VCM Summer Academy

COVID-19 Summer Academy Update:
As we move through this unprecedented time, it is our goal to maintain as much of our summer programming as possible while ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and community. To that end, we have been monitoring the advice of BC Ministry of Health and exploring various delivery methods to suit the unique needs of each Academy program. Please see below for further details, and check back regularly for updates as the situation evolves. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

PIANO | The 2020 Piano Program is now over. Thank you to all who participated!
STRINGS | We are happy to announce that while following social distancing regulations we will be going ahead with new in-person dates – August 17-28, Re-Boot Camp August 31-September 4. Registration deadline extended to August 1, 2020.
BAROQUE FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS | The 2020 Baroque for Instrumentalists Program is now over. Thank you to all who participated!
GUITAR | The 2020 Guitar Program is now over. Thank you to all who participated!
VOCAL | The 2020 Vocal Program is now over. Thank you to all who participated!
THEORY | The 2020 Theory Program is now over. Thank you to all who participated!
BAROQUE CHORAL ONLINE | The 2020 Summer Baroque Choral Academy is now over. Thank you to all who participated!
MUSIC THERAPY SUMMER CAMP | Music Therapy Summer Camp is now over. Thank you to all who participated!


ACADEMY INFORMATION

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.


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 Academy 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

Summer Academy 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 Academy will not be considered.

BAROQUE SOLOISTS COURSE | ONLINE
August 11 – August 22, 2020 | Final concert broadcast August 22


The 2020 Summer Vocal Academy is now over. Thank you to all who participated!
The Academy culminated in a final performance broadcast; if you would like to re-visit the video, please visit the link below.


CONCERTS

YouTube Live Broadcast
Saturday, August 22 | 7pm


 

 

SUMMER BAROQUE CHORAL ACADEMY
July 25-August 2, 2020 | Online


The 2020 Summer Baroque Choral Academy is now over. Thank you to all who participated!
The Academy culminated in a broadcast of Bach’s Magnificat in D and ‘Jesu, meine Freude’; if you would like to re-visit the broadcast, please visit the link below.


CONCERT

The Summer Baroque Choral Academy culminates in a broadcast of Bach’s Magnificat in D and ‘Jesu, meine Freude’. Directed by Daniel Taylor, the concert features a Dream Team of international soloists and instrumentalists, including from Tafelmusik, Genesis Sixteen, and Victoria Baroque.

August 2, 2020
1pm-2:30pm PST
Broadcasted on the VCM’s YouTube channel.

Thank you for your Donation to the Summer Baroque Choral Academy!

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/50940

We appreciate your support!

Final Global Concert of the Summer Baroque Choral Academy at the Victoria Conservatory of Music

Daniel Taylor, Music Director

Kathryn Whitney, Artistic Director

Further information: https://kathrynwhitney.net/sing-magnificat

In association with ChoraLine: https://choraline.com

2 August 2020, 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern / 9pm UK / 6am 3 August, Australian EST

THE SING MAGNIFICAT VIRTUAL BAROQUE ORCHESTRA & CHORUS, singing from 8 countries simultaneously across 12 time zones.

 

SOLOISTS

Nancy Argenta, soprano

Suzie Leblanc, soprano

Daniel Taylor, counter-tenor

Philippe Gagné, tenor

Isaiah Bell, tenor

Phillip Addis, baritone

ORCHESTRA

Julia Wedman, violin 1

Cristina Zacharias, violin 1

Mieka Michaux, viola

Felix Deak, violoncello

Pippa MacMillan, double bass

John Abberger, Oboe

Sophie Larivière, Flute

Matthias Maute, Flute

Alexis Basque, Trumpets

Ed Rieffel, Timpani

Christopher Bagan, Organ

 

CHORISTER SECTION LEADERS

Jane Fingler, soprano 1

Margaret Lingas, soprano 1

Rebecca Genge, soprano 2

Sinead White, soprano 2

Nicholas Burns, counter-tenor

Simon Honeyman, counter-tenor

Kathryn Whitney, alto

Haitham Haidar, tenor

Cory Knight, tenor

Jonathon Adams, bass

Joel Allison, bass

 

VIDEOGRAPHY

Charissa Bagan

Christopher Bagan

 

The ChoraLine Smartphone App for choristers
We are thrilled to be partnering with ChoraLine and thank them for their generous 50% discount for the singers on our course!

PIANO PROGRAM – ONLINE | June 29 – July 10, 2020


The 2020 Piano Program is now over. Thank you to all who participated!
Three wonderful concerts took place during the program; if you would like to re-visit them, please visit the links below.


CONCERTS + RECITALS

Faculty Recital: Bruce Vogt – piano and Anne Grimm – soprano
Saturday, July 4 at 7:30pm via YouTube – First half | Second half

Song Translations

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)

1.Waltz in Eb, opus 18 (1833)

2. Six Nocturnes
i. in F#, opus 15#2 (1830-33)
ii. in Db, opus 27#2 (1835-36)
iii. in G, opus 37#2 (1838-40)
iv. in c minor, opus 48#1 (1840-41)
v. in B, opus 62#1 (1846)
vi. in E, opus 62#2 (1846)

Interval

1.Two Songs
i. I Wish I Were In Love Again (1937)
ii. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (1940)
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
(1902-1979 and 1895-1943)
2. Surabaya-Johnny (1929)Kurt Weill
(1900-1950)
3.  from Banalités (1940):  HôtelFrancis Poulenc
(1899-1963)
4. If Love Were All (1929) Noël Coward
(1899-1973)
5. Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
(Only those who know longing) (1890)
Hugo Wolf
(1860-1903)
6. The Owl and the Pussycat (1966)Igor Stravinsky
(1882-1971)
7. Three Songs
i. Marieke (1961)
ii. Brussels (Bruxelles) (1962)
iii. Fils de (1967)
Jacques Brel
(1929-1978)


Faculty Recital: Karen Chan, live streamed from Wood Hall at the Victoria Conservatory of Music
July 8 at 12:30pm

(click live stream icon to connect)

Program:
Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F sharp major, Book I BWV 858
Dohnányi: Capriccio in B minor, Op. 2, No. 4
Chopin: Nocturnes Op. 27, No. 1 in C sharp minor and No. 2 in D flat major
Chopin: Etudes Op. 10, No. 4 in C sharp minor and No. 8 in F major
Chopin: Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44.

Faculty Recital: Armand Saberi, live streamed from Wood Hall at the Victoria Conservatory of Music
July 9 at 12:30pm

(click live stream icon to connect)

Program:
I. Albeniz: Chants d’Espagne, Op. 232, Prelude.
F. Chopin: Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22.
J.S Bach: Organ Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543, Transcribed by F. Liszt.
F. Chopin: Ballade #1 in G minor, Op. 23.
P.I. Tchaikovsky: “Pas de Deux” from the Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71, Transcribed by M. Pletnev.

 

STRINGS PROGRAM | August 17-28, 2020

COVID-19 Update: We are happy to announce that while following social distancing regulations we will be going ahead with new in-person dates – August 17-28, Re-Boot Camp August 31-September 4. Registration deadline extended to August 1, 2020. Please note: after August 1, dependent on space being available, applicants will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

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

A Note from the Artistic Director

After months of isolation, and video lessons, it is a great pleasure to know that we can begin to make music together again at the VCM Summer Strings Academy. We have made important changes to ensure that both Senior and Junior SSA will run safely: This year’s academy will have fewer participants, and be only available for residents of Southern Vancouver Island. We will focus on chamber music, solo performance, and string technique, and will forego the string orchestra this summer. We are the only VCM Academy running on the downtown campus during our August 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!

Best, Simon M.


LOCATION

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


FACULTY

Simon MacDonald, Artistic Director
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, Junior Program Coordinator
Müge Büyükçelen, Violin
Brian Yoon, Cello
Carol MacIsaac, Violin, Junior Program
Raya Fridman, Violin, Junior Program
Robert Holliston, Pianist
Jennifer Mitchell, Pianist

Faculty are subject to change.


PROGRAMS

Senior Strings

  • 1 week (August 24-28) $459

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. 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 Academy.

Senior Strings – “Re-Boot Camp”

  • 1 week (August 31 to September 4) $379

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 needs a kick start to 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.

Junior Strings

  • 1 week  $251.75
  • 2 weeks  $479

In the Junior Strings Academy, Faculty and students collaborate in large and small chamber ensembles to explore a variety repertoire. In addition, the full ensemble creates and performs an original composition – the outcome of daily composition workshops where students learn to mold musical ideas into workable forms. Students will be notified of their ensemble group placement and repertoire in advance to provide adequate preparation time. Parts will be available for pick up or e-mailed to students a few weeks before the start of the program.

Students are welcome to sign up for one week; tuition is reduced if signing up for two weeks.


HOW TO REGISTER

Application period has closed for both Junior and Senior Strings. Dependent on space being available, applicants will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please email gilker@vcm.bc.ca for more information.

Senior Strings – Re-Boot Camp:

There is still space available! Register today (button below).


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2020

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 August 1, 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 Senior students on Monday, August 24.  Further details will be sent to participants by email prior to Academy start date.

GUITAR PROGRAM  – ONLINE – August 17-21, 2020


The 2020 Guitar Program is now over. Thank you to all who participated!


 

BAROQUE FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS | July 13-18, 2020

     

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


The 2020 Baroque for Instrumentalists Program is now over. Thank you to all who participated!


 

THEORY PROGRAM | July 6 – August 6, 2020


The 2020 Theory Program is now over. Thank you to all who participated!
One of the original courses has since been moved to the fall semster, Sight-Singing for Choristers. For more information and the link to register, please click below.


Sight-Singing for Choristers
Instructor: Nicholas Fairbank

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.

 

MUSIC THERAPY SUMMER CAMP


The 2020 Music Therapy Summer Camp is now over. Thank you to all who participated!


This camp is for children with special needs (e.g: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, etc.)