Music Programs

Music for Life at Saanich Commonwealth Place (3-5 years)

Bring music into your child’s life! Your child will have fun while learning music, literacy and numeracy concepts. Come learn, discover and explore music through playing instruments, singing, moving, participating in musical games and creating music. Presented by the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Saanich Commonwealth Place. (4636 Elk Lake Drive) Registration opens August 18th, […]

Fall Term 2021:
Oct 1 - Dec 3 • $87.59
Fri • 10:15-11:00am • Saanich Commonwealth Place

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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Music for Life at Saanich Commonwealth Place (Birth-3 years)

Come and have fun with your child while they learn simple music concepts. Join us to sing, play instruments, move to music and play interactive musical games that explore beat, pitch, dynamics, literacy, and numeracy skills! Presented by the Victoria Conservatory of Music in partnership with Saanich Commonwealth Place. (4636 Elk Lake Dr.) Registration opens […]

Fall Term 2021:
Oct 1 - Dec 3 • $87.59
Fri • 9:15-10:00am • Saanich Commonwealth Place

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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Musical Storytime Online (2-5 years)

Clap your hands, sing along, and get lost in a book! Using a variety of instruments and plenty of movement, these fun and participatory drop-in sessions are designed to accompany popular picture books with age-appropriate songs and activities.

Summer: June 4-25
Fri  •  10:00 - 10:40am  •  $58.80
Online

Georgina Craig

Georgina Craig graduated from Christ Church University in Canterbury, England; undertook postgraduate vocal studies at Trinity College of Music in London, teacher training at Reading University and Orff training in Calgary. She brings to the VCM a wealth of experience working with students of all ages both in a class setting and on a one to one basis. In addition to her community outreach work at the VCM, Georgina is the conductor for the Concerto group of Viva Youth Voices. Georgina enjoys performing music of all genres and is a member of Ensemble Laude here in Victoria. She also sings (…)


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Online Recorder Sonata Class

Learn Stacey’s favorite duets and trios. Improve your reading and ensemble skills while adding to your repertoire. Check back for more details on this 1 hour weekly online class, Thursday evenings, starting in November 2021.

Fall 2021 Session 1: Check back for additional details

New Students ** Please contact the instructor before registering by calling our front desk at 250.386.5311.

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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Opera Studio

This sought-after program provides comprehensive training in the many facets of opera for singers. Employing a mix of rehearsals, workshops, and classes leading to performances of opera excerpts and/or one act operas at the end of each term, aspects of training will include acting, movement, musical preparation and coaching, recitative study, audition techniques, and role preparation. The faculty is comprised of well-known guest directors, conductors and masterclass clinicians.

Schedule TBA • $1,200

Rehearsal schedule and exact tuition to be confirmed. Check website or contact the VCM at 250.386.5611. Acceptance by audition.

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 (…)


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 (…)


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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Piano for Adult Beginners – Level 1

An introduction to playing piano for adults new to music study, with emphasis on reading musical notation and rhythmic understanding.

Fall 2021:
Sep 8 - Dec 15 | $323.00
Wed • 4:30 - 5:30pm • Downtown

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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Preparatory String Orchestra

This class offers the young student who has been playing a string instrument for over a year both the technical benefits of a group class and ensemble learning. It is the perfect complement to private studio instruction, and a continuation of the social learning of a Suzuki Group Class, or other early childhood group classes. […]

2021 Full Year: Sep 14 - May 31
Tue • 6:00 - 7:00pm • Downtown
$555.40 or contact us for Pre-Authorized Debit monthly payment plan (9 @ $61.71 + $2.25 fee, Sep 15th-May 15th).

Tatiana Kostour

Ms. Tatiana Kostour is a violinist from the Ukraine, and a graduate of the Kiev Conservatory of Music. In addition to studies in performance and pedagogy, including teaching methodologies and practicum, under some of the finest teachers in the Ukrainian, Tatiana always stood out with the highest marks in performance and teaching. Believing in life-long learning, Tatiana has continued to polish her teaching techniques over the years, and has achieved a very high level of success. Many of her students have won Gold and Silver medals from The Royal Conservatory of Music and placed first in The National Canadian Music […]


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Producer’s Recording Club – Level 1

Learning the new Logic Pro 10.5 Ages 13 – 19 Working one-on-one or in pairs with VCM’s highly experienced Songwriter and Producer Wynn Gogol, Level 1 focuses on learning all about the new Logic Pro 10.5 with the many new advanced features. Four hours of individual lessons to be taken between July 5 and August 14.  […]

Summer Term: Jul 5 - Aug 14
4 hours • $252.00 • Downtown

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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Producer’s Recording Club – Level 2

EDM and Pop Music Production using LP 10.5 Ages 13 – 19  An intensive “camp” week designed for students who write their own music and have an interest in live recording, mixing and sampling in a DAW. Students will meet for 3 hours per day from Monday to Friday to record, mix and sample a […]

Summer Term: Aug 16-20
Daily • 10:00am - 1:30pm • $320.25

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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Recorder Band

Do you want to learn a wind instrument but aren’t sure where to start? The recorder is an excellent beginner instrument; it’s easy, inexpensive and sounds great in an ensemble.

Fall 2021 Session1:
Sep 28 - Nov 2 • $132.20
Tue • 7:00-8:00pm • Downtown

New Students ** Please contact the instructor before registering by calling our front desk at 250.386.5311.

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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