Notices

March 5th, 2021

Collegium March 8 Schedule & Announcements

March 8 Schedule

 

► Monday will be our second set of special masterclasses with members of the Lafayette String Quartet.  Make sure you read up about them before you play for them!  https://lafayettestringquartet.ca/

 

► The Collegium takes a 2 week Spring Break from March 15 – March 27th.   The VCM building will be open but there will be no Collegium programming on March 15 or March 22.  Please refer to the syllabus or to our website if ever you want to check Collegium information or schedules.

 

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

 

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

February 25th, 2021

Collegium March 1 Schedule & Announcements

March 1 Schedule

 

► Last weekend Collegium coach Martin Bonham recorded, with Voice Collegium alumna soprano Gwendolyn Jamieson and VCM guitar teacher Douglas Hensley, a concert featuring Gwen; of 17th Century courtly love songs from France, Great Britain and Italy with some instrumental interludes provided by Doug and Martin.  The concert was produced and recorded by the Early Music Society of the Islands.

At home, Martin recorded a version of his solo contribution to the concert and has attached it as a teaser: The Lancashire Pipes.

To see and hear the whole concert, follow the EMSI link below.  The concert premieres on February 28th.

https://earlymusicsocietyoftheislands.ca/concert/airs-de-cour-and-courtly-airs/

► We are very sorry to announce that Nicole Teachman has withdrawn from the Collegium.  Nicole has been a valuable member of the Collegium for the past 3 years.  We will miss her and her family, and wish her all the best. The George Bridgetower Trio will continue as a Duo with new repertoire to be announced soon.

 

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

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

February 18th, 2021

Collegium February 22 Schedule & Announcements

February 22 Schedule

 

CONCERTS ONLINE!  Alumna Liz Skinner’s invitation: Come join us for our live-streamed concert this Thursday at 7:30pm EST! We’ll be performing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with Stéphane Tetreault (@stephanecello) as well as new work composed for us by Quentin Lauvray (@quentinlauvray)!

Check out @trioemerillon’s FB page for livestream details.

 

► And Chamber coach Müge Büyükçelen  announces:

Music at Christ Church Cathedral Victoria

Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, BC

and the

Emily Carr String Quartet

are pleased to announce their second series together since the outbreak of the pandemic. Following on the resounding success of their Portraits series, the quartet will has planned a complete performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s string quartets over nine concerts beginning on March 12 and running into the Fall of 2021. Join us online for these exciting events! The concerts will livestream here on our page, on the ECSQ page, and at www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca/live

Visit our Event page for details on each concert:

https://www.facebook.com/MusicCCCVictoria/events

All concerts will broadcast online at 7.00 pm

Concert 1: March 12 Quartet no. 3 in D major (Op. 18, no. 3) Quartet no. 15 in A minor (Op. 132)

Concert 2: April 9   Quartet no. 2 in G major (Op. 18, no. 2)  Quartet no. 8 in E minor (Op. 59, no. 2)

Concert 3: May 14  Quartet no. 14 in C-sharp minor (Op. 131)

Concert 4: June 11  Quartet no. 1 in F major (Op. 18, no. 1)  Quartet no. 10 in E-flat major (“Harp”) (Op. 74)

Concert 5: July 2    Quartet no. 5 in A major (Op. 18, no. 5)  Quartet no. 12 in E-flat major (Op. 127)

Concert 6: July 30  Quartet no. 4 in C minor (Op. 18, no. 4)  Quartet no. 9 in C major (Op. 59, no. 3)

Concert 7: September 10   Quartet no. 13 in B-flat major (Op. 130)  Groβe Fuge (Op. 133)

Concert 8: October 8  Quartet no. 11 in F minor (“Serioso”) (Op. 95)   Quartet no. 7 in F major (Op. 59, no. 1)

Concert 9: November 5  Quartet no. 6 in B-flat major (Op. 18, no. 6)   Quartet no 16 in F major (Op. 135)

All concerts are free to watch online. Please consider making a donation to offset the costs of these concerts and to support the artists.

 

 

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

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

February 10th, 2021

Collegium February 15 Schedule & Announcements

February 15 Family Day Closure

► Monday February 15 is BC Family Day.  VCM will be closed and there is no Collegium programming.

► Congratulations to Layla Park and Collegium alumna Samantha Yee, finalists in the Louis Sherman Concerto Competition.

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

February 4th, 2021

Collegium February 8 Schedule & Announcements

February 8 Schedule

 

► Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival:  Message for chamber groups:

Thank you for registering for the 2021 Virtual Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. We are looking forward to seeing you perform this year! If you haven’t done this yet, we will need you to submit your repertoire pdf or link online.  If you have already done this, thank you!

Instructions and the link to submit your music can be found at www.gvpaf.org/festival2021 (under item 4).  We need to receive your electronic copy of repertoire score/parts no later than March 15, 2021. Please feel free to get in contact if you have any questions or need assistance.

Fuchsia Shier,    GVPAF Office   festival@gvpaf.org or 250-386-9223

Instructions on how to submit your videos will be coming soon.

► Monday’s masterclass will be with living legend Gwen Thompson.  Make sure you read up about her before the class.

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

 Thanks.

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

January 28th, 2021

Collegium February 1 Schedule & Announcements

February 1 Schedule

 

► Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival entry: Congratulations and thanks to all of you for getting your Strings/piano groups registered by the deadline!
If you haven’t yet, please repay your part of the fee promptly. Many people can accept e-transfers if cash is a hassle to remember.

► Spring Break Baroque Strings Camp – March 15-19th 2021    Click here for info

Venue: Church of St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria  |  Registration dateline: February 26th
Minimum level: grade 6 RCM or equivalent  |  Students must be residents within the Island Health Region.

For Registration and Inquiries: contact Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith at elyssals@gmail.com

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

January 21st, 2021

Collegium January 25 Schedule & Announcements

January 25 Schedule

► Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival entry deadline is Wednesday January 27th for strings and piano.  All groups entering the strings category need to register by that day.  If you have questions or need help, please ask!  Winds deadline is February 10th.

Information on deadlines and access to the registration system can be found at www.gvpaf.org/registration.  Profiles in Music Festival Suite now include a Photo Consent.  Adult performers must log in and complete this consent for the profile to be complete.  Performers under 19 years of age must have their parent complete this consent.

If you do not know your password please use the reset function or contact the GVPAF Office.  250-386-9223 or email: festival@gvpaf.org.

For details on the Virtual Festival, including recording guidelines, please visit www.gvpaf.org/festival2021.  Please feel free to contact the GVPAF Office if you have any questions or need assistance.

Once your group’s representative has done the registration, please repay them your part of the fee promptly. Many people can accept e-transfers if cash is a hassle to remember.

 

► New Air Purifiers:  Info from the VCM Dean, Stephen Green:

We have combined funds from two or three grants to come up with the $15K needed to purchase 8 Air Purifiers by Surgically Clean Air.  One unit is at the Westhills location, 3 are in Music Therapy spaces downtown, one is in Wood Hall, one each in 302 and 303, and one on AGPH stage.

The units are medical grade 4-stage purifiers with an Rx HEPA filter, a Carbon cloth filter to trap gases, bacterial and viral particles, a UV-C light to sterilize the air, and an ionizer to freshen the air. The units constantly monitor the air quality (seen by changing colour indicator: green-orange-red) and react by adjusting the fan speed. They are set to run 24/7 and don’t need to be adjusted,  but also shouldn’t be moved.

 

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

January 15th, 2021

Collegium January 18 Schedule & Announcements

January 18 Schedule

►   Time to register for the Festival!   https://www.gvpaf.org/registration

Application Deadlines:  Strings & Piano: January 27;  Brass, Woodwinds:  February 10
The recording submission period will be February 25-March 29, 2021.
Please delegate one member of your group to do the registration and collect the fees.
Let us know if you have questions.

Thanks!

Avg Age

Category

Class

Name

14.0

JR – ST

61340

Jelly Roll Morton Trio

14.7

JR -ST

61340

Louise Rose Trio

15.7

INT -ST

62150

Margaret Bonds Trio

16.7

INT -ST

62150

Florence Price Piano Trio

16

INT -ST

62150

Marion Anderson Trio

17.3

SR – WW

85200

George Bridgetower Trio

20.7

SR – WW

85200

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Trio

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

January 7th, 2021

Collegium January 11 Schedule & Announcements

January 11 Schedule

►   For the recordings for Festival, we recommend that you wear Concert or Performance Dress. 

What do we mean by that?

In orchestras, it generally means wearing all black.

That isn’t necessary for Chamber groups and many will take advantage of colour to dress on a cohesive theme so show them off as a group.

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.

Professional adult soloists may vary this with plunging necklines, bare arms or short skirts, but our students are not there yet, and our goal is to show the music off to the best advantage.

 

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

December 21st, 2020

Collegium January 4 Schedule & Announcements

January 4 Schedule

 

►   Parents!  Thank you!!!  The treats sent for our final class were much appreciated.

 

► Collegium holiday break will be December 15-January 3.  The VCM building will be closed December 24 to January 3.

 

► Happy Solstice!  The light is returning and so will Collegium be… First session back:  Monday January 4th.  This performance class will be a dress and tech rehearsal for filming groups and solo performances as will fit for recording on January 11th.  Make sure Simon has your repertoire information.

 

► What to watch for the holiday?  Daniel Lapp’s Home for Christmas Concert

Following the recent success of Daniel Lapp’s Joy of Life Cross Canada Celebration, presented online on Thanksgiving Sunday, the Victoria Conservatory of Music proudly brings family and friends together once again, to spread holiday cheer with our beloved event: Daniel Lapp’s Home for Christmas Concert.

The 17th annual holiday tradition premieres on VCM’s YouTube Channel on Sunday, December 20th at 3PM PST and will be available online until Saturday, December 26th on YouTube. 

Click here to watch! 

 

►   Collegium Founder Jamie Syer has produced another musical treat:

B. S. PRODUCTIONS | A CHRISTMAS CAROL – A LIVE RADIO PLAY  DECEMBER 24-26

Jamie says: “Traditions are important — this year, more than ever. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol tells the familiar story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a hardened old miser. We couldn’t perform this charming radio play adaptation in person, or even gather together to film it; so we used phones, iPads, and computers. Our best Christmas wishes to you are as warm as ever. B. S. Productions is Brian Bailey and Jamie Syer, a non-profit organization producing live musical theatre in Sundre, Alberta and area. Collaborations have included Matilda the Musical, Give My Regards to Broadway, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, In the Heights and Dracula! The Musical Christmas productions: It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and our own adaptation of A Christmas Carol”.

To stream this one hour performance, buy a ticket to benefit their local food bank via Broadway on Demand (a US service) Streaming fee $15US per household or $8 US for single.

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

December 11th, 2020

Collegium December 7 Schedule & Announcements

December 14 Xmas session

►   Parents!  Although we have no weekly shared snacks or concert reception goodies, we would really appreciate it if you can please supply some Christmas goodies or oranges for our last session, this Monday.   If you can, please drop them off by 4:00 so Micki can arrange for them to be safely, hygienically served.  Thank you!!!

 

►  The last session before the holiday break is Monday December 14. All the coachings will be from 4:00-5:00 (Marion Anderson, George Bridgetower and Florence Price all moved to the earlier time). There will be a festive performance class in the 5-6:30 time including performances, pizza and a white elephant gift exchange. If you have dietary restrictions for the pizza, please let Micki know.If you can’t be at this last coaching or group session, let Micki and your coach know. Now.

 

►  Don’t forget your wrapped White Elephant gift.

We have sent out separate instructions for how to do the White Elephant Gift exchange and how we will keep the entire class fun and safe. If you didn’t get it, look in your junk mail, and if you can’t find it, contact Micki to resend.  Thanks.

 

► Collegium holiday break will be December 15-January 3.   First session back:  Monday January 4thThe VCM building will be closed December 24 to January 3.

 

►   SNACKS:  Pizza and family supplied goodies this Monday, all served by Santa’s helper.

 

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

December 7th, 2020

Collegium December 7 Schedule & Announcements

December 7 Schedule

► Please welcome new full member Athena Lynngood.  Athena is a violinist who was part of the Junior Collegium 2016-2018. She will join the Marion Anderson duo to become a trio.  They will be working on Hv Koessler, Trio Suite for Violin, Viola & Piano.  I will send around Athena’s photo and bio as soon as they are received for you to add to your syllabus/directory.

► December 6th CONCERT – Due to the new Covid restrictions, there will be NO AUDIENCE in the Alix Goolden Hall on Sunday December 6th.

Instead, all groups will perform as planned to an audience of videographers who will livestream the concert.  Parents, please note that you will still need to bring your student dressed in concert clothes ready to perform, but you will not be able to stay in the building.  We expect the event to be over by 4:00.

WATCH THE LIVESTREAM:  Sunday December 6th  Juniors starting at 1:30 and Seniors at 2:40. 

VCM Website: https://vcm.bc.ca/event/junior-senior-collegium-dec-2020/   or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/314311142956915

Please share links these with your friends and family.  These links will be up at least until the end of the day.

 

►   The last session before Christmas break is Monday December 14. 

All the coachings will be from 4:00-5:00 (Marion Anderson, George Bridgetower and Florence Price all moved to the earlier time). There will be a festive performance class in the 5-6:30 time including performances, pizza and a white elephant gift exchange. If you have dietary restrictions for the pizza, please let Micki know. If you can’t be at this last coaching or group session, let Micki and your coach know. Now.

We will send out separate instructions for how to do the White Elephant Gift exchange and how we will keep the entire class fun and safe.

 

►  The Spark to Flame jury announced:  “Thank you to everyone for their wonderful Spark to Flame performance auditions. Everyone was impressed by so many strong performances.

Congratulations to Camilo Aybar, Galen Boulanger, Alex Chen, Charlie Dutton, and Lexie Krakowski who have been selected to be featured with the Spark to Flame Orchestra on Saturday March 13, 2021!  We look forward to this special evening of performances.  Thank you again for all your dedication and hard work.”

We are so proud that 3 of the five successful finalists are Collegium members.

 

►   Collegium holiday break will be December 15-January 3.   First session back:  Monday January 4thThe VCM building will be closed December 24 to January 3.

 

►   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

November 27th, 2020

Collegium November 30 Schedule & Announcements

November 30 Schedule

►  December 6th CONCERT – Due to the new Covid restrictions, there will be NO AUDIENCE in the Alix Goolden Hall on Sunday December 6th. Instead, all groups will perform as planned to an audience of videographers who will livestream the concert.  Parents, please note that you will still need to bring your student dressed in concert clothes ready to perform, but you will not be able to stay in the building.  There will be more details in a separate email early next week.

 

►   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 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