Spark to Flame Student Feature: Nicole Teachman

Posted on February 21, 2020

Meet Nicole Teachman!

One of the outstanding student performers at the February 29, 2020 Spark to Flame concert!


Nicole Teachman, Spark to Flame


Nicole is a grade 11 student at Oak Bay High school. She began playing the piano at age 6, then proceeded to switch to the cello at the age of 8. She has been playing ever since and hopes to pursue a career in cello performance after her post-secondary education. Nicole is currently in her first year of studying with Paula Kiffner having previously studied with Martin Bonham, Silvina Samuel and Monique Fink. This will be her second year in the Young Artists Collegium Program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and her third year in the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra. She is also an award winner at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival.




What program are you enrolled in at the VCM?



Why did you apply to perform at Spark to Flame?

To get a chance to play solo with an orchestra and to grow and improve as a musician


What piece will you perform and why did you choose it?

The first movement of Haydn cello in C major. I chose it because of how fun and lively it is.


Spark to Flame

The Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Spark to Flame program supports emerging artist’s development and is open to all students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. 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 students performing with professional musicians and the VCM Senior String Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Timothy Vernon.

This year’s Spark to Flame student showcase is Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:30pm in Alix Goolden Performance Hall. We hope you’ll join us for this special evening!

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