Music Programs

Classical Choir/VCM Chorale

A large, mixed-voice (SATB) chamber choir. Major choral works from the classical canon are paired with lesser-known and modern contemporary selections to comprise a rich and varied repertoire each term. Strong musicianship, good sight-reading, and part-singing ability are required.

Fall Term 2021:
Sep 9 - Dec 9 • $402.50
Mon & Thu • 2:30 - 4:00pm • Downtown

Note: Please call 250.386.5311 to be connected with the Instructor, as permission to enroll is required.

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Classical Guitar Orchestra

Classical guitarists of all ages develop strong ensemble and sight-reading skills under the direction of a conductor. Repertoire ranges from music of the 16th through to the 20th centuries, as well as world music and Beatles songs. All levels welcome from beginner to intermediate, with section leader posts available to more advanced players.

Term 1: Sep 12 - Jan 16
Term 2: Feb 6 - Jun 5

Sat • 10:30am - 12:00pm
$224.30 • Downtown

Douglas Hensley

Douglas Hensley

Douglas Hensley is an ecclectic and versatile musician who enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages, helping them develop a solid technique which will enable them to play whatever kind of music they choose. Since 2001, he has served with the Victoria Symphony on guitar, lute, mandolin, and banjo, and in 2008 joined Pacific Opera Victoria in Regina. As co-founder and co-director of the Continuum Consort, he explores a repertoire from 12th century Cantigas de Santa Maria to 21st century works written for the ensemble (including commissions funded by the B.C. Arts Council and the Canada Council), on a (…)


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Combos & Bands Mentorship Program

Program outline The Combos & Bands Mentorship Program offers musicians of all ages two exciting opportunities: For existing combos and bands: Come to the VCM and let our highly experienced industry professionals help get you and your band or combo to the next level! Develop your existing sound and/or style, explore something entirely new, tighten […]

Please call 250.386.5311 for additional information

Joey Smith

After touring for two and a half years with the Glenn Miller Orchestra as bassist and arranger, Joey Smith was married in Victoria and moved to Rochester, N.Y. to pursue graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. For the past 18 years he has been bassist for many local groups and has collaborated with various artists during their stops in Victoria. Joey has written numerous arrangements for such groups as the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony, also arranging some of the music for the Commonwealth Games in 1994. Currently, several of his arrangements appear on recordings by (…)


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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 […]

Session 1: Sep 19  -  Nov 21 2020 ONLINE DELIVERY ONLY
Session 2: Jan 9 - Mar 6 • $169.60
Session 3: Apr 10 - May 15 • $127.20

Sat • 4:30 - 5:30pm • Online

Please contact instructor, Christine Donkin, donkinyt@gmail.com, prior to registering.

Christine Donkin

I am a Canadian composer, and I teach theory and composition at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Although my explorations into music composition began as a solitary pursuit, I have in recent years had the honour of collaborating with a wide variety of instrumentalists, vocalists, writers, and fellow composers. I have never specialised: I compose music for students and amateurs as well as for professionals. With the passage of time, my focus is shifting from my own development to that of young people who want to express themselves creatively through music.


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Diploma in Music Performance

The Diploma in Music Performance offers a full-time postsecondary music program with unparalleled access to acclaimed performance and composition faculty. This ground-breaking credential program leads musicians of all genres through a common first year and a specialized second year of hands-on, practical music making and performance. Rounded out with essential theory, history, ear training, workplace, […]

Deadline for early admission is February 28. Applications for the Certificate and Diploma programs include:
VCM Questionnaire
Camosun College Application
Transcripts
Two letters of reference
Application & Assessment Fees
Audition
Auditions take place in late-March and early-April. Live auditions are highly recommended.
If you are an international student, contact Camosun College International Student Services before registering. Before registering, students MUST contact the Postsecondary Registrar: 250.386.5311, ext. 5000
postsecondary@vcm.bc.ca

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Families Making Music (3 - 5 years) Nanaimo

A fun music program for children and their caregiver! This 8-week interactive program is designed for children ages 3-5. You will sing, groove to the beat of the music, engage in movement activities, musical exploration, active music making and fun musical games! We will take care to ensure proper physical distancing. All instruments will be […]

Session 1: Oct 2 - Nov 27
Session 2: Jan 8 - Feb 26
Session 3: Mar 5 - May 7

Fridays • $103.20/session
10:00 - 10:40am OR 11:00 - 11:45am

Graylen Howard, Music Therapy

Graylen Howard

Graylen is a graduate of the Applied Music Advanced Diploma Program at Mohawk College, and Bachelor of Music Therapy and Master of Music Therapy programs at Wilfrid Laurier University. Graylen has extensive clinical experience in paediatric settings, as well as in adolescent mental health, and long-term care residences. He is passionate about using a variety of instruments in his work including the cello, guitar, french horn, and electronic musical instruments. While maintaining a family and client-centered approach, Graylen believes the purposeful use of music helps empower clients to focus on their strengths and help establish and execute aspirations – leading to an improved quality of life.


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Folkestra

“I created Folkestra as an opportunity for people to have a fun night out playing music with others looking for the same experience. It’s a way for people to make the transition from listening to playing music in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. We are a band, a community and our own weekly kitchen party!”

Session 1: Oct 14 - Dec 16
Session 2: Jan 13 – Mar 10
Session 3: Mar 31 – May 26

Wed • 8:00 - 9:15pm • $119.25/session
Downtown

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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Group Cello for Adult Beginners

Learn to play the cello in a fun, social environment, starting with the basics. No musical experience is necessary. Textbook: All for Strings, Book 1.

Fall Term 2021:
Sep 13 - Dec 6 • $318
Mon • 7:15 - 8:30pm • Downtown

New Students: Please consult the instructor prior to registering by calling our front desk @ 250-386-5311.

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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Group Guitar for Adults

An introduction to classical guitar that will allow beginners to develop basic technique and more experienced novices to refine their skills. Sight-reading and the understanding and fingering of basic chords to accompany singing are incorporated into a fluid curriculum, where participants are encouraged to suggest repertoire and topics of guitar methodology about which they are […]

Fall Term 2021:
Sep 14 - Jan 18 · $365.40
Tue · 7:15-8:15pm · Downtown

Douglas Hensley

Douglas Hensley

Douglas Hensley is an ecclectic and versatile musician who enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages, helping them develop a solid technique which will enable them to play whatever kind of music they choose. Since 2001, he has served with the Victoria Symphony on guitar, lute, mandolin, and banjo, and in 2008 joined Pacific Opera Victoria in Regina. As co-founder and co-director of the Continuum Consort, he explores a repertoire from 12th century Cantigas de Santa Maria to 21st century works written for the ensemble (including commissions funded by the B.C. Arts Council and the Canada Council), on a (…)


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Group Piano for Beginners (5-6 years)

These fun-filled lessons will help your child begin their musical education on a positive note. They will participate in a class where they can socialize and encourage one another, all while learning to play the piano.

Fall Term 2021:
Sep 14/16 - Jan 11/13 • $323.00 • Downtown
Tue OR Thu • 4:00-5:00pm
Thu • 5:15-6:15pm

Laura Wood

Laura Wood has played piano since 4 years of age. She studied at the Conservatory beginning at five years of age with Ivy Screech. Starting at nine years old, she studied with Edward Parker obtaining consistently high marks in her exams. She successfully completed the teacher training program with her AVCM and first class honours. She particularly loves teaching children and adult beginners, and in addition to her studio teaching, offers piano group instruction at the VCM.


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