The Victoria Conservatory of Music, home to many musical programs for all ages, opens its doors to the public this Saturday during its annual free open house, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo courtesy Victoria Conservatory of Music

Musical instrument petting zoo and more at Conservatory open house in Victoria

Families invited to drop by to see what’s new at annual free event on Saturday, Sept. 7

If you’ve ever wondered what’s behind the doors of the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), this weekend is a great chance to have a look.

The Conservatory is hosting its annual open house Saturday (Sept. 7) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its facilities at 900 Johnson St. The day will include everything from instrument petting zoos for visitors of all ages, to free mini-classes for children up to age six with the VCM’s Early Childhood Music department, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Guests are also invited to experience the new Music Technology Lab.

Visitors will have a chance to chat with Conservatory faculty about the wide variety of music classes and lessons being offered both downtown and at the VCM’s Westhills campus.

“We want everyone to come and join us in celebrating the incredible power of music,” says VCM CEO Jane Butler McGregor. “We’re very excited to share the excellence the Conservatory offers to everyone in the community of every age and every ability. There are so many incredible programs available- from classical to contemporary to music technology to music therapy. We want to share them all!”

Tours of the school will also happen during the open house, including stops in the performance halls, practice rooms and the recently moved library, featuring 6,000-plus books and sheets of music. Guests can collect passport stamps as they go and enter to win free lessons and tickets to upcoming VCM Presents concerts.

The day features ongoing live performances on the Alix Goolden Hall stage starting at 10:30 a.m. Conservatory faculty and students will entertain and inspire on a range of instruments in both classical and contemporary genres.

For more information about the Conservatory, visit vcm.bc.ca.



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