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Victoria Conservatory Of Music - A Summer Like No Other
A summer like no other

Every summer, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) offers a musical education unlike any other in the city.

“There really isn’t anybody else, locally, who does what we do,” said Bethany McNeil, VCM Registrar. “Our Summer Academy really stands alone.”

Beginning in early July, the VCM Summer Academy is a series of intensive one to two week programs for students of varying abilities, and is largely focused on students who are serious about their instrument of choice.

“These programs are broad range, said McNeil. “We have junior programs for beginning students, adult programs for adult amateur artists, and intensive streams for high school, post-secondary, and even post-grad students.”

This year’s Summer Academy offerings include strings, piano, voice, theory and guitar.

“Students are in session for six to eight hours day and they learn so much in that time,” said McNeil.

“They’re exposed to world class faculty and other high level students who are working toward the same goals,” McNeil continued. “Many of our students make friends that they keep forever, and they create important connections with other artists.”

Summer Academy students also gain new musical perspectives based on exposure to different techniques
and repertoire. For many students, the most exciting benefit may be opportunities to perform.

For voice students in particular, Summer Academy offers the rare chance to take part in an oratorio – a large musical composition with professional orchestra, choir and soloists.

“An opportunity like singing in an oratorio, accompanied by a professional orchestra, doesn’t come along very often,” said McNeil.

Summer Academy classes can also take advantage of the VCM’s unique performing spaces and stages – Robin and Winnifred Wood Recital Hall, Metro Theatre, and the world renowned performance venue, Alix Goolden Performance Hall.

Summer Academy programs are taught by VCM faculty, with special guest instructors from across Canada and abroad. The cost varies, depending on program, and bursaries are available.