Music Programs

French Song Project

COURSE DESCRIPTION The French Song Project is a performance course for pianists and singers, aged 30 or older, who would like to improve their interpretive, collaborative, and performance skills as part of an intensive exploration leading to performance. Taught over a series of weekend afternoons, the course is run at the Victoria Conservatory of Music […]

Course dates: March 28 - May 30, 2020
Student concerts: June 5, 6, 7, 2020
Faculty concert: June 13, 2020

Kathryn Whitney

Canadian/British singer Dr Kathryn Whitney was raised on Vancouver Island and now divides her time between Britain and Canada. A versatile musician whose work combines concert and recital performance with a wide range of collaborative research, educational and other projects, she is a lyric mezzo-soprano with an “impressively wide dynamic range” (Oxford Times) and a “special gift” for interpreting text (Nanaimo News) whose singing has been described as “meaty”, “prophetic” (Oxford Times) and “very touching” (Sir John Eliot Gardiner). Kathryn is a freelance performer, teacher, researcher, and solo and choral clinician. She is currently an Associate Fellow at the Institute (…)


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.


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 (…)


Alex Chen

Alex Chen is a collaborative pianist and vocal coach whose personal approach and intellectual curiosity bring fresh perspectives on a diverse body of musical works. In the words of mentor John Hess, he is “an immensely musical and sensitive player” with “a deeply inquisitive mind”. Alex has an MMus from the University of Western Ontario […]


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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. Students will receive a 1-hour coaching and 30-minute masterclass each week, with the opportunity to perform in masterclass with their ensemble at least once per session, and final […]

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm | $125/session | 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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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.

Sep 11, 2019 to May 6, 2020
Each Wed 7:15am to 8:15am
Except:
Wed, Dec 25, 2019
Wed, Jan 1, 2020
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

32 weeks | $672.00

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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Music Technology Workshops

New series of workshop modules for beginners starting week of April 29! See below for details. The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) is proud to present, through the School of Music Technology and Creativity, a new series of Introductory Workshops that focus on being creative with Music Technology.  All workshops consist of 6 90-minute classes […]

Create a Professional Music Score using Sibelius:
Starts Monday February 25 | Weekly classes from 6 – 7:30 pm | No class March 18 and 25
6 90-minute classes: $126

Write Songs using Logic Pro:
Starts Tuesday February 26 | Weekly classes from 4:00 – 5:30 pm | No class March 19 and 26
6 90-minute classes: $126

Let's Make Beats:
Starts Thursday February 28 | Weekly classes from 7 – 8:30 pm | No class March 21 and 28
6 90-minute classes: $126 

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 (…)


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. […]


Danuel Tate

Danuel Tate is a keyboard player and composer of electronic music. He has been writing electronic music for the past 18 years, and his work with the group “Cobblestone Jazz” has given him international acclaim. He has performed extensively at many of the world’s largest music festivals, including three times at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In between touring he teaches piano to a range of students. Trained as a jazz pianist, improvising is a large component of his lesson set. He prefers to teach the fundamentals of music theory aurally, and then progresses to reading and writing. Danuel […]


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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 […]

Term 1: Oct 9 - Jan 22 • $222.5
Term 2: Jan 29 - Jun 3 • $254

Wed • 6:15 - 7:30pm • Westhills

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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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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Adult Introductory String Orchestra

Meet other musicians and play simple Baroque and Classical works in a friendly, encouraging atmosphere. The Introductory Adult String Orchestra will help you improve your sight reading skills, and help you to enjoy playing in harmony. This class is open to people who are taking lessons and striving to improve on violin, viola, cello or bass.

Session 1: Sep 17 - Dec 3 • $215
Session 2: Jan 21 - Mar 10 • $131
Session 3: Mar 24 - May 12 • $131
Tue • 8:00 - 9:00pm • 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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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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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
Downtown

Dates and times to be confirmed by instructor. Contact: donkinyt@gmail.com

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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VCM Combo

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)

Combo #1: Sep 9 - Jun 8 • Mon • 4:00-6:00pm
Combo #2: Sep 3 - Jun 9 • Tue • 4:00-6:00pm
Combo #3: Sep 9 - Jun 8 • Mon • 2:00-4:00pm
Three terms beginning in September, January, and April • $465/term
Downtown

Placement by audition. Please contact the VCM front desk to be put in contact with the instructor.

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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