“If you dream of pursuing performance as a career, The Young Artists Collegium at the VCM will give you a distinct advantage. If you aren’t dreaming of pursuing performance as a career, the discipline, dedication, and problem solving skills learned in the Collegium will benefit you for the rest of your life. “

~Simon MacDonald

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So what does the word ‘Collegium’ mean?

‘Collegium’ comes from the same Latin roots as ‘colleague’. The Collegium Musicum was one of several types of musical societies that arose in German and German-Swiss cities and towns during the Reformation and thrived into the mid-18th century. Both Bach and Telemann directed these groups in Leipzig.

The VCM Collegium program provides colleagues or peers for these exceptional young musicians, supporting and challenging them to become the best they can be, in music and in life.

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The Young Artists Collegium Program

Nurturing excellence in a community of emerging musicians

Collegium is an enriched program for talented young classical musicians – singers, pianists and other instrumentalists – brought together with outstanding teachers to create a lively, collaborative educational experience devoted to the pursuit of musical excellence.

Collegium Chamber Music Concert – May 14, 2019

Collegium is designed for serious students who want to study music at the highest standard in a comprehensive setting.

Founded in 2006, the Collegium includes students studying piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, and guitar. Instrumental Collegium applicants must have achieved at least the Grade 9 RCM level; Junior Collegium is for players in Grades 6-9. Placement is based on yearly auditions.

The Collegium is an academic year program, running from September to May with auditions the previous May.

Students participate regularly in master classes, chamber music, working with accompanists, lectures and performing events.

The Collegium program is highly successful and rated among the best in the country. Our students have won top prizes in the local, provincial and national music festivals. Students’ solo playing is on a similar level, winning many local and provincial festival awards. Our graduates have earned placements at UVic, McGill University, Robert McDuffie School, New England Conservatory, Curtis Institute and at the Juilliard School of Music.

For more information contact or to become a supporter:

Simon MacDonald, Artistic Director |  |  250.386.5311 ext. 2090

Ingrid Attrot, Voice Collegium Director |  |  250.386.5311 ext. 3080

Micki Stirling, Animateur |  |  250.386.5311 ext. 3360

Application deadline for 2019/20: May 5, 2019
Audition dates: May 22-27, 2019

Click HERE for information on programs and how to apply