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 09 - Jan 20
Term 2: Jan 27- Jun 8
Mon • 6:15 - 7:30pm • Downtown
$348/term

Adult Rock Band
Term 1: Sep 9 - Jan 20
Term 2: Jan 27- Jun 8
Mon • 7:45 - 9:00pm • Downtown
$348/term

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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Self-Directed Voice Studies for Advanced Singers

Have you recently graduated from a degree or diploma program? Graduates often feel they need further study or specialized instruction to prepare for professional engagements and auditions. VCM offers a personalized combination of our innovative programs for advanced singers, which includes coachings and lessons with senior faculty, Opera Studio, the Advanced Voice Workshop, and Voice […]

Instruction days and times will vary according to program selection.

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 (…)


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Senior String Orchestra

An intensive program focusing on the study and performance of great works in the string orchestra repertoire, this orchestra is for advanced students who are playing at an RCM Grade 7 level or higher. A challenging, rewarding, and fun experience.

Term 1: Sep 9 - Dec 9 • $262
Term 2: Jan 6 - May 11 • $346

Mon • 7:00 - 9:30pm • Downtown

David Visentin

David Visentin is widely known throughout Canada as a performer, conductor, pedagogue and arts administrator whose leadership and creative experience in the performing arts has successfully advanced classical music from coast to coast. In 2011, founded Sistema Toronto and was appointed as the organization’s President and CEO. Sistema Toronto is a free and uniquely immersive after-school social program through music for at-risk children and youth, modeled after the highly successful program known as el Sistema. For six years, as dean and associate dean of The Glenn Gould School and Young Artists Performance Academy of The Royal Conservatory of Music, David […]


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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.

Term 1: Sep 17 - Jan 14
Term 2: Jan - May

Westhills: Tue • 3:30-4:15pm • $241.25/term
Downtown: TBA

Consult the instructor prior to registering. Class schedule to be confirmed through instructor.

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

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 Term: July 2, 2019 to August 13, 2019
Except: July 30, 2019
Tue • 7:00 - 8:00pm • $131
Downtown
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Session 1: Sep 28 -Dec 14 • $173
Session 2: Jan 18 - Mar 7 • $131
Session 3: Mar 21 - May 23 • $173
Sat • 2:45 - 3:45pm • Downtown

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

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

Session 1: Sep 28 -Dec 14 • $173
Session 2: Jan 18 - Mar 7 • $131
Session 3: Mar 21 - May 23 • $173

Sat • 4:00 - 5:00pm • Downtown

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 – Westshore

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 […]

Unit 1: Sep 16 - Dec 2 | $105.00
Unit 2: Jan 06 - Mar 09 | $95.00
Unit 3: Mar 30 - May 25 | $75.00

Mon • 6:30 - 7:30pm • Westhills

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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Songwriting with Computer

Learn how to use your computer to inspire and deepen your songwriting using Logic Pro X.

October 16 - December 4
Tuesdays
6:30 - 8:00pm

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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Sound Advice + Composition

A valuable supplement to Sound Advice theory and ear-training, students will balance their studies in music theory and ear-training with creative applications in the Composition.

Jan 19-Jun 1 | 16 x 1 hour classes | $336

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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Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Classes

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

Courses are designed to cover two levels per year but this varies depending on the level of the students. Students will be prepared to write the higher-level RCM instrumental or vocal examination during the May session. Prerequisite: the previous theory level or equivalent. Contact the Coordinator for full details.

Sound Advice Theory & Ear Traning
Full Year: Week of Sep 9 - May 9/30 • $672* • Downtown and Westhills
To be arranged by the Coordinator

Theory Level 4/5
Full Year: Sep 10 - May 5 • $651 • Westhills
Tue • 5:00 - 6:00pm

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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