VCM Summer Academy

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 credits.


REGISTRATION DEADLINES

Baroque for Instrumentalists: April 15, 2019
Vocal: April 30, 2019
Strings: May 15, 2019
Piano: May 15, 2019
Theory: June 1, 2019
Choral: June 14, 2019
Guitar: June 24, 2019


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, in person, or via the downloadable pdf registration form (available by following the Academy Registration link on each of the specific program pages).

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. Registration 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.


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 PROGRAM – June 19-29, 2019

The 2019 Summer Vocal Academy is now over. Thank you to all who participated!


LOCATION

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


FACULTY

Ingrid Attrot*, Soprano
Nancy Argenta*, Soprano
Daniel Taylor, Countertenor
Csinzka Rédai, Coach
Nancy Curry, Coach

*Co-Artistic Directors


ADVANCED SINGERS PROGRAM

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

This course focuses on the individual singer, so participants may bring any repertoire they wish to prepare from any era (Baroque to avant garde), including song, oratorio, and opera.

Lessons, masterclasses, coachings and workshops are scheduled between 10:00am - 1:00pm and 2:30 - 5:30pm daily except for Sunday, June 23rd (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 maximizing creativity, improving performance, and reducing anxiety will also be held throughout the course.

Acceptance is limited to 15 participants; early application is advised. Acceptance is by interview/audition.

 

CHORAL PROGRAM: July 27-August 3, 2019

The 2019 Summer Choral Academy is now over. Thank you to all who participated!

8 days + 5 choirs + 3 award-winning faculty members + 5 centuries of music + a stunning Victoria location = one unforgettable week of choral singing! Join us for the 2019 Summer Academy Choral Program!


LOCATION

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


FACULTY

Kathryn Whitney, Artistic Director
Brian Wismath, Artistic Director
Bruce Pullan, OC, Visiting Faculty
Alex Chen, Pianist
Nancy Curry, Pianist


PROGRAMS

Full-Time | $392.25 (includes all scores)
Schedule (subject to change)

  • Singing in two different chamber choirs under three conductors
  • Participation in three Choral Workshops, including with Bruce Pullan, who was awarded the Order of Canada for his services to choral music
  • *New for 2019: Voiceworks workshops with Kathryn Whitney on new singing techniques for choristers
  • *New for 2019: “Challenge Sight-Singing” sessions for advanced choristers
  • *New for 2019: Solfa Chamber Choir Workshop for beginner sight-readers
  • Bring & Sing lunchtime concerts
  • The “Who Knew Variety Show” – informal staff/student party
  • Singing in a 80-voice full choir with award-winning conductor Brian Wismath
  • The chance to perform in a chamber & full choir in the beautiful acoustic of the historic Alix Goolden Performance Hall.
  • All music is provided as part of your tuition

Part-Time | $162.25 (includes all scores)
Schedule (subject to change)

  • Welcome session at the Victoria Conservatory of Music
  • Singing in an 80-voice full choir with award-winning conductor Brian Wismath
  • Daily warm-up sessions before rehearsals with Brian Wismath and Bruce Pullan
  • Seven 2-hour rehearsals (Saturday day, weekday evenings) at the Victoria Conservatory of Music
  • Sessional rehearsals in the evenings to help you learn your music
  • A ‘Who Knew (what you can do)? Variety’ – staff and student party midweek
  • Final performance in the beautiful acoustic of the historic Alix Goolden Performance Hall
  • All music is provided as part of your tuition

Supplementary Courses
(all supplementary courses included in Full-Time Program)

  • Solfa – Beginner sight-singing  – $20
  • CHaSS – Advanced sight-singing – $20
  • Voice Works – Whitney – $20
  • Workshop 1 – Pullan – $10
  • Workshop 2 – Wismath- $10
  • Workshop 3 – Whitney – $10

REPERTOIRE

Full Choir Repertoire:
Stabat Mater – Joseph Rheinberger
Ave, Maris Stella (a cappella) – Diane Loomer
Lacrimosa (From Requiem) – W.A. Mozart
Magnum Mysterium (a cappella) – Ivo Antogini

Chamber Choir Repertoire:
At the River – Aaron Copland
The Snow – Edward Elgar
Simple Gifts – Aaron Copland
May God Bless You (Der Herr segne euch) – Bach/arr. Barry Talley
The Stars are with the Voyager – Eleanor Daley
Sing We and Chant It – Thomas Morley
Words of Chief Seattle – Amy Stephen
Red Red Rose – James Mulholland


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: June 14th, 2019

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: after June 14th, dependent on space being available, applicants will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

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

Transaction Fees:

There is a $2.25 transaction fee on all registrations.


CONCERTS

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

PIANO PROGRAM – July 1-12, 2019

The 2019 Summer Piano Academy is now over. Thank you to all who participated!

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
Roger Buksa
Anna Cal
Kelly Charlton
David Clenman
Georgina Craig
Michelle Fillion
Edwin Gnandt
May Ling Kwok
Ed LeBarron
Linda Low
Michelle Mares
Bruce Vogt

Practice Supervisors:
Shane Beech
Karen Chan
Armand Saberi


PROGRAMS

Young Artists (by audition) | $685

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:

  • General Repertoire
  • Etudes & Technical Feats:
    • Minimum Effort, Maximum Result with Michelle Mares (week 1)
    • Technique of the Russian School with Anna Cal (week 2)
  • Lecture/Demonstration: Haydn (week 1) and Schubert (week 2) with Edwin Gnandt

…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) | $685

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

  • General Repertoire
  • Etudes & Technical Feats:
    • Minimum Effort, Maximum Result with Michelle Mares (week 1)
    • Technique of the Russian School with Anna Cal (week 2)
  • Lecture/Demonstration: Haydn (week 1) an Schubert (week 2) with Edwin Gnandt
  • Choir

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

Intermediate (Grade 5-8) | $540

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

  • Repertoire masterclass
  • Technique class (including 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) | $475

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

  • Repertoire masterclass
  • Technique class
  • 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.

Adult (all levels) | $555

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: Haydn (week 1) an Schubert (week 2) with Edwin Gnandt

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 5, 6, 7

Full-Weekend | $180

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

Saturday, July 6 | $95
9am-5pm

  • Personalities and Teaching Styles with Mark Anderson
  • Biomechanics of Bach with Michelle Mares
  • Intermediate Technique with Edwin Gnandt
  • Alberto Jonas and the Master School of Piano Playing and Virtuosity with Mark Anderson
  • Pianistic Style with Edwin Gnandt
    • A) Varying ‘ Physical and Technical ‘ approaches exist among pianists today. Performing styles also vary from country to country. And really — how much gesturing is considered in good or bad taste?
    • B) A discussion on “Stylistic Principals” that govern performing repertoire from the Baroque to the Modern Period
  • Masterclass observation with Mark Anderson
  • Evening recital (7:30pm) by Bruce Vogt featuring two Nocturnes from Chopin, Op. 62 No. 1 in B Major and Op. 27, No. 2 in Db Major; Brahms’ Op. 116, Intermezzo Op. 119 No. 1 in B Minor, and Variations on a Theme of Schumann. Prior to performing the last piece, Bruce will speak about the work.

Sunday, July 7 | $95
10am-5pm

  • Tobias Matthay, his writings and concepts through the eyes of my teacher, Aiko Onishi with Mark Anderson
  • Czerny, the Founding Forefather of Modern Piano Technique with Michelle Mares
  • Editions, an overview with recommendations for the major composers with Mark Anderson
  • Fryderyk Chopin: A Retrospective Summation of the Man and his Pianistic Legacy with Edwin Gnandt
  • Masterclass observation

OPTIONAL CLASSES

Haydn Lecture/Demonstrations with Edwin Gnandt (week 1) | $96
Included for Young Artists, Senior and Adult participants.

Schubert Lecture/Demonstrations with Edwin Gnandt (week 2) | $96
Included for Young Artists, Senior and Adult participants.

Minimum Effort/Maximum Result Michelle Mares (week 1) | $96
Included for Young Artists and  Senior participants.
Bringing ease and efficient movement to the keyboard.

Technique of the Russian School with Anna Cal (week 2) | $96
Included for Young Artists and  Senior participants.

Brahms and Schumann Lecture/Masterclass with Michelle Fillion and Bruce Vogt (2 weeks) | $385
2 hours daily. The first hour will focus on an exploration of Brahms and Schumann’s lives and piano music. 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 Brahm’s and Schumann’s piano music. Participants are invited to perform but it is not necessary to do so in order to take part. Non-pianists are also welcome.

Choir (11:30am-12:30pm) | $112
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 8-12).

Chamber Duet: $194.50
String Trio: $299.50
String Quartet: $352
String Quintet: $404.50

Private Lessons | $71/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: May 15th, 2019

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 Registration + Transaction Fees:

There is a $30 non-refundable registration 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 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; selections from 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 PROGRAM – July 2-12, August 26-30

Register for Re-Boot Camp today!

Week 1 and 2 of the 2019 Summer Strings Academy is now over. Thank you to all who participated!

The VCM Summer Academy String Program brings together young violinsts, violists, and cellists wanting to immerse themselves in exciting string study tailored specifically for the needs of advanced students and junior players, with emphasis on the development of technique and musicianship. 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
Daniel Scholz, Conductor and Viola
Kathryn Ranger, Violin
Brian Yoon, Cello
Paula Kiffner, Cello
Robert Holliston, Collaborative Pianist
Jennifer Mitchell, Collaborative Pianist

Faculty are subject to change.


PROGRAMS

Senior Strings

  • 1 week (July 2-6 or July 8-12) $455
  • 2 weeks (July 2-12) $830

Senior Strings participants will take part in daily technique classes, masterclasses, three private lessons per week, accompanying sessions with a professional pianist, string orchestra, and chamber music. 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”.

Senior Strings – “Re-Boot Camp”

  • 1 week (August 26-30) $375

Have you spent the summer tree planting, or serving coffee, or driving Pedi-cabs? All noble pursuits, to be sure, and a great way to save for tuition, but it may have interfered with practicing! Did you spend the summer playing orchestral or chamber music festivals, but not practicing your technique? Also a wonderful way to spend the summer, but the semester is about to happen and you need to get back into shape ASAP!

Re-Boot Camp features:

  • All your scales and Arpeggios, 2, 3 and 4 octaves – ALL of them (even the augmented ones that you have never heard of)!
  • All your double stop scales; yes, fingered octaves and tenths.
  • Etudes!
  • Excerpts!
  • Lessons on repertoire you promised your teachers you would prepare, but didn’t.
  • Lessons and a mock audition for the GVYO or your School 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

  • Week One – Junior Boot Camp (July 2-6 | 10am – 1pm) $249.25

In this new and exciting Junior Academy, students working between RCM grade 3/Suzuki middle Book 1+ and grade 6/Suzuki Book 5 will learn rehearsal and performance techniques, participate in daily technique class, expand their knowledge of music theory and history, and develop critical listening skills – all while mastering interesting and challenging solo repertoire. Students are encouraged to bring two solo pieces to Junior Boot Camp; one that is already prepared and one that is a “work in progress”. The week includes a minimum of 2 private lessons, and 2 rehearsals with a pianist.

  • Week Two – Junior Chamber Music Week (July 8-12 | 10am-1pm) $249.25

In week 2 of the Junior Strings Academy, Faculty and students collaborate in orchestra and small chamber ensembles to explore a variety of chamber-style 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.

  • Both Weeks (July 2-12 | 10am-1pm) $474

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


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: May 15th

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 Registration + Transaction Fees:

  • Before May 15th – $30
  • After May 15th – $55

Please note: after May 15th, 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 students at 8:30am on Tuesday, July 2 and for Week 2 (only) students on Monday, July 8.    Further details will be sent to participants by email toward the end of June.


CONCERTS

Finale Concerts Senior Program: One or two final performances each week (enrolment dependent). Featuring our orchestras, chamber groups and soloists Saturday, July 6 and Friday, July 12 at 3pm and 6 pm (if necessary)  in AGPH.

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

Admission by donation.

GUITAR PROGRAM – July 23-27,2019

The 2019 Summer Guitar Academy is now over. Thank you to all who participated!

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)
Michael Kolk (ON)

Emerging Artists
Razvan Bezna (FL)
Simon Farintosh (WI)


PROGRAMS

Full Course

  • July 23-27 $395

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


THE FINE PRINT

Registration Deadline: June 24th

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 24th, 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

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)

BAROQUE FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS – July 12-20, 2019

     

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

The 2019 Summer Baroque Academy is now over. Thank you to all who participated!

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 and viol
Nathan Whittaker (Seattle); cello
Christina Hutten (Vancouver); harpsichord
Soile Stratkauskas, flute
Curtis Foster (Seattle); oboe and recorder
Katrina Russell; bassoon


PROGRAMS

  • July 12-20 $600*

This course includes:

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

Program start: July 12th, 4pm
Final Concert: Saturday, July 20th at 7:30pm
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: April 15th

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.


THE FINE PRINT

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


 

 

THEORY PROGRAM – July 2-August 2, 2019

Registration deadline: June 1, 2019


LOCATION

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


FACULTY

Crystal Wiksyk, Artistc Director – soundadvice@telus.net | 250-361-1271
Daniel Brandes
Anna Cal
David Clenman
Christine Donkin
Robert Holliston
Jan Randall


The 2019 Summer Theory Academy runs Monday-Friday, from July 2nd-August 2nd.

PROGRAMS

Please contact the Artistic Director (soundadvice@telus.net | 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 and ear-training (Levels 1 – 8), composition clubs and Music History classes. Private and shared private lessons are available for Harmony and Counterpoint 9 and 10, Keyboard Harmony, Composition and Digital Notation.

Composition History Classes Pedagogy Workshops
Theory &
Ear-Training
Sound Advice for Adults Private Instruction

 

Composition with Christine Donkin

Composer Christine Donkin will be offering Composition Clubs again this summer! Christine has moved to Victoria from Ottawa and is now a faculty member at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where she teaches theory and composition. Christine’s work has been commissioned, performed and recorded by such ensembles as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony New Brunswick, the DaCapo Chamber Choir, and the Canadian Guitar Quartet, and is frequently featured in concerts by young musicians and amateur ensembles. 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 for their peers to perform, either locally or further afield.

Composition Clubs
July 8-12 and/or July 15-19
1pm-3pm (Monday-Friday)
5x2hr sessions | $210 plus $10 materials fee
These camps are designed for students with a solid theoretical background (pre-requisite Levels 5) and 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 project. The group composition will be premiered by student ensembles in the following academic year. Contact instructor for placement prior to registering.

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

Sound Advice Theory and Ear-Training Classes

Crystal Wiksyk is a co-author of the Sound Advice theory and ear-training series, the online 4-star ear-training, and the Celebrate Theory series levels 1-8. 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 Crystal 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.

RCM theory examinations will be held in Victoria on August 9 and 10, 2019 and the deadline to apply is June 4th.

Sounds Advice PLUS Composition
Instructor: Christine Donkin
July 8-12 and/or July 15-19
9am-12pm (weekdays)
5x3hr sessions | $315 + book
A valuable supplement to Sound Advice theory and ear-training for beginners, students will balance their studies in music theory and ear-training with creative applications in composition. By using material from the Sound Advice program, they will improve their music reading skills in both pitch and rhythm as well as well as related aural skills and apply their new skills by learning to compose their own music. Bring a snack!

Sound Advice Theory and Ear-Training – Level 4
Instructor: Crystal Wiksyk
July 2 – 12 and TBA
10am– 12pm (weekdays)
9 x 2hr sessions | $378.00  

Sound Advice Theory – Level 5
Instructor: Crystal Wiksyk
July 2 – 12 and TBA
3pm – 5:15pm (weekdays)
9 x 2.25 hr sessions | $425.25
Level 4 covers the theory requirements for Grade 5 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite, Theory 5 or equivalent.

Sound Advice Theory and Ear-Training – Level 6
Instructor: Crystal Wiksyk 
July 15 – 26 and TBA
10:30am-12:30pm (weekdays)
10 x 2hr sessions | $420.00
Level 6 covers the theory requirements for RCM Grade 6 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite, Theory 5 or equivalent.

Sound Advice Theory – Level 7
Instructor: Crystal Wiksyk
July 15 – 26 and TBA
1pm -3pm (weekdays)
10 x 2hr sessions | $420.00
Level 7 covers the theory requirements for Grade 7 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite Theory 6 or equivalent.

Sound Advice Theory Level 8 – FULL
Instructor: Crystal Wiksyk
July 15 – 26
3pm-5pm (weekdays)
10 x 2hr sessions | $420.00
Level 8 covers the theory requirements for Grade 8 instrumental and vocal examinations. Pre-requisite, Theory 7 or equivalent.

Sound Advice – Introductory Harmony
Instructor: Crystal Wiksyk
July 2 – 12
1pm – 3pm (weekdays)
9 x 2.25hr sessions | $425.25
It is highly recommended that students complete Introductory Harmony to gain the skills required for further studies in Harmony and Counterpoint. This course is a required pre-requisite for our Harmony and Counterpoint 9 classes. Students are introduced to four-part harmony and counterpoint, all seventh chords and lead sheet symbols, improvising over chord progressions, baroque dances, song writing and more. Pre-requisite – Theory 8.

Harmony 9 or Harmony 10
Instructor: Crystal Wiksyk
July 2 – 26, Dates/times to be arranged with instructor
Private and shared private lessons are available on limited basis – please contact the Artistic Director for placement.
Prerequisite for Harmony and Counterpoint 9: Sound Advice Introductory Harmony
Prerequisite for Harmony and Counterpoint 10: Harmony and Counterpoint 9
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
Instructor: David Clenman
David Clenman is a long time VCM faculty member and instructor at the University of Victoria. David teaches all levels of Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition, Advanced Aural Skills and Sight-Singing. Private and shared private lessons are available – please contact the Artistic Director for placement.

An Introduction to Keyboard  Harmony
Instructor: Anna Cal
Senior piano faculty member, Anna Cal, is offering a set of private keyboard harmony lessons again this summer! Anna studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg with Vitaly Verzon, Pavel Yegorov and Helen Shishko, and holds Masters degrees (with distinction) in three different fields of music. Anna teaches piano, piano pedagogy and keyboard harmony at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and is the Director of Collaborative piano and Interpretation in Art Songs Projects.
July 16 – 20
3 x 45 minute private sessions (weekdays) | $159.75
5 x 45 minute private sessions (weekdays) |  $266.25
Lesson dates and times arranged directly with instructor.

History Classes

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 2 – August 2
4:45pm – 6pm (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 2 – August 2
8:45am – 10am (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.

Sound Advice for Adults  

Instructor: Christine Donkin
If you sing in a choir, play the saxophone or fiddle, have rediscovered the guitar or are planning to learn an instrument in the future, you will enjoy learning about theoretical concepts and hearing how they relate to the actual sound of the music. We will start at the beginning and move along as quickly, or slowly, as we feel comfortable. The course is designed to make all of your musical involvements more enjoyable, as your increased knowledge provides new levels of understanding and musical independence. Contact the Artistic Director for placement.

Two Sessions
One session is for beginners and the other is for more experienced students. Contact the instructor to be placed into the appropriate class.

Session One:
July 8 – 12
3pm – 5pm (Mon – Fri)
10 x 2hr sessions |  $210.00 (text required)

Session Two:
July 15 – 19
3pm – 5pm (Mon – Fri)
5x 2hr sessions | $210 (text required)

Pedagogy Workshops

Encouraging Composition in Private Music Lessons with Christine Donkin
Saturday, July 13
2:30pm – 5:30pm | $63 plus $10 materials fee
Join composer and educator Christine Donkin for an in-depth presentation on how to help music students develop their creative potential. Christine will cover approaches to teaching music composition at all levels, including initial inspiration, expansion and development of musical ideas, and notation.

Theory and Ear-Training Pedagogy 1
Theory & Musicianship  with  Crystal Wiksyk
July 29 and 30
9:30am – 12:30pm | $126 plus $10 materials fee
Topics include the development of aural recognition and memory skills, rhythmic reading techniques to improve sight-reading, and relating theoretical and aural concepts through dictation, sight singing, improvisation and melody writing. Class-room teaching and preparation for theory examinations will be explored. Teachers are encouraged to contact the instructor to be placed into small groups/semi-private lessons to allow for specific requests.

Theory and Ear-Training Pedagogy 2
Introductory Harmony & Musicianship with Crystal Wiksyk
July 29 and 30
1:30pm – 4:30pm | $126.00 plus Introductory Harmony Text
The topic of this course is helping students bridge the gap between Theory 8 and Grade 9 harmony. Required text: Sound Advice Introductory Harmony

Teaching Music History with Robert Holliston
Dates: TBA + Time: TBA |  $65 plus $10 materials fee

Private Instruction

Private and shared private lessons are available:

  • Theory and Ear-Training 1 – 8:
    Private: $61/hr
    Shared: $71/hr
  • Composition with Christine Donkin: Private: $61/hr
  • Harmony and Counterpoint 9 and 10: $71/hr
  • Keyboard Harmony: $71/hr
  • Advanced Harmony, Counterpoint, and Ear-Training: $81/hr

THE FINE PRINT

Transaction Fees:

There is a $2.25 transaction fee on all registrations.


 

Check out special summer Music Tech classes and lessons offered in July and August through the School of Music Technology and Creativity.

ABOUT SUMMER M-TECH CLASSES

MUSIC THERAPY SUMMER CAMP

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

Proudly presented by:

  

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.

The 2019 Music Therapy Summer Camp is now over. Thank you to all who participated!


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.