Music Programs

Rock Band (Teen/Youth and Adult)

On stage in the VCM’s Metro Theatre, the Rock Band program creates new and welcomes existing bands to develop the chops needed to bring it live on stage as rock musicians.

Youth Rock Band
Term 1: Sep 21 - Jan 25
Term 2: Feb 8 - Jun 21
Mon • 6:45 - 7:45pm • $275.20/term • Downtown

Adult Rock Band
Term 1: Sep 21 - Jan 25
Term 2: Feb 1 - Jun 14
Mon • 8:00 - 9:00pm • $275.20/term • Downtown

Michael Wilford

Michael Wilford grew up playing drums in the rich and diverse musical network of Northern British Columbia. From a young age Michael was inspired and taught by many musical mentors including Mike Doogan-Smith and his Smithers Secondary School Band Program, Leslie Jean McMillan and the dynamic father-son duo of Richard and Jake Jenne. They not only taught him but also exposed him to a wide variety of musical experiences including ensembles, performances, and the opportunities to work with inspiring musicians from around the world. By the time Michael had graduated high school he had performed all over British Columbia and […]


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Sight Singing for Choristers

New class for Fall 2020! Sight Singing for Choristers Do you sing in a choir or are you a voice student who needs to work on music-reading skills? This is the course for you! Using the movable Do system, and through the study of keys and interval recognition, this course will train you to sing […]

Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 15
Term 2: Feb 2 - May 18

Tue • 11:00am - 12:00pm
$258/term • Downtown

Nicholas Fairbank

Nicholas Fairbank was born in New Westminster, BC. In his school years he studied piano, organ and French horn, later going on to study organ performance and conducting in London (UK) and Paris (France). He holds Associateship diplomas in organ performance from the Royal Conservatory (RCM gold medal 1981) and the RCCO (Willan Prize 1998), and Masters degrees from UCSB (French) and the Université de Paris VIII (musicology). After some composition lessons with Stephen Chatman in the 90s he went on to complete an MMus degree in composition at the University of Victoria under the direction of John Celona. (…)


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Simple Trumpet Tunes (6 – 9 years)

Engage your child in the world of brass playing at a young age and watch them flourish musically, socially, and academically. This active group class introduces young students to trumpet, rhythm using a variety of drums, interactive games and activities that foster music reading and writing. Playing in a supportive environment is a primary benefit of choosing a group class to start (or continue) your child on a vibrant musical journey with others.

Fall Term 2021:

Downtown:
Sep 13 - Jan 17 | Mon | 4:15-5:00pm | $321.00

Westhills:
Sep 14 - Jan 4 | Tue | 4:00pm-4:45pm | $321.00


Class times to be confirmed by the instructor. Instructor will contact registered students to arrange class times.

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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Sinfonia I: Recorder Consorts

An early music orchestra for adults, open to recorders, violins, violas and cellos. Explore Renaissance and Baroque court and theatre music. Improve your reading and ensemble skills. New players should contact the instructor before registering.

Summer 2021: Jun 26 - Aug 14
Sat • 2:00-3:00pm • $132.20
These sessions will take place outdoors, socially distanced. Bring your own chair, music stand and clothes pegs. New Students ** Please contact the Instructor prior to registering by calling our front desk: 250.386.5311

Fall 2021 Session1:
Oct 2, 2021 - Nov 6 • $132.20
Sat • 2:30-3:30pm • 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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Sinfonia II: String Quartets

A class for advanced recorders and strings. Explore the beginnings of harmony and play some of the most beautiful melodies ever written.

Fall 2021 Session1:
Oct 2 - Nov 6 • $132.20
Sat • 4:00-5:00pm • 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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Sing & Strum Ukulele – Online

An New Inter-generational Ukulele Sing & Strum class with Anna Lyman Ukulele players at all levels, from ages 12 to the Golden Years are welcome to join this very stimulating group, where participants come together to play and sing the music they love in a friendly environment. – Beginners: learn basic chords and strumming technique […]

Module 1: Sep 13 - Dec 13 • $137.80

Mon • 6:30 - 7:30pm • Online

Anna Lyman

Anna (Acevedo) Lyman, is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and is a working musician, recording artist and educator, based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Having studied ukulele and Hawaiian music with Ben Chong (Guitar and Ukulele player for Don Ho), among other Hawaiian instructors, Anna is an award-winning ukulele player, and as a now teaching ukulele in both group/ensemble and individual studio lessons at the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s new Westhills location in Langford. […]


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Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Classes

Sound Advice is a complete theory and musicianship program where theory, eartraining, sight-reading, music history and composition are integrated to develop musical literacy. Where applicable, students are prepared for the theory and eartraining components of instrumental/vocal examinations, high school credits, and postsecondary theory placement but the main reason to take Sound Advice theory classes is […]

Contact the coordinator for all registration placement and schedule information:
Contract Crystal Wiksyk, Theory Coordinator: soundadvice@telus.net

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.


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.


Rachel Hill

A graduate from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Music Degree, Rachel Hill also holds a Music Diploma in piano and voice from Douglas College in New Westminster. Her teaching career began at the age of 19 when she was selected for the music teacher apprenticeship program at an established music studio in Surrey, BC. Her established teaching practice includes knowledge of a wide variety of curriculum, individualised to meet the musical preferences of her students which range from classical to contemporary. She endeavours to pass on her enthusiasm and love of music to her students who range from the very young to adults.


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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Studio Instruction – Music Technology Subjects

Sign up for lessons in Music Technology, including Digital Notation, Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), Sequencing, and Virtual Instruments!

Lesson Tuition Rates vary according to instructor ($55 - $85/hr)

Once you have found an instructor, ask about building your own Online Group! Group classes must have a minimum of four enrolled, and cost $17.20 per student per hour.

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. […]


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 […]


Nathan Johson

Nathan Jonson

Nathan Jonson is an electronic music producer and composer who has been releasing music internationally for almost 2 decades as a solo act and as a part of numerous group projects. Live performance and DJ tours have taken him to the United States, all over the UK and Europe, Russia, and through Asia while teaching production masterclasses along the way. At the VCM Nathan specializes in teaching Ableton. […]


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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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 2021: Jun 26 - Aug 14
Sat • 3:30-4:30pm • $132.20

This course will take place outdoors, socially distanced. Bring your own chair, music stand and clothes pegs. Please contact the instructor before registering, call our front desk @ 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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Suzuki Violin & Cello (3+ years)

An internationally known music curriculum and teaching philosophy, The Suzuki Method teaches through listening, repetition, positive reinforcement and gentle yet specific guidance. Beginners learn to play by ear– much like a child learns to speak or communicate. Suzuki teaching is based on respect for each child’s uniqueness and the belief that all children possess natural […]

To register, please contact the VCM front desk: 250.386.5311

Raya Fridman

Raya Fridman is a dedicated and fully trained Suzuki violin teacher at the VCM. She believes that every child can succeed in life if she/he has support of the family; music will be one of the many achievements. Raya holds a College Diploma in Orchestra/Music Education from Russia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, as well as a Master in Music from the University of Victoria. Her performing experiences include the Chamber Orchestra of Leningrad, Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Chamber Orchestra, various theatre companies such as Victoria Operatic Society and Gilbert and Sullivan. She has also enjoyed masterclasses with Pinkas Zukerman, Eleonora and Yuli Turovski, Richard Roberts, Thomas Williams and workshops with “I Musici” and “Quador Bozzini”. Raya has been leading the Civic Orchestra of Victoria since 2006. She is conversant in Russian, French, and English.


Dexine Wallbank

DEXINE WALLBANK was a member of The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and also played with the National Ballet Orchestra of Canada, both in Toronto. Apart from the years she spent in eastern Canada, Dexine has played with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra since she was twenty years old. Over the years she has also played with various chamber groups including the early music group, Victoria Festival Consort. Dexine received Suzuki teacher training form the Suzuki Kingston institute as well as the Guelph Suzuki institute. In addition to many years of giving lessons privately from her home, she has also taught at (…)


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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