Summer Intensive Program: Guitar at UVic

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August 6-10, 2024

This course is presented with the support of Victoria Guitar Society.

The Summer Intensive Guitar Program invites guitar lovers of all ages and abilities* to explore the art of the classical guitar with Conservatory faculty and international guests. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced players will find engaging activities including individual lessons, technique sessions, guitar orchestra, masterclasses and recitals. This is a relaxed, focused, and encouraging learning environment where you may expand and refine your guitar skills with Canada’s emerging stars and visiting artists. This year we are delighted to welcome faculty Simon Farintosh in a special evening concert through the Victoria Guitar Society.

*At least one year of guitar study is recommended. Learners under the age of 12 may consider the Mini Maestros program.

Mini Maestros

The Victoria Guitar Society’s outreach activity includes the introduction of a new initiative: Mini Maestros – a special program for pre-teens and young persons (ages 8-12), taught by experienced instructor Nicole Payie. We provide a ¼ or ½ size Cordoba guitar (with signed instrument agreement) for this first-come, first-serve program that helps to introduce guitar to young persons; all SI-G events including concerts and classes are open to Mini Maestros.

This program can be an adjunct to private music lessons introducing ensemble playing, or serve as an introductory music course. Designed to eliminate the footwork/guesswork and financial outlay for parents at the music store, we provide the fractional (smaller scale) guitars, which students of this age require based on their size and which they quickly grow out of.

Participant fee: no cost. This is second year this program is offered through a generous grant from the Stober Foundation.

Registration deadline: extended to July 30, 2024

Bursary application deadline: extended to July 30, 2024

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How to Register

By phone or in person at the Victoria Conservatory of Music front desk, or online via ActiveNet:

Full Program

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Mini Maestros – Free!

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Fees and Deadlines

Full Program: $330.00

Mini Maestros Program: No cost

Registration deadline for Full Program and Mini Maestros: July 1, 2024.

Some bursary assistance may be available. Applicants must comply with all deadlines and requirements. Late applicants will not be considered for financial assistance.

Bursary application deadline: July 1, 2024.

Bursary application here

Dates and Daily Schedule

Full Program:

Mini Maestros: (limited enrolment)
Daily August 6-10
Session 1 – 10:00-11:00am
Session 2 – 11:30-12:30pm


This program will take place onsite at the University of Victoria, School of Music.

Students are responsible for finding their own accommodation. There is university visitor accommodation and many AirBnB options in the area.

Simon Farintosh (Toronto, ONT)

Dr. Randy Pile (San Clemente, CA)

Stephen Lochbaum (Oklahoma City University, Stillwater, OK)

Mini Maestros: Nicole Payie (Victoria)

Faculty subject to change.


Final Orchestra Concert
Saturday, August 12 | 2:00pm | Phillip T Young Recital Hall
Participants of Summer Intensive Guitar Program perform solo and guitar orchestra works

Special Guest Recital presented by the Victoria Guitar Society:
Simon Farintosh
Saturday, August 12 | 7:30pm | Phillip T Young Recital Hall | Tickets available soon
The rising Canadian guitarist performs selected works and original compositions


Victoria Conservatory of Music Front Desk
250.386.5311 | [email protected]