February 26th, 2018

Next Up: Feb 28 7 pm – “Rhythm: A Musician’s Guide to the Galaxy” – with Joanne Allers

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As a teacher, Joanne J Allers WS 20180228-3has an extremely diverse musical background.  She has taught music to students in many different settings including public and private schools, maintained private trumpet studios in Chicago, Calgary and Victoria, taught very young students (ages 1-5) for the Calgary Boys’ Choir, mixed age general music classes, piano lessons, and equally important to her, coached her three sons as they acquired violin and cello skills over twelve years!

In all of these settings, Joanne saw that by teaching students to decode the rhythm puzzle, students’ fluency and sight-reading ability flourished.  In this class, Joanne will share a part of her teaching journey and help students figure out the abstract world of rhythmic accuracy in the shortest amount of practice (and teaching) time.  Bring your instrument and discover new techniques for learning rhythm in this fun, hands-on class for students of all ages and abilities.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018  |  7:00-8:30pm  |  Downtown  |  Room 302  |  FREE

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June 23rd, 2017

Summer Flute Choir Workshop 2017



Spend your summer traveling through time with some amazing flute choir repertoire!  Starting with the Renaissance period and ending with jazz music, learn more about history and play music that was new in each time period.  Each week starts with a group warm-up focusing on tone, a technical challenge based on études written in the period of study, and ends with a “musical oddity” from a composer of the period being studied that week. This course is the perfect way to gain further understanding of the progression of music over the past 400 years by playing through a variety of chamber works, written or transcribed for flute choir.  At the end of the summer, celebrate your hard work with a group performance at the VCM Open House on September 9th.  Everyone welcome!  No previous ensemble or flute choir experience necessary.

Adult Class: 7:00-8:30pm, Room 303 | $117.50 | 10 sessions | Wednesdays:  June 28 – August 30

Youth Class: 10:15-11:45am, Room 302 | $105.75 / 9 sessions Ÿ Wednesdays:  July 5 – August 30

Instructor: Judith Pazder

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December 12th, 2016

Spark To Flame Performers

Congratulations to our students who have been selected for the February 25 2017
Spark to Flame concert:

  • Aimi Howden, piano
  • Andrew Montgomery, violin
  • Kate Moran, viola & Emma Reader-Lee, violin (duo)
  • Jennifer Turner, soprano

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online with TicketFly

Share the ticket link on your social networks, email your friends and big thanks to you all for your participation. We look forward to enjoying the concert in February!

October 17th, 2016

SPARK TO FLAME 2016-2017




AUDITIONS: Friday November 25, 5:30-9:30PM (Room 302) ; Saturday November 26, 8:30AM-5:30PM (Room 303)

FINAL REHEARSAL:  Thursday February 23 (time TBA)

CONCERT: Saturday February 25, 7:30PM


The VCM’s Spark to Flame is a program that supports emerging artists’ development, and is open to all students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. It brings together the VCM’s Senior String Orchestra, along with members of the VCM faculty and Victoria Symphony Canada, to provide a high quality professional experience for both the students playing in the orchestra, as well as a group of promising student soloists, selected through audition, who perform under the direction of guest conductor Timothy Vernon, Founder and Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria.

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 are given the opportunity to work with VCM faculty and management to develop their professional and artistic skills, and along with all participating students assist with promoting the program, which culminates in a concert at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall in February.

Helping students gain a sense of co-ownership in the program is essential to its success each year, and as such, following the Spark to Flame concert, the students are invited to participate in one or two run-out concerts, that take place in local Elementary or Middle schools in the Greater Victoria Area.  This also forms an essential part to the program, giving students the opportunity to grow interest in their younger peers in school, and collectively nurture a love for music in all.

If you are interested in participating, please submit an application form available at the front office.


Instrumental applicants must audition with the concerto, or the movement of the concerto, they wish to play in the concert. Concertos for more than one instrument will be accepted. The audition will be 15 minutes long.  Candidates should bring one original copy of their audition repertoire to the audition for the adjudicator.

Please note: Candidates must also research the instrumentation for the piece they wish to present and include this information in the space below marked “Audition Repertoire”.

For 2017, the series will focus on instrumental works and vocal arias/duets compatible for Chamber orchestra accompaniment (i.e. with VCM String Orchestra + 2FL, 2Ob, 2CL, 2Bn, and 2Hn), and is open to all students currently registered at the Victoria Conservatory of Music for the 2016-2017 academic year, who have also been registered in studio instruction for more than one year at the VCM, OR who are currently enrolled in either the Collegium, Opera Studio, Advanced Voice Workshop, or Postsecondary Diploma program. The final realization of winds, brass, and percussion parts may be transcribed to the piano at the discretion of the audition committee.

Applicants must provide their own accompanist.

Notification of results will be Friday December 9 2016 or earlier.  Soloists will be chosen based on their performance in the audition. However, programming and representation from all disciplines may be considered.

For more information, please contact Rosabel Choi, Assistant Program Director, at: 250.386.5311 ext. 2190, or


March 12th, 2016

Janina Fialkowska Piano Master Class


Friday March 18th 10:00-Noon

Alix Goolden Hall

All welcomeadmission by donation

Students participating and their repertoire:

Bonnie Lu (from the studio of Linda Low):   MOZART   Concerto no. 11 in F major (1st movement)

Keaton Ollech (from the studio of May Ling Kwok):   HAYDN:   Sonata in E flat major, Hob. XVI/52 (2nd and 3rd movements)

Ya-Ping (Jasmine) Huang (from the studio of May Ling Kwok):   LISZT:   Mephisto Waltz

Hall doors (interior only) will open at 9:30.


February 22nd, 2016

School of Classical Music Notices


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