Music gives a soul to the universe

Wings to the mind

Flight to the imagination and

Life to everything.

– Plato

This is why we practice.

– Simon MacDonald

Our String Department has instruction and programming for students of all abilities. We have a rich resource of dedicated faculty in the disciplines of violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar, lute, harp, and historical instruments.

We offer comprehensive programming for those who wish to pursue music in a variety of in-depth settings. In addition to high-level private instruction and introductory group classes, several orchestras ensure a place for students on any instrument and at any level. We also arrange chamber music opportunities for students of similar ability levels.

Within the String Department, the VCM has created an environment and series of programs that can take the beginner to the highest international levels.  These classes, when combined with our many performance opportunities as well as additional VCM classes, allow students of any age the well-rounded and enriching experiences that studying on a string instrument can offer.

Chamber Music
If you are interested in playing in a small group setting with musicians of similar ability, the VCM offers a variety of options. Whether you have a pre-formed ensemble or are hoping to find like-minded players, we can help. Many of our highly qualified faculty offer chamber music coaching in a shared lesson setting. We’ll help organize groups where necessary, arrange a coach, and provide rehearsal and practice space.

Orchestral Strings Masterclass
Regular masterclasses are offered for students of violin, viola and cello. Classes focus on performance practice and technique. Currently registered VCM string students are encouraged to attend.  Masterclass are facilitated through a rotation of senior VCM string teachers, including the department head, and occasional visiting guest artists.


For more information on the String Faculty, events, and media posts, as well as lessons, classes, and ensembles offered through this department, please browse the info tabs above.

Simon MacDonald 2Simon MacDonald
Faculty Department Head, Strings
Conservatory School of Classical Music

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Notice: All programs within the Ann & George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music / Strings do not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review these programs.