Music Programs

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.

Term 1: Sep 14 - Jan 18
Term 2: Feb 1 - May 30

Sat • 10:30am - 12:00pm
$177.50/term • $150.88/term with lessons

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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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 11 / 14 - Oct 23 / Nov 2
Session 2: Jan 8/ 11 - Feb 26 / 29
Session 3: Apr  1 / 4 - May 20 / 23

Wed • 5:45 - 6:45pm • $168/session
OR Sat • 4:15 - 5:15pm • $168/session

Dates and times to be confirmed by instructor. Contact:

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.

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Culture, Music and Creativity: Making Connections

This program offers a chance to explore music-making and musical creativity for ages 5 – 12 in online classes offered Monday through Friday in one-week sessions during July and August. The classes are also open to older members of each family who would like to connect with the students by participating with them over Zoom for no additional cost. Each class includes a downloadable course booklet that includes background information, YouTube and website links, activity pages, and instructions for making any materials that might be needed.

Session 1 – Week 1: July 20-24
Session 1 – Week 2: July 27-31
Session 2 – Week 1: August 17-21
Session 2 – Week 2: August 24-28

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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
Two letters of reference
Application & Assessment Fees
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

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Ear-Training – “Stay Tuned”

The Ear-Training program helps students learn how to effectively practice intervals, chords, chord progressions, playbacks, rhythm clap-backs, and rhythmic reading to match their instrumental level.

6 x 60 min • Class dates and times to be arranged with Theory coordinator • $126 • Downtown

Crystal Wiksyk

Crystal Wiksyk is a theory and musicianship instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where she coordinates the Classical Music Theory program within the Ann & George Nation Conservatory of Classical Music. Crystal teaches group classes as well as individual lessons at the VCM, and has taught theory and musicianship classes for the VCM/Camosun College Diploma program. She is the co-author of three publications for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and also leads the Music Theory programming for the VCM’s Summer Academy. Crystal is a Royal Conservatory certified theory teacher and long-time member of the BC Registered Music Teachers Association.

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Early Bird Flute Choir

A welcoming and exciting ensemble, perfect for the beginner flute student of any age. Learn how to follow a conductor, develop strong listening skills and play music together as a team.

Term 1: Sep 14 - Jan 18
Term 2: Feb 1 - May 30

Sat • 9:00 - 10:00 am
$152.80/term • $131.38/term with lessons

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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Families Making Music (Birth - 5 years) – Online!

A fun music program for the whole family! Sing, dance, try new instruments and play fun musical games. Bring the whole brood for an interactive program at a great family rate. All classes at VCM’s Downtown location. *Siblings receive a 20% discount on FMM tuition; siblings under 9 months of age as of the first day of class attend free.

Wednesdays: Apr 15, 22, 29, May 6 • 10:00 - 10:40am • $56
Saturdays: Apr 18, 25, May 2 • 10:00 - 10:40am • $42


Wednesdays: May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 • 10:00 - 10:40am • $98
Saturdays: May 9, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27 • 10:00 - 10:40am • $98

Note: Families Making Music classes require a minimum enrolment of 5. If enrolment is insufficient, registrants will be offered an alternate class or a refund

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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Family Choir

Come and make music as a family! People of all ages (5+) will enjoy singing together in a supportive and fun environment. It’s a perfect family night out for all generations. Make music, create connections, and spend time together! Location: Saanich Commonwealth Place (4636 Elk Lake Drive) To register please visit or call 250-475-7600.

Sep 27 - Dec 6, 2019
Fri • 6:30-7:30pm

Julie Ryning

Julie Ryning holds a B.Mus honours in voice performance with a minor in music history, and a M.mus in voice performance, both from McGill University. Julie teaches Early Childhood Music classes at the VCM’s Westhills location, and at the Saanich Commonwealth Rec Centre. Julie also teaches Early Childhood Music in the Greater Victoria Community as part of the VCM’s Children’s Outreach. Having found a passion for early childhood music education, Julie believes that every child deserves to find their own musical potential and to enjoy music as a lifelong endeavor. She feels passionate about helping each child build skills for […]

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Flute Groups

These classes offer students a fun and approachable way to learn the flute while building their skills in music reading, rhythms and ensemble playing.

Session 1: Jan 9 - Mar 5, 2020 • $291.25
Session 2: Apr 9 - May 28, 2020 • $259.50

Dates and times to be determined based on participants availability.

Marsha Elliott

Canadian flutist Marsha Elliott is an acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and educator. Marsha holds a B.Mus. in Performance from the University of Toronto and a M.Mus. in Performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied with soloists Susan Hoeppner and Carol Wincenc respectively. Marsha also spent a transformative year in the Professional Winter Residency Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her past teachers and mentors have included Julius Baker, Emmanuel Pahud and Jeanne Baxtresser among others. As a performer Marsha has toured throughout Canada and the US and has been seen and […]

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“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!”

Term 1: Sep 11 - Dec 18 • $191.25
Term 2: Jan 15 - May 6 • $204.00

Wed • 8:15 - 9:30pm • Downtown
$17.00 per drop-in, $77.50 for 5-class pass

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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