons.
  • Facilitating room entry/control of faculty and students

Qualifications and Requirements
  • Knowledge of standard cleaning methods and procedures.
  • Experience with using cleaning equipment, including vacuum cleaners, floor buffers, and cleaning solutions.
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy equipment and objects.
  • Ability to perform repetitive motion for periods of time.
  • Background in handling, mixing, and using cleaning chemicals.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards safety rules.
  • Communication skills.
  • Building Service Worker Level 1 / WHIMIS training/certificate considered an asset.
  • A friendly and helpful personality who will interact professionally with students, concertgoers, faculty, staff.
  • Facilities Booking Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

    50/50 Job Share position, limited term

    Hours: Full-time position, generally 20 hours/week.
    Term: Job share until at least August 31, 2024, and at latest June 30, 2025.  This position will work 50% of the week, sharing the job with the current employee who has held the job for 5 years.
    Compensation: $20.00/hr plus a competitive benefit package, including a bonus paid vacation week at Winter Break, Extended Health, Dental Health Spending Account, and Personal Wellness Days.
    Start Date: As soon as possible.

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

    Key Responsibilities

    The Booking Coordinator / Admin Assistant position is responsible for all booking requests (Rooms & Resources) and processing requests from VCM staff, faculty, and students. Working with our Facility Management Software, the Booking Coordinator ensures that all required booking information is gathered and communicated with VCM’s Facilities Coordinator, faculty ,and staff

    • Scheduling, optimizing, & booking internal usage of space
    • Working with faculty and staff to facilitate their space needs

    The Booking Coordinator also plays a vital role as the Facilities Division Administrative Assistant to the Chief Facilities Officer, helping manage Room Access, Student Lockers, Lost & Found, Student Practice Rooms and general office management. This position is also the VCM’s Volunteer Coordinator, who recruits, assists with training and schedules all volunteer shifts supporting VCM event activities.

    Qualifications and Requirements
    • Strong computer skills
    • Clear communication skills
    • A background in Facilities Bookings, School Administration, Music Schools, or Office Management considered an asset
    • A friendly and helpful personality who will interact professionally with students, faculty, and staff.



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