VCM Summer Intensive Programs

2021 SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAMS

Choose from full- and half-day programs, ensembles, classes, and more!
Whether you are a curious beginner, preparing for auditions or exams, or simply looking for a fun and creative way to liven up your summer, there truly is something for everyone.


Vocal: Advanced Singers Course | June 11-June 22 2021 | IN PERSON | Applications now open!
Strings: Junior, Intermediate & Senior Programs | June 28-July 9 2021 | IN PERSON | Registration now open!
Strings: Re-Boot Camp | August 30-September 3 2021 | IN PERSON | Re-Boot Camp registration now open!
Theory | July 4-August 4 2021 | ONLINE | Click here for more information!
Baroque for Instrumentalists | July 12-17 2021 | IN PERSON | Applications now open!
Music Therapy Summer Camp | August 2-6 (Westhills) and August 9-13 (Downtown) | Registration will open May 24, 2021.
Choral | August 16-21 2021 | IN PERSON | Applications now open!
Guitar | August 17-21 2021 | ONLINE  | Registration now open!
Piano | Dates TBC


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Some bursary assistance will be available. Applicants must comply with all deadlines and requirements. Late applicants will not be considered for financial assistance.

Note: Online registration requires payment in full. Those who wish to attend the program but are awaiting the results of their bursary application should register by phone (250.386.5311) or in person.

Bursary application available here.


REFUND POLICY

Program viability is based upon minimum enrollment. As such, there are no refunds available after the registration deadline (in most cases, four weeks prior to the program start date), except in cases of injury or illness (for which a Doctor’s note is required), or other exceptional circumstance, such as family re-location.

Prior to the registration deadline, tuition may be refunded, pending the approval of the Artistic Director. Application and transaction fees are non-refundable. Withdrawal requests must be made in writing to the VCM Registrar’s Office. Requests made after the completion of a given program will not be considered.

ADVANCED SINGERS COURSE
June 11-22, 2021 | IN PERSON

COVID-19 Update: In person program for BC-residents to take place June 11-22, 2021 following BC public health guidelines. Application deadline: May 1, 2021. Please see below for more information, as well as a Health and Safety Statement.



LOCATION

All instruction will take place in the person at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (900 Johnson Street, Victoria BC).


FACULTY

Nancy Argenta*, Soprano
Ingrid Attrot*, Soprano
Anne Grimm, Soprano
Benjamin Butterfield, Tenor
Robert Holliston, Pianist/Coach
Kimberley-Ann Bartczak, Pianist/Coach

*Co-Artistic Directors


PROGRAMS

Advanced Singers Course | $950.00 ($700 with scholarship*)
Plus non-refundable application fee: $30 and $2.25 transaction fee.

This intensive workshop is designed for advanced singers, and is open to professional singers, advanced students, teachers, and amateurs. The course will consist of private lessons, masterclasses, coachings and workshops. Participants are also encouraged to take part in a final performance at the end of the course.

This year, our course focuses on the individual singer, so participants may bring any repertoire they wish, from any era (Baroque to avant garde), including song, oratorio and opera. Lessons, masterclasses, coachings and workshops are scheduled between 10:00am - 1:00pm and 2:30 - 5:30 pm daily except for Sunday, June 13 and 20 (free days).

The faculty brings a unique and broad range of skills, and will work with singers to the highest standard in repertoire, technique, performance and presence. Workshops held throughout the course will explore topics such as interpretation, style, physical awareness, reducing anxiety and achieving empowered performances.

Acceptance is limited to 15 participants; early application is advised. Acceptance is by interview/audition. Application deadline: May 1, 2021.

Please note that this program is open to B.C. residents only, as it is an ‘in person’ course. If, due to COVID regulations, we are obliged to move to online instruction, it might be possible to accept some non B.C. residents, space permitting. If you are NOT a B.C. resident but would like to be considered in this case, please be in touch with the Artistic Directors or Summer Intensives Program Coordinator Kelsey Gilker (gilker@vcm.bc.ca).

*The 2021 Summer Intensive Vocal Program is made possible through the generous support of the Prof. Stephen and Dr. Jacquelyn Peitchinis Scholarship. A portion of the funding allows us to offer scholarship assistance to all students who are accepted into the program in the amount of $250. Scholarship recipients are still eligible to receive bursary funding (by separate application).


CONCERTS

Our final concert is planned for June 22, 2021 in the Alix Goolden Performance Hall.


HEALTH & SAFETY STATEMENT

Students’ health and safety is our top priority. This program follows all the current BC government COVID-19 safety protocols. All the lessons and classes will take place in the spacious Alix Goolden Performance Hall, Wood Hall, Metro Theater, and classrooms deemed appropriate for vocals. Click here for the VCM’s Downtown Safety Plan.


BURSARY ASSISTANCE

There is some bursary assistance available. For more information and the application form, please click here.


August 16-21, 2021 | IN PERSON


The Summer Choral Intensive Program is a unique opportunity to participate in a mixed-voice chamber choir to prepare and perform a cappella and accompanied choral repertoire. Working with Conductor, Brian Wismath, singers will participate in daily rehearsals (in either a daytime or evening choir), increase choral singing skills, and learn about music in a fun and engaging environment. All singers are welcome but it is strongly recommended that participants have previous singing experience, ideally in a choral setting. Repertoire will include both standard and lesser known works from the last 250 years.

Due to COVID-19 a limited number of participants will be accepted – please apply early. Please see below for our Health and Safety Statement.


LOCATION

All programs will take place onsite at the VCM (900 Johnson Street)


FACULTY

Brian Wismath, Artistic Director & Conductor
Wendy Stofer, Accompanist


PROGRAMS

Daytime Choir | $350 (including score package) | Apply below
Monday-Friday, August 16-20
10:30am-12pm, 1pm-2pm (break from 12pm-1pm)
Saturday, August 21
10am-11:30am – dress rehearsal
4:30pm-5:30pm – concert (likely via ZOOM)

Evening Choir | $350 (including score package) | Apply below
Monday-Friday, August 16-20
5:30pm-7pm, 8pm-9pm (break from 7pm-8pm)
*no rehearsal Friday, August 20 from 8pm-9pm
Saturday, August 21
12:30pm-3pm – final rehearsal and dress rehearsal
7pm-8pm – concert (likely via ZOOM)

Audit | $100 (including score package) | Register here: Daytime Choir | Evening Choir
Either the daytime or evening choirs can be audited. Auditors are invited to observe all rehearsals but will not participate as singers.


APPLICATION FORM

  • Thank you for your interest in the Summer Choral Intensive! All applicants will be notified by July 15, 2021. Successful applicants will then be asked to pay program fees by July 20, 2021. Please note, once you hit the ‘Submit’ button, you will be transferred back to the main Summer Intensive landing page.

HEALTH & SAFETY STATEMENT

The VCM is able to offer this course under the guidelines that apply to educational institutions as provided by the Government of BC. Singers will be physically distanced in the spacious Alix Goolden Hall by a minimum of 6 feet and will wear masks at all times. There will be a minimum 1 hour break between each group of singers to allow for sanitization of chairs and for air circulation. The final concert will most likely be performed to a virtual audience via ZOOM or similar. Please click here the VCM’s Downtown COVID-19 Safety Plan.


THE FINE PRINT

Applications Deadline: July 1, 2021
All applicants will be notified by July 15, 2021. Successful applicants will then be asked to pay program fees by July 20, 2021.

Please note: all fees must be paid in full by July 20, 2021, excluding those waiting on the result of their bursary application.

Online registration requires payment in full. Those awaiting acceptance (where applicable) or the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register:  250-386-5311 | info@vcm.bc.ca

Please note: after July 1, 2021, dependent on space being available, applicants will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Transaction Fees:

There is a $2.25 transaction fee on all registrations.

PIANO
Dates TBC


Registration coming soon!


 


June 28-July 9, 2021 | Re-Boot August 30-September 3, 2021 | IN PERSON

FEATURING NEW JUNIOR STRINGS PROGRAM AT ST. MARGARET’S SCHOOL!


COVID-19 Update: We are happy to announce that while following social distancing regulations that were so successful in the summer of 2020, we will be going ahead with the VCM Summer Strings Intensive (SSI) from June 28 to July 9, and Re-Boot Camp August 30-September 3. Please review the VCM Downtown COVID-19 Safety Plan here. Registration deadline for the first two weeks of VCM SSI is May 14, 2021; Re-Boot Camp deadline is August 2, 2021.


The VCM Summer Strings Intensive brings together young violinists, violists, and cellists in an exciting, immersive one, two, or three week program. The weeks are tailored for all levels of student string players, from the absolute beginner and the novice in the Junior program to intermediate and advanced students in the Intermediate & Senior Intensive. The programs will have an emphasis on both the development of technique, and the cultivation of musicianship and artistry. Through VCM SSI, students can expect to significantly improve their overall level of playing!

A Note from the Artistic Director

After over a year of pandemic living, months of boredom and isolation, it is a great pleasure to plan to make music together again at the VCM Summer Strings Intensive. We made some important changes to ensure that both Senior and Junior SSI would run safely when we ran the program late last summer. The VCM SSI strictly followed the cleaning, spacing, and masking guidelines set by the VCM and the BC ministry of Health, and had zero cases of COVID exposure in the summer of 2020. We will follow the same procedure for the summer of 2021 (June 28 – July 9 and August 30 – September 3). This year’s Intensive will be only available for residents of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, and will feature our very own local faculty. We will focus on chamber music, solo performance, and string technique. Like last summer, we will again be the only VCM Summer Intensive running on the downtown campus during our dates, so we will have the luxury of ample space to make music together whilst still adhering to distancing measures. I am looking forward to a wonderful few weeks of in person learning, and live music! If Ministry of Health guidelines allow, we anticipate to two concerts each week: solo performances on day 4, and chamber music and a chamber orchestra on day 5 of each week, with an invited audience of student’s family members.

Best, Simon M.


LOCATION

  • Intermediate & Senior programs will take place onsite at the VCM (900 Johnson Street).
  • NEW! Junior programs will take place at St. Margaret’s School (1080 Lucas Avenue), with the final performance day at the VCM (900 Johnson Street) in Alix Goolden Performance Hall.

FACULTY

Intermediate & Senior Programs:
Simon MacDonald, Artistic Director, Violin, Viola
Müge Büyükçelen, Violin, Viola (Week 1)
Kathryn Ranger, Violin (Week 2)
Brian Yoon, Cello (Week 1)
Paula Kiffner, Cello (Week 2)
Raya Fridman, Violin (Week 1)
Carol MacIsaac, Violin, Viola (Week 2)
Robert Holliston, Pianist
Jennifer Mitchell, Pianist

Juniors Programs:
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, Junior Program Coordinator

Faculty are subject to change.


INTERMEDIATE & SENIOR PROGRAMS

  • 1 week (June 28-July 3, no program July 1, or July 5-9) $464 
  • 2 weeks (June 28-July 9, no program July 1 or 4) $854 

Intermediate & Senior Strings participants will take part daily in technique classes, masterclasses, and chamber music. They will also receive a minimum of three individual lessons and two coaching sessions with a professional pianist. Registrants must submit a repertoire list of recently studied and/or performed solo, chamber and orchestral works. Intermediate & Senior Strings students should arrive with one solo work that is prepared, and one that is a “work in progress”. PDFs of chamber music and orchestral repertoire will be sent a few weeks before the beginning of the Intensive.

Senior Strings – “Re-Boot Camp”

  • 1 week (August 30 to September 3) $383 

This unique end of summer program caters to the serious string student who may have spent the summer tree planting, or serving coffee, or driving Pedi-cabs, and now need a reboot for the academic year. This program will also appeal to the serious string student who spent the summer playing in orchestral or chamber music festivals, but was not practicing their solo repertoire or technique.

Re-Boot Camp features:

  • Technique classes that cover all scales and arpeggios, 2, 3 and 4 octaves, and all double stop scales
  • Etude classes
  • Excerpt classes
  • Lessons on repertoire
  • A mock audition for the GVYO or your university orchestra

Participants will have individual lessons, group technique classes, performance opportunities at the end of the week, and most importantly, time and space to practice.

HOW TO REGISTER

There are two steps to the registration process for the Intermediate & Senior Programs:

  1. Please record and submit a brief example of the student playing their instrument; a recording of a piece and scale they are currently working on, taken by cell-phone video, and uploaded to YouTube or attached directly to an email to gilker@vcm.bc.ca. This is not an entrance audition; the recording will be used to place students in chamber ensembles suitable to age and ability.
    * if you are a returning student, or a current student of a listed VCM SSI faculty, in lieu of a Video/YouTube submission, please let us know the solo and chamber music repertoire on which you are currently working, and who your teacher is. You will be prompted to answer these questions during the next step. Please do not send a separate email.
  2. Register online by clicking the button below, or phone in at 250-386-5311. Online registration requires payment in full. Those awaiting the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register.

 

 


JUNIOR PROGRAMS

New FULL DAY Junior Strings camp will be held from 9am to 4pm daily on the beautiful campus of St. Margaret’s School. This collaboration between the Victoria Conservatory of Music and education partner St. Margaret’s School will give students days filled with music, art, exploration and outdoor fun! Junior Strings will have three individualized streams of learning! All levels have lots of outdoor time for sports, games and fun. The last day of each week will run from 9am-1pm at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, ending with a final concert in the beautiful Alix Goolden Performance Hall.

  • 1 week (June 28-July 3, no program July 1, or July 5-9) $420
  • 2 weeks (June 28-July 9, no program July 1 or 4) $799

1. NEW! Beginners Stream

  • Introduction to violin or cello for new beginners (age 5-7). Students will be introduced to basic skills on their instruments and take part in rhythm and ear training games as well as a group composition.
  • Beginner intensive (age 8-12) offers a great jump start to violin, viola or cello for students entering a school strings program who want to learn the basics of set up and playing. Focus will be on technique, music reading and basic theory. Students with no previous experience will be divided by age. All beginners will perform as part of the final concert in Alix Goolden Hall at the end of the week.

2. Music Readers Stream

  • This group introduces students with some previous experience on their instruments to chamber music skills such as reading music, clapping rhythms, using the metronome and playing music in two or three parts. Music parts will be introduced and learned in class at camp.  No advance preparation is necessary.

3. Chamber Players Stream

  • This group is for students with previous chamber music or orchestra experience. Students will be assigned parts in advance to prepare at home. Focus will be on chamber music and ensemble skills. Repertoire will be more challenging and assigned in advance for preparation in advance. Minimum level grade 3 RCM. Please note that a video of a current piece and scales will be required as part of the registration for the Chamber Players level. Please send video or video link (YouTube/Dropbox/etc.) to Summer Intensive Coordinator Kelsey Gilker: gilker@vcm.bc.ca


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: May 14, 2021
Re-Boot Camp deadline: August 2, 2021

Please note: all fees must be paid in full by the registration deadline (excluding those waiting on the result  of their bursary application).

Online registration requires payment in full. Those awaiting acceptance (where applicable) or the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register:  250-386-5311 | info@vcm.bc.ca

Non-Refundable Application + Transaction Fees:

  •  $30 non-refundable application fee

Please note: after May 31, 2021 (or August 2 for Re-Boot Camp), dependent on space being available, applicants will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
There is a $2.25 transaction fee on all registrations.

Orientation + Schedule Information:

There will be a short orientation for Intermediate & Senior students on Monday of each week. Further details will be sent to participants by email prior to Intensive start date.


August 17-21, 2021 | ONLINE

 

 

 


The Summer Intensive Guitar Program (SI-G) invites guitar lovers of all ages and abilities* to explore the art of the classical guitar with VCM faculty and international guests. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced players will find engaging activities including individual lessons, technique sessions and masterclasses. SI-G 2021 is a relaxed, focused and encouraging learning environment where you may expand and refine your guitar skills with some of Canada’s top guitar performers and international guests. This year we are delighted to welcome Maestro Pepe Romero who will join faculty Randy Pile in a duo concert, and Drew Henderson, one of Canada’s most recognized virtuosos, in a full program presented by the Victoria Guitar Society.

*At least one year of guitar study is recommended. Age minimum: 12 years.


LOCATION

All programs will take place online.


FACULTY and GUESTS

Dr. Alexander Dunn, Artistic Director
Dr. Stephen Lochbaum
Dr. Randy Pile
Dr. Anna Pietrzak

Distinguished Guest Artist – Maestro Pepe Romero
Victoria Guitar Society Guest Artist – Drew Henderson


PROGRAMS

Full Course | August 17-21 | $225.00

  • All classes and concerts will be delivered on the Zoom platform (see schedule below). Links will be provided to participants.
  • Includes technique warm-up, individual lessons, masterclasses, and all concerts.


CONCERTS

Virtual Guest Recital:
Pepe Romero and Randy Pile
Tuesday, August 17 | 7:00-8:00pm

Virtual Faculty Recital:
Alexander Dunn
Wednesday, August 18 | 7:00-8:00pm

Virtual Faculty Recital:
Anna Pietrzak
Thursday, August 19 | 7:00-8:00pm

Virtual Faculty Recital:
Stephen Lochbaum
Friday, August 20 | 7:00-8:00pm

Virtual Guest Recital:
Victoria Guitar Society presents Drew Henderson
Saturday, August 21 | 7:00pm-9:00pm


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: July 15, 2021

Please note: all fees must be paid in full by the registration deadline (excluding those waiting on the result of their bursary application).

Online registration requires payment in full. Those awaiting acceptance (where applicable) or the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register:  250-386-5311 | info@vcm.bc.ca

Please note: after July 15 , dependent on space being available, applicants will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Transaction Fees:

There is a $2.25 transaction fee on all registrations.

July 12-17, 2021 | IN PERSON

COVID-19 Update: In-person program for BC-residents to take place July 12-17, following BC public health guidelines. Application deadline: March 31, 2021. Please see below for more information, as well as a Health and Safety Statement.

 

 

 

This course is presented with the support of Victoria Baroque and Early Music Vancouver


An intensive training program in period instrument performance, led by members of the Victoria Baroque and Pacific Baroque Orchestra. This course is for players already experienced in baroque instruments, as well as those with no prior experience. The program welcomes music students, professional musicians, and advanced amateurs. Instruction is available for strings, woodwinds, and harpsichord. Ensembles are formed according to the students’ level and prior experience.

The Baroque for Instrumentalists program is an exciting opportunity to immerse oneself in baroque instrument performance, and develop one’s technical and stylistic understanding and ensemble skills in a focused and friendly environment. The course offers a generous amount of one-to-one instruction, small group and ensemble coaching by leading West Coast early music specialists.

This course includes:

  • Ensembles and chamber music
  • Private and group lessons
  • Lectures
  • Masterclasses
  • In-house performance opportunities

LOCATION

All programs will take place onsite at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (900 Johnson Street).


FACULTY

Soile Stratkauskas, Artistic Director
Chloe Meyers; violin
Christi Meyers; violin
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith; violin
Mieka Michaux; viola
Martin Bonham; cello, viol
Christina Mahler; cello
Christina Hutten; harpsichord
Soile Stratkauskas; flute
Katrina Russell; bassoon

Guest Faculty:
Curtis Foster (online only); oboe and recorder


PROGRAMS

Mainstream  | $505 + $30 application fee*
Parallel Stream: Amateur Workshop | $425 + $30 application fee*

*The course fees only cover c.60% of this Program; through the generous support of the Victoria Baroque and Early Music Vancouver the fees are kept as low as possible to make this course affordable to all students.


MAINSTREAM PROGRAM

Application deadline: March 31, 2021
All applicants will be notified by April 15, 2021.
(Students may be accepted after the application deadline if spaces are still available)

Program start: Monday July 12, 1pm
Program end: Saturday July 19, 5pm
Classes run daily 9am-5:30pm (Individual schedules may start later or finish earlier)

The number of participants is limited to 32.

Harpsichordists: keyboard players will be playing basso continuo parts in ensembles, and exploring solo repertoire in lessons and group classes. Keyboard students are not required to have prior experience on harpsichord or with basso continuo playing, but are expected to have solid understanding of keyboard harmony and proficient keyboard technique.

Students under 18: the programme includes designated ensembles for middle and high school aged students. Minimum level grade 6 RCM or equivalent.

INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Strings:
Baroque instruments are encouraged but not required. Those using modern instruments will need baroque bows, gut strings on the top two strings, and to tune to A=415.

Flutes, oboes, recorders, bassoons:
Baroque instruments are required and must be pitched at A=415.

There are some baroque instruments and bows available for loan.
For inquiries about instruments and gut strings, email: victoria-baroque@shaw.ca

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Application form.
  • 3-5 minutes of unedited audio or video recording of music written between 1600 and 1780 played on either modern or a baroque instrument. Accompaniment is not required. You can email the file with your application, or provide a weblink (e.g. youtube).
    In addition to helping faculty to make sure this programme is a good fit for you, the recordings will help the faculty to place students in ensembles. Outstanding applicants may be offered solo roles in concerto repertoire.

PARALLEL STREAM: AMATEUR WORKSHOP

New this year is an option for adult instrumentalists who want to learn but may not want to participate fully in the intensive programme. An audition will not be required of these participants. Students will enjoy a daily ensemble session coached by faculty members, learn about Early Music performance practice and make music together without necessarily preparing a final performance. Students will also receive one-on-one tuition, group lessons, attend lectures and may audit masterclasses and other ensemble sessions.

Course dates, times, faculty, instrument requirements, and application deadline for the Amateur Workshop are the same as listed above for the main course.

The participants in this stream are limited to 8 participants and must be minimum of 18 years or older.


HEALTH AND SAFETY STATEMENT

Students’ health and safety is our top priority. The program follows all the current BC government COVID-19 safety protocols. All the lessons and classes will take place in the spacious Alix Goolden Performance Hall, Wood Hall, Metro Theater, and large classrooms allowing for distancing of the minimum of 2 metres between the participants. Masks are required in all common areas, lessons, classes and ensembles (except when playing a wind instrument). In the unlikely event that the program is cancelled due to changes in the government recommendations or other unprecedented factors, tuition fees will be refunded in full. Please click here for VCM’s Downtown COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Due to the BC government’s recommendation against inter-provincial and international travel, this year’s programme is only available for participants currently residing in BC.


BURSARY ASSISTANCE

Some bursary assistance will be available. Applicants must comply with all deadlines and requirements. Late applicants will not be considered for financial assistance.

Bursary application deadline: March 31, 2021.

Bursary application available here.


THE FINE PRINT

Transaction Fees:
There is a $2.25 transaction fee on all registrations.


 


July 5-August 4, 2021 | ONLINE

COVID-19 Update: Most classes are going ahead online! Contact soundadvice@telus.net for more information.


FACULTY

Crystal Wiksyk, Artistc Director – soundadvice@telus.net
Daniel Brandes
Anna Cal
Rachel Hill
Christine Donkin
Nicholas Fairbank
Robert Holliston


PROGRAMS

Prior to registering, please contact the Artistic Director (soundadvice@telus.net) with any questions and to be placed in the appropriate class.

We offer classes, and individual lessons for all ages and all levels of Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training (Levels 1 – 8), Composition Clubs, Sight-Singing, and Music History classes. Individual lessons are available for Rudiments, Harmony & Counterpoint, Keyboard Harmony, and Composition.

New this summer! In person Sight-Singing for Choristers with Nicholas Fairbank!

Composition ClubsSound Advice Theory &
Ear-Training Classes
Sound Advice for AdultsSight-Singing for
Choristers
History ClassesExamination InformationHarmony and CounterpointIndividual Lessons

COMPOSITION WITH CHRISTINE DONKIN – All theory classes and individual lessons will be held online.

Composer Christine Donkin will be offering Composition Clubs again this summer! Christine is an educator as well as a composer, working with students and teachers across the country to encourage musical creativity and versatility at all levels of development.

See her full bio here: www.christinedonkin.com

Composition Clubs are classes in which music students learn what it is like to be a composer.

The Clubs focus on:

  • process and product in equal measure – as well as learning how to compose music, students cultivate cognate skills such as open-minded listening and creative thinking;
  • collaboration rather than competition – with an emphasis on teamwork, and all participants contributing as they are able;
  • education through experience – students’ understanding of the composition process expands through level-appropriate challenges as well as teacher demonstration;
  • connections and communities – students compose music that is performed locally or farther afield.

Composition Clubs
Class dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
Monday-Friday, 5 x 2hr sessions | $210.00
This camp is designed for students with a solid theoretical background (pre-requisite Level 5) who have an interest in composition. Students will meet for 2 hours per day from Monday to Friday to work on group compositions as well as individual projects. The group composition will be premiered by students or professional musicians in the following academic year. Contact instructor for placement prior to registering:  soundadvice@telus.net.

Check this out – Composition Club in action!
The following work was composed by Composition Club students at the VCM, for students in the VCM Collegium program, spearheaded by Canadian composer and VCM faculty Christine Donkin. Performed by de la Haye Trio: Maï, viola  |  Camilo, clarinet  |  Keisha, piano | Coach: Patricia Kostek | Video editor: Karl McKay
Yāna (यान) – Journey, VCM Composition Club: Anders, Atticus, Houtian, Jian, Samuel


Individual Composition Lessons
Individual theory/composition lessons are available with Christine!


SOUND ADVICE THEORY AND EAR-TRAINING CLASSESAll theory classes and individual lessons will be held online.

Christine Donkin, Crystal Wiksyk and Rachel Hill

Sound Advice theory and ear-training classes are designed to encourage students to relate theoretical concepts to the actual sound of the music. Music listening, history and musical style is an integral part of our theory classes and students and melody writing and composition are introduced at every level.

Our classes offer an innovative and fun approach to integrating ear training and theory into music study. Students gain an enriched understanding and appreciation of music that will last a lifetime!

The Sound Advice program prepares students for the theory co-requisites for instrumental and vocal examinations, high school credits, and postsecondary theory placement but the main reason to study Sound Advice is to become a well-rounded musician.

Please contact the theory coordinator regarding placement before registering for classes. Classes and individual lessons can often be arranged to suit the student’s needs. If you are planning to write an RCM examination in August, confirm your placement in a class before registering for an examination.

See Examination Details

Field trip to our Alix Goolden Hall to learn about the organ!

Sound Advice for Beginners (Levels 1A or Level 1B) (parents welcome)
Class dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
2 hrs/day for 1 week | $210.00 per weekly session
Using material from the Sound Advice program, students learn to read music and/or improve their reading and aural skills, laying the foundation for further studies of any instrument and enriching early music studies. Topics include ear-training and listening to and learning about various instruments and compositions. These classes provide an excellent foundation for future or current instrumental studies and enrich early music training. Parents are encouraged to participate and often enjoy the classes as much as their children! The Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training book is included for both sessions.

Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Levels 2, 3 or 4
Two week sessions in July
Class dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
10 x 2hr sessions | $420.00
Students continue to build their theory & ear-training skills and apply them to pieces they are learning to sing or play by learning to compose their own music.
Prerequisite: Previous level or equivalent music study
Required text: Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Levels 2, 3 or 4 (2nd Editions)

Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training – Level 5
Class dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
10 x 2hr sessions | $420.00
Level 4 covers the theory & ear-training requirements for Grade 5 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite, Theory 4 or equivalent.
Required text and sound files: Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Level 5 (2nd Edition)

Sound Advice Theory and Ear-Training – Level 6
Class dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
10 x 2hr sessions | $420.00
Level 6 covers the theory & ear-training requirements for RCM Grade 6 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite, Theory 5 or equivalent.
Required text and sound files: Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Level 6 (2nd Edition)

Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training – Level 7
Class dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
10 x 2hr sessions | $420.00
Level 7 covers the theory & ear-training requirements for Grade 7 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite, Theory 6 or equivalent
Required text and sound files: Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Level 7 (2nd Edition)

Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training – Level 8
Class dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
10 x 2.5hr sessions | $525.00
Level 8 covers the theory & ear-training requirements for Grade 8 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite, Theory 7 or equivalent. Students in this class will be writing the RCM grade 8 theory examination and must confirm registration in the class prior to registering for the examination.
Required text and sound files: Sound Advice Level 8 Theory and Ear-Training (2nd Edition)

Sound Advice for Adults
Class dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
Sound Advice for Adults Level One (Beginner):
(Mon – Fri) 5 x 2hr sessions | $210.00
Sound Advice for adults Level Four (Experienced):
(Mon – Fri) 5 x 2 hr sessions | $210.00

Using material from the Sound Advice program, students learn to read music and/or improve their reading and aural skills, laying the foundation for further studies and enriching early music studies. These classes provide an excellent foundation for future or current instrumental studies and enrich early music training. The courses are designed to make all of your musical involvements more enjoyable, as your increased knowledge provides new levels of understanding and musical independence.

Two levels are offered to accommodate varying levels of backgrounds. Contact the Artistic Director to be placed in the appropriate level and arrange schedules.


SIGHT-SINGING FOR CHORISTERSthis class will be in-person!

Sight-Singing for Choristers
Instructor: Nicholas Fairbank
July 6-29 | Tues & Thurs | 7:30pm-9pm | $206.40
Register Here!

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 at sight from written scores, using repertoire from all periods and all styles.

Nicholas Fairbank has been teaching music theory and training choirs for over 40 years. He currently conducts three Victoria choirs and has a wide musical experience as both a teacher and a performer.


HISTORY CLASSESHistory classes will be online!

Do students love Robert’s classes? Students in this Camosun History class showed up in “Robert” tee-shirts for his birthday 🙂

Instructor: Robert Holliston
Robert Holliston is the head of keyboard and the lead History Teacher at the VCM. Through his unique teaching style and true passion for each topic, Robert brings each historical era to life. You won’t want to miss these very exciting classes!

Grade 9 History
July 4 – August 4
Class dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
30 hours of class time plus 2 hours of exam preparation (TBA) | $672.00
Robert will guide you through an overview of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras. This course covers the lives and musical contributions of a wide range of composers, the development of musical genres and forms, and representative works from each era are studied and discussed. Grade 9 History is a co-requisite for grade 9 instrumental and vocal examinations.

Grade 10 History
July 4 – August 4
Class dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
30 hours of class time plus 2 hours of exam preparation (TBA) | $672.00
History 2 concentrates on the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras with an emphasis on the development of musical genres and forms. You will hear the development of music through the centuries. History 10 is a co-requisite for grade 10 instrumental and vocal examinations.

ARCT History
Class dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
32 hours | $672.00
These classes are based on the music of the Romantic and Modern eras. North American composers and several contemporary performing artists are included in the curriculum. History 3 is a co-requisite for the A.R.C.T. in performance and pedagogy.


THEORY EXAMINATION INFORMATION

Royal Conservatory of Music History examinations (9, 10 and ARCT) need to be written to complete the requirements for the corresponding RCM instrumental/vocal level. Theory 8 is a co-requisite for grade 8 instrumental/vocal examinations and the Grade 8 Theory examination can be used to fulfill the theory requirements for lower instrumental/vocal levels. As long as you start your theory studies to correspond with your instrumental level it may not be necessary to write each theory examination depending on your circumstances. Your teacher can guide you. However, Grade 8 is a pre-requisite for higher levels of study and it is recommended that you write the Grade 8 theory examination upon completion of the course. If you are planning to write an RCM examination in August, confirm your placement in a class before registering for an examination.

Due to COVID-19, all August sessions of RCM theory examinations will be held online. Contact the Artistic Director for more information.


HARMONY & COUNTERPOINT

Introductory Harmony, Harmony 9, or Harmony & Counterpoint 10
Instructors: Crystal Wiksyk & Nicholas Fairbank
July 5-30
Lesson dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
Individual lessons are available on a limited basis. Topics include melody writing, harmonization in four parts, counterpoint, harmonic and structural analysis, modulation and form as required for RCM Level 9 or 10 Harmony and Counterpoint examinations.

Advanced Harmony and Counterpoint
Instructors: Nicholas Fairbank
Lesson dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
Individual lessons are available on a limited basis for all levels of Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition, Advanced Aural Skills and Sight-Singing.

Keyboard Harmony
Instructor: Anna Cal
Lesson dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
Senior piano faculty member, Anna Cal, is offering keyboard harmony lessons again this summer! Individual lessons are available.


INDIVIDUAL LESSONS

Individual lessons are available:

  • Theory and Ear-Training 1 – 8:
    $63/hr  – $73/hr
  • Composition: $63/hr-$83/hr
  • Harmony and Counterpoint 9 and 10: $73/hr-$83/hr
  • Keyboard Harmony: $83/hr
  • Advanced Harmony & Counterpoint: $83/hr

THE FINE PRINT

Transaction Fees:

There is a $2.25 transaction fee on all registrations.


 


August 2-6 (Westhills) and August 9-13 (Downtown) 


This camp is for children with special needs (e.g: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, etc.). Registration will open May 24, 2021.