VCM Summer Intensive Programs

2022 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.


Baroque | July 16-23, 2022 | IN PERSON | Registration closed.

Cabaret | August 8–13, 2022 | IN PERSON | Registration closed.

Choral | August 15–20, 2022 | IN PERSON | Registration closed.

Guitar | August 9–13, 2022 | IN PERSON | Registration closed.

Music Therapy Summer Camp | June 27 – July 1, 2022 (Nanaimo) | July 4–8, 2022 (Westhills) | July 11–15, 2022 (Victoria) | Registration closed.

Piano | July 25 – August 5, 2022 | IN PERSON | Registration closed.

Strings: Intermediate & Senior Programs | June 27 – July 8, 2022 | IN PERSON | Registration closed.

Strings: Junior Programs | June 27 – July 15, 2022 | IN PERSON | Registration closed.

Strings: Re-Boot Camp | August 29 – September 2, 2022 | IN PERSON | Registration closed.

Theory | July 4 – August 4, 2022 | ONLINE | Registration closed.

Vocal: Advanced Singers Course | Returning Summer 2023. Please note, the Baroque Intensive (July 16-23, 2022) will be offering instruction for career-track singers.

Winds & Brass | August 22 – 26, 2022 | IN PERSON | Registration closed.


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. Please be aware that bursaries cannot be applied retroactively.

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.

Deadlines:

Baroque: Apr 28, 2022 Cabaret: Jul 4, 2022 Choral: Jul 1, 2022 Guitar: Jul 4, 2022
Piano: Jun 6, 2022 Strings: May 15, 2022 Theory: Jun 1, 2022 Winds & Brass: Jun 1, 2022

Updated June 2, 2022


CONCERTS

Please view our events calendar for all Summer Intensive Program concerts.


SUPPORT OUR SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAMS!

Did you know?

You can donate Aeroplan miles! With your help we can bring visiting artists to Victoria from around the globe!

Thank you for your donation!


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.

JULY 16–23, 2022 | IN PERSON

Registration closed.


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

An intensive training program in baroque performance on period instruments. This course is for students 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, harpsichord, and voice. Ensembles are formed according to the students’ level and prior experience and students may work on solo repertoire in private lessons and masterclasses.

This program is an exciting opportunity to immerse oneself in baroque performance, and develop one’s technical and stylistic understanding and ensemble skills in a focused and friendly environment, led by leading early music specialists from the West Coast and beyond.

The Program includes:

  1. Ensembles and chamber music
  2. Private and group lessons
  3. Lectures
  4. Masterclasses
  5. Performance opportunities

NEW THIS YEAR:

  • BAROQUE FOR SINGERS: Career-track singers over the age of 18 are welcome to apply. Singers will receive private coaching and lessons, opportunities for singing in masterclasses and a vocal ensemble (one-per-part), and perform a solo aria with a baroque ensemble.
  • AUDITING: open to anyone for both instrumental and vocal streams. Access to masterclasses, group classes, student and faculty concerts, and ensemble rehearsals

FACULTY

Soile Stratkauskas, Artistic Director
Chloe Meyers; violin
Christi Meyers; violin
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith; violin
Mieka Michaux; viola
Martin Bonham; cello and viol
Christina Mahler; cello
Christina Hutten; harpsichord
Soile Stratkauskas; flute
Katrina Russell; bassoon
Curtis Foster; oboe and recorder
Marco Vitale; harpsichord and vocal coach
Vicki St Pierre; voice

Guest Faculty:
Suzie LeBlanc; voice


DATES

Program start: Saturday July 16 9.30am
Program end: Saturday July 23 5pm
Classes run daily 9am-5:30pm (Individual schedules may start later or finish earlier)


CONCERTS

Faculty Concert
Tuesday July 19, 7:30pm | Alix Goolden Performance Hall | Tickets on sale soon!

Small Ensemble Final Concert
Friday July 22, 5pm & 7:30pm | Alix Goolden Performance Hall | By donation

Large Ensemble Final Concert
Saturday July 23, 2:30pm | Alix Goolden Performance Hall | By donation


FEES

$675 + $30 application fee
Application deadline: extended to April 28, 2022.

Auditing only: $200
(No application process or fee. Registration by July 1st)


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: extended to April 28, 2022.

Bursary application available here.


LOCATION

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


INSTRUMENT-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

Students are expected to be competent at reading music, and technically proficient on their modern instrument, if no prior period instrument experience already.

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.

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, and we can assist with acquiring gut strings. For inquiries, please email: [email protected]

Instrumentalists under 18: The programme includes designated ensembles for middle and high school aged students. Minimum level grade 6 RCM or equivalent. Instrument requirements as described above.

Singers: Minimum age 18, must be enrolled in or have completed professional level vocal training.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Registration closed.


HEALTH & SAFETY STATEMENT

Students’ health and safety is our top priority. The program follows all the current BC government COVID-19 safety protocols. Please view our current VCM COVID-19 Policies here.

AUGUST 8–13, 2022 | IN PERSON

Registration closed.


This intensive workshop is designed for adult singers with an interest in cabaret performance and mid-20th century jazz and musical theatre. Some previous vocal training and performing experience would be an asset but is not compulsory. Adult pianists with an interest in collaborative work with singers and with some experience in art song, jazz and/or musical theatre are also welcome to join the class and will be paired with one or more singers.


LOCATION

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


FACULTY

Nancy Curry, Artistic Director
Louise Rose, Voice and Piano
Brenda Morie, Voice

Guest Artists:

Alison Greene, Acting/Performance Practice
Kim Greenwood, Voice
Bremner Duthie, Voice


PROGRAMS

Full Program – Vocal or Piano Stream | $625
Full Program – BOTH Vocal and Piano Streams | $685
Reduced Program – Piano Stream (No Acting Class) | $435
Plus non-refundable application fee: $30
Registration deadline: students are currently being accepted until further notice.

This course encompasses daily masterclasses, daily lessons with faculty, classes in acting & performance practice, and a performance to conclude the week. Pianists may opt out of the Acting & Performance Practice class for a reduced tuition rate. Alternatively, participants may join as both a vocalist and pianist. The week will also include a special performance by guest faculty and international cabaret artist Bremner Duthie.

Sessions run daily from 10:00am to 5:30pm, with breaks throughout the day, in the Wood Recital Hall. Performances include the VCM Cabaret performance on Saturday, Aug 13 in the Wood Recital Hall.

The stellar faculty brings a wealth of experience in a wide range of genres, from jazz and gospel to musical theatre, and will work with the singers individually and in masterclass to develop their confidence and polish their performance as singing actors. Pianists will work with at least one singer and receive coaching on creative collaboration, including arranging and improvisation.

The program is limited to 20 singers and 10 pianists; early registration is advised. Singers do not have to register with a pianist; a collaborative partner will be assigned. In the event of a lack of collaborative partners, a professional collaborative pianist will be provided. Repertoire suggestions will be sent out to participants in advance of the start of the program.


MASTERCLASS AUDIT

$45/each or all five for $200

#1 Vocal Technique in Cross-over, Jazz and Musical Theatre
Monday, August 8 from 1pm-4pm (break from 2:20pm-2:40pm)
Instructor: Kim Greenwood
#2 Jazz Style: Terms, Grooves, and Tasteful Improvisation
Tuesday, August 9 from 1pm-4pm (break from 2:20pm-2:40pm)
Instructor: Louise Rose
#3 Dramatic Integration: Embodying the Song
Wednesday, August 10 from 1pm-4pm (break from 2:20pm-2:40pm
Instructor: Bremner Duthie
#4 Staging the Song: Moment to Moment
Thursday, August 11 from 1pm-4pm (break from 2:20pm-2:40pm)
Instructor: Alison Greene
#5 Microphone Technique
Friday, August 12 from 1pm-4pm (break from 2:20pm-2:40pm)
Instructor: Brenda Morie

BURSARY ASSISTANCE

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


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: students are currently being accepted until further notice.

Please note: all fees must be paid in full by July 15, 2022, excluding those waiting on the result of their bursary application.

Online registration requires payment in full. Payment by credit card will incur a 2.75% convenience fee. If you do not wish to incur this fee, please contact our office for other payment methods: 250-386-5311 | [email protected]

Those awaiting acceptance (where applicable) or the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register:  250-386-5311 | [email protected]

Please note: after July 15, 2022, dependent on space being available, applicants will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM!

Did you know?

You can donate Aeroplan miles! With your support we are very grateful to have a guest faculty, Bremner Duthie, join us for this program.

Thank you for your donation!


HEALTH & SAFETY STATEMENT

Students’ health and safety is our top priority. The program follows all the current BC government COVID-19 safety protocols. Please view our current VCM COVID-19 Policies here.


AUGUST 15–20, 2022 | IN PERSON

Registration closed.


The Summer Choral Intensive Program is a unique opportunity to participate in a mixed-voice choral setting, increase singing skills, and learn about music in a concentrated and engaging manner. Singers will participate in daily rehearsals (in either a daytime or evening choir) culminating in a final performance of both a cappella and accompanied music and including local soloists. It is strongly recommended that participants have previous experience singing with sheet music.

Repertoire will include a variety of both standard and lesser known works by Johannes Brahms, Ēriks Ešenvalds, GF Handel, Karl Jenkins, Morten Lauridsen, Sarah Quartel, Jake Runestad, John Rutter, and others!


LOCATION

All rehearsals and performance will take place onsite at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall – VCM (900 Johnson Street)


FACULTY

Brian Wismath, Artistic Director & Conductor
Wendy Stofer, Accompanist


PROGRAMS

Daytime Choir | $350 (including score package) 
Monday-Friday, August 15-19
11:30am-12:30pm, 1:15pm-2:45pm (break from 12:30pm-1:15pm)
Saturday, August 20
11:30am-1pm – dress rehearsal
7pm – concert (6:30pm call time)

Evening Choir | $350 (including score package) 
Monday-Friday, August 15-19
5:30pm-6:30pm, 7:15pm-8:45pm (break from 6:30pm-7:15pm)
Saturday, August 20
12:30pm-2pm – dress rehearsal
7pm – concert (6:30pm call time)

Audit | $100 (including score package)
Either the daytime or evening choirs can be audited.


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: extended to July 1, 2022

Please note: all fees must be paid in full by July 1, 2022, excluding those waiting on the result of their bursary application.

Online registration requires payment in full. Payment by credit card will incur a 2.75% convenience fee. If you do not wish to incur this fee, please contact our office for other payment methods: 250-386-5311 | [email protected]

Those awaiting acceptance (where applicable) or the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register:  250-386-5311 | [email protected]

Please note: after July 1, 2022, dependent on space being available, applicants will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


HEALTH & SAFETY STATEMENT

Students’ health and safety is our top priority. This program follows all the current BC government COVID-19 safety protocols. Please view our current policies here:  VCM Covid-19 Policies

AUGUST 9–13, 2022 | IN PERSON

Registration closed.


This course is presented with the support of Victoria Guitar Society.

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 2022 is a relaxed, focused and encouraging learning environment where you may expand and refine your guitar skills with Canada’s emerging stars and international guests including Marvin Ren, Razvan Bezna, Simon Farintosh, and returning international artist Randy Pile. This year we are delighted to welcome acclaimed virtuoso Jacob Cordover in a special concert through the Victoria Guitar Society.

Students and parents are welcome to contact the Artistic Director Alex Dunn with any questions at [email protected].

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


LOCATION

Programs held on campus at the University of Victoria, School of Music, McLaurin Building


FACULTY & GUESTS

Dr. Alexander Dunn, Artistic Director
Razvan Bezna (Montreal)
Jacob Cordover (Australia/Spain)
Simon Farintosh (Toronto)
Dr. Randy Pile (San Diego)
Marvin Ren (New York)


PROGRAM DETAILS

Full Course | August 9-13 | $300

  • Includes technique warm-up, individual lessons, masterclasses, and concerts.

SCHEDULE


RECITALS

Faculty Recital:
Marvin Ren, Simon Farintosh, Razvan Bezna
(free to SI-G participants)
Outside participants by donation
Friday, August 12 | 7:00-8:00pm

Faculty Recital:
Victoria Guitar Society presents Jacob Cordover
(free to SI-G participants)
Saturday, August 13 | 7:00-8:00pm


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: July 4, 2022

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. Payment by credit card will incur a 2.75% convenience fee. If you do not wish to incur this fee, please contact our offices for other payment methods: 250-386-5311 | [email protected]

Those awaiting acceptance (where applicable) or the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register:  250-386-5311 | [email protected]

Please note: after July 4, dependent on space being available, applicants will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis.


SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM!

Did you know?

You can donate Aeroplan miles! With your support we are very grateful to have several visiting artists join us for this program.

Thank you for your donation!


HEALTH & SAFETY STATEMENT

Students’ health and safety is our top priority. This program follows all the current BC government COVID-19 safety protocols. Please view our current policies here:  VCM Covid-19 Policies


Registration closed.

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SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM!

Did you know?

You can donate Aeroplan miles! With your support we are very grateful to fly in one of our star Music Therapists who had moved back to Toronto. We are so grateful to be able to bring him out to BC this summer to run this amazing camp!

Thank you for your donation!

JULY 25–AUGUST 5, 2022 | IN PERSON

Registration closed.


VCM Summer Piano Intensive will be held at our downtown location and offer advanced students (recommended minimum RCM Level 9) the benefit of our experienced senior faculty.

Master classes, individual lessons, and special presentations will be given daily, with student, faculty, and guest artist performances in the beautiful Alix Goolden Performance Hall. Students will be assigned their own practice rooms (with grand pianos) for the duration of the course.


LOCATION

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


FACULTY

Robert Holliston, Artistic Director
Roger Buksa
Anna Cal
Edwin Gnandt

Ed LeBarron
Kathleen Solose


PROGRAM

Advanced Pianists Course (Ages 15+) | $699

Registration deadline: June 6, 2022

This intensive summer program is designed for advanced piano students (i.e. RCM Level 9 and above) ages 15 and up. This program is excellent for students preparing for ARCT, college and university programs, and competitions. Our highly accomplished faculty brings to the program a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, and above all a total dedication to the musical and pianistic advancement and welfare of their students.

Each student will receive two private lessons per week, perform in two masterclasses per week, and participate in the final concert. Each student will be assigned a practice room with a grand piano to use for the duration of the program. Students are expected to attend all masterclasses and recitals.

Please note there is no program auditing available at this time.

Early registration is advised as seats are limited. Please note a Zoom interview and/or audition may be required.


SCHEDULE


Schedule updated July 8, 2022.
Schedule is subject to change.


THE FINE PRINT

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. Payment by credit card will incur a 2.75% convenience fee. If you do not wish to incur this fee, please contact our office for other payment methods: 250-386-5311 | [email protected]

Those awaiting acceptance (where applicable) or the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register: 250-386-5311 | [email protected]


HEALTH & SAFETY STATEMENT

Students’ health and safety is our top priority. This program follows all the current BC government COVID-19 safety protocols. You can view our current policies here:  VCM Covid-19 Policies


CAMPUS WALK PROGRAM

The campus walk program offers a walking partner to accompany an individual from inside the VCM Downtown building to the passenger pick-up zone on Johnson St. Visit or call the VCM Front Desk at 250-812-5311, or if closed, phone the Custodian at 250-812-6134. After the call, wait for the walking partner inside the building at the location you specified.

  • Intermediate & Senior Programs | June 27–July 8, 2022 | IN PERSON
  • Junior Programs | June 27-July 15, 2022 | IN PERSON
  • Re-Boot Camp | August 29 – September 2, 2022 | IN PERSON 

Registration closed.


The VCM Summer Strings Intensive (SSI) 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!


PROGRAMS

 

Intermediate & Senior Programs

 

Junior Programs

LOCATION

  • Intermediate & Senior programs will take place onsite at the VCM (900 Johnson Street).
  • Junior programs will take place at University of Victoria campus June 27-July 8 + NEW Junior program at Brentwood College School in Mill Bay July 11-15!

FACULTY

Intermediate & Senior Programs:
Simon MacDonald, Artistic Director, Violin, Viola
Christian Robinson, Violin, Viola (Week 1)
Müge Büyükçelen, Violin (Week 2)
Guyonne Le Louarn, Viola (Week 1 and 2)
Amy Laing, Week 1
Brian Yoon, Cello (Week 2)
Carol MacIsaac, Violin, Viola (Week 1)
Raya Fridman, Violin (Week 2)
Robert Holliston, Pianist
Jennifer Mitchell, Pianist

Juniors Programs:
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, Junior Program Coordinator
Maria Wang, Cello

Faculty are subject to change.


INTERMEDIATE & SENIOR PROGRAMS

A Note from the Artistic Director

After over two years of pandemic living, including on again off again boredom and isolation, it is a great pleasure to plan to make music together at the VCM Summer Strings Intensive (SSI), where we will again focus on chamber music, solo performance, and string technique. We will have the luxury of ample space to make music together whilst still adhering to distancing measures, maintaining the important changes we adopted in 2020 and 2021. The VCM SSI will follow the vaccination, cleaning, spacing, and masking guidelines set by the VCM and the BC Ministry of Health. In 2020 and 2021 we had zero cases of COVID exposure at our Summer Strings Intensive, we will aim for the same record for 2022. If Ministry of Health guidelines allow, we anticipate two concerts each week: chamber music on day 4, and solo performances on day 5 of each week, with an invited audience of student’s family members. I am very much looking forward to seeing you, and hearing you, on June 27 – July 8 and August 29 – September 2.

Best, Simon M.

INTERMEDIATE & SENIOR PROGRAM
One or two week program, Victoria Conservatory of Music, 900 Johnson Street.
Program runs full day 9am-4:30pm. Ages 11+.

  • 1 week (June 27-July 2, no program July 1, or July 4-8) | $475 + $30 registration fee
  • 2 weeks (June 27-July 8, no program July 1 or 3) | $870 + $30 registration fee

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 will be sent a few weeks before the beginning of the Intensive.

SENIOR STRINGS – ‘RE-BOOT CAMP’
Victoria Conservatory of Music, 900 Johnson Street.
Program runs daily 9am-1pm, with the option to stay for unsupervised practise time from 1pm-4pm. Ages 11+.

  • 1 week (August 29 to September 2) | $390 + $30 registration fee

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 practising 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 practise.


JUNIOR PROGRAMS

“…when I started talking to Talia this week about summer camp, the first thing she said was ‘violin camp!’ She really loved her experience with you last summer.”

-Parent of Talia, Junior Strings Camp participant 2021

The VCM Junior Strings Summer Camp gives young students musical days filled with group classes, composition, chamber music, art, and outdoor fun! This year we’re offering 3 weeks of junior strings camp including one week at our brand new location, Brentwood College in Mill Bay.

Within the weekly camps, we will have three individualized levels of learning inviting a wide range of abilities, from those students picking up the violin or cello for the very first time to those with several years’ experience playing in chamber music ensembles. Our high ratio of faculty to student gives plenty of opportunities for individual attention including mini lessons throughout the week.

Students will be assigned to streams by the Junior Program Coordinator.

1. Beginners

Inviting students to come to camp and try the violin or cello for the very first time! Students will be introduced to basic skills on their instruments and take part in rhythm and ear training games, a group composition and perform in the final concert!

2. Music Readers

This level introduces students with some previous experience on their instruments to music reading basics, rhythms, rounds and chamber music skills. Music parts will be introduced and learned at camp. No advance preparation is necessary.

3. Chamber Players

This level is for students with previous chamber music or orchestral 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. Minimum level grade 3 RCM.

VICTORIA CAMP
University of Victoria, hosted by the School of Music, MacLaurin Building, 3800 Finnerty Road.
Program runs full day 9am-3pm, Mon to Fri. Ages 5-10. Final concert at Philip T. Young Recital Hall.

New offering for University of Victoria camps: optional extended activities to 4pm.

If the 3pm pick-up time does not work for your family, children may stay an additional hour each day for fun games and art activities! ($50/week per child).

  • 2 weeks – June 27-July 8 | $799.00 + $30 registration fee
  • 1 week – June 27-July 1 or July 4-8 | $420.00 + $30 registration fee

NEW – MILL BAY CAMP!
On the beautiful ocean front campus of Brentwood College, 2735 Mount Baker Road.
Program runs full day 9am-3pm, Mon to Fri. Ages 5-12.

  • 1 week – July 11-15 | $420.00 + $30 registration fee

THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: May 31st, 2022 
Re-Boot Camp deadline: August 1, 2022

  • 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. Payment by credit card will incur a 2.75% convenience fee. If you do not wish to incur this fee, please contact our office for other payment methods: 250-386-5311 | [email protected]
    • Those awaiting acceptance (where applicable) or the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register: 250-386-5311 | [email protected]
    • There is a non-refundable registration fee of $30
  • After May 31, 2022 (or August 1 for Re-Boot Camp), dependent on space being available, applicants will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis and incur a $25 late charge.
  • 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. Instruction runs daily from 9am-4:30pm for Intermediate/Seniors and 9am-3pm for Juniors.

SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM!

Did you know?

You can donate Aeroplan miles! With your support we are very grateful to have a visiting artist join us for this program.

Thank you for your donation!


HEALTH & SAFETY STATEMENT

Students’ health and safety is our top priority. The program follows all the current BC government COVID-19 safety protocols. Please view our current VCM COVID-19 Policies here.


JULY 4 – AUGUST 4, 2022 | ONLINE

Registration closed.


COVID-19 Update: All 2022 Summer Intensive Theory classes are going ahead online! Contact [email protected] for more information.


FACULTY

Crystal Wiksyk, Artistic Director – [email protected]
Daniel Brandes
Anna Cal
Rachel Hill
Christine Donkin
Robert Holliston


PROGRAMS

Prior to registering, please contact the Artistic Director ([email protected]) 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.

 

Composition Clubs

 

Sound Advice Theory &
Ear-Training Classes
Sound Advice for Adults
 

History Classes

 

Examination Information Harmony and Counterpoint

Composition Club
Composition Club is now closed to registration. Contact the Artistic Director ([email protected]) for more information.


SOUND ADVICE THEORY AND EAR-TRAINING CLASSES – All 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 | $212.00 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 | $424.00
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 and Ear-Training – Level 6
Jul 18 – Jul 29 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm | 10 x 2hr sessions | $424.00
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
FULL – Contact the Artistic Director ([email protected]) for options.

Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training – Level 8
Class dates/times to be arranged – contact Artistic Director
10 x 2.5hr sessions | $530.00
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

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.

Please contact the instructor Rachel Hill at [email protected] prior to registering. Classes can be tailored to meet the needs of the students.

For Beginners: Jul 18 – Jul 29 | 9:00 – 10:00 am | 10 x 1hr sessions | $212.00

Level 5: Jul 18 – Jul 29 | 10:00 – 11:00 am | 10 x 1hr sessions | $212.00
Please contact the instructor at [email protected] prior to registering.


HISTORY CLASSES 

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

History classes are now closed to registration. Contact the Artistic Director ([email protected]) for more information.


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
July 4-29
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.

Individual lessons are available on a limited basis for Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition, Ear-Training and Sight-Singing.

Keyboard Harmony 
Instructor: Anna Cal
Senior piano faculty member, Anna Cal, is offering keyboard harmony lessons again this summer! Individual lessons are available.

Lesson dates/times to be arranged – contact the instructor Anna Cal [email protected]  to coordinate a day and time.


INDIVIDUAL LESSONS

Individual lessons are available:

  • Theory and Ear-Training 1 – 8:
    $65/hr  – $75/hr
  • Composition: $65/hr-$85/hr
  • Harmony and Counterpoint 9 and 10: $75/hr-$85/hr
  • Keyboard Harmony: $85/hr
  • Advanced Harmony & Counterpoint: $85/hr

Please contact the Artistic Director 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.


AUGUST 22-26, 2022 | IN PERSON

Registration closed.


This course is presented with the support of Kimberley Jurens Woodwind Repairs and Tapestry Music

Middle and high school students will develop their musical skills through small and large ensembles, private lessons, group workshops, and performance classes. This program will help you improve your tone and technique and inspire you to take your instrumental playing to the next level.

For students with at least one year of experience on their instrument and a love of music!


A NOTE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Our goal is to support and nurture your passion for music! Whether you are looking to refresh your instrumental skills before heading back to school band or looking to challenge yourself with some new solo repertoire and performance opportunities, this program is for you. We are looking forward to welcoming students with a variety of musical backgrounds – no private lesson experience required! – and will tailor this program to meet your needs and goals. We are certain you will leave the camp inspired, having pushed the boundaries of what you thought you were capable of with the help of our fantastic faculty mentors. If you love playing music, join us for a week of fun at the VCM this summer!

Best,
Emily Nagelbach


LOCATION

  • VCM Winds & Brass Summer Intensive will take place at our downtown location at 900 Johnson Street.

FACULTY

Emily Nagelbach, Artistic Director, Flute
Katrina Bligh, Oboe
Melissa Goodchild, Clarinet
Patricia Kostek, Clarinet
Anne Marie Power, Bassoon
Jack Edwards, Saxophone
Alexander Richards, Saxophone
Karen Hough, French Horn
Stevan Paranosic, Trumpet
Scott MacInnes, Low Brass
Jany Lu, Piano
Daniel Brandes, Composition

Faculty are subject to change.


WINDS & BRASS FULL WEEK PROGRAM

  • August 22 – 26, 2022 | $400

The Winds & Brass Summer Camp will be held from 9am to 4pm daily at the VCM’s Downtown location.

Participants will rotate through a variety of musical activities, carefully scheduled to balance active playing periods with listening and learning sessions. The ultimate goal is to provide an enriching, exciting and fun experience for all students of all levels.

Students will have the opportunity to play in both large and small ensembles, work one-on-one with a faculty mentor in two private lessons per week, explore the world of solo repertoire in performance classes (solo performance not required), and learn about the emerging field of music technology and creativity. Our outstanding faculty will perform in concert for the students and on the final day of the camp, students will show off what they have learned in a final concert for family and friends in the beautiful Alix Goolden Performance Hall.

Please register by clicking the button below, or phone in at 250-386-5311. After registering, a form will be sent to each student to fill out. Please answer the questions to the best of your ability, the answers will be used to place students in chamber ensembles suitable to age and ability.


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: July 3, 2022.

Bursary application available here.


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: July 3, 2022

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

Please note: dependent on space being available, late applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis until July 31, and will incur a $25 late registration charge.

Online registration requires payment in full. Payment by credit card will incur a 2.75% convenience fee. If you do not wish to incur this fee, please contact our office for other payment methods: 250-386-5311 | [email protected] Those awaiting the results of their bursary application are encouraged to contact us directly to register:  250-386-5311 | [email protected]

Non-Refundable Application fee:

  •  $30 non-refundable application fee (included in the $400 tuition).

HEALTH & SAFETY STATEMENT

Students’ health and safety is our top priority. The program follows all the current BC government COVID-19 safety protocols. Please view our current VCM COVID-19 Policies here.

Victoria Conservatory of Music logo

This summer, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) in partnership with St. Michaels University School (SMUS), will be offering a new Summer Music Explorations Camp! With both day and overnight options, this week-long camp takes place entirely on the SMUS campus, and will offer a fun, engaging and inspiring learning environment for young musicians ages 13-17 years old (Exception: 11 – 12 year old Strings students may register, however for Day option only).

Camp Details

  • Ages: 13-17 (Exception: 11 – 12 year old Strings students may register, however for Day option only)
  • Skill Level: Minimum 2 years playing experience (or with teacher’s permission if studying privately)
  • English Level: Upper Intermediate (IELTS 4.0)
  • Boarding: July 24-29, 2022
    Domestic Fee: $1,200
    International Dates and Fees
  • Day: July 25-29, 2022
    9am – 4pm
    Day Fee: $500 (including lunch)
  • Location: SMUS main campus, 3400 Richmond Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 4P5

Please note that this program is administered by St. Michael’s University School (SMUS). To register for the camp, or for more information including other summer camps offered through SMUS, please visit Summer Music Explorations Camp