Spark to Flame 2017-18

Spark to Flame Application

Dear Collegium Community,

Our Spark to Flame auditions are coming up next month! Students are most welcome to participate by submitting an application form by Monday November 6. This is perfect for students who would benefit from having a goal such as Spark to Flame to help with their repertoire preparation.

Please read through the information on the application form carefully as policies have been updated for 2017-2018.

If you are interested in participating, please submit the application form attached to the VCM front office– forms are also available at the front office until the deadline on Monday November 6, 2017. 


Sunday November 26, 2017, from 10AM in Room 303


-Saturday February 24, 7:30PM, Alix Goolden Performance Hall


The Victoria School of Classical Music’s Spark to Flame is a program that supports emerging artists’ development, and is open to all students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. It brings together the VCM’s Senior String Orchestra, along with members of the VCM faculty and Victoria Symphony Canada, to provide a high quality professional experience for both the students playing in the orchestra, as well as a group of promising student soloists, selected through audition.

The program instills in musicians the importance of personal responsibility in creating a professional performance. During the weeks leading up to the Spark to Flame performance in February, participating soloists are given the opportunity to work with VCM faculty and management to develop their professional and artistic skills, and along with all participating students assist with promoting the program, which culminates in a concert at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall in February. 

Helping students gain a sense of co-ownership in the program is essential to its success each year, and as such, following the Spark to Flame concert, the students are invited to participate in one or two run-out concerts, that take place in local Elementary or Middle schools in the Greater Victoria Area.  This also forms an essential part to the program, giving students the opportunity to grow interest in their younger peers in school, and collectively nurture a love for music in all.

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