Victoria Conservatory of Music in Victoria, BC
An intensive training program in period instrument performance, led by members of the Victoria Baroque and Pacific Baroque Orchestra. This course is for players already experienced in baroque instruments, as well as those with no prior experience. The program welcomes music students, professional musicians and advanced amateurs. Instruction is available for strings, woodwinds, and harpsichord. Ensembles are formed according to the students’ level.
The Baroque Academy is an exciting opportunity to immerse oneself in baroque instrument performance, and develop one’s technical and stylistic understanding and ensemble skills in a focused and friendly environment. The course offers a generous amount of one-to-one instruction and small group and orchestral coaching by leading West Coast early music specialists.
The Program includes:
- Ensembles and chamber music
- Private and group lessons
- Performance opportunities
NEW THIS YEAR
- BAROQUE FOR SINGERS: Career-track singers over the age of 18 are welcome to apply. Singers will receive private coaching and lessons, opportunities for singing in masterclasses and a vocal ensemble (one-per-part), and perform a solo aria with a baroque ensemble.
- AUDITING: open to anyone for both instrumental and vocal streams. Access to masterclasses, group classes, student and faculty concerts, and ensemble rehearsals.
Soile Stratkauskas; flute and artistic director
Chloe Meyers; violin
Christi Meyers; violin
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith; violin
Mieka Michaux; viola
Martin Bonham; cello and viol
Christina Mahler; cello
Christina Hutten; harpsichord
Soile Stratkauskas; flute
Katrina Russell; bassoon
Curtis Foster; oboe and recorder
Marco Vitale; harpsichord and vocal coach
Vicki St Pierre; voice
Suzie LeBlanc; voice
$675 + $30 application fee
Application deadline: extended to April 28, 2022.
(Students may be accepted after the application deadline if spaces are still available)
Auditing only: $200
Classes run daily 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
All programs will take place onsite at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (900 Johnson Street).
(Individual schedules may start later or finish earlier)
The number of participants is limited to 32.
*Course fees only cover c.60% of this programme; through the generous support of the Victoria Baroque and Early Music Vancouver the fees are kept as low as possible to make this course affordable to all students.
Application deadline is April 28,2022
Bursaries are available.
Baroque instruments are encouraged but not required. Those using modern instruments will need baroque bows, gut strings on the top two strings, and to tune to A=415.
Flutes, oboes, recorders, bassoons:
Baroque instruments are required and must be pitched at A=415.
There are some baroque instruments and bows available for loan.
For inquiries about instruments and gut strings, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winners of EMV’s BC Scholarship programme can use a portion of their award to attend the course.