Summer Intensive Program: Winds and Brass

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August 21-25, 2023

This course is presented with the support of:
Kimberley Jurens Woodwind Repairs and Tapestry Music

Middle and high school students will develop their musical skills through small and medium sized ensembles, warm-up, technique, and performance classes, and private lessons with our specialized faculty. This program will help you improve your tone and technique and inspire you to take your instrumental playing to the next level.

For students with at least one year of experience on their instrument and a love of music!

Participants will rotate through a variety of musical activities, carefully scheduled to balance active playing periods with listening and learning sessions. The ultimate goal is to provide an enriching, exciting, and fun experience for all students of all levels.

Students will have the opportunity to play in both medium and small ensembles, work one-on-one with a faculty mentor in two private lessons per week, explore the world of solo repertoire in performance classes (solo performance not required) and further their instrumental playing through warm-up and technique classes. Our outstanding faculty will perform in concert for the students at the beginning of the week. At the end of the week, students will participate in a final celebratory performance for friends and family in the beautiful Alix Goolden Performance Hall.

Please register online , or phone in at 250.386.5311. After registering, a form will be sent to each student to fill out. Please answer the questions to the best of your ability. The answers will be used to place students in chamber ensembles based on their age, instrumental ability, and performance experience.

Please note: A Zoom interview and/or audition may be required.

Registration deadline: August 1, 2023

Bursary application deadline: August 1, 2023

A note from the Artistic Director

Our goal is to support and nurture your passion for music! Whether you are looking to refresh and upgrade your instrumental skills before heading back to school band or looking to challenge yourself with some new solo repertoire and performance opportunities, this program is for you. We are looking forward to welcoming students with a variety of musical backgrounds – no private lesson experience required! – and will tailor this program to meet your needs and goals. We are certain you will leave the camp inspired, having pushed the boundaries of what you thought you were capable of with your instrument with the help of our fantastic faculty mentors. If you love playing music, join us for a week of fun at the Conservatory this summer!


Emily Nagelbach

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How to Register

Register online via ActiveNet:

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Online registration requires payment in full. Payment by credit card will incur a 2.86% convenience fee. If you do not wish to incur this fee, please contact our office for other payment methods.

Fees and Deadlines

August 21 – 25, 2023 | $405

Registration deadline: August 1, 2023

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

Bursary application deadline: August 1, 2023.

Bursary application here

Dates and Daily Schedule

Program start: Monday, August 21 | 9:00am
Program end: Friday, August 25 | 4:00pm

Classes run daily 9:00am-4:00pm with breaks and some time for private practice.


All programs will take place onsite at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (900 Johnson Street) in downtown Victoria. There are many cafes, restaurants, and grocery stores within walking distance.

Plan your visit


Emily Nagelbach, Artistic Director, Flute

Russell Bajer, Oboe

Melissa Goodchild, Clarinet

Patricia Kostek, Clarinet

Anne Power, Bassoon

Alexander Richards, Saxophone

Karen Hough, French horn

Stevan Paranosic, Trumpet

David Flello, Trumpet

Scott MacInnes, Trombone

Paul Beauchesne, Low Brass

Jany Lu, Piano

Faculty are subject to change.


Faculty Concert

Monday, August 22, 12:45pm | Alix Goolden Performance Hall | By donation

Student Chamber and Ensemble Concert

Friday, August 26, 3:00pm | Alix Goolden Performance Hall | By donation

The Fine Print

Please note: all fees must be paid in full by the registration deadline (excluding those waiting on the result of their bursary application).

Online registration requires payment in full. Payment by credit card will incur a 2.86% convenience fee. If you do not wish to incur this fee, please contact our office for other payment methods.

Those awaiting acceptance (where applicable) or the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register.


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