Music Programs

Summer Reed Ensemble

Enjoy the summer making music with this ensemble comprised of single and double reed wind players. This summer we will explore the music of Motown! The purpose of this ensemble is to give reed players a chance to “keep their chops” over the summer by playing any week they are available to join us. All participants should have 1 year of experience playing a reed instrument.

Summer Term: July 2 to August 27, 2019
Except: July 30, 2019
Tue • 7:00-8:30pm • $158.50
Downtown

Jack Edwards

Dr. Jack Edwards is Conductor of the Greater Victoria Junior Concert Band and SookeWinds, Director of the Victoria Community Marching Band, Director of the Harmony Project Marching Drumline, and bassoonist in the Raincoast Trio and Springridge Quintet. He has also performed as Principal alto saxophone and bassoon with the Greater Victoria Senior Concert Band and Principal alto saxophone with the Merideum Wind Orchestra. He is on faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Sooke Music Academy. Dr. Edwards was born and raised in Northeast Georgia, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. On a full, four-year saxophone scholarship, […]


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Summer Adult Introductory String Orchestra

An introductory level string orchestra for adults. Open to violins, violas, and cellos who have had some lessons and want to experience playing in a group. Improve your reading and ensemble skills and meet other players. New players must contact instructor before registering. Not suitable for complete beginners.

Summer Term: July 2 to August 13, 2019
Except: July 30, 2019
Tue • 8:00-9:00pm • $131
Downtown

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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Telling Stories Through Music

A weekly social, group music class sharing stories and exploring co-creating music with virtual instruments on electronic tablets. No previous experience required. Limited space, registration necessary.

Classes take place on Wednesdays, for 6 weeks, are one hour in duration, and start April 3 2019.
Class times:
2:00 pm (Sorry this class is now full)
3:00 pm
These classes are offered on a complimentary basis (tuition-free) in partnership with PARC Retirement Living, and hosted by the Greater Victoria Public Library at their Central Branch: 735 Broughton Street, Victoria

Jan Randall

Jan Randall is a pianist, who played entirely by ear from childhood, started working in blues and pop music bands while still in high school, and after receiving formal classical and jazz training as a composer and arranger went on to spend a decade in theatre before moving on to make a career of composing sound tracks for broadcast. Jan has been the head song writer since 2011 for the hit CBC radio series “The Irrelevant Show.” He wrote songs and doubled as musical director for comedy shows with Second City in the early 80′s, where he collaborated with such (…)


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Music Technology Workshops

New series of workshop modules for beginners starting week of April 29! See below for details. The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) is proud to present, through the School of Music Technology and Creativity, a new series of Introductory Workshops that focus on being creative with Music Technology.  All workshops consist of 6 90-minute classes […]

Create a Professional Music Score using Sibelius:
Starts Monday February 25 | Weekly classes from 6 – 7:30 pm | No class March 18 and 25
6 90-minute classes: $126

Write Songs using Logic Pro:
Starts Tuesday February 26 | Weekly classes from 4:00 – 5:30 pm | No class March 19 and 26
6 90-minute classes: $126

Let's Make Beats:
Starts Thursday February 28 | Weekly classes from 7 – 8:30 pm | No class March 21 and 28
6 90-minute classes: $126 

Jan Randall

Jan Randall is a pianist, who played entirely by ear from childhood, started working in blues and pop music bands while still in high school, and after receiving formal classical and jazz training as a composer and arranger went on to spend a decade in theatre before moving on to make a career of composing sound tracks for broadcast. Jan has been the head song writer since 2011 for the hit CBC radio series “The Irrelevant Show.” He wrote songs and doubled as musical director for comedy shows with Second City in the early 80′s, where he collaborated with such (…)


Wynn Gogol

Wynn Gogol is a music producer, mixer, educator and author who enjoys working in a wide range of genres and styles. With more than twenty years of experience, his work has received Juno nominations, a Maple Blues Award and a Canadian Folk Award. Wynn joined the VCM in 2017 to teach the newly developed postsecondary Diploma in Music Performance course “Composing as Singer-Songwriter”. As a faculty member of the VCM’s School of Music Technology & Creativity, Wynn has since expanded his involvement with the VCM to include teaching digital school notation, as well as recording, mixing, and editing, as part of the VCM’s new Music Technology Lab programming currently under development. […]


Danuel Tate

Danuel Tate is a keyboard player and composer of electronic music. He has been writing electronic music for the past 18 years, and his work with the group “Cobblestone Jazz” has given him international acclaim. He has performed extensively at many of the world’s largest music festivals, including three times at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In between touring he teaches piano to a range of students. Trained as a jazz pianist, improvising is a large component of his lesson set. He prefers to teach the fundamentals of music theory aurally, and then progresses to reading and writing. Danuel […]


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Westhills Cello Choir

This new class will give adult cellists an opportunity to play choral works from around the world. The Westhills Cello Choir will learn arrangements in 2, 3 and 4 part harmony, allowing students to develop their listening skills, learn to blend with different musical lines, and learn how to create a unified sound as a […]

Term 1: Oct 9 - Jan 22 • $222.5
Term 2: Jan 29 - Jun 3 • $254

Wed • 6:15 - 7:30pm • Westhills

Silvina Samuel

Silvina Samuel was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. In 2008, Silvina moved Silvinato Maui and from 2008-2012 she was principle cellist of the Maui Pop’s Orchestra. She played with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Opera Theater on Oahu. She is a member of Cellano, with Lotus Dancer, pianist, performing annual recitals on Maui. Her acoustic rock collaboration with singer-songwriter, Jim Major, brought her to the stage opening for such bands as Santana, Mick Fleetwood & Island Rumours, Smashmouth, Train, Huey Lewis and Henry Kapono. While in Hawaii, Silvina recorded for a number of albums including Grammy nominated (…)


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Sound Advice + Composition

A valuable supplement to Sound Advice theory and ear-training, students will balance their studies in music theory and ear-training with creative applications in the Composition.

Jan 19-Jun 1 | 16 x 1 hour classes | $336

Christine Donkin

Christine Donkin is a Canadian composer and instructor of music theory, ear training, and composition at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She is an active clinician and adjudicator; creator of theory and ear training games for Tonic Tutor, an online resource for music students and teachers; and author of the Compositional Devices Collection on the RCM online Teacher Portal. Her many pedagogical compositions, arrangements, and figured bass realizations are featured in the Royal Conservatory of Music repertoire books for cello, clarinet, piano, trumpet, saxophone, viola, violin, and voice.

Described as “stunning” (ConcertoNet.com), “highly imaginative” (American Record Guide), and having “enormous impact” (The Washington Post), Christine’s choral and instrumental music has been commissioned and premiered by such ensembles as Symphony New Brunswick, the Toronto Symphony, the Peterborough Symphony, the DaCapo Chamber Choir, the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, and the Canadian Guitar Quartet. She also enjoys cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration, working on creative projects with a diverse assortment of Canadian musicians and writers.


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Introductory Adult 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.

Summer Term:
July 2 - August 13
Tue • 8:00 - 9:00pm • $131 • Downtown
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Session 1: Sep 17 - Dec 3 • $215
Session 2: Jan 21 - Mar 10 • $131
Session 3: Mar 24 - May 12 • $131
Tue • 8:00 - 9:00pm • Downtown

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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The Mahler Project

An experimental performance course for pianists and singers aged 30+ to explore the songs of Alma Mahler-Werfel and Gustav Mahler.

For further details, including information about this course, examples of the songs we will be studying, and details about student categories, see the project website: https://mahlerproject.ca/

Kathryn Whitney

Canadian/British singer Dr Kathryn Whitney was raised on Vancouver Island and now divides her time between Britain and Canada. A versatile musician whose work combines concert and recital performance with a wide range of collaborative research, educational and other projects, she is a lyric mezzo-soprano with an “impressively wide dynamic range” (Oxford Times) and a “special gift” for interpreting text (Nanaimo News) whose singing has been described as “meaty”, “prophetic” (Oxford Times) and “very touching” (Sir John Eliot Gardiner). Kathryn is a freelance performer, teacher, researcher, and solo and choral clinician. She is currently an Associate Fellow at the Institute (…)


Anna Cal

ANNA CAL is trained in the famous tradition of Russian piano schools. She studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg with well-known Russian performers and professors including Vitaly Berzon, Pavel Yegorov and the late Helen Shishko. She holds Master degrees with high distinction in three fields: piano performance, piano pedagogy and collaborative piano. After studying in Russia, Anna spent two years in Rome, Italy where she worked as a soloist and a voice coach. Anna is a senior teacher at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where she teaches piano, piano pedagogy and collaborative piano. She is Director of Collaborative piano and Interpretation in German Lieder Projects. Anna is a frequent performer in Victoria as a soloist and in collaboration with vocalists and instrumentalists.


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Songwriting with Computer

Learn how to use your computer to inspire and deepen your songwriting using Logic Pro X.

October 16 - December 4
Tuesdays
6:30 - 8:00pm

Wynn Gogol

Wynn Gogol is a music producer, mixer, educator and author who enjoys working in a wide range of genres and styles. With more than twenty years of experience, his work has received Juno nominations, a Maple Blues Award and a Canadian Folk Award. Wynn joined the VCM in 2017 to teach the newly developed postsecondary Diploma in Music Performance course “Composing as Singer-Songwriter”. As a faculty member of the VCM’s School of Music Technology & Creativity, Wynn has since expanded his involvement with the VCM to include teaching digital school notation, as well as recording, mixing, and editing, as part of the VCM’s new Music Technology Lab programming currently under development. […]


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Composition Clubs

What are Composition Clubs?   Sample Compositions Composition Clubs are classes in which music students can learn what it’s like to be a composer. Activities include: Listening without judging, i.e. listening to music with an open mind, focusing on the sounds we hear rather than on our opinions; Creative exercises which help to prepare our […]

Composition Club:
Saturday  |  8 classes @ 1 hr  |  168/session
Session 1: January 26 - March 23
Session 2: April 6 - June 8

Sound Advice + Composition:
Saturday  |  16 classes @ 1 hr  |  $336
January 19 - June 1

Contact the instructor at donkinyt@gmail.com

Christine Donkin

Christine Donkin is a Canadian composer and instructor of music theory, ear training, and composition at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. She is an active clinician and adjudicator; creator of theory and ear training games for Tonic Tutor, an online resource for music students and teachers; and author of the Compositional Devices Collection on the RCM online Teacher Portal. Her many pedagogical compositions, arrangements, and figured bass realizations are featured in the Royal Conservatory of Music repertoire books for cello, clarinet, piano, trumpet, saxophone, viola, violin, and voice.

Described as “stunning” (ConcertoNet.com), “highly imaginative” (American Record Guide), and having “enormous impact” (The Washington Post), Christine’s choral and instrumental music has been commissioned and premiered by such ensembles as Symphony New Brunswick, the Toronto Symphony, the Peterborough Symphony, the DaCapo Chamber Choir, the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, and the Canadian Guitar Quartet. She also enjoys cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration, working on creative projects with a diverse assortment of Canadian musicians and writers.


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