Conservatory School of Classical Music

Explore the diversity of “Classical” music, which encompasses the works of composers dating from the European Renaissance, through the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century Modern eras, and on to the present.

The Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music offers students the opportunity to discover music that reflects the lives of past composers, including those who dared to go against the mindset of the day, striving for freedom of expression through music and art.  For over 50 years, the study of Classical Music has been the corner stone for all programs offered through the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM).  With the recent expansion of VCM curricula to include the study of Popular-Contemporary genres, as now offered through the Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music, the VCM has moved the study of Classical Music away from a traditionally prescriptive approach to teaching music, to a learning experience that welcomes and accommodates all learning styles, and levels from beginner to very advanced, regardless of age or ability.

In celebration of the VCM’s 50th anniversary (2014-2015), the new CSCM was named in honour of Ann & George Nation, who along with Ann’s sister Gillian Nelles, and their mother, Mrs. Alix Goolden, founder of the VCM, have been steadfast supporters of the Conservatory since its founding in 1964. With their sincere passion and commitment over the years, what began as the Victoria School of Music with just 8 students, has continued to grow and flourish, and so now in celebration of their wonderful support, The Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music represents an umbrella for the original core disciplines of the VCM: Keyboard, Voice, Strings, and Winds/Brass Faculty Departments, the study of Classical Theory and History subjects, and the renowned Young Artists Collegium Program.

Using the tabs above, please browse through the various Faculty Departments and programs of the CSCM, where you will find more information, including lists of faculty, programs, and events, as well as news, photos, videos, and notices to current students. To find a private lesson instructor, complete our Referral Form.

Spark to Flame Annual Student Concert

The Spark to Flame concert returns in person to Alix Goolden Performance Hall on Saturday February 25 2023 7:30 pm. 


The VCM’s annual Spark to Flame concert is presented by the Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music. This program supports emerging artists’ development and is open to all current* students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. It brings together the VCM’s Chamber Orchestra, along with members of the VCM faculty and the Victoria Symphony to provide a high-caliber professional experience for both the students playing in the orchestra, as well as a group of promising student soloists, selected through audition.  *Some restrictions apply, please see Audition Application Policies below for details. The program instills in musicians the importance of personal responsibility in creating a professional performance. During the weeks leading up to the Spark to Flame performance in February, participating soloists will be given the opportunity to work with VCM faculty and management to develop their professional and artistic skills. Along with all participants, students assist with promoting the program.

Read Spark to Flame 2023 Audition Application Policies 

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Notice: All programs within the Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music do not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review these programs.