Victoria Conservatory of Music Course Calendar 2015/16

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Classical Roots Contemporary Reach

2015 - 2016

Please support our

50th Anniversary $2 Million Campaign

To bring more music to more people in more communities Help Inspire the Future of Music Education The VCM is moving into the future with new, diverse and innovative initiatives to meet the demands of the community. These five new initiatives will not only sustain but propel the VCM into an extraordinary future. We are embracing the future with a bold vision: to bring more music, to more people, in more communities; with your help we can achieve this!

School of Contemporary Music Expanding the VCM to include all genres: rock, pop, jazz, folk, and more.

School of Technology and Creativity Providing a new way of how to create, write, record, and produce music, using cutting-edge advances in Music Technology.

Coming in 2016: Satellite Location To serve the growing population of families, the first VCM satellite location will be in the new YM/YWCA complex in Langford.

Expansion of Outreach Programs To bring the benefits of music education to an additional 1,000 children in daycares, preschools, under-served schools, and marginalized populations.

Upgrades to our Heritage Building A new East Wing roof, sound and lighting upgrades, and floor and window repairs are all critical to a safe, comfortable performance and learning experience. We are so grateful to the many VCM students and families who have already contributed to the campaign! See back cover for listings.

Please consider making a meaningful impact on music education with a gift to our campaign.

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Table of Contents What’s New for 2015/16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Classes and Ensembles for Children (Babies - 12 years) . . . . . . 3 Individual Instruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Youth and Adult Classes and Ensembles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Collegium Program (Children and Youth) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 VCM Advantage

Masterclasses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Competitions and Performance Opportunities . . . . . . . . 23

Concerts (VCMP, Island Savings Free Family Series) . . . . . 24

VCM Music Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Advanced Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Music Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Meet Our Faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Venues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 The Fine Print

Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Registration, Refund and Withdrawal Policies . . . . . . . . . 42

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Academic Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Register Today! We are pleased to offer online registration for all group classes and ensembles! Simply go to the webpage of the course you want, click the “Register Now!” button and follow the steps. Online registration requires payment in full. If you have any questions we will be happy to help you by phone or in person.

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What’s New for 2015/16 The Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music Artistic Director Daniel Lapp

• An all-new season of Tuesday evening workshops and jam sessions on offer, starting at 7:45pm the VCM’s Wood Hall or 7:30pm in VCM’s Metro Theatre, and featuring a number of incredibly talented musicians. Watch for the new schedule appearing on the VCM website in September. • The new Large Contemporary Ensemble, led by Daniel Lapp, explores a wide variety of contemporary musical genres in Folk, Pop, Rock, Jazz & Fusion (see page 13). • Legendary Singer/Songwriter Colleen Eccleston joins the VCM-SCM this year to lead Family Choir (page 12) • Family Band (page 16) with Adam Dobres - something for the whole family! • World Renowned Scottish Piper James Troy is not only the #1 source for pipe reeds in the world, which are made right here in Victoria, but will also teach you how to play this glorious instrument. • Two new Play Piano Chords Today Workshops offered by Linda Gould (page 13) feature a “Music Lunch-Break” and “How to Accompany a Sing-along”. • The BC Fiddle Orchestra introduces a new beginner level for Kids age 5 and up (page 14) • Also for kids - the Winds & Brass Department now offers Simple Trombone Tunes, led by Scott MacInnes (page 6) which, together with Simple Trumpet Tunes (Joanne Allers, page 5), provide the perfect path for young children interested in exploring brass instruments. • Attention all school band students! VCM Instrumental Bootcamps, offered in September and February are a must to help you get in shape for band class - see page 16. Watch for classes, lessons, and ensembles flagged with this symbol are offered through the SCM.

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School of Music Technology and Creativity • The highly-acclaimed animated computer software-based music program Children’s Music Journey, for children ages 5 - 8, which teaches children the fundamentals of music and develops their piano keyboard skills, while allowing them to be creative through composing and recording their own music from the first lesson! • New for teens and adults: Sound-walks: Listening and the Creative Process, an 8-week course that offers students the chance to learn to listen with a composer’s ear through guided sound-walks, and creative sound projects (page 20). Watch for classes, lessons, and ensembles flagged with this symbol are offered through the SMTC.

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We’re heading to Langford! Stay tuned for the opening of the VCM’s first satellite

g Comin ! location in Westhills Langford, at the new YM/WCA complex in late Spring 2016. Soon See page 29 for more information.

Check out the all-new VCM Presents Concert Season, featuring a great selection Live ! Music of concerts from classical to contemporary (page 24)



Calling all VCM Alumni! Please join our growing community and share your story. Visit our website and reconnect:

Classes and Ensembles Families Making Music Birth - 5 years Offered Thursdays and Saturdays. A fun music program for the whole family! Sing, dance, try new instruments and play fun musical games. Bring the whole brood for an interactive program at a great family rate. Andrea Cave DeVries

* Siblings receive a 20% discount on FMM tuition; siblings under 9 months of age as of the first day of class attend free. Note: Families Making Music classes require a minimum enrolment of 5. If enrolment is insufficient, registrants will be offered an alternate class or a refund

Music Discovery Thu • 7 weeks • Sep 10 - Oct 22 • $110.25* Section 1: 10:00 - 10:45am Section 2: 11:00 - 11:45am Sat • 6 weeks • Sep 12 - Oct 24 • $94.50*

Children (Birth -12 years)

Children (Birth -12 years)

(no class Oct 10)

Section 1: 9:00 - 9:45am Section 2: 10:00 - 10:45am Music & Creatures Thu • 8 weeks • Oct 29 - Dec 17 • $126* Section 1: 10:00 - 10:45am Section 2: 11:00 - 11:45am Sat • 8 weeks • Oct 31 - Dec 19 • $126* Section 1: 9:00 - 9:45am Section 2: 10:00 - 10:45am Music, Colours and Numbers Thu • 8 weeks • Jan 7 - Feb 25 • $126* Section 1: 10:00 - 10:45am Section 2: 11:00 - 11:45am Sat • 8 weeks • Jan 9 - Feb 27 • $126* Section 1: 9:00 - 9:45am Section 2: 10:00 - 10:45am Music from Around the World Thu • 8 weeks • Mar 3 - Apr 28 • $126*

(no class Mar 24)

Section 1: 10:00 - 10:45am Section 2: 11:00 - 11:45am Sat • 8 weeks • Mar 5  - April 30 • $126*

(no class Mar 26)

Section 1: 9:00 - 9:45am Section 2: 10:00 - 10:45am Musical Storytimes Thu • 8 weeks • May 5 - Jun 23 • $126* Section 1: 10:00 - 10:45am Section 2: 11:00 - 11:45am Sat • 7 weeks • May 7 - Jun 25 • $110.25*

(no class May 21)

Section 1: 9:00 - 9:45am Section 2: 10:00 - 10:45am

The Orff Program Birth - 9 years Offered on Tuesdays AND Wednesdays. Involve your children in a creative, multi-sensory experience! Classes embrace all facets of music education, including music literacy, in an atmosphere of fun, joy, and discovery. Music concepts are taught using speech, story-telling, drama, bodypercussion, dance and creative movement, instrumental play, improvisation, and composition. Since instruction is sequential throughout the year, full-year registration is encouraged especially for the older classes. Mid-year registration for students 5 years and older requires the permission of the instructor. Placement for the second term is based on children’s ages as of September so that classes stay together for both terms. Orff on Tuesdays Brenda Harvey Term 1: Oct 13 - Feb 2 • 15 weeks (no class Dec 22, 29) Term 2: Feb 16 - May 31 • 15 weeks (no class Mar 15) Birth - 12 months* 11:30am - 12:00pm • $157.50/term 1 - 2 Years* 9:00 - 9:30am • $157.50/term


Orff on Tuesdays continued...

Children’s Music Journey

Children (Birth -12 years)

2 - 3 Years* 9:40 - 10:20am • $215/term 4 - 8 years

3 - 4 Years* 10:30 - 11:15am • $241.25/term

Learn to play keyboard and create music like a composer. Only 4 to 6 children per class – enroll today!

4 - 5.5 Years** 3:45 - 4:30pm • $241.25/term 5.5 - 7 Years 4:40 - 5:30pm • $267.50/term * with caregiver ** caregiver attendance optional

Orff on Wednesdays Marcelline Moody / Georgina Craig Term 1: Sep 16 - Feb 3 • 15 weeks

(no class Sept 30, Nov 11, Dec 23, 30, Jan 6, 13)

Term 2: Feb 17 - Jun 1 • 15 weeks (no class Mar 9) 1 - 2 Years* With Georgina Craig 9:00 - 9:30am • $157.50/term 2 - 3 Years* 1:00 - 1:40pm • $215/term 3 - 4 Years* 11:55 - 12:40am • $215/term 4 - 5.5 Years** 11:00 - 11:45am • $241.25/term 5.5 - 7 Years 10:05 - 10:55am • $267.50/term 7 - 9+ Years 3:50 - 4:50pm • $320/term

One of the newest and most innovative approaches to learning music is made possible through the Children’s Music Journey. Award-winning computer software brings composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Joplin to life through animations, who lead children through creative music lessons that include learning to read and play music on the keyboard through improvising! Children learn the fundamentals of music through traditional musical games and activities, and playing together as an ensemble. Parents must attend the portion of the class where children work on their VCM laptop and music keyboard. Please come to class with a pair of headphones for the student and for the parent (if applicable). Jan Randall Four 8-week sessions per year, beginning September, November, January, and March (start dates and class times to be determined by the instructor in consultation with registered families) $107/session • 45 minute classes

Wee Folks Foundation Choir

* with caregiver ** caregiver attendance optional 5 - 8 years

Maximum enrolment for Orff classes is 10; minimum enrolment is 3. If you are interested in the Orff program, but cannot attend at the scheduled times, please contact us. Extra sections may be added based on demand.

This choir offers children a unique opportunityh to learn and grow musically through ensemble singing in a fun, nurturing, and relaxed environment. Marnie Setka-Mooney Mon • 4:00   - 5:00pm • 15 weeks $111/term Term 1: Sep 14 - Jan 11 (no class Oct 12, Dec 21)

Term 2: Jan 18 - May 16

(no class Feb 8, Mar 28; 1 week break Mar)

Child Arts Tax Credit In 2011, the Government of Canada introduced a Child Arts Tax Credit. Parents may claim up to $500 for each child under 16 years of age who is enrolled in programs eight weeks or longer in duration. For more info, visit the CRA website:


Register online!

All Children’s Music group classes are available for online registration

Sound Advice for Beginners Incorporating theory, ear-training, sight-reading, and sight-singing, this introductory rudiments program will prepare students for instrumental study or enrich instrumental/vocal lessons being taken concurrently. Students develop deeper understanding and enjoyment by learning how music “works”. Crystal Wiksyk Schedule TBA* • 14 weeks (1 term only) • $294 Textbook: Sound Advice Theory and Ear-Training Level One * Class time will be set in consultation with all participants

Group Guitar for Beginners 7 - 9 and 10 - 14 years Elements of classical and Suzuki instructional methods are employed and students are introduced to chords. Students should come to class with a nylon-stringed classical guitar. Douglas Hensley Wed • 17 weeks Level 1 (7-9 yrs) 5:45 - 6:30pm • $272.75/trm Level 2 (10-14yrs) 6:30-7:30pm • $362/trm Term 1: Sep 16 - Jan 27 (no class Nov 11, Dec 23, Dec 31) Term 2: Feb 3 - Jun 1 (no class week of Mar 14)

Group Ukulele for Beginners Group Piano for Beginners 5- 6 and 7 - 8 years These fun-filled lessons will help your child begin their musical education on a positive note. They will participate in a class where they can socialize and encourage one another, all while learning to play the piano. Please note that Term 2 is a repetition of Term 1, not a continuation. Students who would like to move on after completing a term of this class should speak to the instructor about private or semi-private lessons. Ellen Hepso Boston 5-6 years • Tues • 4:00pm Term 1: Sep 15 - Jan 19 • 17 weeks · $362 * (no class Dec 22, 29)

Term 2: Jan 26 - May 2 • 17 weeks · $362 * (one week break Mar)

7-8 years • Thu • 4:00pm Term 1: Sept 17 - Jan 21 • 17 weeks · $362 * (no class Dec 24, 31) Term 2: Jan 28 - May 26 • 17 weeks · $362 * (one week break Mar) *includes Materials Fee 7 - 14 years

An introduction to Hawaii’s small but mighty musical export! Students will learn to strum chords and accompany songs, gradually working toward proficient note-reading in a fun and supportive class environment. Douglas Hensley

Children (Birth -12 years) 6 - 9 years

Fri • 3:30   - 4:30pm • 17 weeks • $362/term * Term 1: Sep 18 - Jan 22 (no class Dec 25, Jan 1) Term 2: Jan 29 - Jun 3 (no class Mar 25, 1 week break Mar) *includes Materials Fee

Simple Trumpet Tunes 6 - 12 years Engage your child in the world of brass playing at a young age and watch them flourish musically, socially, and academically. This active group class introduces young students to trumpet (with later option of French horn or trombone), rhythm using a variety of drums, interactive games and activities that foster music reading and writing. Playing in a supportive environment is a primary benefit of choosing a group class to start (or continue) your child on a vibrant musical journey with others. Joanne Allers 15 weeks • $320/term * Age 6 - 8 Mon • 5:00 - 6:00pm Age 9 - 12 TBA Term 1: Sep 14 - Jan 18 (no class Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 21, 28) Term 2: Jan 25 - May 30 (no class Feb 8, Mar 21, 28, May 23) Students are required to bring their own instrument to class. Consult the instructor for information about instrument rental or purchase. *Includes Materials Fee


NEW! Simple Trombone Tunes

Children (Birth -12 years) 7 - 12 years The P-Bone and P-Bone Mini have made it possible for children of any age to create music on an instrument that comes in different colours, changes shape and is nearly indestructible! Simple Trombone Tunes is a group lesson that approaches the basics of brass playing and rhythm through the elements of play and movement. Parents are welcome to stay and listen or even take part. Scott MacInnes Tue • 5:00 - 6:00pm • 15 weeks • $320/term * Term 1: Sep 15 - Jan 19 (no class Dec 22, 29) Term 2: Jan 26 - May 30 (no class Feb 8, Mar 21, 28, May 23) Students are required to bring their own instrument to class. Consult the instructor for information about instrument rental or purchase. *Includes Materials Fee

Junior Concert Band Enjoy playing wind ensemble music while learning the basics of theory and composition. Students enhance their performance skills, while developing ear-training, knowledge of music theory, improvisation, and composition techniques. Suitable for students with 1 to 3 years playing experience. Melissa Edwards Wed • 5:15 - 6:15pm • 17 weeks $135.80/term Term 1: Sep 16 - Jan 27 (no class Nov 11, Dec 25, Jan 1) Term 2: Feb 3 - Jun 1 (one week break Mar)

Kids Beginner Fiddle

see Intro to BCFO, page 14

Musical Birthday Parties The perfect birthday party for 3-6 year olds in your home: $150 If your kids love to sing, dance, and play, make their next birthday a musical one! Parties include 45 interactive minutes of instrument exploration and storytelling with music, dance and games led by our Children’s Music Department faculty members. Contact Micki Stirling,, to book your Party today.

Individual Instruction Private lessons may be taken individually or shared among 2 or 3 students. Lessons range in price from $49.80 to $79.80 per hour with a minimum of 15 minutes per week. The following are just a few of our individual lesson offerings, using methodologies tailored specifically to young children. Lessons aren’t just for children - we offer individual lessons in a variety of genres on just about every instrument. Shared lessons are a great way for parents and children or siblings to learn together! For a complete description of lesson options, refer to the Individual Instruction section (page 10).

Kelly Kirby Piano Method

Suzuki Piano

This simple, fun approach to music is designed to capture the imagination of the young child. Ear-training, sight-reading, and piano playing are taught from the very first lesson. Colouring, stickers and singing are incorporated into this note-reading method to compliment musical elements. Kelly Kirby is offered as private or semi-private lessons. Stella Barbon, Roger Buksa, Erin Fisher, Nicole Lavallée, Linda Low

Based on the philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki - the “mother tongue” method - that talent is not inborn, it has to be cultivated within a supportive environment. Children learn to play by ear through repeated listening and immersion in a musical environment. Note-reading is taught once the ear is sufficiently developed and piano technique is secure. Parents attend each lesson with their child, assist in daily practice, and play the Suzuki CD at home. Paloma de la Guerra Tue (mornings) • 15 minute lessons

4 - 6 years


3.5 - 5 years

Consult instructor to schedule lesson times

Suzuki Violin and Cello

The Suzuki method is taught through listening, repetition, positive reinforcement and gentle yet specific guidance. Private instruction is tailored to each student’s ability level and develops technique, focus, posture, tone and much more. Group classes are designed to polish skills in a fun, interactive way while building interpersonal skills, community, a sense of teamwork and leadership, confidence, listening skills, and so much more! Paired together, individual and group classes create strong building blocks for successful, happy and skilled players. End of term recitals and frequent private concerts offer supportive platforms to perform for an audience. Violin: Catheryn Kennedy (coordinator) Raya Fridman, Carol MacIsaac Cello: Karen Whyte

Suzuki Group Schedule Term 1: Sep 17/19/20 - Dec 10/12/13

(no classes Oct 8, 10)

Term 2: Jan 28/30/31 - May 5/7/8

Fun interactive games, brain twisters, and playthroughs will excite and motivate your child to keep up their review – transforming skills learned in “easy and old” pieces to new repertoire.

Violin/Viola: Thu • 6:15 - 7:00pm OR Sat • 1:00 - 1:45am Cello: Sun • 2:00 - 2:45pm Level 2: Minuet through Book 2

Expanding on Level 1 concepts, pieces of “nonSuzuki” repertoire are introduced, exploring harmony, improvisation, music theory & history and preparing students to enter the introductory VCM orchestra in the following year.

Violin/Viola: Thu • 5:30 - 6:15pm OR Sat • 2:00 - 2:45pm Cello: Sat • 1:30 - 2:15pm (Level 2/3) Students are encouraged to attend the same group class throughout the term, however, registered Suzuki students may ‘drop-in’ to an alternate section occasionally to accommodate classes missed due to illness, family schedule conflicts, etc. Suzuki tuition includes: • 16 private lessons per term • 12 group classes per term • Parent classes • End of term recitals with accompanist

Children (Birth -12 years) 3 and up

Level 1: Go Tell Aunt Rhody through Etude

(no classes Feb 4/6, Mar 17/19, 24/26)

Suzuki Prep Class

Learn the basics of the violin in a group through songs, exercises, games. Private lessons not required.

Ages 3 - 5 Violin/Viola: Thu • 9:15 - 10:00am OR Sat • 10:30 - 11:15am OR 3:15 - 4:00pm Cello: Sat • 3:15 - 4:00pm Ages 5 - 7 Violin/Viola: Thu • 5:15 - 6:00pm OR Sat • 12:15 - 1:00pm

Pre-Twinkle, ages 3 - 6

Pre-Book One; important for motivation and ingraining through repetition. Fun, interactive and educational!

Suzuki Fees Prep Class (Group class only) 45 minutes/week • $199/term Pre-Twinkle, Level 1, and Level 2 30 minute private lessons weekly 45 group class weekly • $649.05/term OR Pre-Twinkle, Level 1, and Level 2 45 minute private lessons weekly 45 group class weekly • $888.25/term Please consult your instructor to choose appropriate private lesson length.

Violin/Viola: Sat • 11:15am - 12:00pm OR 3:15 - 4:00pm Cello: Sun • 1:00 - 1:45pm

Community Music Classes Do you have a daycare or pre-school? We’ll come to you! The VCM offers children’s music classes in the community. Whether you are interested in trying a one-day workshop, or having a qualified early childhood music teacher come to your facility on a weekly basis, we can tailor a program to fit your needs. Contact Johanne Brodeur, Children’s Music Department Head:

Register online!

All Children’s Music group classes are available for online registration



September 12th • 10am - 3pm Featuring

at 1:30pm WINNER of three West Coast Family Magazine Readers Choice GOLD Awards for Best Performer, Best Children’s Band and Best Music Classes in 2012, 2013 & 2014!

 Take a music class on our Alix Goolden Hall stage  Try new instruments in a free mini-lesson Plus!  Jump with new friends in a bouncy castle  Play in the Instrument Petting Zoo  Learn about our new contemporary offerings  Enjoy great live music on our Pandora Avenue music plaza Bring your whole family and discover all of the exciting music options the VCM has to offer!

900 Johnson Street • 907 Pandora Avenue 250.386.5311

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Let us know what you think!

Our website is your guide to everything VCM: • Sign up for our Newsletter to be the first to receive concert and contest details and exciting information about new initiatives • Stay connected to the VCM community with our blog • Visit our Media Centre for our latest news releases and media advisories • Read faculty biographies and full course descriptions • Register for group classes and ensembles • Check the Event Listings for shows in the Alix Goolden Hall . . .  and much more!

Individual Instruction

Individual Instruction Private instruction is one of the most popular things we offer. Regardless of your age, level, or instrument, we can find you a teacher that will inspire you to find your individual creative voice. With approximately 140 faculty members, the VCM will have you playing your best in no time! Even more instruments and subjects are now available through our three schools: • The Ann and George Nation Conservatory School of Classical Music • The Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music • School of Music Technology and Creativity The first step to beginning your individual lessons at the VCM is to tell us a bit about yourself and your musical goals. To do this, we ask that you fill out a referral form. It takes about five minutes to complete the form, which you can do online at, by phone, or in person. We’ll ask you some basic information, including your contact details, availability, musical experience and the instrument you are hoping to study. This will help us to match you with the teacher who is best suited to your individual needs. Your new teacher will contact you to arrange a short interview or “trial” lesson.

Tuition Individual lessons fall into four Fee Groups, ranging from $49.80 to $79.80 per hour, depending on the instructor.





Per lesson: 30 minutes





Per lesson: 45 minutes





Per lesson: 60 minutes





Students typically register for 36 lessons per year (18 each term). However, in consultation with your teacher, you may register for as many or as few lessons as you wish. While our academic terms begin in September and late January respectively, you may begin lessons at any time throughout the year. Lessons are also available through the summer. NOTE: Credit cards are not accepted for individual lesson tuition payment. See The Fine Print on pages 41 - 43 for full registration details.

Free Sample Lessons! One of the ways the VCM is making music more accessible to everyone is by offering free sample music lessons at various times throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to connect with us and find out how easy it is to make music a rewarding part of your life. Sign up online at


Instruction is available for the following instruments and subjects: Piano Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Gospel Accordion Classical, Folk, Gypsy Organ Harpsichord

Strings Violin Viola Cello Bass Upright, Electric Fiddle Celtic, Jazz, Swing, Rock Harp Folk, Classical Guitar Classical, Steel String, Electric Banjo Lute Mandolin Bluegrass, Classical Ukulele

Theory and Composition

Woodwinds and Brass

Composition Rudiments Harmony History Ear-Training Counterpoint Analysis Song Writing Arranging

Flute Classical, Celtic Piccolo Fife Pennywhistle Recorder Clarinet Saxophone Oboe Bassoon Trumpet French Horn Trombone Jazz, Folk, Classical Tuba/Euphonium Bagpipes Uillean Pipes

Voice (all voice types) Classical Opera Jazz/Contemporary Musical Theatre Folk Funk/Gospel


Individual Instruction


Interested in an instrument or style you don’t see listed? Contact us and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.

The VCM offers lessons for students at all levels, from beginners to professionals. Our students take lessons for enjoyment, to prepare for examinations, or to hone professional skills.

Shared and Group Lessons, Chamber Music, and Band/Combo Coaching Another option for those interested in learning to play an instrument is shared or group lessons. A shared lesson is attended by 2 or 3 students together, and the cost is equally divided among them. This is a great option for friends, parents and children, or musicians hoping to learn and enjoy music together. Individuals interested in shared lessons are encouraged to let us know during the referral process, and we will do our best to match you with another student of similar interest and ability. Shared Group Lessons can include coaching a Chamber Music group, Jazz Combo, or Contemporary band. Ask your teacher about creating or joining a group that’s right for you. For a complete list of our group lesson options, see pages 12-20.


To enrich lives through music in a thriving community accessible to all.


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Youth and Adult

Youth and Adult Classes and Ensembles To ensure continuity, ensembles are full-year courses. New members are welcome to join ensembles mid-year with the instructor’s permission, in which case tuition will be prorated. Adult participants are welcome in all VCM performing groups, which include string orchestras, choirs, wind ensembles, jazz orchestras, jazz combos, and various small chamber groups. Students enrolled in private lessons at the VCM receive 15% off select ensemble tuition.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

For ages 17 and up, accompanied by a full rhythm section. Singers receive instruction in performance technique, improvisation, intonation and vocal independence. Vocalists should have strong music reading skills and part-singing ability. Acceptance by audition. Louise Rose Fri • 4:00 - 7:00pm • 28 weeks • $217.20/term Term 1: Sep 11 - Dec 11 Term 2: Jan 15 - Apr 15

Conservatory Chorale A mixed-voice (SATB) chamber choir. Major choral works from the classical canon are paired with lesser-known and contemporary selections to comprise a rich and varied repertoire each term. Strong musicianship, and good sight-reading and part-singing ability are required. Brian Wismath Mon and Thu • 2:00 - 3:30pm • 28 weeks $217.20/term Term 1: Sep 10 - Dec 10 Term 2: Jan 12 - Apr 15

Family Choir

Sunday afternoon family music at the VCM. Bring the whole family and enjoy singing songs that span generations; that tell stories of our past; that make us laugh and enjoy life. Colleen Eccleston Sun • 2:30 - 3:30pm • 28 weeks $70/term* Term 1: Sep 13 - Dec 13 Term 2: Jan 10 - Apr 24 (no class Mar 20, Apr 5) * 2 registrants per family; additional members attend free to a maximum of 4 people


New! Joy of Life Choir

A non-auditioned, adult choir open to all who are seeking a joyful musical experience. Repertoire is drawn from great songs found in the gospel, folk, country, jazz and R&B traditions as well as original songs composed by Daniel Lapp specifically for this choir. While participation in concert performances is not mandatory, there are usually several performing opportunities throughout the year including the annual “Home for Christmas” and “Joy of Life Festival” concerts. Founder and Director Daniel Lapp has lead this community experience for almost 20 years. Daniel Lapp Wed • 6:45 - 8:00pm Term 1: Sep 16 - Dec 16 • 13 weeks • $130 Term 2: Jan 20 - May 11 • 16 weeks • $160 Drop-in is available for Joy of Life Choir - $13 per session or $60 for a booklet of 5 drop-in passes

Solfa Choir solfa-chamber-choir-workshop Improve your choral skills in an intensive group lesson setting through the medium of a small vocal chamber ensemble. Using the preparation and performance of chamber music as an experience-based teaching tool, students will learn eartraining through solfege (“Sol-fa”), score reading and choral musicianship (vowel production, choral blend, listening), all of which will make singing in choirs easier and more enjoyable. Levels are sequential; registration requires the previous level, or permission of the instructor, as prerequisite. Kathryn Whitney Kathryn Whitney will be on sabbatical until Summer 2016. Please watch our website for summer Solfa information.

New! Large Contemporary Ensemble

Using a chordal approach, Linda Gould’s innovative method will have you playing the piano in just 12 weeks – even if you’ve never played before. Students learn to read lead sheet or “fake book” notation and add appropriate left hand accompaniments to several styles of music, while learning to play by ear. Styles introduced are Blues, Latin, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Classical, Waltz, and Folk. For more information contact coordinator Linda Gould at 250.588.5106. Linda Gould and Jan Randall

#1 Musical Lunch-Break An enjoyable way to give yourself a midday break. Making music develops good listening skills, puts you in touch with your breathing and it’s social because we play as a group! Beginners and experienced players are welcome. $40 + $5.25 material fee (includes GST) Tue & Thu • 12:15 - 12:45pm Term 1: Sep 15 & 17 OR Sep 22 & 24 Term 2: Jan 12 & 14 OR Jan 19 & 21 #2 How to Accompany a Sing-a-long We’ll cover how to quick-study a song, how to give singers musical cues, and what to look for in the chord symbols. All music for each song is on one page; no page turning! $125 + $16 material fee (includes GST) Sat & Sun • 1:00 - 4:00pm

Youth and Adult

The LCE explores a wide variety of contemporary musical genres in Folk, Pop, Rock, Jazz & Fusion. Classes will be facilitated by the director but much emphasis will be given to self-directed rehearsals, arrangements and repertoire ideas, giving members the opportunity to take personal responsibility for the direction of the ensemble. A professional approach will be expected by all members regarding preparedness and attendance and everyone will be encouraged to participate in decision making. Members include students in the Diploma in Music Performance Program for their Large Ensemble credit. Members of the community may join by audition. Daniel Lapp Tue 3:00 - 5:00pm & Fri 3:00 - 4:00pm 28 weeks • $217.20/term Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 11 Term 2: Jan 12 - Apr 15

with Linda Gould contemporary-music-ensembles

Play Piano Chords Today

New! Play Piano Chords Today Workshops

Term 1: Sep 19 & 20 Term 2: Jan 16 & 17 Pre-requisite: Play Piano Chords Today course or some piano playing experience

Piano for Adult Beginners An introduction to playing keyboard for adults new to music study, with emphasis on reading musical notation and rhythmic understanding. Laura Wood Mon • 7:30 - 8:30pm • 10 weeks • $210/term Term 1: Sep 21 - Nov 30 (no class Oct 12) Term 2: Jan 25 - Apr 18 (no class Feb 8, Mar 21, 28)

Level 1 Term 1 (Jan Randall): Tues • 12 weeks • $264 Sep 15 - Dec 1 • 7:00 - 8:00pm Term 2 (Linda Gould): Tues • 6 weeks • $132 Jan 5 - Feb 16 • 6:00 - 7:00pm (no class Feb 9) Level 2 Term 1 (Linda Gould): Tues • 5 weeks • $110 Sep 8 - Oct 6 • 6:00-7:00pm Term 2 (Jan Randall): Tues • 12 weeks • $264 Jan 12 - Apr 12 · 7:00 - 8:00pm (no class Feb 9, Mar 29)

Level 3 Term 1 (Jan Randall): Tues • 12 weeks $274.50 • Sep 15 - Dec 1 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm Term 2 (with Jan Randall): Tues • 12 weeks $274.50 • Jan 12 - Apr 12 • 8:00 - 9:00pm (no class Feb 9, Mar 29)

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All groups and ensembles are available for online registration


New! BC Fiddle Orchestra

First Level String Orchestra

Youth and Adult

Dozens of young fiddlers, many of whom are now professional musicians, learned the art of fiddling during their apprenticeship with the BCFO which exposes students to styles and genres from around the world. Acceptance by audition. Non-fiddlers are also welcome to audition and be part of the BCFO Band. All BCFO members continue weekly private lessons. For Level 1 and 2, tuition includes 3 mandatory private lessons with Daniel per year. Daniel Lapp Term 1: Thu • Sep 10 - Dec 23 • 14 weeks Term 2: Thu • Jan 7 - Jun 23 • 23 weeks (no class Mar 17, 24)

An introduction to ensemble playing and orchestral repertoire. Students in this orchestra should have at least one year playing experience and be comfortable reading music. Performance opportunities include concerts at VCM and in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. Tatiana Kostour

Fiddle Level 1: 6:00 - 7:30pm Term 1 $399.70 • Term 2 $579.70

Tue • 6:00 - 7:00pm • 34 weeks $135.80/term • VCM $116.93/term Term 1: Sep 15 - Jan 19 (no class Dec 22, 29) Term 2: Jan 26 - May 24 (1 week break in Mar)

Intermediate String Orchestra

Band Level 2: 4:45 - 6:00pm Term 1$259.70 • Term 2 $349.70

Hone your ensemble skills, with focus on developing good intonation, rhythm, and musicianship. Members should be playing at a Grade 4 level or higher, have some previous ensemble experience, and be comfortable sight-reading. Tatiana Kostour

New! Intro to BCFO (Fiddle, ages 5+) Thu • 4:00 - 4:45pm Term 1: Sep 10 - Dec 10 • 14 weeks • $181.50 Term 2: Jan 7 - Jun 23 • 23 weeks • $296.25

Term 1: Sep 16 - Jan 27 (no class Nov 11, Dec 23, 30) Term 2: Feb 3 - Jun 1 (1 week break in Mar)

Band Level 1: 6:00 - 7:30pm Term 1$259.70 • Term 2 $349.70 Fiddle Level 2: 4:45 - 6:00pm Term 1 $399.70 • Term 2 $579.70

Wed • 4:15 - 5:45pm • 34 weeks $167.25/term • VCM $143.66/term

Senior String Orchestra An intensive program for advanced students focusing on the study and performance of great works in the string orchestra repertoire. Michael van der Sloot Mon • 6:00 - 9:00pm • 28 weeks $217.20/term • VCM $186.12/term

New! Folkestra

Founded and directed by Daniel Lapp, Folkestra is an adult ensemble that focuses on playing fun, lively folk music together as a group in a learning, workshop style environment. All instruments are welcome and only a very modest playing level is expected (no audition required). Arrangements draw from the vast world of folk music including Texas Two Steps, Cajun Waltzes, Appalachian Songs, Scandinavian Mazurkas, Alberta Fox Trots, Romanian Czardas’, and more. Daniel Lapp Wed • 8:15 - 9:30pm Term 1: Sep 16 - Dec 16 • 13 weeks • $156 Term 2: Jan 20 - May 11 • 16 weeks • $192


Drop-in is available for Folkestra - $16 per session or $75 for a booklet of 5 drop-in passes

Term 1: Sep 14 - Dec 14 (no class Oct 12) Term 2: Jan 11 - Apr 11 (no class Feb 8, Mar 28)

Adult Fiddle contemporary-music-ensembles

Explore the exciting world of folk fiddling: traditional Celtic and fiery Eastern European gypsy melodies. Students will learn proper technique, style, and ornamentation from diverse traditions. Instructor TBA 6:00 - 7:00 Intermediate Fiddle 7:00 - 8:00 Beginner Fiddle Term 1: Wed • 14 weeks • $241 Sep 16 - Dec 23 (no class Nov 11, Dec 30) Term 2: Wed • 16 weeks • $275 Jan 27 - May 18 (1 week break in Mar)

Group Ukulele for Adults

Whether you are finally returning to the instrument or picking it up for the first time, this class is for you! Start learning by ear using Suzuki method, while studying good posture, tone quality, simple rhythms, and violinistic techniques. Gradually move through Classical Fiddle, Klezmer styles and more, while learning note reading. Catheryn Kennedy

An introduction to Hawaii’s small but mighty musical export! Students will learn to strum chords and accompany songs, gradually working toward proficient notereading in this fun, relaxed class. Douglas Hensley

Thu • 20 weeks • $210/term Level 1 (New beginners): 8:00 - 9:00pm Level 2 (Intermediate): 7:00 - 8:00pm Term 1: Oct 8 - Dec 10 Term 2: Jan 14 - Mar 17

Tue • 7:00 - 8:00pm • 34 weeks • $362/term Term 1: Sep 22 - Jan 26 (no class Dec 29) Term 2: Feb 2 - May 31 (no class Mar 17)

Group Guitar for Adults

A course designed both for beginners to develop basic technique and for novice players to refine their skills. Douglas Hensley

Youth and Adult

Group Violin for Adults

Tue • 8:00 - 9:00pm • 34 weeks • $362/term Term 1: Sep 22 - Jan 26 (no class Dec 29) Term 2: Feb 2 - May 31 (no class Mar 17)

Classical Guitar Orchestra

Group Cello for Adult Beginners Learn to play the cello in a fun, social environment, starting with the basics. No musical experience is necessary. Laura Backstrom Textbook: All for Strings, Book 1 Mon • 7:15 - 8:30pm • 24 weeks • $315/term Term 1: Sep 14 - Dec 7 (no class Oct 12) Term 2: Jan 25 - May 9 (no class Feb 15, Mar 21) Start date subject to change. Late registrations permitted. Please consult the instructor prior to registering for appropriate placement.

Cello Orchestras Develop better intonation and learn to play more musically with the rich, warm tone of a cello ensemble. Repertoire consists of high-quality transcriptions of great music. Laura Backstrom Thu • 7:30 - 8:45pm OR Fri • 10:30 - 11:45am 32 weeks • $160.56/term Term 1: Sep 17/18 - Jan 14/15

(no class Dec 24/25, Dec 31/Jan 1)

Classical guitarists of all ages develop strong ensemble and sight-reading skills. Repertoire ranges from music of the 16th through to the 20th centuries. All levels welcome from beginners to intermediate. Douglas Hensley Sat • 10:30am - 12:00pm • 34 weeks $164.75/term Term 1: Sep 19 - Jan 23 (no class Dec 26, Jan 2) Term 2: Jan 30 - May 28 (1 week break in Mar)

Youth Rock Band

Teens and youth work together in bands to develop the chops needed to bring it live on stage as a rock musician. Working with one of Victoria’s leading rock guitarists and producers, weekly sessions include working on rock hits and standards, while allowing each performer’s talent to emerge and playing skills to steadily improve. Kelly Nordstrom Mon • 6:00 - 7:30pm • 8 weeks • $204/session Session 1: Sep 14 - Nov 9 (no class Oct 12) Session 2: Nov 16 - Jan 18 (no class Dec 21, 28) Session 3: Jan 25 - Mar 21(no class Feb 8) Session 4: Apr 4 - May 30 (no class May 23)

Term 2: Jan 28/29 - May 19/27

(no class Mar 25; 1 week break in Mar)

Start date subject to change. Late registrations permitted; consult instructor.

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Junior Concert Band see page 6

All groups and ensembles are available for online registration


New! Family Band

Youth and Adult

Gathering to play music as a family is what this group experience is all about. Almost any instrument will do, bring what you have! Family members of all ages will enjoy weekly sessions that combine various skill levels to learn and play through popular tunes, and old time favourites. Registration is through private lessons – contact the VCM administrative office to get started! 250.386.5311 Adam Dobres

NEW! Instrumental Boot Camp A series of three one-hour workshops for flute, saxophone, trumpet and trombone to kick-start your playing! Learn how to create a beautiful tone, improve breathing and master difficult passages quickly using techniques specific to your instrument. Play diverse pieces as a group ranging in style from Early Music to Dixie, Jazz, Classical and Rock. Discover key elements of a practice routine and how to take your playing to the next level. Designed for middle and high school players, but all ages and levels welcome. There will be a short, informal concert for parents at the end of each session. Flute: Judith Pazder Saxophone: Melissa Edwards Trumpet: Joanne Allers Trombone: Scott MacInnes

Beginner Flute Choir A welcoming and exciting ensemble perfect for the beginner flute student of any age. Learn how to follow a conductor, develop strong listening skills and play music together as a team. For those who are new to a band program or private lessons, this is a wonderful, social way to progress even further on the flute. Judith Pazder Sat • 9:00 - 10:00am • 34 weeks $135.80/term • VCM $116.93/term Term 1: Sep 19 - Jan 23 (no class Dec 26, Jan 2) Term 2: Jan 30 - May 28 (1 week break in Mar)

Academy Flute Choir Open to flutists of all ages to play music written for large and small “orchestras” of flutes. The choir provides an opportunity to learn to play bass flute, alto flute and/or piccolo. For players with strong ensemble and playing skills. Grade 4 RCM level recommended. Judith Pazder Sat • 10:00 - 11:30am • 34 weeks $167.25/term • VCM $143.66/term Term 1: Sep 19 - Jan 23 (no class Dec 26, Jan 2) Term 2: Jan 30 - May 28 (1 week break in Mar)

Sat • 4:00 - 5:00pm $21/week or $50 for a three session pack Boot Camp: Sep 26, Oct 3, 10 Re-Boot Camp: Feb 6, 13, 20

Group Flute for Adult Beginners Learn the basics of flute playing with emphasis on enjoyment and proper technique. After learning only a few notes, you’ll be playing familiar folk songs and classical pieces with piano accompaniment, as well as duos, trios, and quartets. No experience necessary. Textbook: Trevor Wye, Flute Class (Novello) Kirsten Davis Thu • 8 weeks Level 1: 7:00 - 8:00pm • $173/session Level 2: 5:15 - 6:30pm • $215/session Session 1: Sep 17 - Nov 5 Session 2: Nov 12 - Jan 14 (no class Dec 25, 31) Session 3: Jan 28 - Mar 17 Session 4: Mar 31 - May 19


Level 2 prerequisite: Level 1 or permission of instructor

New! Advanced Flute Ensemble

Are you looking for a way to continue playing the flute at a high level outside of regular lessons or a band program? This ensemble of adult flutists (or talented juniors) is for you! A minimum RCM Grade 6 (or equivalent) playing level is recommended; admission is by informal audition. Auditions will take place in the first week of September, or by appointment. Mary Jill McCulloch Thu • 5:30 - 6:30pm • 24 weeks •$204/term Term 1: Sep 17 - Dec 3 Term 2: Jan 28 - Apr 21 (1 week break in Mar)

Brass Choir

Recorder Ensemble

This group will draw on the rich traditions of music for brass, and is open to players of all ages and abilities. Repertoire ranges from simple brass quintet arrangements to pieces for brass choir and full brass band. Scott MacInnes

For intermediate level players, offering the opportunity meet other players, improve reading skills, and play trios, quartets and more in a large ensemble. Repertoire will include songs from the 12th century through the Renaissance and Baroque, as well as popular Celtic and Swing. There are end of term performance opportunities for those interested. New players should contact instructor before registering. Technical and reading level reflects Book 2 Hugh Orr “Basic Recorder Technique”. Stacey Boal

Term 1: Sep 15 - Dec 15 Term 2: Jan 26 - May 3 (1 week break in Mar)

New! Clarinet Choir

Tue • 7:30 - 8:30pm • 20 weeks • $210/term

This ensemble offers clarinet players the opportunity to come together and explore literature written specifically for instruments in the clarinet family. We will also explore rich transcriptions of literature written for other instrumental groups. Players will enjoy playing music of a variety of genres - from classical to popular to jazz. Suitable for students with at least one year playing experience. Melissa Edwards

Term 1: Sep 22 - Dec 1 (no class Oct 13) Term 2: Jan 19 - Apr 5 (no class Feb 9, Mar 29)

Mon • 7:00 - 8:00pm • 16 weeks $118.40/term Term 1: Sep 14 - Jan 18 (no class Oct 12, Dec 21, 28) Term 2: Jan 25 - May 30 (no class Feb 8, Mar 28, 1 wk break Mar)

New! Saxophone Choir The saxophone is a very versatile instrument, equally at home in classical music or jazz. This ensemble brings together the variety of instruments in the saxophone family while performing music drawn from a number of traditions. It is a great opportunity to play in a group dedicated to exploring the unique sounds of the saxophone. Suitable for students with at least one year playing experience. Melissa Edwards Tue • 5:00 - 6:00pm • 17 weeks $125.80/term Term 1: Sep 15 - Jan 19 (no class Dec 22) Term 2: Jan 26 - May 24 (1 week break Mar)

Youth and Adult

Tue • 7:00 - 8:30pm • 28 weeks $139.50/term

Beginning Recorder lessons available by arrangement, shared lessons encouraged.

New! Recorder Group Class Level 1

A beginner group recorder class for students with no prior recorder experience or music reading skills. This class will introduce the recorder through easy and accessible music, accompanied by piano or guitar. Students will learn to read music and play their first notes on the recorder with proper hand position, embouchure and good intonation. An excellent class for those looking to learn a wind instrument before starting a band program! Judith Pazder Sat • 1:00 - 1:45pm • 24 weeks • $153/term Term 1: Sep 19 - Dec 5 Term 2: Jan 30 - Apr 23 (1 week break in Mar)

New! Recorder Group Class Level 2

A beginner group recorder class for students with some basic recorder and music reading skills. Recorder is an excellent instrument to learn to read music playing simple folk songs, popular pieces and rounds. It’s cheap, portable and fun! The skills learned on soprano recorder easily lead to other woodwinds or more in-depth exploration of the entire recorder family. Mary Jill McCulloch Thu • 4:30 - 5:15pm • 24 weeks • $153/term Term 1: Sep 17 - Dec 3 Term 2: Jan 28 - Apr 21 (1 week break in Mar)

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All groups and ensembles are available for online registration


Sinfonia I

Sinfonia II

An introduction to playing in consort, open to intermediate recorders, flutes, violins, violas and cellos. Explore simple Renaissance dance music from England, France, Germany and Italy. New players should contact the instructor before registering. End of term performances are available for those wishing to participate. Stacey Boal Sat • 2:30 - 3:30pm • 16 weeks • $173 Term 1: Sep 26 - Dec 12 (no class Oct 10, Nov 7, Dec 5) Term 2: Jan 23 - Apr 30 (no class Jan 30, Feb 6, Mar 5, 12, 19,

A class for intermediate/advanced recorders, violins, violas, cellos and keyboard. Term I will be an exploration of Masque and Theatre Music, by Purcell, Lully, Adson, Croft and Lawes. Term II will focus on Trio Sonatas. Stacey Boal Sat • 3:30 - 5:00pm • 16 weeks • $257 Term 1: Sep 26 - Dec 12 (no class Oct 10, Nov 7, Dec 5) Term 2: Jan 23 - Apr 30 (no class Jan 30, Feb 6, Mar 5, 12, 19,

Youth and Adult

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Chamber Music, Jazz Combos, and Pop/Rock Bands If you are interested in playing in small groups, 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 coaching in a shared lesson setting. We’ll help organize groups where necessary, arrange a coach, and provide rehearsal and practice space. Contact us for more information.

Theory Classes Crystal Wiksyk - Theory Program Coordinator Many of the classes listed below comprise a full year 32-week curriculum, culminating with the spring RCM theory examination session, which typically occurs during the second weekend (Friday and Saturday) in May. Theory classes are comprised of 4 to 12 students. Extra sections will be added as enrolment requires. In cases where there are fewer than four students registered for a class, a shared private lesson will be arranged by the instructor. Saturday classes may be available. Contact the theory coordinator.

Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Classes: Beginner through Level 8 Our Rudiments and Introductory Harmony classes are based on the Sound Advice Theory & Ear-Training Series. Each level incorporates theory, ear-training, sightreading, sight-singing, improvisation and composition. While Sound Advice students are prepared for the theory and ear-training requirements of the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations, the primary reason for students to take Sound Advice is to develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of music. Brenda Braaten, Crystal Wiksyk


Sound Advice for Beginners (Ages 6-9) 14 weeks (1 term only) • $294 Sound Advice Level 2 16 weeks (1 term only) • $336 Sound Advice Level 3 16 weeks (1 term only) • $336 Sound Advice Level 3 16 weeks (1 term only) • $336 Sound Advice Level 4/5 (RCM Basic Rudiments) 32 weeks • $672 ($336/term) Sound Advice Level 6 (RCM Intermediate Rudiments) 32 weeks • $672 ($336/term) Sound Advice Level 7 (RCM Advanced Rudiments) 32 weeks • $672 ($336/term) Sound Advice Level 8 (RCM Introductory Harmony) 32 weeks • $672 ($336/term)

Youth and Adult

Rudiments Complete This is an accelerated course, designed for students with beginning levels of understanding theory and musicianship, but little formal theory background. This course will cover rudiments, ear-training, melody writing, and introductory harmony. Applicants must have a minimum of grade 6 or equivalent in their instrument or voice and be at least 16 years of age. Crystal Wiksyk Dates and time TBA · 32 weeks x 1.5 hrs $1008 ($504/term) Term 1: Sept 11 – Jan 9 Term 2: Jan 15 – May 6 Contact the instructor for placement Class times are arranged by the instructor in consultation with registered participants. Contact us for scheduling information.

Theory and Musicianship for Adult Beginners For adult students who are brand new to musical learning. These classes will boost your knowledge and ability to progress quickly. Theory, ear-training and sight reading are integrated to develop musical literacy. Students may continue with the next level in Term 2. Brenda Braaten Wed • 1.5 hour classes* • 20 weeks $315/term Term 1: Sep 9 - Nov 18 Term 2: Jan 6 - Mar 9

Theory and Musicianship for Adults For adults who have completed the Adult Beginners course or the equivalent. Theory, ear-training and sight reading are integrated to further develop musical literacy. Students become musically literate and have a deeper understanding and a life-long appreciation of how music “works”. Brenda Braaten Wed • 1.5 hour classes* • 20 weeks $315/term Term 1: Sep 9 - Nov 18 Term 2: Jan 6 - Mar 9 * Class times will be arranged according to level. Please email the instructor for placement:

RCM Basic Harmony Crystal Wiksyk TBA • TBA • 32 weeks • $672 ($336/term)

RCM Intermediate Harmony Crystal Wiksyk TBA • TBA • 32 weeks • $672 ($336/term) Stephen Brown Wed • 6:00 - 7:00pm • 32 weeks $702 ($336 + $15CRF/term) Term 1: Sep 16 - Jan 20 (no class Nov 11, Dec 23, 30) Term 2: Jan 27 - May 18 (1 week break in Mar)

RCM Advanced Harmony Stephen Brown Wed • 7:00 - 8:00pm • 32 weeks $702 ($336 + $15CRF/term) Term 1: Sep 16 - Jan 20 (no class Nov 11, Dec 23, 30) Term 2: Jan 21 - May 11 (1 week break in Mar)

Counterpoint Stephen Brown Wed • 5:00 - 6:00pm • 32 weeks $702 ($336 + $15CRF/term) Term 1: Sep 16 - Jan 20 (no class Nov 11, Dec 23, 30) Term 2: Jan 21 - May 11 (1 week break in Mar)

Analysis Stephen Brown Thu • 5:00 - 6:00pm • 32 weeks $702 ($336 + $15CRF/term) Term 1: Sep 17 - Jan 14 (no class Dec 24, 31) Term 2: Jan 21 - May 12 (1 week break in Mar)


Score Study

Youth and Adult

Stephen Brown Thu • 6:00 - 7:00pm • 32 weeks $702 ($336 + $15CRF/term) Term 1: Sep 17 - Jan 14 (no class Dec 24, 31) Term 2: Jan 21 - May 12 (1 week break in Mar)

RCM History 1 Robert Holliston Sat • 9:00 - 10:00am • 32 weeks $692 ($336 + $10CRF/term) Term 1: Sep 19 - Jan 16 (no class Dec 26, Jan 2) Term 2: Jan 23 - May 14 (1 week break in Mar)

RCM History 2 Robert Holliston Sat • 10:15 - 11:15am • 32 weeks $692 ($336 + $10CRF/term) Term 1: Sep 19 - Jan 16 (no class Dec 26, Jan 2) Term 2: Jan 23 - May 14 (1 week break in Mar)

New! Sound-walks: Listening and the Creative Process Learn to listen with a composer’s ears in this engaging, hands-on course. Students will go on guided sound-walks, learn about pioneering sound artists, and carry out their own creative projects, in a safe and inclusive environment. This course is open to musicians and non-musicians alike. No previous experience is required. Sound-walk start/end locations will be determined by the instructor in consultation with registered students, and will have a duration up to a maximum of 90 minutes. Daniel Brandes Three 8-week sessions per year, beginning October, January, and March (start dates and class times to be determined by the instructor in consultation with registered students) $136/session

RCM History 3 Robert Holliston Sat • 11:30am - 12:30pm • 32 weeks $692 ($336 + $10CRF/term) Term 1: Sep 19 - Jan 16 (no class Dec 26, Jan 2) Term 2: Jan 23 - May 14 (1 week break in Mar)



Distance Learning Portal New! The VCM’s new Distance Learning Portal makes it possible to virtually attend individual lessons or classes, and study music at your own pace, from wherever you happen to be in the province, the country, or around the world! Individual study is available in all theory subjects, including ear-training, as well as in selected instrumental disciplines, subject to instructor availability. Individual instruction rates range in price from $59.80 $79.80 per hour (generally, more advanced levels correspond to higher tuition rates). Tuition for attending a theory group class live via the VCM’s Distance Learning Portal is the same price as for those attending in person. All materials including assignments are made available electronically. Instructors: Crystal Wiksyk - Theory Program Coordinator Brenda Braaten, Robert Holliston, Jan Randall, and Stephen Brown


for Gifted Young Musicians Artistic Director: Michael van der Sloot, Animateur: Micki Stirling, Voice Program: Ingrid Attrot, Founded in 2006, the Collegium provides an enriched curriculum to talented, motivated, teenage classical musicians. The Collegium is a lively community of young musicians who are prepared to devote the time necessary to develop their musical talents and abilities. There are four categories of membership - all are open to singers, pianists and other instrumentalists. Students audition for the Collegium, and if accepted are placed in the appropriate category for their age and performance level. Full members are usually between the ages of 13 and 18, and have reached a level of notable proficiency on their instrument: generally Grade 9 or above. They participate in a busy schedule of masterclasses, coachings, seminars, performances, and residencies by distinguished guest artists. Associate members are students who, though they may be performing at an advanced level, cannot commit to the time required for full membership. They generally participate only in the chamber music component of the Collegium. Junior members are those students who show promise and dedication, but who are not yet at an age or performance level that qualifies them for either Full or Associate membership. Post-Secondary Associates: registered through Camosun as well as through the Collegium, they are expected to participate in all chamber music activities.

Collegium Program

Collegium Program

New and continuing Collegium students are chosen annually by auditions held in May, and again in December if spaces are available.

Tuition fees The VCM is committed to making this special program available to students who can most benefit from it. To do that, we offset the true cost of Collegium study - in the case of full members by over 50% - through donations from private donors, foundations, corporations, and financial support from the VCM itself. NOTE: Collegium Tuition is quoted and payable on a per term basis but students are expected to commit for the full academic year (two terms: September – January and January – May). Full Membership: $1,276.80 per term • 16 one-hour lessons per term • Weekly chamber music rehearsals and coaching • Regular masterclasses with local and visiting musicians (accompanist provided) • Soundings: occasional seminars led by invited guests where aspects of music are discussed • Performance opportunities at the VCM and elsewhere • Credit of $100 per term towards theory, history, or composition instruction taken at VCM. • Services of an accompanist during master classes when required; non-pianists pay an additional (subsidized) fee of $80 per term and receive a scheduled half-hour session with their assigned accompanist once every two weeks. Associate Membership: $395 per term The fee paid by Associate members covers a portion of the cost of their chamber music instruction. Associate members are welcome and encouraged to attend all regular Collegium activities as auditors. Junior Membership: $395 per term The fee paid by Junior members covers weekly chamber music coaching, membership in a VCM orchestra or choir; group theory instruction; and masterclasses designed especially for Junior Collegium members. Junior members are welcome and encouraged to attend all regular Collegium activities as auditors and occasional participants Post-Secondary Associate Membership: Camosun MUS 130 tuition plus $95 per term

Collegium faculty are drawn from active teachers and performers both within and beyond the VCM. Visit for more information and to apply online.



VCM Advantage

What is a masterclass? A masterclass is a seminar for music students conducted by a master musician or clinician. Classes focus on repertoire, technique, and performance skills. Typically each student who attends plays a performance-ready piece and, in turn, listens while others play. The “master” will offer advice and guidance to the performer and to the group as a whole, often focusing on one or two performance aspects. Masterclasses, which are often free for currently registered VCM students, offer the opportunity to learn from other VCM instructors, special guests, and each other. Non-VCM students may also take part for a drop-in fee. In addition to regular masterclasses in each department offered by a rotating roster of VCM faculty, past guests have included Jamie Parker, James Ehnes, Pepe Romero, Daniel Taylor, and many more.

Piano Masterclass

Contact Micki Stirling, stirling@vcm., for scheduling details. Junior Masterclass - Preliminary to Grade 7 Saturdays and Sundays • 1:30 or 2:00pm Intermediate/Senior Performance Class Tuesdays • 5:30 - 7:00pm Led by Keyboard Department Head Robert Holliston Senior Masterclass - Grade 8 and up Thursdays • 6:00 - 7:30pm Friday Evening Masterclass Available for students of all levels, offered once a month from October to May. Fridays • 7:00 - 9:00pm Piano Masterclass for External Students The VCM offers piano masterclasses for students of BCRMTA teachers occasionally from October through April. Contact us to register. Fee: $15 per class

Orchestral Strings Masterclass

Regular masterclasses are offered for students of violin, viola and cello. Classes focus on performance practice and technique. Contact us for more information and scheduling details. Instructors include a rotation of senior VCM string teachers and occasional visiting guest artists.


Classical Guitar Masterclass

Offered six times per year by members of the VCM guitar faculty focusing on repertoire, technique, performance and ensemble skills. Contact us for more information and scheduling details.

Voice Masterclass

Community School masterclasses, held four times throughout the year. Contact us for scheduling and registration information. Professional School masterclasses are open to students enrolled in the Diploma in Music Performance Program. All VCM students welcome as auditors. Wednesdays • 2:30 - 3:30pm

Woodwinds and Brass Masterclass

Classes are led by faculty members on a rotating schedule and offer performers the opportunity to learn in an informal setting and learn a few tricks of the trade from expert instructors. Accompanist provided. Wednesdays • 7:00 - 8:30pm


See Tuesday Jam and Workshop Series on page 36

Adult Recital Group

For adult music students to hone their skills and practice performing in front of a friendly and supportive audience of their peers. • One Sunday per month • September to May (except December) To find out more, contact Micki Stirling: 250.386.5311, ext. 3360;

Wind Collage Semi-formal concerts featuring individual student

VCM Advantage

Competitions and Performance Opportunities

performers and ensembles, open to all students of the Woodwinds and Brass Department. • December 6, 2015 • March 6, 2016 May 8, 2016 • Wood Hall • 1:30pm

Voice Competitions

Open to all registered VCM Voice students, these four competitions provide excellent performance opportunities. Registration Fee: $10 each • English Art Song: October 14, 2015 • German Lieder: November 25, 2015 • Italian Art Song: February 17, 2016 • La Mélodie Française: March 30, 2016

Canada Music Week All Canadian music; admission by donation • November 17, 8:00pm: Canadian Folk Music Jam • November 18, 7:00pm: Winds & Brass Workshop • November 19, 7:00pm: Song Writing Workshop • November 20, 8:00pm: Faculty Performance • November 21, 1:00 & 3:00pm: Student and Faculty performance

Student Showcase

VCM students and faculty partner together with other professional musicians to perform classical music concerto movements and vocal arias, at the VCM, and as part of interactive educational concerts held at local public schools. • May 2016

Saturday Noon Concerts

Noon-time concerts for VCM students to perform in a relaxed and supportive setting. Let us hear you! • October through May

Check our website throughout the year for more performance opportunities, including Studio recitals and Piano Honours Concerts:


VCM Concerts 2015-16

VCM Advantage

Presented By:

All VCM Presents concerts are free for VCM students showing their valid Student Card at the door, with the exception of the * marked concerts.

Faculty Concert with Robert Holliston & Friends October 18, 2015 • 2:30pm • $20/$15 (VCM students/faculty free) Works for piano, strings, and voice.

Daniel Lapp’s Home for Christmas Concerts* December 18 & 19, 2015 • 7:30pm/2:00pm

$20/$17 (Fri, Sat matineé) $25/$20 (Sat evening) Children 12 and under $12 With the BC Fiddle Orchestra, Folkestra, Joy of Life Choir, and special guest artists.

Faculty Concert: Music for Mardi Gras January 26, 2016 • 7:30pm • $20/$15 (VCM students/faculty free) An eclectic array of music inspired by the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration.

Special Guest Artist Recital: Janina Fialkowska, piano March 17, 2016 • 7:30pm • $25/$20 (VCM students/faculty free) An all Chopin program including the 1st and 4th Scherzo, 4th Ballade, and Polonaise-Fantaisie.

Daniel Lapp’s Joy of Life Festival* May 13, 14 & 15, 2016 • 7:30pm/3:00pm $20/$17 (Fri & Sun) $25/$20 (Sat) Children 12 and under $12 With the BC Fiddle Orchestra, Folkestra, Joy of Life Choir, and special guest artists.

Free Family Concert Series VCM Open House September 12, 2015 • 10:00am - 3:00pm A fun day for the whole family, featuring Music with Marnie at 1:30pm

Country Music Celebration November 22, 2015 • 2:30pm Featuring Canadian Western to Texas Swing music. Part of Canada Music Week, November 16 - 22.

Louise Rose & the Good News Choir April 26, 2016 • 7:30pm Sing and swing to the sweet sound of gospel and jazz.

Alix Goolden Hall • 907 Pandora Avenue Tickets available online, in person and by phone


250.386.5311 •

Music Library

Computers with internet access are available for research, and there is an electric keyboard equipped with headphones available to students for study. The library is also home to the Student Lounge, a place to study, relax, and take a quick lunch break between classes.

VCM Advantage

A library of over 70,000 titles is maintained at the VCM for the use of faculty and registered students. The resources include music for all instruments, reference materials and books on music, including biographies. There is also an extensive collection of recordings that can be borrowed.

The VCM Library is located at 920 Johnson Street in the Commercial Business Building, just to the right of the VCM’s main building.


VCM Summer Academy June - August

Learn • Practice • Share • Inspire • Repeat Choose from full- and half-day intensive programs, evening and weekend workshops, ensembles, classes, and more. Whether you are a curious beginner, preparing for auditions or exams, or simply looking for a fun and creative way to liven up your summer, we have something for you! Visit our website starting January 2016 for Summer Academy 2016 dates.


Advanced Training

Advanced Training The Victoria Conservatory of Music offers a wide variety of Advanced Training programs including AVCM, Pedagogy and Literature, Self-Directed Studies, and Certificate and Diploma Studies in partnership with Camosun College. Some of the many advantages include small class sizes, extra instructional time, and program flexibility. Begin or continue your Post-Secondary music education at the VCM! Contact the Post-Secondary registrar for application and registration information:

High School Dual Credit

Tonal Harmony

General registration is available through Camosun College. High School students who have completed English 11 may access the following courses for High School or Post-Secondary credit. For more info contact VCM Post-Secondary Registrar.

Liova Bueno

All Camosun first year theory students must be tested for placement prior to registration

Aural Skills

New! Theory Fundamentals

Wed & Fri • 12:30 - 1:30pm • 14 weeks/term $588/term Term 1: Sep 9 - Dec 9 Term 2: Jan 13 - Apr 13

The fundamentals of music theory are introduced through integration of written and aural skills. Instruction begins with basic note reading and aural pitch matching, moves through skills commonly attributed to intermediate music rudiments, and completes with an introduction to tonal harmony. Daniel Brandes Mon & Thu • 4:00 - 6:00pm • 28 weeks $1008/term

(1 week break Feb for reading break)

Jonathan Haek

(1 week break Feb for reading break)

History of Music Instructor TBA

Term 1: Sep 9 - Dec 9 (Level 1) Term 2: Jan 11 - Apr 13 (Level 2)

Tue & Thu • 8:30 - 10:00am • 14 weeks/term $882/term Term 1 (Music Before 1600): Sep 8 - Dec 1 Term 2 (Baroque and Classical Music): Jan 11 - Apr 12

Tue & Fri • 4:00 - 6:00pm • 14 weeks Term 2: Jan 12 - Apr 15 (Level 1)

Opera Studio

From classical antiquity to today, study through listening, discussion, and personal exploration of masterworks, prominent trends, and significant contributors. Historical, sociological, philosophical, scientific and spiritual connections to music are built. Gaining an acquaintance with the music of diverse Western styles is emphasized. Mary Byrne

This sought-after program provides comprehensive training in the many facets of opera for singers. Employing a mix of rehearsals, workshops, and classes leading to performances of opera excerpts and/or one-act operas at the end of each term, training will include acting, movement, musical preparation and coaching, recitative study, audition techniques, and role preparation. Faculty is comprised of well-known guest directors, conductors, and masterclass clinicians.

Tue · 5:30 - 8:30pm • 28 weeks $882/term

Tue • 4:00 - 7:00pm AND Sat • 10:00am - 1:00pm* • $765/term

Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 8 (no class Nov 11) Term 2: Jan 12 - Apr 12

Term 1: Sep 15 - Dec 1 (Tue) Oct 24 - Nov 28 (Sat) Term 2: Jan 12 - Apr 19 (Tue) Mar 5 - Apr 16 (Sat) Acceptance by audition

New! Music in the Western World

Held at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus


Wed & Fri • 1:30 - 3:00pm • 14 weeks/term $882/term Term 1: Sep 9 - Dec 9 Term 2: Jan 13 - Apr 13

* In addition to the term Tue/Sat schedule, there will be daily rehearsals in the week preceding each performance.

Diction for Singers

Advanced Voice Workshop An opportunity for advanced students and professional singers to explore all aspects of their performance, with coaching and instruction from senior voice faculty. Using a masterclass format, AVW focuses on technique, style, interpretation, bodywork and presence to create powerful performances and empowered performers. Nancy Argenta, Ingrid Attrot, Robert Holliston Tue • 1:00 - 3:00pm • 12 weeks* • $504/term Term 1: Sep 15 - Dec 1 Term 2: Jan 12 - Apr 5 (1 week break in Mar) Acceptance is by audition/interview. Auditions will be held in the week preceding the beginning of each term. * Optional extra coaching is available

Self-Directed Voice Studies for Advanced Singers Have you recently graduated from a degree or diploma program? Graduates often feel they need further study or specialized instruction to prepare for professional engagements and auditions. VCM offers a personalized combination of programs for advanced singers which can include lessons and coachings with senior faculty, Opera Studio, Advanced Voice Workshop, Voice Pedagogy, Literature and Diction. We can tailor a course of study that is right for you. Come for as long as you need to achieve your goals - a month, a term, a year or two!

Pedagogy and Literature

Advanced Training

Use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and the ability to convey a foreign language text accurately and expressively are essential skills for singers. English (British and North American) and IPA, Italian, German and French diction are offered on a rotating, term basis. Kiiri Michelsen Mon & Thu • 10:00 - 11:00am • $588/term Term 1: Sep 14 - Dec 10 (no class Oct 12) Term 2: Jan 11 - Apr 14 (no class Feb 8, Mar 28)

A unique, two-year program designed to help aspiring and practicing music teachers develop the professional skills necessary to teach in a private studio setting. Pedagogical methodology, teaching literature, and performance skills comprise the curriculum. Completion of this course, along with Theory co-requisites, an instrument-specific practical exam, and RCM Grade Five or equivalent in piano (for non-pianists) leads to the AVCM Teacher certification. Flute Pedagogy and Literature Dr. Mary Byrne Mon • 12:00 - 2:30pm • 28 weeks • $735/term Term 1: Sep 14 - Dec 7 (no class Oct 12) Term 2: Jan 11 - Apr 11 (no class Feb 9) Piano Pedagogy and Literature Anna Cal Wed • 3:00 - 5:30pm • 28 weeks • $735/term Term 1: Sep 8 - Dec 9 (no class Nov 11) Term 2: Jan 13 - Apr 13 Voice Pedagogy & Literature Nancy Argenta Mon • 11:00am - 2:00pm* • 28 weeks $735/term Term 1: Sep 14 - Dec 7 (no class Oct 12) Term 2: Jan 11 - Apr 11 (no class Feb 9) * With 30 minute break

AVCM Certificate Associate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music Certificates are available in Performance, Teaching, and Collaborative Piano. In addition, the VCM offers advanced study in all co-requisite theoretical and practical components required for these certifications, which are recognized by the Registered Music Teachers Association (RMTA) and the Music Educators Association (MEA). For details and registration information contact the Post-Secondary Registrar:


VCM Camosun Programs

Advanced Training

Programs offered in partnership with Camosun College

NEW! Diploma in Music Performance This program offers a full-time post-secondary music program with unparalleled access to acclaimed performance and composition faculty. This ground-breaking credential program leads musicians of all genres through a common first year and a specialized second year of hands-on, practical music making and performance. Rounded out with essential theory, history, ear training, workplace, and technology skills, the Diploma in Music Performance is tailored to the needs of the 21st century professional musician.

Deadline for early admission is February 28. Applications for the Certificate and Diploma programs include: • VCM Questionnaire • Camosun College Application • Transcripts • Two letters of reference • Application & Assessment Fees • Audition Auditions take place in late-March and early-April. Live auditions are highly recommended. If you are an international student, contact Camosun College International Student Services before registering. For admission requirements, and application/registration information, contact the Post-Secondary Registrar:

Certificate in Music Technologies learn/programs/music-technologies Through a suite of seven courses, students gain fluency with the four pillars of music technology required by today’s music workplace: • Digital Notation and Scoring • Digital Audio Workstation & Sequencing • Software Instruments • Recording, Mixing and Sound Editing All courses are offered fully online and may be taken part-time; residency in Victoria is not required. Study these essential skills on your own time and prepare for opportunities in the music media industry including music and sound for film and gaming.

Camosun Calendar Term 1: September 8 - December 12, 2015 Exams December 14 - 22 Term 2: January 11 - April 16, 2016 Reading Break February 18 - 19 Exams April 18 - 26


Coming Soon to the Western Communities!

In spring 2016, the VCM will be opening its very first satellite location at the new YM/WCA complex (#210 - 1314 Dumont Avenue) in Westhills, Langford. Starting in October 2015, watch for special VCM sample sessions being offered in the Langford area, including Musical Story Times and Families Making Music for young children, and Contemporary music workshops and jam sessions for teens and adults. Also watch for special faculty and student performances at local schools, recreation centres, and at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa. Programs to be offered at the VCM’s new Westhills location include:: • Summer music camp for young children • Youth Rock Band • Indie-Pop-Rock Choir • Family Choir (for all ages) • Families Making Music • Musical Story Times • Individual lessons in piano/keyboard, (pocket) trumpet, flute, sax, clarinet, guitar (electric/acoustic), bass, voice/pop-jazz vocals, Scottish Pipes, drums, theory, ear-training, and more!

Check the VCM website for more information!


Music Therapy

Music Therapy Music Therapy Music Therapy is the skilful use of music as a therapeutic tool to restore, maintain, and improve mental, physical, and emotional health. The nonverbal, creative, and affective nature of music facilitates contact, learning, self-expression, communication, and growth. VCM Music Therapy sessions meet the needs of children as young as 18 months old to the elderly; those of all ages with exceptionalities, conditions, or illnesses, and improve the quality of life for all. Sessions may take place in the VCM Music Therapy studios or in such facilities as hospitals, group homes, long-term care and independent living facilities, hospice, geriatric care facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and schools. Children, adolescents, adults, and elderly with the following may benefit from Music Therapy: • Mental challenges • Physical challenges • Autism Spectrum Disorders • Sensory impairments • Learning difficulties • Brain injuries • Conduct and/or behavioural disorders • Recovery of Mental Health from Troubling Life Events, Substance Use, and “Illness” • Strokes/Alzheimer’s/Dementia • Palliative care Musical activities are carefully designed to meet individuals’ needs and achieve therapeutic outcomes. Following are examples of how Music Therapy can help: • Singing improves communication, speech and language skills, articulation, breath control, expression, and reception; • Playing instruments increases Gross and Fine motor skills such as dexterity, coordination, balance, range of motion, strength, as well as social skills like active participation and interction, self-esteem, and cooperation; • Rhythmic Movements and Dancing facilitates mobility, agility, balance, respiration patterns, muscular relaxation, spatial relationships, and endurance; • Improvising offers a creative and nonverbal means to expressing feelings. Through vocal, instrumental and/or movement improvisation, one has the opportunity to make choices and deal with structure in a creative way; • Composing develops cooperation, learning & sharing ideas and experiences, and increases social skills; and, • Active Listening activities provide a stimulating way to develop cognitive skills such as attention, memory, and auditory perception skills.

“Music has such a strong presence in everyone’s life. No wonder using music as a therapy can have such a powerful impact. Music facilitates expression and learning, instils respect and pride, provides wellness, gives courage and offers pure abandon. It is indeed a little bit like magic.” - Dr. Johanne Brodeur


We tailor what we do to meet your needs. Sessions are offered in private or group settings depending on condition and the individual’s needs. Music therapists are trained to use signing, picture exchange, and other communication models if requested.

Multi-Sensory Studio The VCM’s state-of-the-art Multi-Sensory Studio offers a peaceful retreat for music therapy participants. This is a studio where one can create, express themselves, find respite from their daily anxiety or pain, meditate and use guided imagery techniques. The equipment in the studio was carefully chosen to meet very specific needs. It includes laser-projected lighting, a Somatron vibro-acoustic recliner, flat-screen TV, bubble tower and fibre-optics.

Music Therapy Fees*

Music Therapy

The Music Therapy studios are equipped with hundreds of instruments including grand pianos, large percussion instruments, hand-held desk bells, therapeutic and electronic equipment including keyboards, computers, parachutes, balls, and a full recording studio.

In-House Sessions rate: $79.80 per hour Institutional/Community rate: $64.00 per hour + mileage * Fees are subject to change. Consult the VCM website for the most up to date information. The hourly rate is the same for private and group sessions.

Session Schedule:

Music Therapy programs run on a continuous, year-long basis, divided into 3 terms: Term 1: September to January Term 2: February to June Term 3: July and August

Music Therapy Supporters:

John Sargent (in memorium) for the Kay Dent Bursary And the many Friends of Music Therapy

VCM Merchandise Our VCM shirts make great gifts and are available in three fun styles. New! VCM seat cushions to make your concert experience more comfortable. Black long-sleeve $20 Adult: M, L, XL

White round neck $12/$15 Children: S, L Adult: S, M, L, XL

Grey v-neck $18 Adult: S, M, L, XL

Seat Cushions By Donation Available in black and green



Faculty Read full faculty biographies online


*Piano unless otherwise specified Robert Holliston Department Head Piano; History; Collaborative Piano; Vocal Coach

Kristine Beny

Kelly Charlton

Stella Barbon

June Bender

Piano; Kelly Kirby

Roger Buksa

Anna Cal

Piano; Kelly Kirby

Piano; Pedagogy & Literature;

Susan de Burgh

Paloma de la Guerra Piano; Suzuki Piano

Michael Drislane

Linda Gould

Nicholas Fairbank

Erin Fisher

Pipe Organ; Harpsichord

Piano; Kelly Kirby

Ingrid Henderson

Ellen Hepso-Boston

Play Piano Today

Piano; Group Piano

Yoomi Kim

May Ling Kwok

Nicole LavalleĂŠ Piano; Kelly Kirby

Edwin LeBarron

Gilbert Munroe


Linda Low

Piano; Kelly Kirby

Frances Perriam

Jelena Milojevic Accordion

Laura Wood

Strings Muge Büyükçelen-Badel

Allyn Chard

Mary Clarke

Raya Fridman

Catheryn Kennedy

Department Head Violin/Viola; Collegium; String Orchestra

Violin; Suzuki Violin

Kathryn Ranger

Tatiana Kostour


Violin Michael van der Sloot

Violin; Suzuki Violin

Stacey Boal (see Recorder)

Violin; Intermediate Orchestra

Viola Guyonne LeLouarn

Kenji Fuse

Christine Prince Violin/Viola


Cello Laura Backstrom

Martin Bonham

Cello; Cello Orchestra; Group Cello for Beginners

Cello; Baroque Cello

Silvina Samuel

Karen Whyte

Paula Kiffner

Brian Yoon

Cello; Suzuki Cello; First Level Orchestra


Harp Darren Buhr

Annabelle Stanley

Michael Dias

Dr. Alexander Dunn


Aaron Watson

Bradford Werner

Douglas Hensley Guitar; Lute; Group Ukulele; Group Guitar; Classical Guitar Orchestra

Wes Wraggett Electro Acoustic; Theory; Guitar




Ingrid Attrot

Department Head Advanced Voice Workshop; Opera Studio

Nancy Argenta Pedagogy & Literature; Advanced Voice Workshop; Opera Studio

Sarah BachmannKrieger

Maureen Branch

Kathleen Brett

Cathy Lewis

Kiiri Michelsen

Csinszka Rédai


Vocal Coach

Marnie Setka-Mooney

Kathryn Whitney

Brian Wismath

Solfa Choir

Conservatory Chorale

Robert Holliston (see Keyboard)

Children’s Music Dr. Johanne Brodeur

Andrea Cave DeVries

Brenda Harvey

Marcelline Moody



Department Head

Music Outreach; Families Making Music; Music Therapy Birthday Parties;

Georgina Craig Music Outreach

Music Therapy Dr. Johanne Brodeur

Julie Bomhof

Kim Brame

Allan Slade

Marie Slade

Department Head

Oona Jean

Andrea Cave (see Children’s Music)


Kirsten Davis (see WBP/Flute)

Woodwinds and Brass Emily Nagelbach

Lana Betts

Department Coordinator Flute; Piccolo; Fife

Marsha Elliott

Kristen Davis Flute; Music Therapy

Schools Liaison

Judith Pazder

Richard Volet

Mary Jill McCulloch Flute; Recorder

Flute; Recorder; Flute Choirs


Dr. Mary Byrne Flute; Piccolo; Pedagogy & Literature




Bassoon Ann Power

Russell Bajer

Stacey Boal Violin; Recorder; Recorder Classes & Ensembles


Saxophone Larry De La Haye

Trumpet Melissa Edwards

Joanne Allers

Saxophone; Clarinet; Junior Concert Band

Trumpet; Simple Trumpet Tunes

French Horn

Trombone Scott MacInnes

Alana Despins

Trombone; Brass Choir

Low Brass Paul Beauchesne Tuba/Baritone/ Euphonium

Music Technology and Creativity Crystal Wiksyk

Theory Coordinator Rudiments; Harmony; Musicianship

Daniel Brandes Music Creativity; Composer in the Classroom

Jonathan Haek

Lead Program Developer and Instructor Music Technologies

Brenda Braaten

Stephen Brown

Rudiments; Musicianship

Composer-inResidence; Composition; Harmony; Score Study; Counterpoint

Liova Bueno

David Clenman

Rudiments; Ear Training; Musicianship; Harmony

Harmony; Counterpoint

Eric LeBlanc

Jan Randall

Jazz History

Children’s Music Journey; Song Writing/ Arranging; Theory; Musicianship


Contemporary Music


Daniel Lapp

Artistic Director Fiddle

Rob Cheramy

Adam Dobres

Guitar (Jazz) Jazz Combo

Guitar (Folk, Contemporary); Family Band

Colleen Eccleston

George Essihos

Damian Graham

Family Choir

Piano (Jazz)

Percussion (Jazz) Jazz Combo

Josh Haase (DJ Murge)

Bruce Hurn

Jeff Lingwood (DJ Primitive)


Trumpet (Jazz) Jazz Language; Jazz Orchestra

Aidan Miller

Monik Nordine

Kelly Nordstrom

Vocals; Piano (Jazz/Funk/Gospel)

Saxophone (Jazz) Jazz Combo

Electric Guitar (Rock/Fusion); Youth Rock Band

Corey Rae

Eric Reiswig

Louise Rose


Uillean Pipes (Irish Folk)

Vocal Jazz

Joey Smith

Jamie Troy

Bass (Jazz)

Pipe & Drum Band (Scottish Folk)


Linda Gould (see Keyboard) Douglas Hensley (see Guitar) Jan Randall (see Music Technology & Creativity) Aaron Watson (see Guitar)

Tuesday Jam & Workshop Series Hands-on and informative sessions are offered in a variety of genres in Wood Hall or Metro Studio every Tuesday from September 2015 to June 2016. Each session is led by School of Contemporary Music faculty and visting guest artists, such as: • Ivonne Hernandez (fiddle) • Sarah Tradewell (fiddle) • Neil Osborne (54-40) • Adam Kittredge (Jets Overhead, Thieves) • Kuba Oms (songwriter) • The Sweet Lowdown, and more! • Julia Cunningham (Celtic Harp) Time: 7:30 - 9:00pm Jams: $5 Workshops: $10 - $20


Schedule to be posted in September 2015. For more information please email Daniel Lapp at or check our website:



July 13-18,2015 FESTIVE FINALE Saturday, July 18 at noon Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, UVic, by donation

Greater Victoria


Orchestra Yariv Aloni

November 1, 2015 March 6, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sundays 2:30pm University Centre Farquhar Auditorium SEASON TICKETS

Adult $66 Senior $51 Student $27 Family $159




30 th SEASON


Auditions for GVYO membership in May, auditions for remaining openings in September. Rehearsals on Saturday mornings September through April Players study and perform symphonic masterworks

Visit for details

1611 Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8W 2L5 | 250-360-1121 | |

Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra / June 2015 VCM Course calendar ad / 1/2 page / 150 line screen / 4.5”w x 4.5”h




1833 COOK ST | 250.389.1988 | WWW.LARSENMUSIC.CA




“A jewel box of a building.”

VCM is home to two fine performance venues: - Emmylou Harris, 2013 the 800-seat Alix Goolden Performance Hall, voted Top Live Music Venue in Victoria by Monday Magazine in 2014, and the more intimate 100seat Robin and Winifred Wood Recital Hall. In addition to the many fine concerts presented by VCM students and faculty each year, our venues host world-class performers from all genres of music, as well as speakers and authors. Just a few of the artists, groups, and festivals that choose the VCM as the place to perform in Victoria include:


Tafelmusik • Emmylou Harris • Ani DiFranco The Arrogant Worms • James Ehnes Emma Kirkby • Rifflandia Festival Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Janina Fialkawska • Dr. John • Steven Page TD International Victoria Jazz Fest Sarah Harmer • Moshe Hammer Randy Bachman Richard Thompson Dr. Jane Goodall David Suzuki CBC Radio

We’re not just about concerts. The Alix Goolden Hall is also the perfect venue for weddings as a unique, picturesque, historical and nondenominational former church sanctuary that is both spacious and intimate. All-inclusive wedding ceremony packages are available with an additional option of renting the Steinway Grand Piano and the century-old Casavant 400 pipe organ. VCM venues are available for rent for a variety of events, including meetings, conferences, graduations, memorial services, readings, lectures and more.

Jane Goodall

To book your next event, contact VCM Bookings & Events: 250.419.4315 /alixgooldenperformancehall @AlixGooldenHall For all events taking place in our venues, see

Volunteer Opportunities Looking to support the arts and music scene at one of Victoria’s premier concert venues? Volunteer positions are available in the Alix Goolden Performance Hall. This is a great opportunity to see how your favorite shows are produced and run, and to work with people who know the entertainment industry. You will also be able to use the Victoria Conservatory of Music as a reference.


Whether you’re applying for a new job or for scholarships and bursaries, you’ll be able to include us on your list of supporters. Areas of service include ushering, ticketing and door sales, and concession sales. To apply email

VCM Community Advisory Committee Greater Victoria continues to grow and diversify, and the VCM is responding! Building on our Classical roots, the VCM’s new Contemporary reach will enable more people to connect with us in more ways than ever before. We have much in store for the coming years, including launching the VCM’s first satellite location in the new YM/YWCA centre in Westhills Langford next spring (see page 29 for more details). However, we want your advice! To ensure the VCM is able to effectively meet the musical needs of our community, now and in the future, and to help guide us in a direction that answers these needs, we have created the VCM Community Advisory Committee. If you are a VCM student, parent/guardian, or alumni, the VCM invites you to participate on this committee which meets generally once a month for an hour and a half. Discussions include how the community of Greater Victoria and beyond is developing musically, how the general demographic for the area will change in the coming 5 to 10 years, and what the VCM can do to provide programming that effectively meets the musical needs. Meetings reconvene starting Tuesday, September 29th 2015 at 7:30pm. If you would like to join our committee, please let us know by sending an email to subject line “VCM Community Advisory Committee”. Thank you for our support!

On the Road  Hiring VCM Performers Our musicians love to get out into the community and perform. Through the ‘On The Road’ initiative, we can arrange to have some of our talented students and ensembles play at your next special event. We bring music to schools, nursing homes, garden parties, grand openings, corporate parties, birthdays, weddings and events of all description. To request an individual or group for your upcoming event, simply fill out our online Performance Request Form: Our role is to provide a matching service between people wanting to hire musicians for events and our students and faculty. We are not a booking or employment agency. There is a $35 connection fee for our for Performance Requests service to help cover administrative costs. Fee will be refunded if we are unable to connect you with a student performer.


Board of Governors As of December 2014 President Treasurer Secretary Vice President Vice President Past President

Hon. Roy Cullen Carolyn Thoms Sandra McCallum Leslee Farrell David Adams Ed Chwyl


Lesley Brown Peter Driessen Heather Ferguson Gary Garritan Verne Johnson Gary Karr Kathryn Laurin

Ex Officio

Jane Butler McGregor, CEO Stephen Green, Dean

Faculty Representative Staff Representative Student Representative

Marsha Elliott Erin Fraser Mary Rickinson

Alan Lowe Heather Maclean Wendy MacNeil Ray Moore Valerie Murray Barbara Smith Kathi Springer

For a full list of VCM Management and Staff see our website:

Artistic Directorate


CEO Dean

Jane Butler McGregor Stephen Green

Voice Department Head

Ingrid Attrot

Music Therapy & Children’s Music Department Head

Dr. Johanne Brodeur

School of Music Technology & Creativity Composer in Residence Theory Program Coordinator

Stephen Brown Crystal Wiksyk

Post-Secondary Department Head

Dr. Mary Byrne

Keyboard Department Head

Robert Holliston

School of Contemporary Music Artistic Director

Daniel Lapp

String Department Head & Collegium Artistic Director

Michael van der Sloot

Woodwinds & Brass Acting Department Head

Emily Nagelbach

Getting Started Course Selection If you or your child plans to register for individual lessons for the first time, you may register for a single “trial” lesson with no obligation to register for more classes. Prospective students also may audit one group class session per semester before committing to the remaining classes. In order to receive a refund, trial lessons must be cancelled with 24 hours notice.

Individual Lessons

Students typically have one lesson per week for 36 weeks (2 terms) from September to June, unless alternate arrangements are made directly with the instructor. Students may begin individual lessons at any time during the academic year.

The Fine Print

The Fine Print

Students will be referred to an appropriate instructor based on: musical background, goals, availability of lessons, and fee options. Contact us or visit our website to facilitate the referral process. Students may request lessons with a specific instructor, though the VCM cannot guarantee availability. Once an instructor is assigned, the instructor will contact the student/parent to make arrangements for lessons.

Group Classes & Ensembles

Most group classes are full-year courses that run for 32 or 34 weeks (2 terms) from September to May. Adult Continuing Education classes follow the same terms as other group classes, but are often broken out into 8-, 10-, or 16-week modules. Students in group classes typically begin their studies in September. Classes fill up quickly – please register no later than one week prior to the start date. If space permits and the instructor agrees, a student may join a class already in progress. Some courses may require an application, interview, placement test, or audition as indicated in this course calendar. Fees, duration, and timetables for group classes are included with each class description.

The VCM Student Card Each student will be issued a VCM Student Card upon registration, valid for the term(s) in which the student is registered. Privileges and benefits of the VCM student card include: • Use of practice studios • Participation in the weekend noon concerts • A 15% discount on select ensemble tuition • Free participation in most masterclasses • Free admission to select concerts in the annual VCM Presents concert series • Discounts at several area music stores, including Larsen Music, Long & McQuade, and Tom Lee Music

Practice Rooms Currently registered VCM students may use practice rooms on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability. Policies for practice rooms and assigned keys are available at the administration office. Requests for practice rooms can be made through the front desk during regular business hours, and through the custodial staff when the office is closed. Custodial phone: 250.812.6134

Parking The VCM parking lot is reserved for staff and faculty passholders at all times. Street parking and public lots are available within short walking distance. After 5:00pm and on weekends, VCM patrons may park at McCall Bros. (Johnson and Vancouver). No ticket or pass is necessary; however in cases where the McCall’s lot is unavailable (i.e. during a service), signage will be posted.

Access School Entrance: VCM Library: Wheelchair Access: Metro Studio:

900 Johnson Street 920 Johnson Street 900 Johnson Street 1411 Quadra Street

Alix Goolden Performance Hall & Robin and Winifred Wood Recital Hall: 907 Pandora Avenue (also accessible through the School Entrance)


Registration, Refund and Withdrawal Policies

The Fine Print

Tuition Tuition and other fees must be paid before a student is admitted to a lesson, class, or ensemble. Payment may be made by phone, mail or in person. Cheque, credit cards*, debit card, money orders, or cash are accepted. Cheques should be made payable to the Victoria Conservatory of Music. *with the exception of private lessons

Transaction Fees As of September 2013, we eliminated all registration fees, opting instead for a small per transaction fee of $2.00. Transaction fees will be charged once per receipt; yearly registration is encouraged.

Course Resource Fee and Music Rental Fee Students are responsible for additional costs for music and books. For some courses a resource fee is due at the time of registration, which covers the cost of handouts, music, or supplies provided by the instructor. For other courses, such as ensembles, choirs, and orchestras, a music rental fee is due at registration to cover the cost of scores and parts. These fees are included in class descriptions. VERY IMPORTANT: Instructors are directly dependent upon timely student payments. If payment is not received, the instructor is not paid. Your cooperation is appreciated. Other Fees: Returned Cheque Refund Processing Fee Late Fees*

$20.00 charged for any cheque refused for any reason by the bank. Subsequent payment can only be made by certified cheque, debit card, money order, or cash. $25.00 $10.00 per month

* Tuition is due by September 15th for Term 1 and January 15th for Term 2. Mid-term registrations require immediate payment.

Payment Payment is required in full at the time of registration for the current term. A payment plan is available. If the payment plan is chosen, the balance is paid over equal monthly installments by pre-authorized debit on the 15th of each month, beginning with the first month of enrolment and continuing over a period of your choice, ending no later than the end of term. Transaction fees will be charged based on the number of payments selected.

Credit Card Policy The VCM does not accepts credit card payments for individual lesson tuition. Credit cards will continue to be accepted for group classes, concert tickets, donations, and other fees.

Tuition Fee Tax Deductions Revenue Canada stipulates that tuition may qualify for a tax credit if all of the following apply: • Students are studying at the RCM/VCM Grade 9 level or higher • Course fees in any calendar year exceed $100 • The lessons develop the student’s skills in an occupation OR • Your child is under 16 years of age and his/her program of study fulfills the criteria for the Children’s Arts Tax Credit program Please visit for more information. Eligible students may request a tax letter from the VCM after February 15 of each year for the previous tax year.


Cancellation Policy

If an instructor cancels, they are obliged to make up the lesson. The VCM reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or combine classes and to limit registration or change instructors. Should insufficient registration cause the cancellation of a class, fees will be refunded or the student may transfer to another course if room is available.

Refunds & Withdrawals There are NO refunds for ensembles or group classes, except in cases of illness/injury accompanied by a doctor’s note, as their viability is based on minimum enrolments. These programs are based on a sequential curriculum that does not allow for continuous intake, therefore the space cannot be refilled if a student withdraws mid-term.

The Fine Print

If a student cancels a private lesson with reasonable notice, the instructor may wish to arrange a make-up lesson, pending the instructor’s schedule and the availability of studio space. The instructor is, however, under no obligation to make up the lesson, particularly if insufficient notice (under 24 hours) is given. Students are expected to be present for all scheduled lessons. This includes vacations, school/sport events, etc.

Because instructors must commit to a schedule and book a studio space, refunds for individual lessons are permitted only in cases of illness or injury (for which a doctor’s note is required) or in exceptional circumstances, such as an unexpected family relocation. All withdrawal requests must be submitted in writing or by email to the Registrar’s Office. Withdrawal requests must be made in a timely fashion and within the term to which they apply. Requests for retroactive refunds received more than one month after the cessation of attendance at lessons will not be considered. Refunds will be processed according to the following schedule and are subject to a $25 processing fee: One week before the first lesson During the first two weeks During the third week During the fourth week After the fourth week

100% 75% 50% 25% No Refund

Transfers The VCM encourages students to remain with the same teacher throughout the term for which they have registered. However, in exceptional circumstances, transfers may be requested through the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar will consult with the Dean and respective Department Head on a case-by-case basis. The VCM does not guarantee transfer to a different teacher, but every effort will be made to ensure students are placed appropriately with an instructor who meets their individual needs.

Statutory Holidays Individual lessons that fall on statutory holidays have been included in the 36-week term. Because the office and building are closed on these days, an alternate lesson time should be arranged for those weeks. Please verify your lesson schedule with your teacher.

Please Note: The calendar is published before the beginning of the academic year, and while every attempt has been made to ensure its accuracy, the information within is subject to change. The VCM reserves the right to alter or cancel classes at any time, in cases of insufficient enrolment, instructor absence, etc. Group class and ensemble meetings that are cancelled as the result of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances will not be re-scheduled; private lessons cancelled for such reasons may be made up at the instructor’s discretion. Please refer to our website for the most up-to-date course information.


Thank You! VCM Presents Concert Series

Presenting Sponsor

Free Family Concert Series Named Sponsor

Oxygen: Breathing Music into Life (fundraising event) Presenting Sponsor

Rick Wesseling Musical Garden Tour (fundraising event) Presenting Sponsor

Andrew Sheret Beacon Drive-In Brown Bros. Butchart Gardens De Goutiere Jewellers Fairmont Empress

Individual Dry Cleaners Irish Linen Stores Island Asphalt Kilshaw’s Auctioneers Lund’s Auctioneers and Appraisers Munro’s Books

A Musical Luncheon (fundraising event) Siluch-Hill Investments

Peppers Foods Ralph’s Radio Rogers’ Chocolates Strathcona Hotel

The VCM extends its gratitude to all of our supporters and partners - true leaders in our community. Their encouragement and commitment enables us to continue enriching lives through music!

Crescendo Circle Presenting Sponsor

Supporters of VCM Events

Community Partners

NRS Foundation Charlton L. Smith Charitable Foundation ALACS Fund Victoria Foundation Egon Baumann Music Foundation Vancouver Foundation

Media Sponsors

Government Partners We gratefully acknowledge the following for their support: The Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council, the Capital Regional District Arts Development Office, Canadian Heritage through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, and the City of Victoria.

Under the distinguished patronage of Her Honour the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia The Victoria Conservatory of Music is a Registered Canadian Charity: Charitable Registration Number: 10817 2255 RR0001

Calendar Index Accordion, 11 Advanced Voice Workshop, 27 Analysis, 11, 19 Arranging, 11 Artistic Directorate, 40 Bagpipes, 11 Band, 11 Family Band, 16 Junior Concert Band, 6 Youth Rock Band, 15 Banjo, 11 Bass, 11 Bassoon, 11 Bluegrass, 11 Board of Governors, 40 Brass Choir, 17 Camosun Programs, 26 - 28 Cancellation Policy, 43 Cello, 11 Cello Orchestra, 15 Group Cello for Adult Beginners, 15 Celtic, 11 Certificate in Music Technologies, 28 Chamber Music, 11, 18 Chamber Wind Ensembles, 18 Child Art Tax Credit, 4 Children’s Classes, 3 – 7 Children’s Music Journey, 4 Clarinet, 11 Clarinet Choir, 17 Classical Guitar Orchestra, 15 Collegium Program, 21 Competitions, 23 Composition, 11 Conservatory Chorale, 12 Contemporary, 2, 10 - 11, 18, 36 Adult Fiddle, 12 BC Fiddle Orchestra, 14 Family Band, 16 Family Choir, 12 Folkestra, 14 Group Guitar for Adults, 15 Group Ukulele for Adults, 15 Group Ukulele for Beginners, 5 Joy of LIfe Choir, 12 Play Piano Chords Today, 13 Tuesday Jam & Workshop Series, 36 Vocal Jazz Ensemble,12 Youth Rock Band, 15 Counterpoint, 11, 19 Course Resource Fees, 42 Course Selection, 41 Credit Card Policy, 42


Diction, 27 Digital Notation, 28 Diploma in Music Performance, 28 DJ, 36

Ear Training (see also Musicianship), 11, 18 Euphonium, 11 Events, 8, 24 Faculty, 32 – 36 Families Making Music, 3 Family Band, 16 Family Choir, 12 Fiddle, 11 Adult Fiddle, 14 BC Fiddle Orchestra, 14 Fine Print, 41 – 43 First Level String Orchestra, 14 Flute, 11, 35 Advanced Flute Ensemble, 16 Flute Choir (Beginner & Academy), 16 Group Flute for Adult Beginners, 16 Instrumental Boot Camp, 16 Pedagogy, 27 Sinfonia, 18 Folk, 11, 36 Large Contemporary Ensemble, 13 BC Fiddle Orchestra, 14 Folkestra, 14 French Horn, 11 Group Lessons, 11, 12 – 18 Group Cello for Adult Beginners, 14 Group Flute for Adult Beginners, 15 Group Guitar for Adults, 15 Group Guitar for Beginners, 5 Group Piano Classes, 5, 13 Group Ukulele for Adults, 15 Group Ukulele for Beginners, 5 Group Violin for Adult, 15 Simple Trumpet Tunes, 5 Simple Trombone Tunes, 6 Guitar, 11, 22, 33 Classical, 11 Classical Guitar Orchestra, 15 Electric, 11 Group Guitar for Adults, 15 Group Guitar for Beginners, 5 Steel String, 11 Harmony, 11, 19 Harp, 11 Harpsichord, 11 Hiring VCM Performers, 39 History, 11, 20 Individual Instruction, 6 , 10 – 11 Intermediate String Orchestra, 14 Jam Sessions, 36 Jazz, 11 Large Contemporary Ensemble, 13 Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 12 Junior Concert Band, 6 Kelly Kirby Piano Method, 6

Library, 25 Lute, 11 Mandolin, 11 Masterclasses, 22 Music Rental Fees, 42 Music Therapy, 30 - 31, 34 Musical Birthday Parties, 6 Musicianship, 18, 19 Oboe, 11 On the Road, 39 Open House, 8 Opera, 11, 34 Opera Studio, 26 Orff, 3 - 4 Organ, 11 Parking, 41 Payment, 42 Pedagogy and Literature, 27 Pennywhistle, 11 Percussion, 11 Performance Opportunities, 23 Piano, 11, 22, 32  Group Piano for Beginners, 5 Kelly Kirby Piano Method, 6 Pedagogy, 27 Play Piano Chords Today, 13 Piano for Adult Beginners, 13 Suzuki Piano, 6 Pop, 18 Large Contemporary Ensemble, 13 Practice Rooms, 41 Private lessons (see Individual Instruction) Recorder, 11 Recorder Ensemble, 17 Recorder Group Class, 17 Sinfonia, 18 Refunds, 43 Rock, 11, 18, 36 Large Contemporary Ensemble, 13 Youth Rock Band,15 Rudiments, 5, 11, 17, 20 Sample Lessons, 10 Satellite Location, 29 Saxophone, 11 Instrumental Boot Camp, 16 Saxophone Choir, 17 Self-Directed Voice Studies, 27 Senior String Orchestra, 14 Shared Lessons, 11 School of Contemporary Music (see Contemporary) School of Music Technology and Creativity (see Technology) Score Study, 20 Sinfonia I & II, 18 Solfa Choir, 12 Song Writing, 11 Sound Advice for Adults, 19 for Beginners, 5, 18 Levels 1-8, 18

Sound-walks, 20 Statutory Holidays, 43 Strings, 11, 22, 33 Orchestras, 14 - 15 Fiddle, 11, 14 Sinfonia, 18 Student Card, 41 Summer Academy, 25 Suzuki Program Cello, 7 Piano, 6 Violin, 7, 15 Technology, 11, 35 Certificate in Music Technologies, 28 Children’s Music Journey, 4 Theory Classes, 18 - 20 Sound-walks, 20 Theory Classes, 11, 18 –  20, 26 Transaction Fees, 42 Transfers, 43 Trombone, 11 Instrumental Boot Camp, 16 Simple Trombone Tunes, 6 Trumpet, 11 Instrumental Boot Camp, 16 Simple Trumpet Tunes, 5 Tuba, 11 Tuition, 10, 42 Tuition Fee Tax Deductions, 42 Ukulele, 11 Group Ukulele for Adults, 15 Group Ukulele For Beginners, 5 Uillean Pipes, 11 Venues, 38 Viola, 11 Violin, 11 Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 12 Voice/Vocals, 11, 22, 34 Advanced Voice Workshop, 27 Conservatory Chorale, 12 Family Choir, 12 Joy of Life Choir, 12 Opera Studio, 26 Pedagogy, 27 Self-Directed Voice Studies, 27 Solfa Choir, 12 Sound Advice for Singers, 18 Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 12 Wee Folks Foundation Choir, 4 Youth Rock Band, 15 Wee Folks Foundation Choir, 4 Woodwinds and Brass, 11, 22, 35 Withdrawals, 43 Westhills, 29

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Presenting Sponsor Our Crescendo Circle members are a group of dedicated music lovers who support the VCM with an annual donation starting at $500. Through their amazing commitment, these annual donors are vital to our success as only a portion of our operating expenses are covered by tuition. Thank you all so much for your generous support. Sandra McCallum and the Honourable David Anderson Co-Chairs, Crescendo Circle

Virtuoso $15,000 +

Silver continued...

Bronze continued...

Ed & Mary Chwyl Verne & Dawn Johnson Wendy & Matt MacNeil George & Ann Nation

Jan & Johanna Grootwassink Barbara Hubbard & Geoff Buck Dr. Ralph Huenemann & Deirdre Roberts Brian Johnston Rob & Katie Koopmans David Leigh Marc & Patricia Lortie Sheila Madill Gerry & Diane McQuade Charles & Veda Medhurst Robert Milne Valerie & Bryan Murray Christopher Nation Gwendolyn Page Joan Peggs Raymond & Sheila Protti Gordon & Grace Rogers Larry Ryan Basil Shammas Brian & Barbara Smith Patrick M. Stewart Carolyn & Rod Thoms Michael Tyler Lois Voigt-Stockey John Walton Anonymous (2)

Don & Frances Gilley John & Gabrielle Goudy Nicholas Gudewill Roman Hahn & Pat Elemans Jane Hastings Jim & Betty Hesser Robert Holliston Barbara & Bruce Housser Dr. Margaret Hunter Mair Jeremy & Hana Kinsman Tiit Kodar Vicki Kuhl Sandra Lackenbauer Kathryn Laurin & Read Jorgensen Kenneth & Diana Leung Helen Lindholm Ron & May Lou-Poy Alan & Grace Lowe Dr. Heather Maclean Colin & Kathleen Mailer Claude & Betty Maurice Steve & Barb McKerrell Ray & Delia Moore John C. B. Neal Sara Neely Jane O’Hastings Margaret Patrick Dave Paulson & Linda Gould Andre & Kathryn Pickersgill Clive & Ann Piercy Donald & Anne Russell Dr. Mikkel & B. Anne Schau Michael & Verene Shepard Dr. Charles & Janet Simpson Kathi Springer Micki Stirling Tara Sudbury Peter Symcox Donovan & Maryla Waters Jacalyn Weech Maxwell White Thomas & Ann Widdowson Anonymous (3)

Diamond Note $10,000 - $14,999 Tony & Laura Gage Jamie Henwood & Susan Hewitt-Henwood Gillian Nelles Anonymous (1)

Platinum Note $5,000 - $9,999 Egon Baumann Music Foundation David H. Flaherty Dr. Gary Karr & Dr. Harmon Lewis Anonymous (1)

Gold Note $2,500 - $4,999 Melissa Anderson Hon. Judd & Kay Buchanan Brian & Ann Butler K. Patricia Coldren Hon. Roy & Ethne Cullen Stephen Cushing & Debbie Gill Leslee Farrell Gary & Marianne Garritan Robert & Devi Jawl Edward & Diana Life Michael Morres John & Sheila Orr

Silver Note $1,000 - 2,499 Eric & Leonda Adler Hon. David Anderson & Sandra McCallum Richard Backus & Kathleen Silver Dr. Perry & Annamaria Bamji Paul & Margaret Boeda Dr. Fritz & Dora Boehm Mary Ellen Brockman Lesley Brown & Bill Hutchinson Jane Butler McGregor Eric & Shirley Charman Mel & Carmela Cooper Patrick & Patricia Crofton Gail DeMontigny Fernand & Suzanne Ellyin Terry & Leslie Farmer Angus Fedoruk Joan G. Giles

Bronze Note $500 - $999 David & Barbara Adams Moira Anderson Nancy Argenta & Ingrid Attrot Barbara Armstrong Roy Barnett J.W. & J.E. Bradshaw Rex Pendril Brown Mary C. Byrne Paula Carey & Nicholas Wemyss Richard Cope Alexandra N. Cowie Colin Crisp & Helen Donald-Crisp Bruce Dutton Murray & Lynda Farmer Heather Ferguson & Cameron Turner Brian & Susan Findlay Norma Friedmann Cynthia Funnell Jim Geminiano Neville & Jill Gibson

To learn more about our Crescendo Circle, please contact:

Fundraising Volunteer Joyce & Ralph Hodd Brian Johnston Terry LeBlanc Donna Ruppel

SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 - JUNE 30, 2015

Pam Prewett, Manager, Development • • 250.386.5311 ext. 2370

50th Anniversary $2 Million Campaign Donors

Our sincere thanks to these generous donors who have given or pledged to our Campaign! David & Barbara Adams Nancy Adrian-Hall * ALACS Foundation David Anderson & Sandra McCallum Anne Appleton * John & Claire Arduini * Daphne Baldwin Bank of Montreal Gayla Baranieski * Armando & Yole Barbon Barry & Angela Bell * Marjorie Bennett Peggy Bereza * Christine Bloomfield * Fritz & Dora Boehm Boris & Theodora Borissov * Chris Bridgeman (Bridgeman Plumbing & Heating) Andrea Brown * Lesley Brown & Bill Hutchinson William & Wendy Brown (Brown Bros.) Dennis Burdon-Murphy Jane Butler McGregor Lisa Cairns * Susan Chen * Ed & Mary Chwyl Bruce & Shirley Clow David & Zita Conway * Sylvie Cote * Alexandra Cowie Margaret Crowley * Diane Crowther Daniela Cubelic (Silk Road Tea Company) Roy & Ethne Cullen James & Carolyn Currie-Johnson * Christine Dalziel * Goldie Danielsen * Frances Dearman * Sue Donald * Peter Driessen Maggie Dugas * Don Eastman * Egon Baumann Music Foundation Gwyneth Evans * Terry & Leslie Farmer Leslee Farrell Heather Ferguson & Cameron Turner Bruce Filan * Ian & Kimberley Fleetwood * Clint & Carole Forster John Fraser * Gary & Marianne Garritan Bruce & Catherine Gerus * Harold Gillis * Anne Glommen * Michael Gower & Julie McClung *

William Graham & Mary McKechnie-Graham * Len & Anne Graves * Danelle Harris * Wei He * Jacqueline Henderson Joanne Henning * James & Betty Hesser * Philip & Nigella Hind * Geraldine Hinton * Robert Holliston Anne Holtzman & Gordon Philippe * John Hopewell * Dianne Cheryl Houston * Helen Hu * Ralph Huenemann & Deirdre Roberts Dianne Humphreys Kate Insley * Island Savings Credit Union (Westshore) Verne & Dawn Johnson Katherine Kajewski * Grace Kamitakahara * Gary Karr & Harmon Lewis Paulina Kholodova * Leah Kinarthy * Bunny Kitchen * Freya Kodar * Lisa Krakowski * Igor Krasnov * Vicki Kuhl Sandra Lackenbauer Anthony Lambert * Paul Landry * Kathryn Laurin & Read Jorgensen Dennis & Barbara Latham Paul Lescarmure * Fang Lin * Alan & Grace Lowe Heather Maclean Wendy Maggiora * Mary Magill * Kenneth & Patricia Mariash (Bayview Place) Dr. & Mrs. H. Pat Marshall * Janice Mason * John McGurran * Dave McKercher Steve & Barb McKerrell Margaret McLynn * Joan McNeely Hannah Mitchell * Evert Moes * Ray & Delia Moore George Morfitt Natalija Moukminov *

James Munro & Carole Sabiston Valerie & Bryan Murray George & Ann Nation John Neal Gillian Nelles Sandi Nelson * James Nicoll * Jane O’Hastings * Odlum Brown Joy Olesky * Gwendolyn Page Leslie Anne Page * Dan Parker & Maria Dominelli Rod & Marion Parker (Parker Johnston) Yvonne Peirce * Clive & Ann Piercy Jerzy & Linda Pisarzewski Sandra Pope * David & Catherine Preston * Anne Preyde & William Carroll * Anita Price Winnifred Procyshen * Ray & Sheila Protti Joan Riecken * Karen Rowantree * Larry Ryan John & Sheila Sandys-Wunsch * Connie Shaw Lynne Shields * Brian & Barbara Smith Christon Smith Fumi Somogyi Kathi Springer Kristina Stevens * Tara Sudbury Leonard Takoski * Alison Talarico * Michael & Mary Jane Teachman * Carolyn & Rod Thoms Thrifty Foods Anthony Urquhart * Kelly Alexandra van Tol * Shannon & Jock von Kaldenberg Marie Vautier * Johannes Vanderleeden * Pamela Warrington Renate Weber * Jacalyn Weech Wendy Wilcox * Waymand Wu * Fred & Ann Wurlitzer Yuquin Jean Yang * Lynne Young * Zhihong Zhang & Wenjing Li * Tiehua (Helen) Zheng * Anonymous (5)

* These are VCM students and families who have chosen to direct their generous gifts to replace the East Wing roof. DECEMBER 1, 2013 - JUNE 30, 2015 To learn more about our Campaign, please contact:

Pam Prewett, Manager, Development • • 250.386.5311 ext. 2370

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Term 1: 18 weeks September 8 2015 - January 24 2016 Term 2: 18 weeks January 25 - June 5 2016 Term 3: 12 weeks June 6 - August 28 2016 Ensembles and group classes begin in the second week of Term 1, except those affiliated with Camosun programs. Some group classes follow 8- or 10week sessions, or comprise a year-long curriculum; please consult listings. Program start and end dates are subject to change. Session dates in listings exclude holidays and building closures. Terms 1 and 2 each fall within a 19 week period to accommodate one “flex week” per term - in December and March respectively. Please consult with your instructor(s) to verify the dates for their studio(s) and classes.








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Camosun: Term 1: September 8 - December 12 Exams December 14 - 22 Term 2: January 11 - April 16 Reading Break February 18 - 19 Exams April 18 - 26 SD 61 & 63 Spring Break: March 14 - 28 (including Easter)

Building Hours Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 9:30pm Sat: 9:00am - 5:30pm Sun: 1:00 - 5:00pm

Office Hours Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 8:00pm Sat: 9:00am - 4:00pm Sun: Closed

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