Notices

January 26th, 2023

Collegium January 30 Schedule and Announcements

January 30 Schedule

►  EMILY CARR STRING QUARTET performs MENDELSSOHN SERIES   4

Plan a treat for your ears with two of Mendelssohn’s string quartets brought to you in one exceptional concert by the Emily Carr String Quartet on Friday, January 27th,  2023, at Christ Church Cathedral. The concert starts at 5pm PST both in person and online.

Mendelssohn wrote the E flat Major String Quartet at the age of 14 and the E minor Op. 44, #2 at the height of his writing career more than a decade later. At this concert witness the playful fugue of the early piece contrasted by the drama and command of E minor String Quartet by this genius composer and played for you by the Emily Carr String Quartet!

Christ Church Cathedral  950 Burdett Avenue  Victoria, BC
Tickets:  from $11.62  to $32.84    Find out more here!

 

 Thanks to all the people who volunteered to register their groups for Festival.  Please reimburse those volunteers promptly!  They are out of pocket on your behalf.  Bis dat qui cito dat.

 

► If you have any good news to share: concerts, competitions or auditions won, good works done in the community, etc.: do let us know.

 

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

January 19th, 2023

Collegium January 23 Schedule and Announcements

January 23 Schedule

 

►  Looking forward to chocolate eggs? Hot cross buns?  St. John or St. Matthew Passion or Handel’s Messiah?  How about the Easter Monday Performance Class?  Sign up now with Simon to play on Monday April 10th.  If you group would like a rehearsal room from 4-5:00 on that Monday, or if other members of your group will be away, but you would like a practice space, please contact Micki.

 

 Thanks to all the people who have volunteered to register their groups for Festival.  Registration deadline is coming right up.  Please reimburse those volunteers promptly!  They are out of pocket on your behalf.  Bis dat qui cito dat.

 

► If you have any good news to share: concerts, competitions or auditions won, good works done in the community, etc.: do let us know.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

January 12th, 2023

Collegium January 16 Schedule and Announcements

January 16 Schedule

 

►  This Monday VCM CEO Nathan Medd and new City Councillor Susan Kim will be touring the building, popping into Collegium coaching sessions and perhaps masterclasses.  We are thrilled to have our City of Victoria councillors interested in what we do at VCM and in the Collegium.  Please make them welcome and show off your ‘best stuff’ if they come into your chamber coaching or masterclass.  Thanks.

 

► Concert: Friday January 13th 7.30pm  “Devine Bach” – Victoria Baroque with Steven Devine

The brilliant British harpsichordist, Steven Devine, leads Victoria Baroque in an exuberant all-Bach programme including Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.3, Cantata BWV 209, Triple Concerto for flute, violin, and harpsichord, and CPE Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in C. Soloists include Jennifer Turner soprano; Soile Stratkauskas, flute; and Christi Meyers, violin.at St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra St, Victoria, BCTickets: $30/ STUDENTS ONLY $5Info & contact: victoria-baroque.com; [email protected]; 250 590 9770

 

►  Happy Easter! Last week we notified you that the Conservatory has changed its schedule to be open on Easter Monday ( April 10th this year).  This is a great opportunity for those of you in town to do extra preparation before festival.  We will be making rooms available for uncoached chamber practices and holding a Performance Class.  SO FAR, NO ONE HAS ASKED FOR A CHAMBER PRACTICE ROOM OR SIGNED UP FOR THE PERFORMANCE CLASS.  If you will be in Victoria, please sign up for rooms with Micki and for the Performance Class with Simon.  Thanks.

 

 Festival Registration is Open!  I have sent out the step-by-step registration process and have heard back from Tubman and Chaminade Trios.  I need to know who in each group will be the designated registrar.  This week.  Registration deadline is coming up.

 

► If you have any good news to share: concerts, competitions or auditions won, good works done in the community, etc.: do let us know.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

January 6th, 2023

Collegium January 9 Schedule and Announcements

Schedule January 9

►  Happy New Year! And welcome back.  Collegium resumes this Monday with the ever-popular soundings Session with Robert Holliston. New! Room 224.

 

►  Happy Easter! The Conservatory has changed its schedule to be open on Easter Monday ( April 10th this year).  This is a great opportunity for those of you in town to do extra preparation before festival.  We will be making rooms available for uncoached chamber practices and holding a Performance Class.  Sign up for rooms with Micki and for the Performance Class with Simon.

 

 Festival Registration is Open!  All Chamber Groups are expected to register and participate in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival.  Micki will send out step-by-step instructions next week on how to register.

 

► If you have any good news to share: concerts, competitions or auditions won, good works done in the community, etc.: do let us know.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

December 8th, 2022

Collegium December 12 Schedule and Announcements

Announcements as of December 6, 2022 – Please read to the bottom.

 

►  There are only two more sessions in 2022!

 

►  Concert this Sunday December 11th 1:00pm Wood Hall

The Concert will include the seven chamber groups and 3 of the singers from the Voice Collegium: it will be great – invite all your friends!  Admission by donation.

We expect about 60 minutes of repertoire, a 5 minute intermission and a small amount of time of introductions, prize announcements, thank yous, stage changes, etc.; so the reception will probably start around 2:30 and conclude by 3:00ish.

 

►  Concert Warm-Up Rooms:  Noon-12:50 Sunday Important! Bring all cases and personal items to Wood Hall before the concert start.

  • Green Room – Turkewich Trio
  • Room 302 – Reid Quintet
  • Room 303 – Tubman Trio
  • Room 308 – Singers
  • Room 309 – Gould Trio
  • Room 329 –  Presto Trio
  • Room 339 – Chaminade Trio
  • Room 217 – Jelly Belly Trio

 

►  When performinglive in Concerts, Masterclasses, Performance Classes or recording for auditions or Festivals, we recommend that you wear Concert or Performance Dress. Click here for full description of Concert Dress Code.

All black isn’t necessary for Chamber groups, singers or soloists; many will take advantage of colour to dress on a cohesive theme to show them off as a group and to add to the performance.

The main thing with classical performance dress is to not distract from the music – either for the audience or for the performer. Some details:

  • Any garment that slides around or requires adjustment while wearing is not acceptable.
  • Heels should not be so high as to make the audience worry about the performer turning an ankle, or to affect the performer’s walk onto or off the stage.
  • Sleeves should be at least ¾ length
  • Tops should not reveal any view of cleavage or midriff.
  • Underwear should not be visible.
  • If skirts are worn, they should not be short skirts unless there are tights underneath.

 

► For the reception/social time after the concert, we ask each family to bring a small plate of finger food to share.  Savoury snacks are always welcome as well as cookies and seasonal treats.  Micki will provide hot apple cider.

 

►  Coachings & White Elephant party on Monday Dec 12th 4-6:30pm.  There will be pizza.  Let Micki know if you have allergies that need to be accommodated. Please bring a small wrapped gift for the White Elephant Game (maximum cash outlay $5.00).  See description here.

 

►  Senior Collegium will resume Monday January 9th – the second Monday in January.  If you will not be back from travels then, let all of us know right away!

 

►  Holidays – The Victoria Conservatory of Music will be closed from December 23-January 2nd.  Have a wonderful and refreshing holiday.

December 1st, 2022

Collegium December 5 Schedule and Announcements

December 5 Schedule

 

►  Four days left until the Collegium seasonal CONCERTS! Invite audience!  Admission by donation.

            Junior Collegium & Orchestras Sunday December 4th    1:00 Alix Goolden Hall

            Senior Instrumental & Voice Collegium Sunday December 11th    1:00 Wood Hall  We will have a small reception after.  Please bring one plate of finger food to share.  Thanks

 

►  There are two Mondays of Coaching sessions in December: December 5th and 12th.  The coaching on the 12th is a short coaching on playing a Christmas Carol, which will then be performed as part of our Christmas party.  There will be a White Elephant Gift Exchange and Pizza Party on the 12th.  More details next week.

 

► Senior Collegium resumes Monday January 9th.  See calendar attached.  If you are going to be away any of these December or January dates, let us all know now.  Your group and coach are counting on your presence.

 

► If you have any good news to share: concerts, competitions or auditions won, good works done in the community, etc.: do let us know.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

November 24th, 2022

Collegium November 28 Schedule and Announcements

November 28 Schedule

 

►  10 days left until the Collegium seasonal CONCERTS! Invite audience! Admission by donation.

            Junior Collegium & Orchestras Sunday December 4th  1:00 Alix Goolden Hall

            Senior Instrumental & Voice Collegium Sunday December 11th   1:00 Wood Hall

 

►  There are two Mondays of Coaching sessions in December: December 5th and 12th.  The coaching on the 12th is a short coaching on playing a Christmas Carol, which will then be performed as part of our Christmas party.  More details to follow in December.

 

► Senior Collegium resumes Monday January 9thClick here to see the calendar.  If you are going to be away any of these December or January dates, let us all know now.  Your group and coach are counting on your presence.

 

► If you have any good news to share: concerts, competitions or auditions won, good works done in the community, etc.: do let us know.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

November 17th, 2022

Collegium November 21 Schedule and Announcements

November 21 Schedule

 

►  Congratulations to everyone who played in the Chamber Competition.  Your playing was wonderful and the jurors were very impressed.  Juror comment sheets will be distributed at the coaching sessions on Monday. For those who were unable to stay to the end, here is the list of winners:

Junior:  1st Bartok Duo: Michaela and Fiona         2nd Appassionata Trio: Isidora, Abby, Michelle

Intermediate A:  1st: Tubman Trio:  Max F, Joanne, Jack

Intermediate B: 1st: Jelly Belly Trio: Layla, Veronica, Felina          2nd: Reid Quintet: Camilo, Elana, Michael, Athena, Isaac

Prizes will be distributed at the December concerts:  Juniors & Orchestra Dec 4 and Senior Collegium Dec 11.

 

►  Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival 2023

The new strings syllabus for GVPAF 2023 is up on the GVPAF website. https://www.gvpaf.org/strings

Registrations open on January 3rd 2023 so you have some time to get familiar with the new, expanded syllabus and the rules and procedures.  We are reverting to the old registration system so it will be familiar to most of you but section head Guyonne LeLouarn will be able to answer your questions as they come up!

The program for all sections will be up in March and sessions will be happening at the end of April beginning of May!

 

► If you have any good news to share: concerts, competitions or auditions won, good works done in the community, etc.: do let us know.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

November 14th, 2022

Collegium November 14 Schedule and Announcements

November 14 Schedule

 

►  Camilo Aybar won the Cowichan Consort Concerto Competition and will be performing Crucell Concerto in March. This is the first time a clarinetist has won this competition.  Congratulations!

 

►  Spark to Flame – Apply now!  Application deadline this Sunday November 13th.

To be eligible, please fill out the form completely, including the Youtube, Vimeo or GoogleDrive link for your video audition. Please check that the link can be accessed and open (try testing the links on a different device before submitting).

The links will be sent to all jury members for evaluation (all jury members, regardless of department, will hear all applicants). The Jury will then decide upon approximately 10 performers who will be invited take part in a live final round audition on Friday November 25, 2022 10:00AM-3:30PM in Wood Hall (Exact times to be confirmed). Finalists will be notified by email no later than November 18, 2022.

Be sure to review the current Spark to Flame Rules and Regulations before applying.

 

► Live! Chamber Competition this Tuesday November 15th starting at 6:00! Audience welcome. This is one of the best occasions to hear all levels of chamber music at the VCM.  Concert dress expected for performers.  Alix Goolden Hall.  If you have any questions, do let us know.

 

► If you have any good news to share: concerts, competitions or auditions won, good works done in the community, etc.: do let us know.

 

► Micki extends her thanks to those who offered kind words and were patient with unanswered emails and any slips that happened while she was away dealing with family matters recently. 

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

November 3rd, 2022

Collegium November 7 Schedule and Announcements

November 7 Schedule

 

►  LOUIS SHERMAN CONCERTO COMPETITION 2023.

The Victoria Chamber Orchestra would like to invite string players 18 and under, to participate in the upcoming Louis Sherman Concerto Competition. If you are new to the competition or if you participated in the past but did not win first prize, you are encouraged to participate this year.

 January 21, 2023: Submission of recording of one movement of the concerto. Three finalists will be chosen to move to the next round.

February 21, 2023: Finalist Competition: Live performance of the whole concerto in front of an adjudication panel

April 14, 2023: Winner Solo Performance with the Victoria Chamber Orchestra

Please see the Application Form for a list of eligible pieces and prizes. Please email [email protected], if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you and your students.

 

►  Congratulations to Walter Rees. He was recently notified that he earned an RCM Gold Medal and is invited to perform at The RCM British Columbia and Yukon Celebration of Excellence recital in Vancouver in January or to submit a video to be featured in a virtual recital to be released this spring.

 

► If you have any good news to share: concerts, competitions or auditions won, good works done in the community, etc.: do let us know.

 

► Micki extends her thanks to those who offered kind words and were patient with unanswered emails and any slips that happened while she was away dealing with family matters recently.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

October 27th, 2022

Collegium October 31 Schedule and Announcements

October 31 Schedule

 

►  Salt Spring!  Congratulations to all of you, and a huge thanks to all the parents who drove, contributed, helped their kids get prepared, etc.  It was a lovely concert at ArtSpring and a very successful day.

 

►  Monday October 31 is Halloween.  Costumes encouraged 😊

 

►  October 31 Performance Class:  Simon will continue to accept performance requests (solo or chamber) as they come in, please speak with your teacher and pianists asap.

If the class is not filled, Simon will make the rest of the class a “Technique Performance Class”, where all students will get up and perform/demonstrate a technical exercise or etude. Nothing shorter than 90 seconds, or longer than 5 minutes. He will discourage performance-based Caprices (no Paganini, no Rachmaninov) and encourage developmental etudes (Popper, Kreutzer, Czerny, Sevcik, etc). He will discourage scales and arpeggios unless you are demonstrating more than just an ascending or descending scale. If you choose to play scales, he will ask that you play through the circle of fifths, multiple octaves, demonstrating your control over the full range of your instrument.

The point of the class will be to highlight how fundamental technical control of our instrument gives us the ability play the great repertoire we work on with more ease. As you will all be performing technique usually reserved for the practice room, and therefore out of your comfort zones on stage, you will all be on an equal footing. Collegium Faculty – I invite you to let me know the etudes on which your students are working that would be suitable for performance on October 31.

Of course, if many of you sign up to play repertoire in the performance class, and you fill the 90 minutes up, the tech class can happen another time :).

 

► If you have any good news to share: concerts, competitions or auditions won, good works done in the community, etc.: do let us know.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

October 21st, 2022

Collegium October 24 Schedule and Announcements

October 24 Schedule

 

►  Salt Spring!  This Sunday October 23rd. Many emails have been sent out.  Make sure you all get to the ferry terminal by 8:00AM on Sunday, and that those who need them have bought tickets.  We plan a very full and rewarding day.

 

►  Congratulations to alumnus Blythe Allers (Collegium 2011-2015) who has just been hired by the Phoenix Symphony as Associate Principal 2nd Violin!  Other Collegium alumni now playing in major orchestras include Jacob van der Sloot (2010-2015) playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Philip Manning (2006-2009) playing with the Victoria Symphony.

 

► If you have any good news to share: concerts, competitions or auditions won, good works done in the community, etc.: do let us know.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

 

October 13th, 2022

Collegium October 17 Schedule and Announcements

October 17 Schedule

►  Congratulations to Max Francis.  He will be away from Collegium on Monday October 31 as he has been given a trip to Texas (with his mom) to take some lessons with a top Texas-style fiddler named Joey McKenzie and also to participate in the Bob Wills Festival and Contest.

 

► If you have any good news to share: concerts, competitions or auditions won, good works done in the community, etc.: do let us know.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

October 7th, 2022

Collegium October 10 Announcements

►  There will be no programming on Thanksgiving Monday October 10th and the Conservatory building will be CLOSED.

 

►  https://artspring.ca/events/category/artspring-presents-2022-2023/list/

The Senior Collegium will tour to ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island Sunday October 23. Please watch for full details in a separate email.

 

► Saturday October 8th 7.30pm  Victoria Baroque presents: “A Celebration of Women”

St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra St, Victoria

Renowned early music soprano, Jane Long, joins an all-female ensemble for a programme celebrating women in music. Music for voice, violins, flute, gamba, and harpsichord, spanning from the Italian and French Baroque to the contemporary Canadian. Playing on instruments of the Baroque Era, Victoria Baroque brings listeners closer to the soundworld of the period.

Student and youth tickets just $5, available online and at the door

Tickets and info: http://victoria-baroque.com/tickets-celebration-of-women/

September 29th, 2022

Collegium October 3 Schedule and Announcements

October 3 Schedule

 

►  PIANO CONCERT: international concert pianists

Catherine Lan & Tao Lin
Saturday October 1, 2022 – 2 pm

General Admission $20.00—Students $10.00

DUO BEAUX ARTS
St Mary’s Oak Bay
1701 Elgin Road • www.stmarysoakbay.ca

St Mary’s Presents is a concert series showcasing new and emerging musicians. Featuring some of the greatest and best known works for piano duet and solo composed by Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms

Tickets available online at www.stmarysoakbay.ca/concerts, or at St Mary’s office Mon-Thurs, 9am-1pm, or at Churchmouse Books Saturdays 10am-1pm

 

► PIANO CONCERT This Saturday Night, October 1,  in the Alix Goolden Performance Hall – a concert by Richard He- New Perspectives Canadian Tour. 

Richard He recently received the honor of being designated Canada’s Fifth Young Steinway ArtistHis promotions team would like to offer complimentary tickets to all VCM students and faculty for this concert. 

FREE: If you would like a complimentary ticket to this Concert, Please email [email protected] and put Tickets for Richard He in the subject line. Please print your full name and current email address in the body of the email. 

There will be no complimentary tickets available at the doors so please plan ahead if you think you would like to attend. For more information on the concert program or to buy more tickets, please see the link: https://www.showpass.com/richard-he

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

September 22nd, 2022

Collegium September 26 Schedule and Announcements

September 26 Schedule

 

►  We are looking forward to our “Fun Concert” Friday Sep 23 (Note: it is not mandatory!)  6:00 pizza in Room 303 and a performance class of all of us playing a second instrument or giving a demo of some skill other than the instrument you play in Collegium. Emphasis on FUNWood Hall 6:30-8:00pm.  Preregistration required: thanks to all those who have signed up.  If you didn’t, but would like to participate, email [email protected]

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

September 16th, 2022

Collegium September 19 Schedule and Announcements

September 19 Schedule

 

►    Last chance:  If you would like a copy of the printed syllabus, let Micki know by Monday noon. [email protected]

 

►  The orientation session last Monday was for students.  Simon made this helpful list of what was covered:

  • Set up your rehearsals with your group, outside of the 4-4:55 coaching time on Monday
  • Set up your bi-weekly rehearsals with your pianist: Jennifer Mitchell <[email protected]> or Jany Lu [email protected]
  • Come up with a group name, and a charitable foundation you would like to support, for the naming initiative (do this with your group, and you’re welcome to suggest a cause you’d like to support, or ask Simon for ideas)
  • Ask Micki if you’d like a printed syllabus, otherwise use the PDF (emailed earlier)
  • Sign the code of conduct, follow its protocols
  • Give yourself an idea of your goals for Christmas, and for the entire year
  • Get ready for Salt Spring trip for concert at ArtSpring Sunday October 23rd.
  • Send repertoire to Simon for masterclasses and performance classes (Senior Collegium Schedule)

 

►  Get ready for our “Fun Concert” next Friday Sep 23 (Note: it is not mandatory!)  This event will involve pizza (send Micki any food allergy/restrictions info) and a performance class of all of you playing a second instrument or giving a demo of some skill other than the instrument you play in Collegium. Emphasis on FUN.  6:00-8:00pm.

To participate email Micki & Simon with your name, what you will perform and if your pizza choice: Hawaiian, Veggie, or Meat.

 

Thank you to everyone who got in their weekly rehearsal booking requests. Note to all the groups practicing on Fridays between 6:00 and 8:00 – you will need to schedule some other practice in lieu of Friday September 23rd when we have our fun night.  Email Micki for an alternate room booking.

 

►  Emily Carr String Quartet (ECSQ)  PRESENTS: MENDELSSOHN AT THE CATHEDRAL

Concert 1: Mendelssohn / Taverner
Mendelssohn’s Theme & Variations (op. 81) and String Quartet in A minor (op. 13)
Taverner’s The Hidden Treasure
September 16, 2022 at 5:00pm  Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, BC
Tickets: $30 regular / $10 students    Get your tickets here!

The ECSQ’s 17th Season

The ECSQ returns to Christ Church Cathedral to present a six-concert series showcasing Mendelssohn’s complete string quartets, paired with works from incredible contemporary composers including Jennifer Butler (Vancouver), Linda Caitlin Smith (Toronto), Osvaldo Golijov, and John Tavener.

We are so excited to be able to offer a Series Pass this season — all six concerts for $150Click here to learn more and get your season tickets through Eventbrite.

Rather build your own season of single tickets? Find all the programs and ticket options here.

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]

September 14th, 2022

Collegium for Monday, September 19

Hello Senior Collegium Community

This note is to confirm that during the Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth II VCM will be open and Collegium programming will proceed as usual.

We will expect to see all Senior Collegium members as usual for coachings starting at 4:00 and group sessions from 5-6:30.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

September 9th, 2022

Collegium September 12 Schedule and Announcements

September 12 Schedule

 

►  WELCOME!  To the first of the weekly Senior Collegium bulletins.  These bulletins include the weekly schedule letting students know which rooms their coachings will be in and what and where the group session(s) will be.  The also include any announcements deemed to be important to senior Collegium families.  We send these bulletins to parents and faculty as well as to students, as we find the more everyone knows what is happening, the more chance of success the students have.

 

►    The draft of Senior Collegium Syllabus and Directory is now available. Please read it carefully and let Micki know of any errors or omissions.  Also, compare the calendar with all of the other school and sport and other calendars which rule your lives and let us know of any possible conflicts over the next year, so they can be sorted out with the least disruption to your chamber group.  If you would like an emailed or printed copy of the syllabus, let Micki know by Monday noon. [email protected]

 

►  The orientation session on Monday is for students.  If parents have questions, please email them to [email protected]

 

►  Questions?  Concerns?  Contact Micki Stirling 250 386-5311 ext 3360 or [email protected]