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.

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.