Notices

February 13th, 2020

Collegium February 17 Schedule and Announcements

► Monday February 17, 2020 BC FAMILY DAY – VCM CLOSURE: There will be no Collegium Program
Family:  given or chosen, present or absent: enjoy them this Family Day holiday

 

 Congratulations to Collegium singers for their lovely, moving performances in the French Song Competition! Winners included (bold names are Collegium members or alumni)

Intermediate
1st place: Jasmine Tuapin
2nd place (tie): Sheyda Shams, Matthew Stratton

Senior A
1st place: Anne van der Sloot
2nd place: Char Hodgkins
Honourable mention: Gina Johnson

 

►   SNACKS:  Thanks to Noah Burdge, Cobie Yu and families who supplied snacks last week.
On Monday February 17th , it will be the BC Family Day holiday and the Conservatory will be closed.
Next week on February 24th, snacks will be supplied by Luke Kim, Yanina Kosivanova and families.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

February 7th, 2020

Collegium February 10 Schedule and Announcements

February 10 Schedule

 Congratulations to Collegium member Annabelle Tian, viola student of Guyonne LeLouarn, who has passed her grade 10 RCM this month! With first class honours…   If any other Collegium members have good news like this to share, please let Micki know.

 

►   SNACKS:  Thanks to Aiden McClure and Tasmin Carlow-Ujiie and families who supplied snacks last week.  On Monday February 10th, snacks will be supplied by Noah Burdge, Cobie Yu and families.  Next week on February 17th, it will be the BC Family Day holiday and the Conservatory will be closed.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

January 30th, 2020

Collegium February 3 Schedule and Announcements

February 3 Schedule

► French Song Competition: Application deadline tomorrow! Friday Jan 31st

 

► Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Registration:  A special thanks to each of the people who got their chamber groups registered and paid.  If you are in a chamber group and have not yet reimbursed that person for your part of the fee, do it now!  Bis dat qui cito dat.

 

Concert:  Ensemble Made In Canada | Tonight! January 30 at 7:30pm  Wood Hall
Free for 18 years of age and under Pick up tickets at the VCM front desk.
https://vcm.bc.ca/event/ensemble-made-in-canada/

 

 Special Chamber Masterclass with Christian Kluxen | Friday January 31  4:00-5:30pm Wood Hall
Humphreys Quartet, Nation Trio and Goolden Trio playing Mozart, Shostakovich and Ravel.
All Collegium members encouraged to attend.  General Audience Welcome – No Charge

 

►   SNACKS:  Thanks to Melissa Irvine and Yudi Zhang and families who supplied snacks last week.  On Monday February 3rd, snacks will be supplied by Aiden McClure and Tasmin Carlow-Ujiie and families.  Next week on February 10th, Noah Burdge, Cobie Yu and families will be the suppliers.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

January 23rd, 2020

Collegium January 27 Schedule and Announcements

January 27 Schedule

► Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Registration: Strings, Voice-Classical and Piano deadline next Wednesday January 29.  Have you registered your group yet?  Have you paid so your registration is complete?
Need help?  Contact Micki Stirling and/or Fuchsia Shier at the Festival office (festival@gvpaf.org or phone 250-386-9223).

 

Concert:  Ensemble Made In Canada | Thursday, January 30 at 7:30pm  Wood Hall
Free for 18 years of age and under Pick up tickets at the VCM front desk.
https://vcm.bc.ca/event/ensemble-made-in-canada/

 

 Special Chamber Masterclass with Christian Kluxen | Friday January 31  4:00-5:30pm Wood Hall
Humphreys Quartet, Nation Trio and Goolden Trio playing Mozart, Shostakovich and Ravel.
All Collegium members encouraged to attend.  General Audience Welcome – No Charge

 

►   SNACKS:  Thanks to Keziah Froese, Matthew Stratton and Amy Leighton-Bickel and families who supplied snacks last week.  On Monday January 27th, snacks will be supplied by Melissa Irvine and Yudi Zhang and families.  Next week on February 3rd, Aiden McClure and Tasmin Carlow-Ujiie and families will be the suppliers.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

January 16th, 2020

Collegium Jan 20 Schedule and Announcements

January 20, 2020 Schedule

Announcements as of January 16th

Concert: Ensemble Made In Canada
Thursday, January 30 at 7:30pm Wood Hall
Free for 18 years of age and under Pick up tickets at the VCM front desk.
https://vcm.bc.ca/event/ensemble-made-in-canada/

SNACKS: Thanks to Elana Lin and family who supplied snacks last week.
On Monday January 20th, snacks will be supplied by Keziah Froese, Matthew Stratton and Amy Leighton-Bickel and families. Next week on January 27th Melissa Irvine and Yudi Zhang and families will be the suppliers.

Questions? Concerns? Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or reply to stirling@vcm.bc.ca

 

January 10th, 2020

Collegium Jan 13 Schedule and Announcements

Announcements as of January 10th

January 13 2020 Schedule

VO Collegium Ensemble Schedule – Jan 2020

Vo Collegium Ensembles List January 2020

VOICE COLLEGIUM! Attached please find your ensemble assignment list and your coaching schedules.

TONIGHT! Friday January 10th 7:30m, St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria
Victoria Baroque with Kati Debretzeni, violin (UK): “Forces of Nature”
A Tour-de-Force through the transformations of Nature: Vivaldi’s celebrated Four Seasons paired with Rebel’s eccentric orchestral suite about the creation of the Earth, Les Élémens.
Pre-concert Performance at 7pm: Petit Baroque and students from VCM opera studio perform arias from Handel’s Xerxes.
Student Tickets just $5, available at Royal & McPherson box office, Munro’s Books, Ivy’s Bookshop, and at the door. More info: 250 590 9770, victoria-baroque@shaw.ca, victoria-baroque.com

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra’s Louis Sherman Concerto Competition: all Collegium members: All 3 Isidora Uhlman (Jr. Collegium), Elana Lin and Rebecca Reader-Lee (Sr. instr. Collegium). The prize this year is a masterclass with Nikki Chooi to be held April 16th.

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Registrations: We expect/encourage all Collegium Chamber groups to enter the Festival. This year the registration procedure is different. Micki will send out the info on how to register your group on Monday after the Festival office has set up the groups’ profiles.

SNACKS:
Thanks to the suppliers of snacks last week: William Gao and Evelyn Li and families.
On Monday January 13th, snacks will be supplied by Elana Lin and Amy Leighton-Bickel and families. Next week on January 20th and families will be the suppliers.

Questions? Concerns? Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or reply to stirling@vcm.bc.ca

January 3rd, 2020

Collegium January 6 Schedule and Announcements

January 6 Schedule

 

►   Happy New Year!  We hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

 

►   Congratulations to Boris Li, composer! Winner of Rae Gallimore and Barry Tan’s composition competition.  His composition will be played for the 2 recitals listed below. Come to the free pre-concert session in Wood Hall and buy a ticket (cheaper in advance) for the recitals in James Bay or on Salt Spring.  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/west-coast-recital-series-rae-gallimore-barry-tan-tickets-85586067231?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

Boris Li
Full Member
Age 17, Violin
Teacher:Müge BüyükçelenSchool: St Michaels
“Boris began playing violin at age of 5 and has the qualifications of Dip. ABRSM and LTCL. He has been with the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra for more than 4 years and has performed as a soloist in public concerts with Pan Asia Philharmonic Orchestra. This is his third year with the Collegium program. He will be going into grade 12. He often composes in his spare time, but claims not to like playing music, and apparently despises performing solo. He likes to stay indoors and do nothing.”

 

► Concert session: Alumna violist Rae Gallimore and pianist Barry Tan will present a series of 3 concerts/session starting tomorrow.  Works by Rebecca Clarke, JS Bach, Elizabeth Raum, Clara Schumann AND Boris Li!

Educational Pre-Concert Event
Tomorrow!   Friday, January 3rd, 2020, at 2:00PM  Wood Hall
Victoria Conservatory of Music
All welcome – FREE!

RECITAL 1 -FRIDAY, January 3rd, 2020, at 7:30PM
James Bay United Church
511 Michigan St, Victoria

RECITAL 2 – SUNDAY, January 5th, 2020, at 1:00PM
Anglican Parish of Salt Spring Island
110 Park Dr, Salt Spring Island

Recital tickets:   https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/west-coast-recital-series-rae-gallimore-barry-tan-tickets-85586067231?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

 

Weekly rehearsal rooms: If your group has changed or if you don’t have a weekly booking for the spring term, ACT NOW: poll your group, decide on some possible times and send Micki and email to request a booking.

 

►   SNACKS: Thanks to the suppliers of snacks at the Christmas Party: Abby Corpus and Charlie Dutton and families.

 

On Monday January 6th, snacks will be supplied by William Gao and Evelyn Li and families.  Next week on January 13th Amy Leighton-Bickel and Elana Lin and families will be the suppliers.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

December 11th, 2019

Collegium December 16 Schedule and Announcements

December 15 Concert and December 16 Schedule

 

►   Last concert: Sunday December 15th   2:30pm Collegium Christmas Concert & Social
This concert will have a festive reception afterwards. We ask each performer’s family to bring one plate of finger food to contribute to the event. We will supply hot cider.
Thanks to the families involved with the concerts on the 8th and 9th who supplied such lovely food.

 

►   Program on Monday December 16th: VOICE & INSTRUMENTAL TOGETHER

4:00-5:00 Sight reading of carols

5:00-6:30 Party!  White elephant gift exchange and Pizza

All members are expected to participate in these sessions. Please let Micki know if you can’t be there so the pizza order is only for those attending. Also let her know if you have dietary restrictions that affect the pizza order.  Thanks.

 

► Next regular chamber or ensemble coaching Monday January 6th.

 

►   Coming December 16th! It starts with each person bringing a wrapped gift.
HINT: The best White Elephant gifts are items that you have around the house that are nice, but that you don’t want!  Next best is something from a thrift store with a cost of $5 or less.  Humourous gifts are always fun and chocolate is very popular.

 

 ►   SNACKS:  Thanks to the suppliers of snacks last week: Annabelle Tian and family.
On Monday December 16th, cookies and juice to go with PIZZA will be provided by Abby Corpus and Charlie Dutton and families.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

December 6th, 2019

Collegium Dec 9 Schedule and Announcements

December 9 Schedule

Announcements as of December 6th

► Singers: We will serve the singers’ snacks just before their dress rehearsal – at 4:45 in the Green Room.
The dress rehearsal starts promptly at 5:00 and the concert at 7:00. Invite your friends to the concert! It is a big hall.

► Concerts – start times
Please note the following corrected start times for Collegium Concerts (please correct in your Syllabus)
Sunday December 8th 2:30pm Junior Collegium & Orchestras Concert
Monday December 9th 7:00pm Collegium Voice & Chamber Concert
Sunday December 15th 2:30pm Collegium Christmas Concert & Social
All three concerts will have a festive reception afterwards.
We ask each performer’s family to bring one plate of finger food to contribute to the event.
We will supply hot cider.

► Congratulations to Keisha McKay and Maï Ikemura. They won the Cowichan Consort Orchestra’s concerto competition this year. They will each be performing with the orchestra in March 2020.

► Did you know that the VCM Composition Club has composed a piece to be played by the de la Haye Trio?
Stay tuned for performance details.

► Program on Monday December 16th: VOICE & INSTRUMENTAL TOGETHER
4:00-5:00 Sight reading of carols
5:00-6:30 Party! White elephant gift exchange and Pizza
Please let Micki know if you can’t be there so the pizza order is only for those attending. Also let her know if you have dietary restrictions that affect the pizza order. Thanks.

►Coming December 16th!
It starts with each person bringing a wrapped gift.
HINT: The best White Elephant gifts are items that you have around the house that are nice, but that you don’t want! Next best is something from a thrift store with a cost of $5 or less. Humourous gifts are always fun and chocolate is very popular.

► SNACKS:
Thanks to the suppliers of snacks last week: Alyra Myrkwood and Seung Choi and families.
On Monday December 9th, snacks will be provided by Annabelle Tian and Matthew Stratton and families.
The next week on December 16th Abby Corpus and Charlie Dutton and families will supply cookies and juice to go with PIZZA.

► Questions? Concerns? Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360

November 28th, 2019

Collegium December 2 Schedule and Announcements

December 2 Schedule

 

► Lieder Competition Congrats to all who sung and especially to Voice Collegium members.

Collegium winners in the Lieder Competition include:
Intermediate: 1st Place Abby Corpus | 2nd Place William Gao

Also Alex Chen received an Honourable Mention in Senior A! (Robert Holliston was playing for him).  And of course he was the official pianist so playing for everyone else!

 

►   Concerts – start times
Please note the following corrected start times for Collegium Concerts (please correct in your Syllabus)

Sunday December 8th   2:30pm    Junior Collegium & Orchestras Concert
Monday December 9th   7:00pm    Collegium Voice & Chamber Concert
Sunday December 15th   2:30pm    Collegium Christmas Concert & Social
Sunday May 3rd    2:30pm    Junior Collegium and Orchestras
Thursday May 7th   7:00pm    Collegium Voice & Chamber Concert
Tuesday May 12th   7:00pm    Collegium end of year Concert & Social

 

►   SNACKS:

Thanks to the suppliers of snacks last week: Felina Yang and Aniela Erzinger and families.
On Monday December 2nd, snacks will be provided by Alyra Myrkwood and Seung Choi and families.
The next week on December 9th it will be Annabelle Tian and Matthew Stratton and families.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360

November 22nd, 2019

Collegium November 25 Schedule and Announcements

November 25 Schedule

► Lieder Competition Tuesday November 26th Alix Goolden Hall Anne Grimm & Isaiah Bell, Adjudicators; Alex Chen Piano  Junior & Intermediate 5:30;  Seniors 7:00   All Welcome – Admission by Donation  Good luck to all the Voice Collegium singers who will be participating.

 

►   Chamber Competition Thanks to all the instrumental groups for their hard work and preparation – it was a marvelous evening of chamber music. The jurors were very impressed.  Prizes will be given to the Senior Collegium winners (de la Haye Trio, Goolden Trio, Humphreys Quartet, Tolmie Trio) at the December 15 Christmas Concert.

 

►  CONCERT Sunday November 24th 7:30pm
“Glory in the Highest”: Victoria Baroque  with St John’s Chamber Singers
St John the Divine Church, 1611 Quadra St, Victoria

Magnificent baroque works for soloists, choir, and orchestra. Bach’s Cantata 147 including chorale “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, and Lotti’s Missa Sapientiae. Soloists: Anne van der Sloot, soprano;  Kyla Fradette, soprano; Alana Hayes, mezzo soprano; Isaiah Bell, tenor; Kyron Basu, baritone.   (bold type =Collegium alumni)

Student tickets only $5!   Contact & info: 250 590 9770, victoria-baroque@shaw.ca, victoria-baroque.com

 

►   SNACKS:

Thanks to the suppliers of snacks last week: Yanina Kosivanova and Alexis Woo and families.
On Monday November 25th, snacks will be provided by Felina Yang and Aniela Erzinger and families.
The next week on December 2nd  it will be Alyra Myrkwood and Seung Choi and families.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

November 15th, 2019

Collegium November 18 Schedule and Announcements

November 18 Schedule

►   Chamber Competition!!  Tuesday November 19 6:00pm Alix Goolden Hall
Sharon Stanis and Lorraine Min, Jurors ~ Audience Welcome

There will be 4 categories:
Junior A, Average Age: 14 years and under, Level: Grade 6 to 9
– Beacon Hill Trio
– The Four

Junior B, Average Age: 14 years and under, Level: Grade 10 and up.
– de la Haye Trio
– Douglas Trio
– Lekwungen Piano Trio

Intermediate, Average Age: 17 years and under
– Goolden Trio
– Humphreys Quartet
– Nation Trio
– Scott-Wood Duo

Senior, Average Age: 23 years and under
– Tolmie Trio
– Cross Strings

Winners will be announced at the end of the evening.  Prizes will be awarded at the Christmas Concerts Dec 8 & 15.
Performers should arrive by 5:45
.  All are encouraged to watch the other performances until it is near their turn. Check in at the Green Room to see which warm up rooms are available.

 

►   Emily Carr String Quartet presents…Different Trains: A Tribute to the Kronos Quartet

Three performances:

METCHOSIN  Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:30pm @ St. Mary’s, 4125 Metchosin Road
SIDNEY            Sunday, Nov. 24, 2:30pm @ St. Paul’s, 2410 Malaview Ave
VICTORIA        Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7:30pm @ St. John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street

Tickets: $25, available at Ivy’s Bookshop, Royal and McPherson box offices (including online at www.rmts.bc.ca), and at the door | FREE for students at the door.

 

►   SNACKS: On Monday November 18th, snacks will be provided by Yanina Kosivanova and Alexis Woo and families.
The next week on November 25th it will be Felina Yang and Aniela Erzinger and families.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

November 1st, 2019

Collegium November 4 Schedule and Announcements

November 4 Schedule

 

►   Due to a recent presence of mice in Alix Goolden Hall, we will now be serving the snacks for masterclasses held in the hall in the adjacent lobby concession area. No one will be allowed to bring food back into the Hall with them.  This means that you will need to be very focused to get snacks eaten and be back to the masterclass on time.  Please help us by complying with this ruling.  Thanks.

 

►   Are you playing any Canadian Repertoire?  There will be a special Canada Music Week Saturday Noon Concert Saturday November 23rd 12:30.  Talk to your teacher to register!

 

►   SNACKS:  Thank you to Keisha McKay and Aiden McClure and families for the snacks this week.
On Monday November 4th, snacks will be provided by Carey Wang and Cobie Yu and families. The next week on November 11th it will be Remembrance Day and the Conservatory will be closed.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or

October 24th, 2019

Collegium October 28 Schedule and Announcements

October 28 Schedule

►   Congrats to all who auditioned for Spark to Flame 2020; and particularly to (Collegium members and alumni in bold text) Vanessa Tian, Samuel Li, Nicole Teachman, Lucy Zhang, Emily Dubois, McKenna Jennings and Taya Haldane (duo), Thomas Bauer, Deanna Sills and Gina Johnson (duo) who have been selected to be featured with the Spark to Flame Orchestra on February 29, 2020! We look forward to this special evening of performances.

►   Are you playing any Canadian Repertoire?  There will be a special Canada Music Week Saturday Noon Concert Saturday November 23rd 12:30.  Talk to your teacher to register!

►  Found in Wood Hall: Cloth carry bag from a piano store.  Let me know if it is yours.

►  Missing, the Chamber Opera by Brian Current and Marie Clements, runs Friday and Saturday October 25 and 26, 7:00pm at the Baumann centre. Including a few current and past Collegium coaches and VCM Alumni in the 7 piece chamber orchestra (Mary Byrne, Simon MacDonald, Alasdair Money) and VCM Alumni in the cast.  Not quite sold out yet. Student tickets only $15 https://pacificopera.ca/event/missing/

►  The Wilder & Davis Luthiers‘ team will be visiting Vancouver from the evening of Saturday, October  26th, to the evening of Wednesday, October 30th.   As usual, they will be staying at the Sylvia Hotel, 1154 Gilford Street on English Bay, 604-681-9321.  (Please ask hotel personnel about their location upon arrival).

If you wish to make an appointment for a bow rehair, sound adjustment, insurance estimate, minor repair or alternately to try instruments or bows please contact the team in Montreal, as soon as possible at ontheroad@wilderdavis.com. Do not hesitate to share any special requests with them.

►   SNACKS:  Thank you to Taya Lee and Melissa Irvine and families for the snacks this week. On Monday October 28st , snacks will be provided by Keisha McKay and Aiden McClure and families. Next week on November 4th it will be Carey Wang and Cobie Yu & families turn.

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

October 18th, 2019

Collegium October 21 Schedule and Announcements

October 21 Schedule

► Congratulations to all who sang in last night’s English Song Competition; and especially to winners (Collegium members & alumni in bold):

Junior: 1st place: Michelle George | 2nd place (tie): Lara Beattie, Celine-Denisa Vanderkerkhove, Gerogia Karakas

Intermediate: 1st place (tie): Sheyda Shams, William Gao | 2nd place: Tianna Jack

Senior A: 1st place: Anne van der Sloot | 2nd place (tie): Annalysa Tylor, Louis Dillon, Gina Johnson | Honourable mentions: Marlee Clark, Keziah Froese

Senior B: 1st place: Deanna Sills | 2nd place: Ava Gregorian | Honourable mention: Ellen Bell-Hardy

 

►   Concert: Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Sunday Oct 20 at 8 PM in the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall

As part of the 35th Annual Colloquium of the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, which this year is about “Music in the Hispanic and Italian worlds,” we are pleased to co-present with the School of Music at UVic and the Lafayette String Quartet, a concert by the renowned Cuarteto Latinoamericano, from Mexico, one of the premier string quartets in the world. They have been around since 1982, have an important discography, and have been awarded many prizes, two Latin Grammys among others. Read more about them, here: http://cuartetolatinoamericano.com/2018/index.php

and about the concert, here: https://finearts.uvic.ca/music/calendar/events/concert-cuarteto-latinoamericano/

They will present a program of Latin American music. This is extraordinary opportunity to listen to one of most important musical ensembles coming out of Latin America.

Tickets are $20 (general public), $12 (students). You can purchase them here: https://tickets.uvic.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent2856.html

 

►   Mark your calendars:  ‘Cellobration’, SUNDAY November DECEMBER 8th 7:00pm PT Young Recital Hall UVic

What: An evening bringing together UVic students, alumni, their students and the wonderful community of Victoria cellists for an evening of sharing music and cheer.

Who: Open to any and all cellists who would like to participate along with their friends and lovers of Music and the Cello.

Why: To highlight and celebrate Victoria’s cello community. This event is by Donation and all proceeds will go to the newly created Gail O’Riordan Memorial Fund

Ways to participate:

 Perform as part of a polished, prepared cello ensemble piece – (four or more cellos)

Submissions for program which will take place at the first part of the evening need to be sent in by November 8th. Form is found at: https://forms.gle/uhPKTJiGMbpD1pMR8

 Bring your cello and join in playing some holiday tunes all together at the end of the evening

Music will be available and sent via email if requested so you know what we will be playing. https://forms.gle/uhPKTJiGMbpD1pMR8

 Come and listen and enjoy the music shared by your friends, students, teachers and colleagues. We hope you will join us as we bring in the holiday season with an evening of Cello and Cheer!

 

 

►   SNACKS:  On Monday October 21st , snacks will be provided by Taya Lee and  Melissa Irvine and families. Next week on October 28th it will be Keisha McKay and Aiden McClure & families turn.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

October 11th, 2019

Collegium October 14 Schedule and Announcements

2019 October 14 Thanksgiving closure

►   There will be no programming on Thanksgiving Monday October 14th  and the Conservatory building will be CLOSED.

 

►  Congratulations to Camilo Aybar and his teacher Jack Edwards.  Camilo recently won a 2019 Royal Conservatory Gold Medal for the British Columbia and Yukon region in Level 5 Clarinet. Gold Medals are awarded each academic year to exam candidates who have obtained the highest mark for their level, discipline and region while meeting all the necessary requirements. He will receive his medal at a ceremony at the Chan Centre in Vancouver on November 3rd.

 

► Concert:  Join the Emily Carr String Quartet and host Robert Holliston for…MUSIC: Inside OUT – Mendelssohn
 Saturday, October 12 | Tea & Coffee at 10:30am, Concert at 11:00am
Chief and Petty Officer’s Mess CFB Esquimalt, 1575 Lyall St. (Free parking)
TICKETS: $25, Royal and McPherson Box Office, Ivy’s Bookshop, and at the door | FREE for students at the door

 

►   SNACKS:  Thank you to Rebecca Kim  and Keziah Froese and families for the snacks this week.  Next week, on October 14th it will be Thanksgiving!  The Conservatory building will be closed and there will be no programming.  Hopefully you will each have lots of yummy food for Thanksgiving to share with friends and family. On Monday October 21st , snacks will be provided by Taya Lee and  Melissa Irvine and families.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

October 3rd, 2019

Collegium October 7 Schedule and Announcements

October 7 Schedule

►   Last Monday there was an occasion where a student stayed after Collegium for a rehearsal without the parents being aware.  The student didn’t have their cell phone with them and so the parent couldn’t reach them. They called the police in a panic when their child did not come home as expected.  Students:  if you are ever needing to be in touch with your parents to inform them about a change in schedule USE THE FRONT DESK PHONE.  There is no charge for local calls. For times when the office is closed, students can make emergency local calls from studio phones by dialling ‘9’ and then the number.   Help keep everyone safe and informed.  Thanks.

 

►  Very sadly, from James Young at EMSI – “Due to circumstances beyond the control of EMSI, Saturday’s Maria Cristina Kiehr concert is being postposed. The masterclasses will need to be cancelled.”  Her EMSI Concert was to have been on Saturday, October 5th at 8pm at Oak Bay United Church.   The two Masterclasses she was going to do for us were:
Sunday, October 6th, 2-4pm in Wood Hall. This was to be a public masterclass.
Monday, October 7th, 5.10-6.30pm This Voice Collegium class will now be led by Nancy Argenta.

 

► Concert:  Join the Emily Carr String Quartet and host Robert Holliston for… MUSIC: Inside OUT – Mendelssohn
 Saturday October 12  |  Tea & Coffee at 10:30am, Concert at 11:00am
Chief and Petty Officer’s Mess CFB Esquimalt, 1575 Lyall St. (Free parking)

TICKETS: $25, Royal and McPherson Box Office, Ivy’s Bookshop, and at the door | FREE for students at the door

 

►   SNACKS:  Thank you to Elijah Kim and Amy Leighton-Bickel and families for the snacks this week.  On Monday October 7th, snacks will be provided by Rebecca Kim  and Keziah Froese and families.  Next week, on October 14th it will be Thanksgiving!  The Conservatory building will be closed and there will be no programming.  Hopefully you will each have lots of yummy food for Thanksgiving to share with friends and family.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

September 27th, 2019

Collegium September 30 Schedule and Announcements

September 30 Schedule

 

►  Welcome to new Voice Collegium member Nina Scott!  Directory information will be sent out by separate email.

 

►  Reminder!  Spark to Flame! Our Spark to Flame auditions are coming up in five days! Students are most welcome to participate by submitting an application form by Tuesday October 1, 2019.

Please read through the information on the application form carefully as policies have been updated for 2019-2020. If you are interested in participating, please submit the Application Form to the VCM front office– forms are also available at the front office until the deadline.

 

► Concert:  Friday, September 27th, 7:30pm at St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street
GRAND ORCHESTRAL SUITES; Victoria Baroque with Jeanne Lamon

The legendary long-time music director of Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon, leads Victoria Baroque in a selection of grand Orchestral Suites and ravishing Concerti Grossi by Telemann, Mondonville, and Geminiani, and Haydn’s Symphony No.30 “Alleluia”.

!!Student Tickets only $5!! available at McPherson box office, Munro’s Books, Ivy’s Bookshop, and at the door.

Contact & info: 250 590 9770, victoria-baroque@shaw.ca, victoria-baroque.com

 

► Concert:  Maria Cristina Kiehr, Argentinian soprano born to Danish descendants, is a special guest who will be in Victoria for a performance with the Early Music Society of the Islands, Saturday, October 5th at 8pm at Oak Bay United Church. There are student rush tickets for $8. at the door.

 

► Concert:  Join the Emily Carr String Quartet and host Robert Holliston for…MUSIC: Inside OUT – Mendelssohn
Saturday October 12 | Tea & Coffee at 10:30am, Concert at 11:00am
Chief and Petty Officer’s Mess CFB Esquimalt, 1575 Lyall St. (Free parking)

TICKETS: $25, Royal and McPherson Box Office, Ivy’s Bookshop, and at the door | FREE for students at the door

 

►  Meet the Violin Makers” event in Wood Hall has been CANCELLED.

If you were planning on going to see the instruments, or even in the market for something from a local BC Luthier, I am sorry to give you this news. If you would be interested in such an event in the future, please let Simon know.  Thanks.

 

► LOUIS SHERMAN CONCERTO COMPETITION FOR YOUNG STRING PLAYERS 2020 25th Anniversary edition

Application deadline December 7th;  Winner Prize: Masterclass with Nikki Chooi plus $100 cash (no performance with orchestra) Download the Application form here.

 

 ►   SNACKS:  Thank you to Camilo Aybar and William Gao and families for the snacks this week.  On Monday September 30th, snacks will be provided by Elijah Kim and Amy Leighton-Bickel and families.  Next week, on October 7th it will be Rebecca Kim and Keziah Froese and families.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

September 18th, 2019

Collegium September 23 Schedule and Announcements

September 23 Schedule

►  Congratulations to Collegium alumni Emma Reader-Lee and Kate Moran who each have new jobs with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra!  Kate in the Viola section and Emma as violin concertmaster mentee.  Wow! See the Collegium Facebook page for more info.  Not a member of the Facebook page yet?  Send a request through Facebook!

 

►  Concert:  West My Friend with the VCM Senior Strings Orchestra!!  AGPH Friday, September 20 at 7:30pm

Victoria indie-folk trio West My Friend has reached their 10th birthday and 650th show. To celebrate, they are releasing their fourth album, recorded with 53-piece symphony orchestra! They will be joined by 120 musicians on the stage of the Alix Goolden Performance Hall, including many of Victoria’s finest symphony players, The Choir, and the VCM Senior String Ensemble. Check out www.westmyfriend.com to learn more about the band.

General Admission – Adult $25;  Student/Low Income $20; Kids 12 & Under  Free

 

►  Concert:   Pam Highbaugh, cello (Lafayette SQ) and Yariv Aloni, viola (Sooke, VCO, GVYO Conductor) and Simon MacDonald (violin) are playing as a string trio for the Cowichan Chamber Music Society.

Sylvan United Church –  985 Shawnigan Lake-Mill Bay Rd, Mill Bay. Sunday, September 22  at 2:00pm

Bach: (arr Mozart) Prelude and Fugue
Herzogenberg: String trio No 2 in F major, Op.27
Beethoven: String Trio no. 1 in E flat Major, Op. 3

 

►   SNACKS:  Thank you to Nicole Teachman and Abby Corpus and families for the snacks this week.  On Monday, September 23 snacks will be provided by Camilo Aybar and William Gao and families.  Next week, on September 30 it will be Charlie Dutton and Amy Leighton-Bickel and families.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

September 13th, 2019

Collegium September 16 Schedule and Announcements

September 16 Schedule

►   The Chooi brothers are coming!  Masterclasses led by Nikki Chooi and Timmy Chooi will be held in Alix Goolden Hall and Wood Hall simultaneously on Monday. Invite your friends – all are welcome.

Here is the program of players, accompanists and repertoire:

Mon
Sept 16
5:00-6:30pm Violin/Chamber masterclasses Nikki Chooi  AGPH
1/2 Boris Li Brahms Sonata #3 for violin and piano,

opus 108,  iv Presto agitato

Robert Holliston
Yudi Zhang Kreisler/Mozart Rondo on a Theme by Mozart Jennifer Mitchell
Goolden Trio

Boris, Lexie, Carey

Mendelssohn

Trio in d minor, op 49,  i Molto Allegro agitato

2/2 5:00-6:30pm Violin/Chamber masterclasses Timothy Chooi  WH
Rebecca Reader-Lee Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in e minor, opus 64

ii Andante

Jennifer Mitchell
Elijah Kim Pablo Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen,

Opus 20

Dr. Yoomi Kim
Humphreys Piano Quartet

Elijah, Seung, Luke, Rohin

Mozart, Piano Quartet #1 in g minor, k 478

i Allegro

 

►   SNACKS:  Thank you to Lexie Krakowski and Matthew Stratton and families for the snacks this week.  On Monday September 16th, snacks will be provided by Nicole Teachman and Abby Corpus and families.  Next week, on September 23 it will be Camilo Aybar and William Gao and families.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca