Notices

November 19th, 2020

Collegium November 23 Schedule & Announcements

November 23 Schedule

►  Congratulations to everyone who played in the Chamber Competition.  The playing was excellent and really impressed the Jurors and audience alike.  Juror feedback has been distributed to the group coaches and will be shared by them.  In a thank you note Ms. Elliott-Goldschmid said, “What a wonderful evening! Thank you so much for the privilege of hearing the talented and DEDICATED young musicians in the Collegium competition last evening. It was a joy to hear them.”   Over $2000 in Prizes will be awarded at our December 6th Concert.

►  Hot news from UVic:  Arthur Rowe sent word that they are very pleased that the Victoria Summer Music Festival is proceeding with plans for live concerts (and live-streamed) in December and January.  VSMF’s WinterFest stage is in the soaring interior of Victoria’s historic Christ Church Cathedral where a safe setting to enjoy live music is assured in this extraordinary time. For program details see https://www.vsmf.org

They have limited ability to sell tickets of course but they did want to make sure that there were some student-priced tickets available. There will only be 4 student tickets for each of the 12 live concerts (6 programs – 2 in December and 4 in January, each repeated on the same day). There is no charge for the live-stream.

If you want one or more of these very limited $11.62 student tickets follow the links now!  They will be gone quickly. https://www.vsmf.org

►   SNACKS:  Due to COVID-19 all students are asked to bring your own snack.. Really!  Nurture yourself for maximum performance in Collegium.  If you might be willing to prepare snacks for all members or know of a commercial supplier who might do so at a reasonable cost, please contact Micki.  Thanks.

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

November 5th, 2020

Collegium November 9 Schedule & Announcements

November 9 Schedule

 

►  I have revised and attached the one page Collegium Calendar to show the December term end concert on Sunday December 6th at 3:30 in Alix Goolden Hall. It is also always available on our website along with the schedule of masterclasses.

 

►  The VCM Spark to Flame auditions are coming right up!

Students are invited to participate by submitting an online application form by Sunday November 8, 2020 . Due to COVID-19, Spark to Flame has been adjusted so that students can still participate, with some differences noted below.

Please read through the new policies carefully as they have been updated for 2020-2021.

Application Form Due November 8, 2020 (11:59PM) by video submission through the online application form here. 

Policies: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E663Z0QEOB7R_szUz_hrQc3FOQ5Pv41gYTrwFdhYEzk/edit?usp=sharing

 

►   SNACKS:  Due to COVID-19 all students are asked to bring your own snack… Really!  Nurture yourself for maximum performance in Collegium. If you might be willing to prepare snacks for all members or know of a commercial supplier who might do so at a reasonable cost, please contact Micki.  Thanks.

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

October 30th, 2020

Collegium Nov 2 Schedule & Announcements

Nov 2, 2020 Schedule

Announcements as of October 29th

►  Simon MacDonald was invited to lead 3 masterworks as Concertmaster with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra; time constraints meant he could only accept one: COVID willing, He will be performing Brahms, Variations on a theme by Joseph Haydn, and Beethoven Piano Concerto #5 (“Emperor Concerto”) Nov 14 and 15.. The PGSO has been very forward thinking to be able to relaunch a canceled season for a live audience: they’re using orchestral arrangements that have taken massive pieces like the Brahms and Beethoven and arranged them for chamber orchestra (with one player per part – an exciting challenge for each musician). They are playing 4 performances over two days, for a very limited audience (less than 50 people per show, spaced out around a cavernous ballroom at a Prince George Hotel). The new normal, indeed, but slowly performances are resuming.

 

► Are you doing any performing? Please let us know. We like to share good news.

►   SNACKS:  Due to Covid-19 all students are asked to bring your own snack.. Really!  Nurture yourself for maximum performance in Collegium.

 If you might be willing to prepare snacks for all members or know of a commercial supplier who might do so at a reasonable cost, please contact Micki.  Thanks.

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

 

Schedule Monday November 2, 2020  

►  Attached, and visible on our web-site at:

http://vcm.bc.ca/program-areas/classical-music/collegium/notices/ 

►  And on the Collegium bulletin board at the top of the eastern spiral staircase.

October 22nd, 2020

Collegium October 26 Schedule and Announcements

October 26 Schedule

►  VERY IMPORTANT!  PLEASE MARK THESE CHANGES IN YOUR CALENDAR!
Because of reductions in building access due to COVID-19, the orchestras and Collegium are combining their concerts to occur on the same day. The Senior Collegium December 13 Concert is now MOVED to Sunday December 6th starting at 3:30pm.

The schedule will be:

Sunday December 6th Alix Goolden Hall

Concert 1, 1:30-2:30 Orchestras & Junior Collegium
Intro/Welcome:
Preparatory Orchestra
Junior Collegium Ensembles, 3 groups,
Thank sponsors, parents, students, and award prizes from Chamber competition
Intermediate Orchestra

(60 minute total first concert)
Break, 60 minutes

Concert 2, 3:30-4:45 Senior Collegium
Intro, thank sponsors, parents, students, and award prizes from Chamber competition
Senior Collegium ensembles, 7 groups

(75 minute total second concert)

Collegium members:  look at your work and school calendars now to make sure you can be here on Sunday December 6th in the afternoon.

 

► Group Names:  You did it!  All 7 groups have names honouring black or indigenous musicians of note. Follow the links to learn about all of these remarkable people and their careers:

·         Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Trio

·         Margaret Bonds Trio

·         Florence Price Trio

·         George Bridgetower Trio

·         Marion Anderson Duo

·         Louise Rose Trio

·         Jelly Roll Morton Trio

Any group which has not yet submitted the 100 word ‘defense’ of their choice, please do so now.

 

►   SNACKS:  Due to Covid-19 all students are asked to bring your own snack... Really!  Nurture yourself for maximum performance in Collegium. If you might be willing to prepare snacks for all members or know of a commercial supplier who might do so at a reasonable cost, please contact Micki.  Thanks.

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

October 15th, 2020

Collegium October 19 Schedule and Announcements

October 19 Schedule

► Group Names:  Congrats to the George Bridgetower Trio (Camilo/Nicole/Nicole) for receiving permission and encouragement to use the Bridgetower name from his alma mater Trinity Hall, Cambridge University.  Here is a link to a webpage about Bridgetower https://www.trinhall.cam.ac.uk/article/black-history-month-the-trinity-hall-virtuoso-who-played-with-beethoven/  which includes a very nice 2 minute video about his life and musical accomplishments.  https://youtu.be/4sLTnaoRHMs

Reminder:  Simon is asking every group to come up with a name that is significant to the Black community, or the First Nations community, and also has a connection to the art form we are studying. This an important task for each group, one with meaning, and not simply a token gesture. Black and first nations groups have been incredibly underrepresented in the Western European classical tradition. With this exercise you are meant to look for connections that are meaningful to you, and to recognize the privilege we all have in being able to immerse ourselves in this art form.  DEADLINE: Before the first masterclass (October 19), each group will submit a meaningful name choice, and a defence of that choice (mutually agreed upon by the group, presented by a designated speaker, or by all of the group; btw, both Chevalier de Saint-George and Lekwungen are not options).

►   SNACKS:  Due to Covid-19 all students are asked to bring your own snack.. Really!  Nurture yourself for maximum performance in Collegium. If you might be willing to prepare snacks for all members or know of a commercial supplier who might do so at a reasonable cost, please contact Micki.  Thanks.

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

October 8th, 2020

Collegium October 12 Schedule and Announcements

► Monday October 12 is our Thanksgiving Statutory Holiday building closure. 

There will be no Collegium that day. Have a lovely day off to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for.

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

October 1st, 2020

Collegium October 5 Schedule and Announcements

October 5 Schedule

 

► Group Names:  Congrats to the        Florence Price Piano Trio (Marcus/Lexie/Charlie) and the  George Bridgetower Trio (Camilo/Nicole/Nicole)!

This is a reminder:  “We are living in a turbulent time, and it is time we checked our privilege to study classical music and pursue chamber music at the highest possible level.” As a result, Simon is asking every group to come up with a name that is significant to the Black community, or the First Nations community, and also has a connection to the art form we are studying. For example, the prolific composer Chevalier de Saint-George. Likewise, last year the Native Friendship Centre and one of the local chiefs encouraged the Collegium to use the name Lekwungen for a trio. I consider this an important task for each group, one with meaning, and not simply a token gesture. Black and first nations groups have been incredibly underrepresented in the Western European classical tradition. With this exercise you are meant to look for connections that are meaningful to you, and to recognize the privilege we all have in being able to immerse ourselves in this art form.  DEADLINE: Before the first masterclass (October 19), each group will submit a meaningful name choice, and a defence of that choice (mutually agreed upon by the group, presented by a designated speaker, or by all of the group; btw, both Chevalier de Saint-George and Lekwungen are not options).

► VCM has updated its Building Safety Plans:  https://vcm.bc.ca/contact/

► The Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival (GVPAF) 2021 Syllabus is now online.  It can be found at www.gvpaf.org/rules-procedures

►   SNACKS:  Due to COVID-19 all students are asked to bring your own snack.. Really!  Nurture yourself for maximum performance in Collegium.

 If you might be willing to prepare snacks for all members or know of a commercial supplier who might do so at a reasonable cost, please contact Micki.  Thanks.

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

September 24th, 2020

Collegium September 28 Schedule and Announcements

September 28 Schedule

 

► Want to know what’s happening? The  Senior Collegium Events Schedule is now up on the Collegium Website ‘Events’ tab. Check it frequently for updates.

 

► Soundings with Jennifer MacDonald:  Stretching and body awareness for musicians.  This Monday September 28 after snack at 5:10.  All students expected to attend – please wear comfy clothes to move in, including pants or leggings.

 

► Paddling Excursion – What fun! See photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4bJ445RQetsp4ETE6

Simon Whitfield and Brian Raymer were great guides and supplied us with wonderful gear.  If you want to write them a thank you or review you can do it here:  Google Reviews  https://g.page/south-island-sup/review?kd

If you missed out or would like to go again, you can find information about them on SouthIslandSUP.com.

 

►   SNACKS:  Due to Covid-19 all students are asked to bring your own snack.. Really!  Nurture yourself for maximum performance in Collegium.  If you might be willing to prepare snacks for all members or know of a commercial supplier who might do so at a reasonable cost, please contact Micki.  Thanks.

 

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

September 17th, 2020

Collegium September 21 Schedule and Announcements

September 21 Schedule

► COLLEGIUM AUDIENCE PROTOCOL

Due to COVID precautions and VCM Health Protocols, audiences for the classes listed below will be primarily limited to Full, Associate, and Post-Secondary Associate Collegium members, as well as the Artistic Director, Animateur, Guest Clinicians, and Collaborative Pianists. Rooms and performance spaces at the VCM are all rated to a specific maximum number of occupants, and these numbers will not be exceeded. Masks will be worn in all large gatherings (masterclasses, performance classes, performances), except by students while performing on stage, the guest clinician, and the collaborative pianist, who will maintain physical distance as per VCM Health Protocols. Collegium members will all have a “plus one” invitation for end of term performances in Alix Goolden Performance Hall (AGPH).

Teachers, chamber music coaches, parents, donors, or other interested members of the VCM community are welcome to contact Artistic Director Simon MacDonald if they wish to audit a specific masterclass, a performance class, or a term end performance. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis, and guest auditors will only be permitted to attend an event if room numbers have not been maximized by students, guest clinicians, collaborative pianists, artistic director, and animateur.

 

► SUP Excursion – Sunday September 20th New time! 9:30 for 10:00-11:30  Oak Bay Marina

Artistic Director Simon MacDonald invited the entire Collegium group (Juniors, Seniors, Postsecondary Associates, and coaches, if possible) to join him and Simon Whitfield at the Oak Bay Marina for a Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board outing 9:30 for 10:00-11:30  this Sunday September 20th It will be outside, allowing for physical distancing without a problem. We expect this to be great for team building and BIG FUN.

The price is $25 per person (including GST).  If you have signed up but not paid, please do so by Thursday Sept 17th.

Please note that this is not an official part of the Collegium program.  People will participate on a voluntary basis, at your own risk, with under-aged students supervised by the South Island SUP professionals on the water and parents on shore. Parents and adult participants will be required to sign a South Island SUP waiver acknowledging their risk.

 

►   SNACKS:  Due to Covid-19 all students are asked to bring your own snack.. Really!  Nurture yourself for maximum performance in Collegium.
If you might be willing to prepare snacks for all members or know of a commercial supplier who might do so at a reasonable cost, please contact Micki.  Thanks.

 

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

September 10th, 2020

Collegium September 10 Schedule and Announcements

September 14, 2020 Schedule

Welcome to the Senior Collegium.  We have an incredible group of talented students in this 2020-21 Young Artists Program.
We are very happy that the program is going ahead in person at the VCM. As well as the VCM COVID protocols we will also:
  • Use only large rooms to coach Collegium ensembles
  • Adjust the coaching times so that some are at 4pm and others at 6:30pm on Monday, so there are fewer people in the building
  • Engage local clinicians, coaches, and ensembles (Lafayette String Quartet and Emily Carr String Quartet for example)
  • Create ensembles of only duos or trios (smaller ensembles in larger spaces)
  • As much as possible, Woodwind and Brass players will be in separate groups, and always in the largest possible rooms
  • Hold Masterclasses and Performance classes in Wood Hall or AGPH, and limiting attendees (only students, faculty)

The yearly calendar and masterclass information will be available on the Collegium webpage, ‘Events’ tab.

► Due to Covid 19 safety protocols, the Orientation Session on Monday in Wood Hall is open to Senior Collegium students only. We encourage parents with questions, concerns or feedback to contact Simon MacDonald or Micki Stirling directly; by email or phone.  Contacts are listed in the Syllabus document emailed to all Collegium families August 31st.

Voice Collegium 2020-21 Cancelled

We regret to say that in spite of great efforts to make a Voice Collegium program or at least accommodate a singer or two in the Instrumental Collegium, we do not have enough registrations to make a cohort or enough large rooms on Mondays to safely accommodate the vocal aerosols. Hence we are cancelling Voice Collegium for the 2020-21 Academic Year.

We know from our annual evaluations that the Voice Collegium Program has been extremely valuable and hope to resume programming a year from now.  Do let us know if you have questions.

SUP Excursion – Sunday September 20th 9:00-Noon  Oak Bay Marina

Artistic Director Simon MacDonald invites the entire Collegium group (Juniors, Seniors, Postsecondary Associates, and coaches, if possible) to join him and Simon Whitfield at the Oak Bay Marina for a Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board outing 9am to noon on Sunday September 20th.  It will be outside, allowing for physical distancing without a problem.

He went paddling myself this summer a few times, and the similarity between chamber music and paddling with another person was remarkable. You have to think together, move together, anticipate your partner’s actions, know your partner’s strengths and weaknesses.

Simon Whitfield, who will be our guide on this excursion, is a Canadian Olympic athlete, with multiple medals, including a gold in 2000 in Sydney. He knows all about training, discipline, and perseverance when pursuing something to the highest level.

Also, a morning on the water around the Oak Bay Marina will be beautiful.  We expect this to be great for team building and BIG FUN.

The price will be $25 per person (including GST).  This will be for a 90 minute session in the 3 hours between 9am and noon on Sunday September 20th.  The other 90 minutes will be on shore doing activities and safely hanging out with your peers.  If there are parents willing to help chaperone the shore portion, please let Micki know:  stirling@vcm.bc.ca.

Please note that this is not an official part of the Collegium program.  People will participate on a voluntary basis, at your own risk, with under-aged students supervised by the South Island SUP professionals on the water and parents on shore. Parents and adult participants will be required to sign a South Island SUP waiver acknowledging their risk.

Although this is short notice, we need students and faculty to commit and pay by Monday September 14.  Please email Micki with information about whether you can participate and if there are parents who would like to help (no charge for the shore part!) We will send payment, waiver and other details to those who say they plan to participate.

SNACKS: Due to Covid-19 all students are asked to bring your own snack: a beverage, healthy savory snacks and something sweet if desired.  Collegium comes at the end of a school day and members need good nutrition to perform at their best in the program. No food will be shared.  If you might be willing to prepare snacks for all members or know of a commercial supplier who might do so at a reasonable cost, please contact Micki.  Thanks.

► This weekly bulletin is sent to all Senior Collegium students, their families and their teachers.

We find the more informed families and teachers are, the better they are able to support the Collegium member to succeed in this demanding program.  If you want to unsubscribe, or change the email address to which this is sent, please let Micki know.

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

May 1st, 2020

Voice Collegium from now until summer

Dear Voice Collegium Community

We are coming up to the last two weeks of the Voice Collegium: May 4 and May 11. Thanks so much to all the students and coaches for all their efforts to keep your music moving forward in this difficult time.

Monday May 4th Master Class 5:00-6:30pm Singers and Singing Part 2 with Nancy Argenta  Ingrid will be sending out the Zoom link.

Monday May 11 is the final wrap-up session 4:30- 5:30pm.  We will hold this Student-only session via Zoom.  I do hope all of you singers will participate. We always get incredibly useful feedback from this session.  We will send out the zoom link next week. If you do not have Zoom access, please let us know.  It is possible to participate by phone. We usually have pizza to give a festive feel to the session.  We encourage you to prepare some super yummy snacks to have at home during this session. To honour the pizza tradition, this time we will have a prize draw for all those present: the winner will receive a pizza delivery for themselves and 2 other friends so they can have a zoom pizza party in the future!

To keep everyone safe from Covid-19 the final concert in Alix Goolden has been cancelled.  Artistic Director Simon MacDonald is working to compile an online concert which will be posted to our web-site for all to enjoy.  Soloists and groups who would like to participate, please let us know.

Next year:  Junior and Senior Collegium 2020-21
Auditions: All new and returning students are required to audition. This year due to Covid-19, all auditions will be via video with some follow-up online conference interviews. Auditioning students should prepare two works which best show your current level of performance. We expect these will be unaccompanied. The video link can be submitted from YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox. Please send only an openable link, not the file.

Your video must include you playing two pieces (maximum 15 minutes)  and answering the following list of questions:
1. Why do you want to join the Collegium?
2. What other extra-curricular activities do you pursue which may conflict with Collegium?
3. Commitment Rating:  On a scale of 1 (not much) – 10 (top priority in your life) please give a rating number to how committed you will be to doing Chamber Music in the Collegium.
4. Senior Instrumentalists are expected to rehearse with their group once per week on a day other than Monday.  Please name 3 days/times you will be available so your group can fix on a regular weekly rehearsal time. (Not applicable to singers or Juniors)

Application deadline for 2020/21: May 10, 2020     The application form is online:    https://vcm.bc.ca/collegium-application-form/              
Video Submission deadline:  Monday May 25th.     Follow-up interview dates: May 26 – June 1, 2020
Questions?  Need Help?   Email: Collegium@vcm.bc.ca

And lastly, each teacher, parent and student will be sent our annual Collegium Evaluation Survey.  Please take a few minutes when it arrives to fill it out.  Your feedback is incredibly important to the program and to our funders.

May 1st, 2020

Senior Instrumental Collegium from now until summer

Dear Senior Instrumental Collegium Community

We are coming up to the last two weeks of coaching for Senior instrumental Collegium ensembles: May 4 and May 11. We are hoping that all groups will meet together for the last (May 11) 4:00 session even if you have been splitting up for your online coaching. Thanks so much to all the students and coaches for all their efforts to keep these groups moving forward in this difficult time.

Monday May 4th Performance Class 5:00-6:30pm  This is the last chance to play for each other, already there is quite a bit of wonderful repertoire signed up for good listening.  If you want to play and haven’t signed up, contact Simon immediately.  Otherwise, get your snacks lined up and settle back for a good show.  Audience welcome: Email Collegium@vcm.bc.ca for the link for anyone who might like to watch this class.

Monday May 11 is the final wrap-up session 5:00- 6:00pm.  We will hold this Student-only session via Zoom.  I do hope parents will support their child by making space for them to participate in this session. We always get incredibly useful feedback from this session.  We will send out the zoom link next week. If you do not have Zoom access, please let us know.  It is possible to participate by phone. We usually have pizza to give a festive feel to the session.  We encourage you to prepare some super yummy snacks to have at home during this session. To honour the pizza tradition, this time we will have a prize draw for all those present: the winner will receive a pizza delivery for themselves and 3 other friends so they can have a zoom pizza party in the future!

To keep everyone safe from Covid-19 the final concert in Alix Goolden has been cancelled.  Artistic Director Simon MacDonald is working to compile an online concert which will be posted to our web-site for all to enjoy.  Soloists and groups who would like to participate, please let us know.

Next year:  Junior and Senior Collegium 2020-21 
Auditions: All new and returning students are required to audition. This year due to Covid-19, all auditions will be via video with some follow-up online conference interviews. Auditioning students should prepare two works which best show your current level of performance. We expect these will be unaccompanied. The video link can be submitted from YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox. Please send only an openable link, not the file.

Your video must include you playing two pieces (maximum 15 minutes)  and answering the following list of questions:
1. Why do you want to join the Collegium?
2. What other extra-curricular activities do you pursue which may conflict with Collegium?
3. Commitment Rating:  On a scale of 1 (not much) – 10 (top priority in your life) please give a rating number to how committed you will be to doing Chamber Music in the Collegium.
4. Senior Instrumentalists are expected to rehearse with their group once per week on a day other than Monday.  Please name 3 days/times you will be available so your group can fix on a regular weekly rehearsal time. (Not applicable to singers or Juniors)

Application deadline for 2020/21: May 10, 2020     The application form is online:    https://vcm.bc.ca/collegium-application-form/
Video Submission deadline:  Monday May 25th.     Follow-up interview dates: May 26 – June 1, 2020
Questions?  Need Help?   Email: Collegium@vcm.bc.ca

And lastly, each teacher, parent and student will be sent our annual Collegium Evaluation Survey.  Please take a few minutes when it arrives to fill it out.  Your feedback is incredibly important to the program and to our funders.

April 28th, 2020

Junior Collegium from now until summer

We are coming up to the last week of coaching for Junior Collegium ensembles:  this Wednesday April 29th.  Thanks so much to all the students and to coaches Allyn and Guyonne for all their efforts to keep these groups moving forward in this difficult time.

Wednesday May 6th is the wrap-up session 5:45 – 6:30pm.  We will hold this Student-only session via Zoom.  I do hope parents will support their child by making space for them to participate in this session. We always get incredibly useful feedback from this session.

We usually have pizza to give a festive feel to the session.  We are working to have a pizza delivered to each of the JR Collegium student’s houses.  Please let me know whether or not you want pizza delivered to your home.

To keep everyone safe from Covid-19 the final concert in Alix Goolden has been cancelled.  Artistic Director Simon MacDonald is working to compile an online concert which will be posted to our web-site for all to enjoy.  Soloists and groups who would like to participate, please let us know.

Next year:  Junior and Senior Collegium 2020-21
Auditions: All new and returning students are required to audition. This year due to Covid-19, all auditions will be via video with some follow-up online conference interviews.
Auditioning students should prepare two works which best show your current level of performance. We expect these will be unaccompanied. The video link can be submitted from YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox. Please send only an openable link, not the file.

Your video must include you playing two pieces (maximum 15 minutes)  and answering the following list of questions:

1. Why do you want to join the Collegium?
2. What other extra-curricular activities do you pursue which may conflict with Collegium?
3. Commitment Rating:  On a scale of 1 (not much) – 10 (top priority in your life) please give a rating number to how committed you will be to doing Chamber Music in the Collegium.
4. Senior Instrumentalists are expected to rehearse with their group once per week on a day other than Monday.  Please name 3 days/times you will be available so your group can fix on a regular weekly rehearsal time. (Not applicable to singers or Juniors)

Application deadline for 2020/21: May 10, 2020     The application form is online:    https://vcm.bc.ca/collegium-application-form/
Video Submission deadline:  Monday May 25th.     Follow-up interview dates: May 26 – June 1, 2020
Questions?  Need Help?   Email: Collegium@vcm.bc.ca

And lastly, each teacher, parent and student will be sent our annual Collegium Evaluation Survey.  Please take a few minutes when it arrives to fill it out.  Your feedback is incredibly important to the program and to our funders.

Thanks!

April 20th, 2020

Weekly Collegium Update April 17

Dear Collegium Community

I can’t believe we are already finishing our fourth week of online working/teaching!  It has been a remarkable journey.  Thanks to all the students, faculty and parents for everything they have done to make this possible.

As part of moving all parts Collegium online, we are very pleased to share the link for the Jonathan Crow masterclass that will be held this coming Monday. See play list below.

Anyone involved with Collegium can join as a muted auditor.   Perhaps I’ll see you there!

If you would like to join as an auditor, please send us an email so AD Simon MacDonald can recognize you and admit you to the session.

Topic: Jonathan Crow Collegium Violin Masterclass
Time: Apr 20, 2020 02:15 PM Pacific Time

 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 290 463 3308
Password: collegium

 

The piano Class for that day with Philip Chiu will be held as 3 separate private coachings as the teacher is in Montreal and one student is in Hong Kong so they will be juggling time zones!

With each new day, things are changing.  Our goals during this time are to:

Keep students engaged and moving forward in their music and to keep connected to the Collegium community.

Do keep in touch and send us your feedback for what we are doing right and what we can improve.

 

All the best,

Micki Stirling

Mon Apr 202:15-3:45 pmViolin masterclassJonathan Crow ZOOM
Rebecca Reader-LeeFranck, Sonata for violin and Piano,
i Allegretto ben moderato
ii Allegro
Robert Holliston (prerecorded)
Host: SimonElijah KimBruch, Violin concerto in g minor
iii Finale: Allegro energico
Yoomi Kim
Boris Li
(was Goolden Trio
Boris, Lexie, Carey)
Hindemith, Sonata opus 11, #6,
iii Finale

April 9th, 2020

Weekly Collegium Update April 9

Dear Collegium Community

We have transitioned all Collegium private lessons, ensemble coachings, theory, orchestra and Collaborative Coaching to online sessions.  There have been bumps, and there are things to improve, but on the whole we are reaching our three goals:
1. Keeping students engaged
2. Keeping students making progress musically
3. Keeping students connected to the Collegium.
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I am incredibly proud of all our faculty and students and parents for how swiftly they have adapted and how much they/we have learned in such a short time about meaningful online education.
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I am in the process of phoning each of the Collegium families to check in, make contact and look for areas we can problem solve or improve.  If I haven’t called you yet, you can expect a call in the next week.  If you have ideas or feedback, feel free to email me or Simon anytime.
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Also, if you are doing anything creative that we can share within the Collegium or larger community, do let us know about it!  Did you see the Kim family jam?  Or Sophie van der Sloot in the 24 cello version on SaintSaëns The Swan??
All the best,
Micki Stirling
Animateur, “nurturing a community of musicians”
Dean’s Office; Manager, Collegium Program
Victoria Conservatory of Music

April 6th, 2020

April 6 – Soundings Yoga for Isolated Musicians

Hello everyone,

This is a reminder of the Collegium Soundings being led by Jennifer MacDonald; the stream will be up at 5:25 or so, and the live class will begin at 5:30. You only need a mat and an internet connection; your phone will work but I expect you’ll see things better with a laptop or a desktop computer.
It will be on Facebook, on the VCM Facebook page (facebook.com/thevcm), as a Facebook Live event.
Enjoy the class, remember to breath,
Best,
Simon

 
Simon MacDonald
Faculty Department Head, Strings
Artistic Director, Young Artists Collegium
Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music

March 31st, 2020

Soundings Yoga for Isolated Musicians – April 6

Jennifer MacDonald

Hello to all of the Collegium Community,

I hope you’re all healthy, and at home, during this unprecedented time.

Monday March 30th was the first day of masterclasses and individual video chamber coaching, please contact me or Micki if you’ve any questions or concerns at the moment. On Wednesday, April 1, the Junior Collegium will be meeting in various online platforms, please keep me posted if you need any help.

Next week, Monday, April 6, 5:00-6:30, we will not be having a performance class in AGPH, of course; instead, we will be hosting an online yoga class for musicians in isolation. This is open to everyone in the Collegium (faculty also), and will be available as a recording after the online stream is completed. You will only need an internet connection and a yoga mat.

Jennifer MacDonald will be leading this live stream, she has had years of experience teaching yoga and fitness to everyone from adults to children, after a 16 year career with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She has done extensive work with student musicians at Rosamunde Summer Music Academy, and through the University of Manitoba Summer Academy (https://www.yogalabvictoria.ca/our-team/jen-macdonald/)

We will be sending live-stream connection information shortly, I believe she will be taking over the VCM Facebook page,  tuning in will be very easy for everyone.

Take care of yourself and your family in this complicated time, and take advantage of the time to practice.

Best,

Simon MacDonald
Faculty Department Head, Strings
Artistic Director, Young Artists Collegium

March 23rd, 2020

Collegium March 23 – Virtual Collegium

The VCM Collegium has moved ONLINE!
In response to the threat of Covid-19, in order to keep everyone safe and still moving ahead in their music practice, we welcome the Collegium community to Virtual Collegium!

Instrumental Chamber coachings will be translated to solo coachings and perhaps online group sessions.
For Masterclasses, Artistic Director Simon MacDonald has contacted our upcoming clinicians and they have all agreed to work on some online version for the students involved. The clinicians still scheduled for masterclasses are violist Yariv Aloni (March 30), violinist Jonathan Crow (April 20), pianist Philip Chiu (April 20), and pianist Milton Schlosser (April 27). For those who are assigned to play, make sure that you are prepared! We do not know yet whether this will include audience or not… stay tuned!

For those students with Collaborative Coaching sessions, likewise, these will now be accomplished online.  Please get in touch with your assigned coach to arrange the sessions and the platform you will use.

Singers will have online coachings as well as special opportunities to work with Alison Greene on character analysis and some movement, working with the text (and perhaps some singing).  Alison typically includes this kind of work with the Opera Studio singers involved in a full production, but there isn’t usually time for it in Collegium; a bonus!

We are working on various software platforms: Skype, Facetime and Zoom for example. If you know of a brilliant way of connecting virtually between groups and coaches – please let us know. This time of restricted movement is a great time for students to get more acquainted with their instrument, repertoire and the various new technology options open to us; and to make music practice a rewarding structure of the days and weeks ahead.

Auditions for next year will go ahead (via video if necessary), application deadline remains May 10th.  See https://vcm.bc.ca/program-areas/classical-music/collegium/

With luck, we can keep the momentum going, and the VCM can stay in the unique position of not shutting down when everything else has.

Simon MacDonald, Collegium Artistic Director
Ingrid Attrot, Head, Voice Collegium
Micki Stirling, Collegium Manager

March 10th, 2020

Collegium March 16 Schedule and Announcements

► Spring Break!  Collegium and the VCM Orchestras take a 2 week break March 16-27.  The conservatory is still open.
Weekly practice rooms are still booked.  If you won’t be using them, please let us know so they can be released for others to use.
 
► Auditions for Collegium 2020/21  will be held May 26-June 1st.  All new and returning students must apply and audition.  The application deadline is May 10, 2020. There is no audition fee for returning students. 
If you know of any potential students, please give them a new rack card (available at the front desk or on the Collegium bulletin board) and encourage them to apply. Spread the word so that we get all the best qualified applicants.
 
►   SNACKS:  Thanks to Maï Ikemura and Alyra Myrkwood and families for the snacks this last week.
The next two weeks are spring break and there is no Collegium.  After the break, on March 30th, snacks will be provided by Lexie Krakowski and Miranda Juergensen and families.
 
►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or stirling@vcm.bc.ca

March 5th, 2020

Collegium March 9 Schedule and Announcements

March 9 Schedule

► Auditions for Collegium 2020/21  will be held May 26-June 1st.  All new and returning students must apply and audition.  The application deadline is May 10, 2020. There is no audition fee for returning students.

If you know of any potential students, please give them a new rack card (available at the front desk or on the Collegium bulletin board) and encourage them to apply. Spread the word so that we get all the best qualified applicants.

 

►   SNACKS:  Thanks to Rohin Arun and Nina Scott and families for the snacks this last week.
On Monday March 2nd, snacks will be supplied by Maï Ikemura and Alyra Myrkwood and families.
Next week on March 16th it is the first week of the 2 week spring break and there is no Collegium.

 

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