VCM Summer Academy

PIANO | June 29-July 10, 2020
STRINGS
| June 29-July 10, 2020
BAROQUE FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS | July 11-19, 2020
GUITAR | July 28 – August 1, 2020
VOCAL – ADVANCED SINGERS | Aug 12-22, 2020
THEORY |  July 6-August 6, 2020
BAROQUE CHAMBER SINGING | July 18-August 1, 2020 | Registration opening soon!

The application deadline for all Summer Academies has now been extended to June 1, 2020.


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.

The summer academy also offers a range of student and faculty performances.

Host a billet! Host families receive $25 per day in VCM tuition credit.


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.


BILLETING PROGRAM 

VCM offers a space-available billeting program for out-of-town students who are under 19 years of age. Where possible, we will match you with a family of another student participating in the same academy.

If you are interested in being billeted, download and complete our Summer Academy Billeting Application.

Tuition discounts are available for families who host a billet. Billeting students pay $25 per day for their accommodations, 100% of which is remitted to the hosting family in the form of VCM tuition credits. Download and complete our Summer Academy Billet Host Form if you are interested in participating in this program.

For those wishing to make their own accommodation arrangements, we recommend you consult the following websites:
Best Bed & Breakfasts of Victoria
Tourism Victoria.


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.

VCM SUMMER ACADEMY CONCERT SERIES

A summer concert series featuring dozens of young rising stars, VCM faculty and international musicians from the 2019 VCM Summer Academy Programs.

2020 concert information coming soon! Please see below for information on last year’s performances.


PIANO

All concerts in the Philip T. Young Recital Hall at the University of Victoria.

Guest Solo Recital: Milton Schlossor
Sunday, June 30 | 7:30pm
Program includes:
Claude Debussy, Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)
Frederick Chopin, Nocturne Opus 9, N0.1 and Opus 27, No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata Opus 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”
Robert Schumann, Carnival, Op. 9

Young Artists Showcase
Tuesday, July 2 | 7:30pm

Faculty Recital: Michelle Mares and Mark Anderson
Thursday, July 4 | 7:30pm
Works by Rontgen, Brahms, Grieg and Reinecke piano duos

Young Artists Showcase
Friday, July 5 | 7:30pm

Faculty Recital: Bruce Vogt
Saturday, July 6 | 7:30pm
Featuring two Nocturnes from Chopin, Op. 62 No. 1 in B Major and Op. 27, No. 2 in Db Major; Brahms’ Op. 116; Brahms’ Intermezzo, Op. 119 No. 1 in B Minor; and Brahm’s Variations on a Theme of Schumann. Prior to performing the last piece, Bruce will speak about the work.

Adult Program Recital
Tuesday, July 9 | 7:30pm
A varied program featuring the Adult Students of the Piano Academy

Chamber Music + Concerto Night
Thursday, July 11 | 7:30pm
Students from the program perform advanced piano duets, plus chamber music and concerti with our resident String Quartet

Final Student Recitals
Friday, July 12 | 6:00pm and 8:00pm
Two Final Concerts given by Piano Academy Students, with a reception between the concerts.

Student lunch-hour concerts are held daily from 1:00-1:50pm. Open to the public.

Midday concerts are held daily from 1-1:50pm in the Philip T Young Recital Hall. Late afternoon concerts, at 5:00pm, will be held on some days in one of the large ensemble rooms, to allow students extra concert experience. Students preparing a whole or partial recital program may request time to perform several works in succession. All evening concerts are held in the Philip T Young Recital Hall, Maclaurin Building B Wing, 3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road) at 7:30pm. Piano Academy students may enter for free as part of their program. Families, guests, and the general public are asked to make a donation at the door.


STRINGS

Finale Concerts Senior Program:
Saturday, July 6 and Friday, July 12 at 3pm and 6 pm (if necessary) in Alix Goolden Performance Hall.

Finale Concerts Junior Program:
Saturday, July 6 and Friday, July 12, 12:00pm in Wood Hall

Admission by donation.


BAROQUE

Faculty Concert
Wednesday, July 17 | 7:30pm
Alix Goolden Performance Hall

Final Concert
Saturday, July 20 | 3pm
Alix Goolden Performance Hall


GUITAR

Faculty Recital:
Randy Pile
Tuesday, July 23 | 1:30pm (free admission)
PTY Recital Hall at the University of Victoria

Emerging Artist Series:
Razvan Bezna
Thursday, July 25 | 1:30pm (free admission)
PTY Recital Hall at the University of Victoria

Simon Farintosh
Friday, July 26 | 1:30pm (free admission)
PTY Recital Hall at the University of Victoria

Academy Showcase
Saturday, July 27 | 1:30pm (free admission)
Faculty and participants of the academy present guitar orchestra pieces and solos
PTY Recital Hall at the University of Victoria

Faculty Recital
Michael Kolk
Saturday, July 27 | 7:30pm | Admission by Donation
PTY Recital Hall at the University of Victoria
Tickets at the door (tickets for SAG participants are included in fee)


CHORAL

Final Concert
Saturday, August 3rd | 7:30pm
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Admission by donation

 

 

VOCAL – ADVANCED SINGERS PROGRAM
ART SONG COURSE | August 12-22, 2020


LOCATION

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


FACULTY

Ingrid Attrot*, Soprano
Nancy Argenta*, Soprano
Adrianne Pieczonka, Soprano
Benjamin Butterfield, Tenor (Week 1)
Laura Tucker, Mezzo-soprano (Week 2)
Iain Burnside, Pianist/coach
Kinza Tyrrell, Pianist/coach

*Co-Artistic Directors


ADVANCED SINGERS PROGRAM – ART SONG COURSE

An intensive workshop designed for professional singers and advanced students, comprised of private lessons, masterclasses and coachings, with a performance at the end of the course.

For this 2020 course, our focus will be on the Art Song repertoire. Singers accepted on the course will chose repertoire in consultation with our faculty.

Lessons, masterclasses, coachings and workshops are scheduled between 10:00am - 1:00pm and 2:30 - 5:30pm daily except for Sunday, August 16 (free day).

The faculty bring a unique and broad range of skills, working with singers to the highest standard in repertoire, technique, physical awareness, confidence and presence. Workshops on topics such as song interpretation, style, maximizing creativity, improving performance, and reducing anxiety will also be held throughout the course.

Acceptance is limited to 20 participants; early application is advised. Acceptance is by interview/audition.

 

BAROQUE CHAMBER SINGING | July 18 – August 1, 2020

2020 registration will be open soon!

 

PIANO PROGRAM | June 29 – July 10, 2020

Opening recital with Noel McRobbie and orientation: Sunday June 28

The VCM Summer Academy has become a leading centre for summer piano study. Our programs and classes offer pianists of any age or skill level the benefit of working with internationally recognized faculty, playing on beautiful Steinway grand pianos, performing in numerous student recitals, and attending faculty concerts.


LOCATION

All programs will take place at the University of Victoria School of Music, Maclaurin Building, B Wing, 3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road).


FACULTY

Susan de Burgh, Artistic Director
Mark Anderson
Anna Cal
Kelly Charlton
Georgina Craig
Tzenka Dianova
Michelle Fillion
Edwin Gnandt
Yoomi Kim
May Ling Kwok
Linda Low
Michelle Mares
Bruce Vogt

Roger Buksa – on sabbatical
Ed LeBarron – on sabbatical

Practice Supervisors:
Patricia Au
Karen Chan
Armand Saberi


PROGRAMS

Young Artists (by audition) | $690

An accelerated program for advanced students and emerging young professionals. Program includes 2 hours of private lessons, and 30 hours in small masterclasses with frequent playing opportunities. Daily classes include:

  • Masterclasses
    • General Repertoire
    • Classical and Baroque
    • Romantic, 20th and 21st Century

…plus assigned duet or duo music, frequent student performances, and free entry to faculty concerts. Students applying to this program should submit a good quality recording of two contrasting works with their registration materials. Admission may also be granted by permission of the Artistic Director.

Senior (Grade 9-11) | $690

Program includes two hours private lessons and 40 hours of instruction in masterclasses, groups and choir. Daily classes include:

  • Masterclasses
    • General Repertoire
    • Classical and Baroque
    • Romantic, 20th and 21st Century
  • Choir

…plus assigned duet or duo music, frequent student performances, and free entry to faculty concerts.

Intermediate (Grade 5-8) | $545

Program includes 2 hours private lessons, 3 hours one-to-one practice supervision, and 30 hours group instruction, including:

  • Repertoire masterclass
  • Technique, etudes, duet coaching and sight reading
  • Choir

There are frequent performance opportunities at midday, late afternoon and in the evening recitals. Students are assigned duets and matched with partners in preparation for performance in the ensemble recital.

Junior (Grade 1-4) | $480

Program includes 1.5 hours private lessons, 4 hours one-to-one practice supervision, and 30 hour group instruction, including:

  • Repertoire masterclass
  • Technique, etudes, duet coaching and sight reading
  • Choir

There are frequent performance opportunities at midday, in evening recitals, and free entry to faculty concerts. Students enrolling in the Junior program MUST be at least 10 years of age.

Mini Maestros (under 10 years old) | $130

New for 2020! One 45 minute lesson each week (total 1.5 hours), a faculty supervised rehearsal, and a faculty supervised recital opportunity in the Philip T Young Hall for the under ten piano student. A rare chance for small musicians to become accustomed to performance in a concert hall. A parent or guardian should accompany the student to all lessons and events.

Adult (all levels) | $560

Program includes two hours private lessons and 20 hours of masterclasses.  Classes include:

  • General repertoire with an emphasis on performance participation, nerves, and memory
  • Lecture/Demonstration: the first hour of Frédéric Chopin Lecture/Masterclass with Michelle Fillion and Bruce Vogt  

Adult Program classes will begin in the afternoon each day.  Private lessons may be scheduled in the morning.

Students may attend Choir if they wish.  There are many opportunities for performance at midday, late afternoon, or evening recitals, duet or duo assignments if desired, entry into all faculty concerts, and two adult only recitals in the Philip T Young Recital Hall.

Pedagogy Weekend, July 4 and 5

Full-Weekend | $185

Saturday, July 4 | $96
9am to 5pm

  • Creating a Performance Portfolio with Mark Anderson
  • The Clementi Piano School with Michelle Mares
  • Prepared Piano with Tzenka Dianova
  • Techniques for Teaching Sightreading with Susan de Burgh
  • Line and Sound Matching with Kelly Charlton
  • Schumann: Understanding Schumann’s piano style through his ‘Album for the Young Opus 68’ with Edwin Gnandt. An overview and demonstration will leave the listener with a thorough understanding of this complex composer.
  • Masterclass with Michelle Mares
  • Bruce Vogt in recital at 7:30pm

Sunday, July 5 | $96
9am-4pm

  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). A 250th Anniversary Celebration highlighting outstanding features of his pianistic legacy with Edwin Gnandt
  • Fingers and feet, fingering and pedaling with Mark Anderson
  • Piano and Body with Michelle Mares
  • Performance Anxiety with Mark Anderson
  • Masterclass with Mark Anderson

OPTIONAL CLASSES

Piano Music of Spain: Scarlatti, Soler, Alberniz, Granados, Turnina, de Falla and Mompou with Edwin Gnandt (week 1) | $97

Frédéric Chopin Lecture/Masterclass with Michelle Fillion and Bruce Vogt  (2 weeks) | $390
First hour included included in Adult Program. Second hour: $195 for Adult participants.
2 hours daily. The first hour will explore Chopin’s life and career as composer, pianist, and teacher, and look at the various genres of his music and their performance challenges. The second hour will be masterclass. Co-taught by musicologist Michelle Fillion and pianist Bruce Vogt as an interactive forum for pianists and lovers of Chopin’s piano music. Participants are invited to perform if they wish, but it is not necessary to do so in order to profit from the presentations and discussions. Non-pianists are certainly welcome, as are pianists who would prefer not to perform.

Choir (11:30am-12:30pm) | $113
Included for Senior, Intermediate and Junior participants. Optional (free of charge) for Young Artists and Adult participants.
Choir is a wonderful musical experience, excellent ear training, and is often required for the large ensemble credit of university study. Parents, grandparents, and friends of attending students are all invited to take part.

Chamber Music:
Registrants will receive one hour of private lessons with a Piano Academy instructor, two 30-minute rehearsals with that instructor and string player(s) and, should they be sufficiently prepared, may perform their piece in concert. Please consult the Artistic Director for repertoire suggestions before registering to ensure the availability of parts. Rehearsal schedules will be set on a case-by-case basis; rehearsals and performances will take place in the second week of Piano Academy (July 6-10).

Chamber Duet: $198.50
String Trio: $303.50
String Quartet: $356

Private Lessons | $73/h
Additional private lessons may be taken in piano, piano pedagogy, ear training, sight reading, written or keyboard harmony, counterpoint, or form and analysis. Specific instructor requests are encouraged but not guaranteed.


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: extended to June 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:

There is a $30 non-refundable application fee and $2.25 transaction fee on all registrations.

Practice Rooms and Instructor Audit:

All students are welcome and encouraged to practice in their free time and after-hours. A key to the practice rooms is available with a refundable $20 deposit. No cash please, credit card or debit only.

If you are an instructor who is interested in auditing classes, please contact us for more information: 250-386-5311 ext. 2330 | gilker@vcm.bc.ca

Bursary Donations:

We are very fortunate to have several kind supporters who donate money for student bursaries. Please consider a donation to help needy and talented students attend the Piano Academy. Tax receipts will be issued. Please contact the Artistic Director for details.


CONCERTS + RECITALS

All concerts in the Philip T. Young Recital Hall at the University of Victoria.

Guest Recital: Noel McRobbie
Sunday, June 28| 7:30pm
Davidsbundlertanze by R. Schumann, Barcarolle by F. Chopin, Preludes and Fugues by J.S. Bach, and Bagatelles by O. Underhill.

Faculty Recital: Patricia Au, Karen Chan, Armand Saberi and more!
Tuesday, June 30 | 7:30pm

Young Artists Showcase
Thursday, July 2 | 7:30pm

Faculty Recital: Mark Anderson and Michelle Mares
Friday, July 3 | 7:30pm
Piano duets

Faculty Recital: Bruce Vogt
Saturday, July 4 | 7:30pm
Chopin

Young Artists Showcase
Monday, July 6 | 7:30pm

Adult Program Recital
Tuesday, July 7 | 7:30pm
A varied program featuring the Adult Students of the Piano Academy

Chamber Music + Concerto Night
Thursday, July 9| 7:30pm
Students from the program perform advanced piano duets, plus chamber music and concerti with our resident String Quartet

Final Student Recitals
Friday, July 10 | 6:00pm and 8:00pm
Two Final Concerts given by Piano Academy Students, with a reception between the concerts.

Student lunch-hour concerts are held daily from 1:00-1:50pm. Open to the public.

Midday concerts are held daily from 1-1:50pm in the Philip T Young Recital Hall. Late afternoon concerts, at 5:00pm, will be held on some days in one of the large ensemble rooms, to allow students extra concert experience. Students preparing a whole or partial recital program may request time to perform several works in succession. All evening concerts are held in the Philip T Young Recital Hall, Maclaurin Building B Wing, 3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road) at 7:30pm. Piano Academy students may enter for free as part of their program. Families, guests, and the general public are asked to make a donation at the door.

 

STRINGS PROGRAM | June 29 – July 10, 2020

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 in just a couple of weeks!


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
Paula Kiffner, 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 (June 29 – July 4, no Academy July 1,  or July 6 – 10) $459
  • 2 weeks (June 29 – July 4, no Academy July 1) $838

Senior Strings participants will take part daily in technique classes, masterclasses, string orchestra, and chamber music. They will also receive a minimum of three private lessons per week, and two coaching sessions with a professional pianist. Participants are encouraged to attend all concerts that are part of the VCM Summer Academy String programs. 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 private lessons, group technique classes, performance opportunities at the end of the week, and most importantly, time and space to practice.

Junior Strings

  • 1 week (June 29 – July 4, no Academy July 1 OR July 6-10 | 10am – 2pm ) $251.75
  • 2 weeks (June 29 – July 10, no Academy July 1 | 10am-2pm) $479

In the Junior Strings Academy, Faculty and students collaborate in string orchestra 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, chamber, and orchestral 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

There are two steps to the registration process for both Senior and Junior Strings:

  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.
    *For Senior Strings: if you are a returning student, in lieu of a Video/YouTube submission, please let us know the chamber music repertoire you performed the previous summer at SSA, and the solo and chamber music repertoire on which you are currently working. 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.


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: June 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:

  • Before June 1 – $30
  • After June 1 – $55

Please note: after June 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 Week 1 Senior students at 8:30am and Junior students at 9:30am on Monday, June 29 and for Week 2 (only) students on Monday, July 6.  Further details will be sent to participants by email toward the end of June.


CONCERTS

Finale Concerts Senior Program: There will be two performances at the end of each week. Solo performances on Friday, July 3, 6:00 pm, and Thursday July 9, 7 pm, in Wood Hall. Performances featuring SSA orchestras and chamber groups Saturday, July 4, and Friday, July 10, at 3pm in AGPH. There will also be a performance at City Hall, on Thursday, July 9, at 6:00-6:30 pm, before the City Council meeting. (Times/Dates subject to change)

Finale Concerts Junior Program: Saturday, July 4 and Friday, July 10, 12:30pm Wood Hall

Admission by donation.

 

GUITAR PROGRAM | July 28 – August 1, 2020

The Summer Academy Guitar Program (SA-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 private and group instruction, guitar orchestra, ensemble opportunities, technique sessions. Concerts include SA-G faculty and international guest artists.  SA-G 2019 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.

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


LOCATION

All programs will take place at the University of Victoria School of Music, Maclaurin Building, B Wing, 3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road).


FACULTY

Dr. Alexander Dunn, Artistic Director (BC)
Dr. Randy Pile (CA)
Stephen Lochbaum (BC)

Emerging Artists
Christopher Boston
Simon Farintosh (WI)
Marvin Ren (CT)


PROGRAMS

Full Course

  • July 28-August 1 $400

Includes technique warm-up, guitar orchestra, masterclasses, and all concerts.


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: June 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

Please note: after June 15th, 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.


CONCERTS

Coming soon!

BAROQUE FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS | July 11-19, 2020

 

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.

The Baroque Academy 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 and small group and orchestral coaching by leading West Coast early music specialists.


LOCATION

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


FACULTY

Soile Stratkauskas, Artistic Director
Chloe Meyers (Vancouver); violin
Christi Meyers; violin
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith; violin
Mieka Michaux; viola
Martin Bonham; cello, viol, baroque dance
Nathan Whittaker (New York); cello
Christina Hutten (Vancouver); harpsichord
Soile Stratkauskas, flute
Curtis Foster (Seattle); oboe and recorder
Katrina Russell; bassoon

Guest Instructor:
Jeanne Lamon, violin


PROGRAMS

  • July 11-19 $675*

This course includes:

  • Baroque orchestra
  • Chamber music
  • Private and group lessons
  • Lectures
  • Baroque dance classes
  • Performance opportunities
  • Faculty concert

Program start: July 11th, 9am
Final Concert: Sunday, July 19th, 3pm
Classes run daily 9-5pm

*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.


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


HOW TO REGISTER

Application deadline: extended to June 1, 2020.

To register, please fill in the application form. Once we have reviewed your application we will get back to you and you may pay your registration fees at that time.
If you have submitted a bursary application, you may pay your fees upon receiving notice of your bursary results.


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 deadline for Baroque for Instrumentalists Academy is extended to May 15, 2020.

Bursary application available here.


THE FINE PRINT

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


 

 

THEORY PROGRAM | July 6 – August 6, 2020


LOCATION

Programs take place downtown at the VCM (900 Johnson Street) Mon – Fri, from July 6th to August 6th, and at our Westhills campus Tues -Thurs, from July 14th to July 30th.

Class schedules at Westhills will be arranged directly with the instructor, email theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca


FACULTY

Crystal Wiksyk, Artistc Director – theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca| 250-361-1271
Daniel Brandes
Anna Cal
David Clenman
Rachel Hill (Westhills)
Christine Donkin
Nicholas Fairbank
Robert Holliston


PROGRAMS

Prior to registering, please contact the Artistic Director (theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca | 250-361-1271) with any questions and to be placed in the appropriate class.

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

New this summer! Sight Singing for Choristers with Nicholas Fairbank!

Composition ClubsSound Advice Theory & Ear-Training ClassesSound Advice for AdultsSight-Singing for Choristers
History ClassesExamination InformationHarmony and CounterpointPrivate Instruction

COMPOSITION WITH CHRISTINE DONKIN

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
July 27 – 31
9:00am -11:00am (Monday-Friday)
Room 319 (technology lab)5x2hr sessions | $210
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: theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca

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

SOUND ADVICE THEORY AND EAR-TRAINING CLASSES

Christine Donkin and Crystal Wiksyk: Downtown (July 6 – 31)
Rachel Hill: Westhills (July 13 – 31)
Our Westhills class schedules will be arranged with the instructor. Contact the theory coordinator for more information: theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca

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, private and shared private 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)
$210 per weekly session – 2hrs/day for 1 week
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 from July 6 – 17 OR from July 20 – 31
Contact theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca for more information.
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
July 6 – 17, 10am – 12pm (weekdays)
July 20 – 31, 1pm– 3pm (weekdays)
10 x 2hr sessions | $420.00
Required text: Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Levels 2, 3 or 4 (2nd Editions)

Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training – Level 5
Instructors: Crystal Wiksyk – Downtown
Rachel Hill – Westhills (schedule to be arranged with instructor; contact theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca)
July 6 – 17
10:00pm – 12:00pm (weekdays)
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
Instructors: Christine Donkin – Downtown
Rachel Hill – Westhills (schedule to be arranged with instructor; contact theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca)
July 20-31
1:00pm – 3:00pm (weekdays)
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
Instructors: Crystal Wiksyk – Downtown
Rachel Hill – Westhills (schedule to be arranged with instructor; contact theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca)
July 6 – 17
3pm -5pm (weekdays)
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
Instructors: Crystal Wiksyk – Downtown
Rachel Hill – Westhills (schedule to be arranged with instructor; contact theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca)
July 20 – 31
3pm – 5:30pm (weekdays)
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 on August 7th or 8th 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
Instructors: Crystal Wiksyk
Rachel Hill – Westhills
(Dates and times to be arranged with instructors; contact theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca)
Sound Advice for Adults Level One (Beginner):
July 6 – 10 – (Mon – Fri) 5 x 2hr sessions | $210
Sound Advice for adults Level Four (Experienced):
July 13 – 17 – (Mon – Fri) 5 x 2hr sessions | $210

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 theory coordinator to be placed in the appropriate level and arrange schedules.

SIGHT-SINGING FOR CHORISTERS

Sight-Singing for Choristers
Instructor: Nicholas Fairbank
July 13 – 31
9am – 10am (Mon, Wed, and Fri)
9 x 1hr sessions/$189+$5 material fee

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 CLASSES

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 6 – August 6
8:45am – 10:00am (weekdays)
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 6 – August 6
4:45pm- 6:00pm (weekdays)
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.

RCM theory examinations will be held in Victoria on August 7th and 8th, 2020 and the deadline to apply for both classes and examinations is June 1st.

HARMONY & COUNTERPOINT

Introductory Harmony, Harmony 9, or Harmony & Counterpoint 10
Instructors: Crystal Wiksyk & Nicholas Fairbank
July 6 – 31, Dates/times to be arranged with instructors; contact theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca
Private and shared private lessons are available on limited basis – please contact the artistic
director for placement. 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: David Clenman & Nicholas Fairbank
Private and shared private 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
Senior piano faculty member, Anna Cal, is offering keyboard harmony lessons again this summer! Private and shared private lessons are available.
Contact the theory coordinator for scheduling information: theorycoordinator@vcm.bc.ca

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Private and shared private lessons are available:

  • Theory and Ear-Training 1 – 8:
    Private: $63/hr Shared: $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.


 

Information for Music Technology classes and lessons offered through the School of Music Technology & Creativity for Summer Academy 2020, will be posted as of February 10 2020.  Stay tuned!

MUSIC THERAPY SUMMER CAMP

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

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This year’s Summer Camp will include Music Therapy and Physical Literacy. The Victoria Conservatory of Music is partnering with PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence) to offer a music therapy camp combining music and physical literacy activities. Children must be accompanied during sessions.

2020 registration will be open soon! Please see below for information on last year’s Academy.


PROGRAM DETAILS

July 1-5: VCM Westhills, Langford (#210-1314 Lakepoint Way)
July 8-12: Nanaimo Conservatory of Music (375 Selby Street)
July 15-19: VCM Downtown (900 Johnson Street)

9:00-9:45am: 1-2 years old
10:00-10:45am: 3-4 years old
11:00-11:45am: 5-6 years old
1:00-1:45pm: 7-8 years old
2:00-2:45pm: 3-5 years old
3:00-3:45pm: Medically Complex Children 1-8 years old*

Cost: FREE!

Ages: 1-8 years

*Medically Complex Children are children with cortical visual impairment with additional sensory, language, and motor impairment.


FACULTY

Johanne Brodeur, Music Therapist
Andrea Cave, Music Therapist (VCM Downtown & Westhills sites)
Aisling Ryan-Aylward, Music Therapist (Nanaimo sites)
Lesley Cambridge, Physical Literacy Instructor


 

Summer Early Music Workshops

Sinfonia I
An early music orchestra for adults, open to recorders, violins, violas and cellos.  Explore Renaissance and Baroque court and theatre music.  Improve your reading and ensemble skills.  New players must contact instructor before registering.

July 2, 9, 16, 23, August 6, 13
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm
Downtown  |  Room 302  |  $131
Instructor: Stacey Boal

 

Adult String Orchestra
Introductory level string ensemble for adults who are taking lessons and wish to meet other players and improve their reading and ensemble skills. Open to violins, violas and cellos. New players must contact instructor before registering.

July 2, 9, 16, 23, August 6, 13
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00pm
Downtown  |  Room 302  |  $131
Instructor: Stacey Boal

 

Summer Reed Ensemble

Enjoy the summer making music with this ensemble comprised of single and double reed wind players. This summer we will explore the music of Motown! The purpose of this ensemble is to give reed players a chance to “keep their chops” over the summer by playing any week they are available to join us.  To accommodate vacation and travel schedules, attendance can be flexible. There will be an optional celebratory performance on the Alix Goolden Performance Hall stage at the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Open House on Saturday, September 8 for those who are interested.

July 2 – August 27, 2019
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm
Downtown  |  Room 303 |  $158.50
Instructor: Jack Edwards

* All participants should have 1 year’s experience playing a reed instrument.