Music Programs

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 […]

Suzuki Violin & Cello - Group Schedule
Term 1: Sep 19 - Jan 16
Term 2: Feb 6 - Jun 5

Cello Books 1-3
Sat • 12:45 - 1:30pm OR 3:00  - 3:45pm • $259.40/term

Suzuki Prep Class (Studio instruction not required)
Downtown • Ages 3+
Sat • 9:30  - 10:10am • $264.40/term

Violin Group Classes • Downtown
Pre-Twinkle: Sat • 9:30  - 10:10am
Level 1: Sat • 10:30  - 11:10am
Level 2: Sat • 11:30am  -  12:10pm
Level 3 & 4+: Sat • 12:30  -  1:15pm

30 min lessons + group: $957.90/term
45 min lessons + group: $1,304.65/term

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.

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Theory for Adults

Beginners welcome! If you sing in a choir, play an instrument, or are planning to learn an instrument in the future, you will enjoy learning about theoretical concepts and hearing how they relate to the actual sound of the music. Designed to make all of your musical involvements more enjoyable, as your increased knowledge provides new levels of understanding and musical independence.

Contact the instructor, Rachel Hill, for additional information and for all class schedules: 778-265-5355

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.

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Ukulele for Beginners (7 – 14 years)

An introduction to Hawaii’s small but mighty musical export! Students will learn to strum chords and accompany songs, gradually working toward proficient note-reading in a fun and supportive class environment.

Returning Fall 2021, Registration opens May 2021

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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VCM Chorale

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

Term 2: Jan 11 - Apr 15

Mon & Thu • 2:00 - 3:30pm • Downtown

Note: Please call 250-386-5311 to be connected with the Instructor, as permission to enroll is required.

Brian Wismath

Brian Wismath is a faculty member at Victoria Conservatory of Music, Music Director at Linden Singers of Victoria, and Artistic Director of Vox Humana Chamber Choir. With a rich musical background, Mr. Wismath is in demand as a clinician and has served as Music Director of Civic Orchestra of Victoria, University of Victoria Chamber Singers, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, Vancouver Peace Choir, and Victoria Choral Society, Associate Conductor of Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Chorus Niagara, and Assistant Conductor of St. Jacob’s Youth Choir (Stockholm, Sweden), Ontario Youth Choir, and Opera in Concert Chorus (Toronto).[…]

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VCM Combos

VCM Combo brings together musicians of all ages to explore a variety of musical styles, from jazz standards to contemporary compositions. Typically instrumentation; one to a part. (piano, guitar,  bass, voice, up to 2 horns and drums)

Term 2:
Rock • Jan 11 - Apr 12 • Mon • 9:00am - 10:00pm • $420.30
Jazz • Jan 11 - Apr 12 • Mon • 11:30am - 12:30pm • $412.80
Blues • Jan 12 - Apr 13 • Mon • 12:00 - 1:00pm • $489.10


Note: Please call 250-386-5311 to be connected with the Instructor, as special permission to enroll is required.

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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Vocal Diction and IPA

Lyric diction skills for classical singing are taught through active practice and learning the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Diction skills are rehearsed through poetic reading and interpretation, as well being related to physiological mechanics of the singer. One or two related spoken languages are considered each term on a rotational cycle.

Term 2: Jan 14 - Apr 15

Thu • 10:00am - 12:00pm • $481.60/term

Kiiri Michelsen

Canadian-Norwegian mezzo-soprano Kiiri Michelsen is active in performance, teaching (voice/lyric diction), coaching (lyric diction) and research (lyric diction). Voice teaching (Dept of Postsecondary Studies – VCM/Camosun Diploma in Music Performance;  Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music) The ultimate goal of Kiiri’s teaching approach is the discovery of each singer’s unique sound.  In […]

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Vocal Jazz Ensemble

For ages 17 and up, accompanied by a full rhythm section. Singers receive instruction in performance technique, improvisation, intonation and vocal independence. Vocalists should have strong music reading skills and part-singing ability.

Term 2: Jan 15 - Apr 16

Fri • 3:30 - 6:30pm • $423.40/term

Note: Please call 250-386-5311 to be connected with the Instructor, as permission to register is required.

Louise Rose

Louise Rose has been called a living Canadian treasure. She studied classical voice in Pennsylvania with John Duddy and Todd Duncan; pipe organ with Catharine Brooke Morgan; piano with Oscar Peterson; conducting with Leonard Bernstein and arranging with Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington. Some of her independent studies have been with Carmen McRae, Ella Fitgerald and B.B. King. She has served as artist/mentor in residence at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA and at The Frank DeMiero and Soundsation Vocal Jazz Camps. Louise is a sought after vocal jazz ensemble clinician. She has played and sung with symphony orchestras in Canada (…)

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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 […]

Returning Fall 2021, Registration opens May 2021

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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Winds and Brass Youth Chamber Music Intensive

For motivated students keen to explore the world of chamber music, this program will group students together into small chamber groups based on age, instrumentation and ability. The class will meet each week for six weeks and over the course of the program, students will receive 4 hours of coaching, 2 hours of independent rehearsal, […]

Wednesday evenings | Downtown

Emily Nagelbach

Emily Nagelbach, Faculty Department Head, Winds and Brass, Conservatory School of Classical Music. Emily plays second flute/piccolo with the Vancouver Island Symphony, is a member of Pedagogy Committee of the National Flute Association. As a freelance musician, she frequently performs with many orchestras, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Symphony Orchestra. She served as the Artistic Director of the Summer Music Discovery Camp at the VCM for many years. Emily holds an AVCM from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), a B.Mus. in Performance and Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University and a M.Mus. in Performance from the University of (…)

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