Classical Guitar at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM)

Alix Goolden Performance Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music

Welcome to Victoria
Victoria, BC, Canada is where I live, perform, work on this site, and teach classical guitar privately and at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Each year the Conservatory welcomes classical guitarists to come join us in learning and making music. So here’s a little about the Conservatory, its history, and guitar. Please feel free to ask me any questions you might have. Email: bradford@thisisclassicalguitar.com – Bradford Werner

Remaining Masterclasses for 2019/20 – In these classes VCM students perform and receive advice from VCM faculty. Free for the public to audit.

  • Saturday, November 16, 3:30pm,  Michael Dias, Wood Hall
  • December, Mak Grgic, TBA
  • Saturday, December 21, 3:30pm, Bradford Werner,  Room 329
  • Sunday, January 18, 3:30pm,  Douglas Hensley, Wood Hall
  • Saturday, February 15, 3:30pm, Alex Dunn, Wood Hall
  • Saturday, March 21, 3:30pm,  Michael Dias, Wood Hall
  • Saturday, April 18 , 3:30pm,  Bradford Werner, Room 303

About the Victoria Conservatory of Music
Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) is home to a wide variety of education programs, performance events, and music therapy. As a music school for the whole community, the VCM welcomes students of all ages and musical abilities, and teaches in all musical genres including classical, contemporary and music technology. Each year, over 4,500 students take part in an extensive array of disciplines including woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboard, strings, voice, jazz, theory and composition, and programs such as music therapy, teacher training, early children’s music programs and Summer Music Academies. In addition, the VCM offers a two-year performance-oriented post-secondary diploma program in partnership with Camosun College. The Victoria Conservatory of Music currently has two locations in Downtown Victoria and Westhills Langford. The VCM is a registered Canadian charity.

Classical Guitar Faculty at the Victoria Conservatory of Music 
Although there is no guitar department or head of guitar at the VCM, the classical guitar faculty are part of a vibrant and supportive strings department. The string department head is Simon MacDonald (violin). Post-secondary studies are available with a variety of instructors upon request and in consultation with the post-secondary coordinator. There are also other guitar teachers in the contemporary department for jazz, pop, rock etc (not listed here). All the VCM faculty are available to teach a variety of levels, ages, and styles.

  • Joshua Amendt-Moylan
  • Michael Dias
  • Alexander Dunn
  • Douglas Hensley
  • Nicole Payie
  • Bradford Werner

Classical Guitar at the Victoria Conservatory of Music

  • Individual Lessons
  • Group Classes
  • Masterclasses
  • Guitar Orchestra
  • Guitar Ensembles
  • Summer Academy
  • Post-Secondary Studies
  • Faculty and Student Concerts

Other Guitar Activities at the VCM

  • Lute, Oud, and early music instruments with Douglas Hensley
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Pop/Rock Guitar
  • Singer-Songwriter Classes
  • Ukelele
  • Mandolin

Here’s some videos of me with other faculty


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