Music Programs

Academy Flute Choir

The Flute Choir is open to flutists of all ages to play music written for large and small “orchestras” of flutes. The choir provides those interested the opportunity to learn to play bass flute, alto flute and piccolo. For players with strong ensemble and playing skills. A minimum Grade 4 RCM level is recommended. Enjoy […]

Judith Pazder

Judith Pazder graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance. She has taught in Windsor, Halifax and Vancouver, where she founded the Millennium Flute Ensemble. Judith is on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and has been the director of the Academy Flute Choir for the past 10 years. Judith is also involved in recorder teaching, study and performance.

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Adult Introductory String Orchestra

Meet other musicians and play simple Baroque and Classical works in a friendly, encouraging atmosphere. The Introductory Adult String Orchestra will help you improve your sight reading skills, and help you to enjoy playing in harmony. This class is open to people who are taking lessons and striving to improve on violin, viola, cello or bass.

Stacey Boal

A multi-faceted musician, Stacey Boal teaches recorder, violin and viola at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and plays the viola in the Victoria Symphony. In addition, she has taught at WCAMS summer camp, and led recorder workshops in Victoria, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Kelowna and Edmonton. Stacey has performed several recorder solos with the VS, most recently Bach’s 2nd Brandenburg Concerto. She has also played the recorder in Pacific Opera productions of Handel’s Rodelinda and Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Stacey was born in Revelstoke and went to high school in North Vancouver. She is a graduate of Carson Graham and the UBC (…)

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Advanced Voice Workshop

An opportunity for advanced students and professional singers to explore all aspects of their performance, with coaching and instruction from senior voice faculty. Using a masterclass format, AVW focuses on technique, style, interpretation, bodywork and presence to create powerful performances and empowered performers.

Returning Fall 2022.

Acceptance is by audition/interview, please contact our front desk - 250.386.5311

Nancy Argenta

With a repertoire spanning three centuries, Nancy Argenta has been hailed not only as the supreme Handel soprano of our age but also for her performances of works by such diverse composers as Mahler, Mozart, Schubert and Schoenberg. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Ozawa, Gardiner, Davis, Blomstedt, Pinnock, Hogwood and Norrington. She has sung with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Toronto, Montreal, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
In opera, concert and recital, she has appeared at many leading festivals including Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, and the BBC (…)

Ingrid Attrot

Hailed as ‘a singer with uncommon theatrical sensibility and musical intelligence’, soprano Ingrid Attrot has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with conductors such as Dutoit, Marriner, Willcocks, Pinnok and Hickox. Her work with conductor Richard Hickox has included performances of the Britten War Requiem, Peter Grimes (Ellen Orford), and Beethoven’s Fidelio (Leonora). Opera companies with which she has worked include the English National Opera (as Miss Jessel in Turn of the Screw), Opera Northern Ireland (as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni), and Pacific Opera (…)

Robert Holliston

Robert Holliston studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music under Robin Wood and Winifred Scott Wood, and at the University of British Columbia under Robert Rogers. As an accompanist and chamber player he has performed throughout Canada and the USA, England and New Zealand, and has been heard frequently on CBC-Radio. He has recorded CDs with the popular salon ensemble Viveza, trombonist Ian McDougall, tenor Ken Lavigne, his brother Tom Holliston, Show Business Giants, and members of the Hornby Island Ensemble. Robert has collaborated with many of Canada’s leading singers, including Richard Margison, Benjamin Butterfield, Judith Forst, Nathalie Paulin, Susan (…)

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Art and Music Safari (Ages 6-10)

Offered exclusively at our Westhills location, kids ages 6-10 can explore their creative potential in both the visual arts and music! Visual art activities (10am-11am) include learning to express musical thoughts through color and texture and/or developing and decorating a unique musical instrument. Musical activities (11am – 12pm) include exploring the many types of sounds […]

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Basic Brass (7-10 years)

Engage your child in the world of brass playing and watch them flourish musically, socially, and academically.

Returning Spring 2023

Joanne Allers

Joanne Allers, B.Ed, M.Mus, has experienced a rich musical education encompassing mentorship and instruction from musicians and educators in Edmonton and Chicago. After graduating from the U of A, and teaching for the Edmonton Public School Board, Joanne benefited from four years of trumpet study in Chicago, studying primarily with Mr Luther Didrickson (Northwestern University) and Mr Mark Ponzo (Northern Illinois University), but also with William Scarlett (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the late Arnold Jacobs, and Barbara Butler (Rice University). While residing in Calgary for 15 years, Joanne performed with Altius Brass Ensemble, with highlights including performing with the Bach Society (…)

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BC Fiddle Orchestra

The BC Fiddle Orchestra began with a small group of talented and enthusiastic young violinists from Daniel Lapp’s studio. The first performance, in 1994, was at the Opening Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games.

Intro to Fiddle for Youth & Adults- All ages welcome!
Requires 1 to 2 years experience | Private lessons not required.

Old-Time Dance Orchestra (ages 8 - 13): Fiddle & Band
Online Registration not available, please call our front desk to register: 250.386.5311

BCFO (ages 12 - 18): Fiddle & Band
Online Registration not available, please call our front desk to register: 250.386.5311

Daniel Lapp

Daniel Lapp

Daniel Lapp is a world-renowned singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher, archivist, band leader, sideman, producer, promoter and – no kidding – the list goes on. And like the true-blue Canadian he is, Daniel does it all with trademark energy and warmth. As a fiddler, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter, Daniel Lapp has played on over 100 albums and performed across Canada, United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Germany with some of the world’s most renowned Folk and Jazz musicians. Daniel is the winner of the B.C. Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as (…)

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Cello Chamber Ensemble

Develop better intonation and learn to play more musically with the rich, warm tone of a cello ensemble.

Laura Backstrom

Laura Backstrom began her musical life as a pianist, switching over to cello in her teens. She studied cello at the University of Alberta with the renowned pedagogue Claude Kenneson, and participated in summer programs in Banff and Victoria. Upon graduation from the U of A with a Bachelor of Music, Laura was invited, with a full scholarship, to study with the Fine Arts Quartet at the University of Wisconsin. Her next few years were spent pursuing studies in Toronto with cellist Daniel Domb. While there, Laura completed two intensive training courses: the Orchestral Training Program, and the Musical Performance (…)

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Cello Orchestra

Cello Orchestra: Con Amici This orchestra brings together cellists of all ages. Repertoire consists of high-quality transcriptions of great music. Develop better intonation and learn to play more musically with the rich, warm tone of a cello ensemble.

Karen Whyte

Upon hearing the legendary Jacqueline Du Pre perform in Vancouver, Karen became enthralled with the cello. Lessons with Judith Fraser and Ian and Colin Hampton preceded a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance of the Cello, completed in 1985. Since then, Karen has gone on to complete a Professional Teaching Certificate, the Camosun College/Victoria Conservatory of Music Strings Diploma and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Education. Karen has also participated in six sessions of the Montreal Suzuki Institute, completing Suzuki Cello Books 1 – 8.
Karen teaches Suzuki Cello at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Strings in the Greater Victoria School District. She enjoys performing with the Victoria Civic Orchestra and the Sooke Philharmonic. Karen plays a cello dated 2002 by Gregory Walke of Paisley, Ontario.

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Certificate in Music Teaching

This program is designed for those who will work with students through individual and group music instruction in a private studio setting, whether independent or through an established music institution.

Delivery Method: In-class (Note: As of April 1 2020, while COVID-19 safety measures are in place, arrangements will be made to accommodate online program delivery where possible).
Please see the VCM's COVID-19 Health Advisory at:
Language of Instruction: English
Tuition & Fees: Domestic Students
Tuition: $5,972.00
Application Fee: $15.00
Assessment Fee: $75.00
Text Books: $400.00
Course Materials: $730.00
Other: $278.00
Contact us for application and registration information: [email protected] | 250.386.5311

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Certificate in Music Technologies

The Music Technologies certificate is a series of seven courses which may be taken part-time over three semesters. You will study basic software and hardware technologies and explore practical applications of technologies, gaining fluency with the four pillars of music technology required by today’s music workplace:

Application Deadlines
Please submit two applications for the Certificate in Music Technologies program: a Camosun application form as well as a Victoria Conservatory of Music application.

Apply by August 15 to start in September
Apply by December 1 to start in January
Apply by April 1 to start in May

Admission is offered to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Qualified applicants whose application is received after the deadlines above will be offered placement through waiting-list for a specified future term.

Admission requirements
Minimum Music Competency
When you apply, you must demonstrate Minimum Music Competency in one of two ways:

Option 1: Coursework
Submit sealed original or certified copy of a postsecondary transcript showing successful completion of coursework equivalent to or exceeding the requirements for Minimum Music Competency along with the application to the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Camosun/VCM options: a C in MUSC 111 or equivalent and a C in MUSC 120 or equivalent

Option 2: Music Department Entrance Examination
For an additional fee, complete a Music Department Entrance Examination, through the Victoria Conservatory of Music, demonstrating fluency with the written and aural rudiments of music theory and understanding of the musical trends and styles in the history of Western music over the past two millennia.
If the original or certified copy of a postsecondary transcript does not accompany your application to the Victoria Conservatory of Music, it will be assumed that you are requesting a Music Department Entrance Examination and will be charged the associated assessment fee. Minimum Music Competency must be demonstrated in full prior to the application deadline and before admission to the program will be granted.
For all inquiries regarding this program option, contact the Director of the Department of Postsecondary Studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Program participation requirements
Students are required to have the appropriate computer, software and hardware for the program. For details see What it Costs.

Completion requirements
To qualify for the Certificate in Music Technologies you must successfully complete all required courses and achieve an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

Jonathan Haek

Jonathan Haek is a composer and flutist originally from Portland, Oregon. Dr. Haek is the Director of the School of Music Technology and Creativity at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He currently teaches Aural Skills courses for the VCM’s Department of Postsecondary Studies, and is the designer, developer, and instructor of the new postsecondary Certificate of Music Technologies program offered in partnership with Camosun College. Jon’s interests lie at the intersections of music, math, and technology. His projects have involved collaboration with modern dance choreographers, free improvisation, interactive and computer music composition, and Fibonacci numbers as compositional tools. Dedicated to […]

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