Notices

May 24th, 2021

Launch of Collegium End of Year Concert with VCM Orchestras

The Collegium’s End of Year Chamber Music Showcase 2021 concert, also featuring the Preparatory and Intermediate Orchestras, is available now to watch on the VCM’s YouTube Channel. Click HERE to watch now.

Please donate in lieu of purchasing a ticket: DONATE NOW

May 21st, 2021

Collegium May 20 Announcements

► Thanks to everyone involved in the wonderful Concert performances on May 4 and May 11th.  The video is now being amalgamated and info graphics applied so that it can be uploaded at the end of the weekend.

It should be viewable by Monday May 24th, and the link will be visible on the Collegium web-page  ‘Notices’ tab.  https://vcm.bc.ca/program-areas/classical-music/collegium/notices/#page-title

►The Collegium program would not exist without financial support from individual donors in addition to the Conservatory in general.  In place of admission tickets to our final concert, we are inserting little video appeals to solicit donations to the program.  Enormous thanks to Lexie Krakowski, Charlie Dutton, Elijah Kim, Camilo Aybar, Max Francis and Michaela Yee who each responded to a request; and within less than 24 hours each made a video greeting to be inserted in the concert video.  There has never been an initiative that so illustrated for me how much times have changed for our students with their technical skills and comfort being on video.  Bravi tutti!

► Congratulations to the nominees for the Jamie Syer Scholarship awarded annually to the student who best exemplifies the spirit and purpose of the Collegium Program:  excellence in music, teamwork and support of peers. Nominated by faculty and Collegium members were Junior member Michaela Yee and Seniors Camilo Aybar, Charlie Dutton, Elana Lin, Keisha McKay and Marcus Coetzee. 

 

►And the winner is:  Charlie Dutton.  Charlie was described as “never failing to bring a positive attitude, determined work ethic and welcoming nature to rehearsals and coachings.” “ It is always a joy to play with Charlie and his constantly improving piano playing has been inspirational to watch over the years”.  He was also nominated “because he jumped right in when a trio needed a piano player and learned the pieces in a very short time; and was very fun too.”

Charlie joins the elite group of Syer Scholarship winners:  Stephanie Galipeau, Ethan Allers, Hanna Williamson, Rae Gallimore, Kate Moran, Danielle Tsao, Hank Liu, Lexie Krakowski, Keziah Froese and Camilo Aybar.

►  And congrats to alumnus Jono Devey, who is one of the two winners in the 2021 UVic Concerto Competition.  Here is a link to an article including a link to watch Jono’s beautiful playing.  https://finearts.uvic.ca/music/calendar/blog/2021/04/30/2021-concerto-competition-winners/?fbclid=IwAR3roTZhPO2daaEOFZ9Y6B12qWunwSRfo_fmgTcVatEN-9oT7dgTqpMLQzU

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

May 7th, 2021

Collegium May 10 Schedule & Announcements

May 10 Schedule

 

► Next week is the last week of Senior Collegium 2020/21!

 

► Monday we will have a dress rehearsal starting at 5:00 sharp.  Florence Prince, Coleridge-Taylor, Bridgetower and Marion Anderson trios must all leave their coachings by 4:55 in order to be in AGPH with instruments at the ready by 5:00.  JR Morton & Louise Rose trios will snack the snack parade – see next point.

 

► Snacking will happen in Wood Hall by rotation starting with JR Morton and Louise Rose Trio at 5:00. Those two trios will go to AGPH when the next group arrives to snack.  Every other group will snack after they play and then return to AGPH when the next group comes for snack.

 

► Families:  this is our last Monday session.  It would be great if you can supply some snacks that I can serve out to the kids. Please let me (Micki) know if you can deliver some snacks on Monday by 4:00.  Thanks!

 

►  Congrats to Lexie Krakowski.  After winning a number of attractive options for studying music in University next year she has accepted a scholarship and placement to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) Glenn Gould School of Music with Hans Jorgen Jensen and Andrés Diaz.

 

► The Senior Collegium final Concert will be filmed on Tuesday May 11.  Come by 6:45pm in Concert clothes prepared to play and to be an appreciative audience.  No other audience members will be admitted. Be prepared to stay until at least 9:00pm  The Concert streaming details and links will be sent later in May.  There will be some warm-up rooms for use ½ hour before your turn to perform.  There will be a schedule posted on Monday.

 

► Want to be in Collegium next year?  All students must apply and audition each year. Complete our online application form.  Application deadline THIS SUNDAY May 9th.  There is no application fee for returning students.  Live auditions will be held May 31, June 4 and 5.  Thanks to all of you who have got your application done!

 

► Do you have musical friends who would make good new Collegium members?  Tell them how to apply!  Application deadline Sunday May 9th.

 

►  The Jamie K Syer Collegium Scholarship winner will be announced at the concert filming Tuesday May 11th. Thanks to those of you who sent in nominations.

 

►  SNACKS:  Due to Covid-19 all students are asked to bring their own snack. Nurture yourself for maximum performance in Collegium.    This is your last chance this year to impress Micki with what you have brought for yourself.   :~)   This Monday we will also supply some treats (we = families and Collegium)

 

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

 

►  This is my last chance to give a huge appreciation to those of you who actually read to the bottom of these announcements every week.  THANK YOU.
And for those families leaving the program, know that I will really miss you and hope that you will keep in touch.   Warmly, Micki Stirling

April 28th, 2021

Collegium May 3 Schedule & Announcements

May 3 Schedule

 

► Next week is the second to last week of Senior Collegium 2020/21!  The last coaching sessions are Monday May 10th.

 

►  Monday’s group session will be the Composing the Collegium feedback session.  In addition to feedback it includes feeding!  PIZZA!  If you don’t eat pizza or are allergic to any of the ingredients, please let Micki know immediately.  Thanks!  All Senior Collegium members are expected to participate in this feedback session.

Collegium Parents and faculty also get their chance to give feedback via the annual online Evaluation Survey which will come out later in May.

 

► The Senior Collegium final Concert will be filmed on Tuesday May 11.  Come in Concert clothes prepared to play and to be an appreciative audience.  No other audience members will be admitted.   The Concert streaming details and links will be sent later in May.

 

► Want to be in Collegium next year?  All students must apply and audition each year. Complete our online application form.  Application deadline Sunday May 9th.  There is no application fee for returning students.  Live auditions will be held May 31, June 4 and 5.

 

► Do you have musical friends who would make good new Collegium members?  Tell them how to apply!  Application deadline Sunday May 9th.

 

►  The Jamie K Syer Collegium Scholarship is awarded annually to the Collegium student(s) who best exemplifies the spirit and purpose of the Collegium Program: excellence in music, teamwork and support of peers.

This scholarship was created to honour Collegium founder Dr. Jamie Syer.  For those who haven’t met him, you can read a bio of him here: https://vcm.bc.ca/jamie-syer/

Previous winners include: Stephanie Galipeau, Ethan Allers, Hanna Williamson, Rae Gallimore, Kate Moran, Danielle Tsao, Hank Liu, Lexie Krakowski, Keziah Froese and Camilo Aybar.

All current Collegium students qualify:  Junior and Senior Instrumental. (even previous winners)

Nominations will be accepted from Collegium students and coaches, and the award will be decided upon by the Collegium Artistic Director and Animateur.

Please submit nominations to Micki Stirling by this Sunday May 2nd.  The scholarship announced with the online concert.

To nominate someone, email Micki with the following information:

SYER SCHOLARSHIP NOMINATION:

Collegium student being nominated:  Name:

Nominated by (Collegium students or coaches only): Name:                                    Email:

Short description of why this student best exemplifies the spirit and purpose of the

Collegium Program: excellence in music, teamwork and support of peers(max 100 words) 

 

►  SNACKS:  Due to Covid-19 all students are asked to bring whatever snack you want to go along with PIZZA.. Really!  We will supply the pizza for the 5:00 Composing the Collegium Session.  Nurture yourself for maximum performance in Collegium.    Thanks

 

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

April 22nd, 2021

Collegium April 26 Schedule & Announcements

April 26 Schedule

 

► There are two performance classes on Monday April 26. If you want to play and haven’t signed up yet, please contact Simon immediately.

►  Congratulations to the winners of the Louis Sherman Concerto Competition

Once again, Collegium members and alumni have ‘swept’ the winnings:
Anja Rebstock of the Victoria Chamber Orchestra says:
“We are pleased to announce the results of the Louis Sherman Concerto Competition:

1st Prize $400
Samantha Yee,  Mozart concerto A Major (Collegium 2014-2019)

2nd Prize $100
Layla Park, Glazunov concerto

3rd Prize $100
Nicole Teachman, Lalo concerto

Congratulations to all of you!”

 

►  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

April 14th, 2021

Collegium April 19 Schedule & Announcements

April 19 Schedule

 

► Updated COVID Safety measures: For all the updated measures see our website:  VCM Downtown COVID-19 Safety Plan.  To help reduce exposures community access to practice rooms has been temporarily cancelled.  Collegium groups following their booked weekly rehearsals are unaffected. You can still do your weekly practices as scheduled. You must continue to wear masks at all times.  Students caught breaking the rules will have their privileges revoked.  If you have any questions about any of this, contact Micki or Simon.

►  Congratulations!!!   More Festival results so far:

The Senior and Intermediate Round of the GVPAF is complete, and the Mid Island Festival is also complete, the following Collegium groups have been invited to the Provincials and/or the Nationals:

Ensembles:

Jelly Roll Morton Trio: Provincials Junior (representing GVPAF)
Florence Price Trio: Provincials intermediate (representing GVPAF)
Louise Rose Trio: Provincials, Intermediate (representing Mid Island Festival)
CanAsian MET Trio: Provincials, Junior (representing Mid Island Festival)
George Bridgetower Trio (Camilo/Nicole/Nicole) Provincials, Senior Winds  (representing GVPAF)

The Dynamic Duo, Jelly Roll Morton Trio, SoundWaves Trio, Louise Rose Trio, Florence Price Trio and George Bridgetower Trio all won awards.

There are many solo ‘wins’ as well.  Bravi tutti!

►   Message from the Festival:

GVPAF written adjudications will come by email as soon as we can process them all.  Due to the amount of entrants in this year’s festival (over 900!) this will take some time.  Thank you for your patience.    Fuchsia Shier, GVPAF Office

 

►  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

April 7th, 2021

Collegium April 12 Schedule & Announcements

April 12 Schedule

► More Collegium changes:  We are sorry to say that Nicole Hepting has withdrawn from the Collegium; but that Charlie Dutton has generously agreed to fill in as the pianist for the George Bridgetower Trio.  Yay Charlie!

 

► Emily Carr String Quartet: Beethoven’s string quartets

Friday, April 9, 2021  7:00pm PST

LIVESTREAMED from Christ Church Cathedral

www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca/live

 From Müge Büyükçelen:  “We hope you will join us this Friday for the second livestreamed performance in our cycle of all of Beethoven’s string quartets. In collaboration with Christ Church Cathedral, we are pleased to present these magnificent works directly to our friends and supporters both near and far.

 This concert features the delightful Quartet no. 2 in G Major (Op. 18, no. 2) and Quartet no. 8 in E minor (Op. 59, no. 2) – the second of Beethoven’s three beloved “Razumovsky quartets.” Until we can once again gather together in person, we hope to “see you there”… online!

 For more information, including a complete calendar of performances in this series, visit Christ Church Cathedral’s website at:

https://www.christchurchcathedral.bc.ca/events/beethoven-the-complete-quartets-concert-series/2021-04-09

 

►  Congratulations!!!   Festival results so far:

The Senior and Intermediate Round of the GVPAF is complete, and the Mid Island Festival is also complete, the following Collegium students have been invited to the Provincials and/or the Nationals:

Ensembles:

Florence Price Trio: Provincials intermediate (representing GVPAF)
Louise Rose Trio: Provincials, Intermediate (representing Mid Island Festival)
CanAsian MET Trio: Provincials, Junior (representing Mid Island Festival)

Solo:

Lexie Krakowski: Provincials Senior Excellence class, and Nationals (representing GVPAF)
Luke Kim: Provincials, Senior, and (alternate) Nationals candidate (representing Mid Island Festival)
Layla Park: Provincials, Intermediate, Nationals, Roberto and Mary Wood Competition (representing GVPAF)
Elijah Kim: Provincials, (representing Mid Island Festival)
Samantha Yee (former Collegium): Provincials intermediate (representing GVPAF)
Lucy Zhang (former Collegium): Provincials merited candidate, intermediate (representing GVPAF)
If there are other Collegium students who have won in this year’s festivals, please let us know!  Thanks.

 

►  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

March 31st, 2021

Collegium April 5 Announcements

► Easter Closure:  There is no Collegium on Monday April 5th.

For the Easter Weekend, the VCM Downtown building will have the following schedule:

Fri. April 2: CLOSED

Sat. April 3: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Sun. April 4: CLOSED

Mon. April 5: CLOSED

►  Wilder & Davis Luthiers have opened a branch store in Vancouver.  They are supporters of our Chamber Competitions.  We will not put further ads for them in these bulletins.  They announce their ‘luthier available for repairs and appraisals’ and the timing of their bow rehair service shippings to Montreal via their e-newsletters.  If you would like to subscribe to this news service contact:  Wilder & Davis Vancouver brian.mix@wilderdavis.com.

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

March 24th, 2021

Collegium March 29 Schedule & Announcements

March 29 Schedule

 

► Soundings with Makaila Wallace, Alix Goolden Hall March 29th 5:00

Creative Exploration~

This is a movement based class that offers an opportunity to connect deeper into your senses. Body awareness, spatial awareness, introduction to improvisation, personal creations, music interpretation are all things that we will explore in this class. Let’s dive it and see where it takes us! 

* No dance experience necessary

Please wear comfortable clothing 

Please bring something to draw with (ex. Colored pencils, crayons preferable. Makaila will provide paper) 

 

► Welcome to Jessye Matajec!  Jessye is a cellist on exchange to Victoria from her home in Germany.  We are very pleased to have her joining Collegium for the rest of the year.  She will be playing with Camilo and Nicole in the George Bridgetower Trio.  Please introduce yourself to her and make her feel welcome.

 

►  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

March 10th, 2021

Collegium March 15 Schedule & Announcements

► SPARK TO FLAME!  Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:30PM

Join us for one of the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s most important and special annual events, the Spark to Flame Online Student Showcase, streamed live this year for the first time! The concert will be live streamed on the Victoria Conservatory YouTube Channel .

You can read more about this special performance and the five super star soloists HERE. Three of these soloists are Collegium members:  Lexie Krakowski, Camilo Aybar and Charlie Dutton.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Spark to Flame program supports emerging artist’s development and is open to all students of the VCM. Selected through audition, students are given the opportunity to work with VCM faculty in the weeks leading up to the performance to develop their professional and artistic skills. The final concert is a magical evening featuring these students performing with faculty artists, with works by Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Messager.

We are so fortunate to be able to live stream this spectacular event. We are suggesting to everyone who enjoys Spark to Flame and the joy of music, to make a $15 donation, or more, in lieu of purchasing a ticket. Your generous support ensures the VCM can continue to bring concerts to our community and keep music education as affordable as possible and accessible to all.

Thank you!

Watch here

► 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.

►  The next Senior Collegium session will be Monday March 29, followed by Easter Sunday closure on April 5th.  It is very important that Chamber groups meet on March 29 so that there is not a whole month between practices/coaching sessions.  If you have questions, please let Simon or Micki know.

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

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