The Victoria Conservatory of Music has marked its 50th anniversary with a host of jubilee concerts, and last week added a variety of new programming to the banner year.
On Friday the school announced the creation of the School of Contemporary Music, aimed at attracting new students whose interests lie in the more popular genres of music such as rock, pop, folk, jazz and indie, as well as the School of Music Technology and Creativity, with the latter focused on using technology to create and compose music.
The conservatory also announced the launch of a satellite location on the West Shore in an effort to serve the growing population of families with young children, slated for a space within the YM/YWCA complex in Langford.
Among the changes, the conservatory has developed new distance learning options, with instruction now available online for students across the globe.
The news came alongside an announcement of a $2-million anniversary campaign to help fund the aforementioned initiatives, expand the children’s music education and outreach programs, and to upgrade the heritage building in which they’re based downtown.
For full details, visit vcm.bc.ca.