Programs

Young Artists Collegium Program

Senior Instrumental


WHO: Open by audition to all teenage or VCM postsecondary classical instrumentalists who have already reached the RCME Grade 9 Conservatory level.


WHAT:  Chamber music, master classes with local and internally acclaimed artists, performances, and other classes aimed at expanding the awareness and experience of classical music and musicians work with collaborative pianists, social snacks.

  • Full members receive a package of private lessons, chamber music, group sessions, performances, private coaching with a collaborative pianist, and credit towards theory or history lessons. The package price is subsidized approximately 50% by scholarships and fundraising. Full members are expected to attend all sessions and practice with their chamber group at least weekly outside of the coaching sessions.
  • Postsecondary members receive a package of Chamber music, group sessions and performances. They are expected to participate in all Chamber music coachings, rehearsals and performances and may participate in as many other group sessions as suits their schedule.
    Postsecondary membership may be offered to students enrolled in the VCM/Camosun Postsecondary Diploma in Music Performance. For more information, contact David Visentin, Director of Postsecondary Studies ([email protected]).

WHEN:  September through May.

  • Most sessions happen Mondays between 4:00 and 6:30pm

WHERE: Victoria Conservatory of Music downtown location, 900 Johnson Street


WHY:  the Collegium Program is designed to optimise the success of seriously dedicated and gifted young musicians, in music and in life. 

What others have said:

“It’s AWESOME! I’ve learned numerous things that were and still are invaluable to my career as a musician, and the relationships I’ve formed with friends through this program will hopefully stay with me through the rest of my life. Great flippin‘ program!!!

“The Collegium program has made me a better musician and individual.”

(Students 2015 )

“It is one of the top programs of its kind in the country.”  (Teacher 2015)

We are so pleased with the growth that our son’s Collegium experience provided for him.  He improved musically and personally while making new friends that share his interests.

“This has been a life transforming program for my daughter.”

(Parents 2016)


HOW MUCH:  See Tuition Information tab


HOW TO APPLY: See Application Information tab

Young Artists Collegium Program

Junior Strings & Winds


WHO: The program is designed for 12-15 year old strings or wind players who have already reached the RCME Grade 6 level. Exceptionally mature and responsible applicants under age 12 will be considered on a case by case basis.


WHAT:  Chamber music, orchestra, theory, master classes, performances and social snacks.


WHEN:  September through May.

  • Orchestra, snacks and Chamber music happen on Wednesdays from 4:15 – 7:00pm.
  • Master classes are scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • Theory is scheduled individually with students depending on their level.

WHERE: Victoria Conservatory of Music downtown location, 900 Johnson Street.


WHY:  the Collegium Program is designed to optimise the success of seriously dedicated and gifted young musicians, in music and in life.

What others have said:

“Jr. Collegium has been an excellent experience for my daughter.  It has of course been an amazing place to grow as a musician; being in the company of like-minded peers and fantastically inspired teachers has given her great support, a sense of belonging and goals to strive for.”  (Parent)

“My student started as a weak player in the fall and completely changed in a few months.” (Teacher)

“I liked the friendly and supportive environment created by the students and the administrators of the program.”  (Student)

“There is nothing else remotely like it in Victoria – case in point: Collegium chamber groups won all the chamber classes at this year’s Provincials.”   (Teacher)  

“Collegium is the most important education my children have received. In no other venture have my children learned all of the following: striving for excellence, setting goals, experiencing a teacher passionately picture their next achievement, collaborate with peers who are older, and younger, working with professional mentors, developing stage presence, and learning to share mutual appreciation among each other.”  (Parent)


HOW MUCH:  See Tuition Information tab


HOW TO APPLY: See Application Information tab

 

Young Artists Collegium Program

Junior Piano Plus


WHO: The program is designed for 12-15 year old piano players who have already reached the RCME Grade 6 level. Exceptionally mature and responsible applicants under age 12 will be considered on a case by case basis.


WHAT:  Chamber music with strings, Piano Plus ensemble coaching, theory, master classes, performances and social snacks.


WHEN:  September through May.

  • Piano Plus, snacks and Chamber music happen on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 7:00 pm.
  • Master classes are scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • Theory is scheduled individually with students depending on their level.

WHERE: Victoria Conservatory of Music downtown location, 900 Johnson Street.


WHY:  the Collegium Program is designed to optimize the success of seriously dedicated and gifted young musicians, in music and in life.

What others have said:

“Jr. Collegium has been an excellent experience for my daughter.  It has of course been an amazing place to grow as a musician; being in the company of like-minded peers and fantastically inspired teachers has given her great support, a sense of belonging and goals to strive for.”  (Parent)

“The program allows students to connect with others who also love music. It’s very well organized and well run.”  (Teacher)

“The Collegium program has helped me grow so much as a musician. Being surrounded by amazing players pushes you to want to have higher expectations for yourself.”   (Student)                 

“We enjoyed witnessing our son truly love participating in this program.  It was also great to watch his progress as he improved as an individual as well as a musician.  This was his first opportunity to collaborate with other musicians and he enjoyed playing with others, building relationships and being a part of a community.”  (Parent)


HOW MUCH:  See Tuition Information tab


HOW TO APPLY: See Application Information tab

Young Artists Collegium Program

2022/2023 Tuition Information (Except Voice)

  • Each category of membership has a different tuition.  All tuition is per year.
  • Students are expected to do the full academic year (September to May).

 

Net Tuition Payable:

  1. Collegium Full member – Strings & Winds:  $3,280 per year, if no bursary
  2. Collegium Full member – Piano: $2,868 per year, if no bursary
  3. Collegium Associate member: $888 per year
  4. Collegium Postsecondary member: $262 per year  Note: Fee is in addition to Camosun tuition fee.
  5. Junior Collegium member – Strings & Winds: $1,168.15 per year, if no bursary
  6. Junior Collegium member – Piano Plus: $1,168.15 per year, if no bursary

 

Scholarships and Bursaries:

There are significant scholarship and bursary funds that donors have contributed, and which have grown steadily.  Each year, Collegium students have been awarded automatic scholarships to help reduce the net tuition payable.  These were increased last year and have been increased again for 2022/23 to help keep tuition down for all families.

In addition, to help those in financial need, we will now allow families to apply for the Eric & Shirley Charman Young Musician’s Bursary for Collegium tuition fees.  This will save 30% and in fact, for those qualifying, will actually reduce the net tuition to levels far lower than last year’s fees.  Thus, families in need will now be paying lower Collegium tuitions

Please note that there are special allowances for Collegium bursaries: family maximum income is raised to $100,000 from $80,000 or an unspecified maximum if there are two or more kids from the same family in the program.

Apply now!  The Collegium bursary application deadline is July 31, 2022

 

Payment timing:

Students auditioning for the first time must pay a one-time non-refundable $32 application fee. Although students audition each year to remain in the program, this is a one-time fee.

Because the Collegium is an ensemble-based program, we need commitment from students long before the first day of classes. For this reason, registration into the program and a non-refundable tuition payment of $300 is required by June 30.

The balance of tuition owing can be paid:

  1. for the entire year with Email Money Transfer, Debit Card, Credit Card (a 2.75% fee will be added), or Cash by the first day of class, or
  2. set up on a payment plan which can be spread over a maximum of eight months (September to April) by providing banking information for a Pre-Authorized Withdrawal plan, taken on the 15th of each month. Note that there is a $2.00 fee per payment.

 

Pricing detail:

1. Collegium Full member – Strings & Winds

a) 32 weekly 1 hour private lessons
b) 28 weekly 1 ½ hour Master/performance classes or 1 ¼ hour Soundings sessions
c) 28 weekly 1 hour chamber coaching sessions
d) Up to $200 in discounts if signing up for any extra Theory/History classes
e) Sixteen ½ hour private collaborative coaching sessions
f) Concerts and other performing opportunities

Total tuition per year $5,430.00
Less: Scholarship*    (2,150.00)
Net payable per year $3,280.00
Less: E. & S. Charman Bursary    (1,620.00)
Net payable per year $1,660.00


2. Collegium Full member – Piano

a) 32 weekly 1 hour private lessons
b) 28 weekly 1 ½ hour Master/performance classes or 1 ¼ hour Soundings sessions
c) 28 weekly 1 hour chamber coaching sessions
d) Up to $200 in discounts if signing up for any extra Theory/History classes
e) Concerts and other performing opportunities

Total tuition per year $4,718.00
Less: Scholarship*    (1,850.00)
Net payable per year $2,868.00
Less: E. & S. Charman Bursary    (1,406.40)
Net payable per year $1,461.60

 

3. Collegium Associate member

a) 28 weekly 1 ½ hour Master/performance classes or 1 ¼ hour Soundings sessions
b) 28 weekly 1 hour chamber coaching sessions
c) Concerts and other performing opportunities

Total tuition per year $1,588.00
Less: Scholarship*    (700.00)
Net payable per year $888.00

 

4. Collegium Postsecondary member

a) 28 weekly 1 ½ hour Master/performance classes or 1 ¼ hour Soundings sessions
b) 28 weekly 1 hour chamber coaching sessions
c) Concerts and other performing opportunities

Total tuition per year $1,088.00
Less: Tuition paid to Camosun (766.00)
Less: Scholarship*    (60.00)
Net payable per year $262.00

 

5. Junior Collegium member – Strings & Winds

a) 28 weekly ¾ hour chamber coaching sessions (in duos or trios)
b) 34 weekly 1 ½ hour Intermediate Orchestra sessions
c) 32 weekly 1 hour theory classes
d) 4, 5, or 6 1 ½ hour master classes
e) Concerts and other performing opportunities

Total tuition per year $2,737.00
Less: Scholarship*    (1,500.00)
Less: Discount    (68.85)
Net payable per year $1,168.15
Less: E. & S. Charman Bursary    (466.20)
Net payable per year $701.95

 

6. Junior Collegium member – Piano Plus

a) 28 weekly ¾ hour chamber coaching sessions (in duos or trios)
b) 28 weekly 1 hour Piano Plus group classes
c) 32 weekly 1 hour theory classes
d) 4, 5, or 6 1 ½ hour master classes
e) Concerts and other performing opportunities

Total tuition per year $2,782.00
Less: Scholarship*    (1,613.85)
Net payable per year $1,168.15
Less: E. & S. Charman Bursary    (466.20)
Net payable per year $701.95

 


*The Collegium Scholarship is funded by six Scholarship Funds:

  • Grant Family Scholarship/Bursary
  • Henry, Annie, & Harry Cathcart Bursary
  • Naomi Skinner Estate Collegium Scholarship
  • Prof. Stephen & Dr. Jacquelyn Peitchinis Scholarships
  • VCM General Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Virginia Finch-Noyes Memorial Scholarship

If you would like to help invest in the future of classical music and these great kids, please contact us.

Collegium is the most important education my children have received. In no other venture have my children learned all of the following: striving for excellence, setting goals, experiencing a teacher passionately picture their next achievement, collaborate with peers who are older, and younger, working with professional mentors, developing stage presence, and learning to share mutual appreciation among each other.”  (Parent 2016)

Young Artists Collegium Program

How to apply to the Collegium

1) Pay the one-time non-refundable $32 application fee

(new applicants only; return applicants can skip to step 2!)

Payment Options

  • Online, with a Credit Card
  • Cash, Debit Card, or Credit Card, in person at our Front Desk

2) Complete our online application form

3) Audition: All new and returning students are required to audition.

Auditioning students should prepare two contrasting works which best show your current level of performance. We expect these will be unaccompanied.  The audition will last a maximum of 15 minutes and will include conversation with the jurors where you will be asked the following 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 Juniors)

Application deadline for 2022/23: Sunday, May 8, 2022 

Auditions: May 25-30, 2022

Questions?  Need Help?   Email: [email protected]

Young Artists Collegium Program 

Voice 


WHO: Open by audition to all teenage or young adult (“youth”) singers who have had at least one year of singing lessons and who are at the Grade 5 RCM level or above. They should have the capacity to sing collaboratively in small ensembles and perform in masterclasses.


WHAT: The aim of the Collegium Voice program for singers is to supplement individual voice lessons by providing experiences specific to the developing singer that are beyond the scope of lessons with the goal to develop and refine musicianship and performance skills. Masterclasses and workshops are held with members of the VCM voice faculty and professional musicians in the broader community. Workshops include topics like diction, stagecraft, body awareness, ear training, and sight reading. 

NOTE: Applications now open for Spring Term Feb 1 – May 16 2023

We are accepting applications into the Vocal Collegium Program for a second term start.

INFORMATION FOR SPRING TERM ONLY

The application is due by Thursday Dec. 15 and auditions will take place Tuesday December 20. A pianist will be provided.

All information about the Vocal Collegium Program on this page remains accurate except that tuition and benefits will be pro-rated accordingly. As such the program for second term students will include:

  • 15 weekly 1 hour individual voice lessons
  • Seven ½ hour individual coaching sessions with a collaborative pianist
  • 14 weekly 1 hour ensemble coaching sessions
  • 9 weekly 1 hour Masterclasses/Workshops.
  • Up to $100 in discounts if signing up for any extra Theory/History classes
  • Preparation of staged scenes with professional stage director
  • Small ensemble performances in one concerts in May

Tuition will be as follows:

  • Net payable including reduction through the William Fredrich Kischell Fund:
$1,640.00
  • Net payable if you also qualify for the Eric & Shirley Charman bursary*
$873.50

* Bursaries are available for any student who meets the eligibility requirements. Please see the VCM Bursary page (specifically #2 Eric and Shirley Charman Young Musicians’ Bursary) for more information.

Bursaries for second term applicants must be submitted by January 15.

Please see below for how to apply.

Questions?  Need Help?  Email: [email protected]


FULL YEAR PROGRAM INFORMATION BELOW


WHEN: October 4 through May 16.

  • Tuesdays between 4:00-6:30pm for ensemble coachings and masterclasses/workshops
  • Thirty individual voice lessons and fourteen individual music coaching sessions will be scheduled outside of this time in consultation with the student’s teacher and coach.

WHERE: Victoria Conservatory of Music downtown location, 900 Johnson Street.


WHY: The Collegium Program is designed to optimize the success of seriously dedicated and gifted young musicians, in music and in life. Integrated programs can be very costly, and as such, the VCM is committed towards ensuring that the Young Artists Collegium Program, including the Collegium Voice Program remain affordable through scholarships and bursaries, sponsorship and other forms of subsidies.


HOW MUCH:  

  • Net payable including reduction through the William Fredrich Kischell Fund:
$3,280.00
  • Net payable if you also qualify for the Eric & Shirley Charman bursary*
$1,747.00

* Bursaries are available for any student who meets the eligibility requirements. Please see the VCM Bursary page (specifically #2 Eric and Shirley Charman Young Musicians’ Bursary) for more information.


HOW TO APPLY:

1) Pay the one-time non-refundable $32 application fee

Payment Options

  • Online, with a Credit Card
  • In person at our Front Desk, with Cash, Debit Card, or Credit Card

2) Complete our online application form

All students are required to attend a friendly audition. Auditioning students should prepare two contrasting songs or arias which best show your current level of performance. A collaborative pianist will be provided on the date of the audition, including for a short run-through prior to the audition. The audition will last a maximum of 15 minutes and will include a short conversation with the audition panel.


Questions?  Need Help?  Email: [email protected]

Please complete as much information as possible. Once your form is submitted, you will be contacted within 3 business days to confirm that we have received it. If you have additional questions or material you would like to submit, please email Jennifer Turner, Voice Collegium Program Coordinator, at [email protected].

Voice Collegium Application

Student's Name
Gender
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Home Address
Teacher's Name
If you have taken any PRACTICAL Exams recently, please list the dates and results.
If you have taken any THEORY/HISTORY Exams recently, please list the dates and results.