Your Song Project
How do you fit in?
There is something for everyone on our song projects.
Our courses are designed to be challenging and interesting for advanced amateur, semi-professional, and professional musicians, while also offering beginner and intermediate musicians the opportunity to participate in a manner that suits their interest and ability.
On our previous projects (Winterreise, 2015; Dichterliebe, 2016; Schoene Muellerin, 2017), our students included singers and pianists aged between 32 and 89.
Our students have included a cook, a number of nurses, some public servants, some stay-at-home parents, some music teachers, an elementary school teacher, an electrician, some retired academics, a lawyer, a chemist, and people studying music part-time alongside other jobs and commitments.
Some of our students held undergraduate or master’s degrees in piano or voice, while others were relatively new to music-making, having taken it up only as adults, or within the last few years.
Everyone is welcome to audition for our courses.
Read more in the column on the right about our different student categories.
Places still open for Observers
Our course offers places in a number of categories to suit the interests and experience of a wide range of musicians.
Music lovers of all ages are welcome to join the course as Observers. There is no audition.
Click on the following link to REGISTER NOW as an Observer.
Observers play an important role in the project, providing a regular audience of interested listeners in all the ensemble sessions, and offering feedback and commentary throughout the project for our singers, pianists, and faculty. Observers attend all group sessions on the project, including performance classes, seminars, workshops, interpretation classes, faculty open rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and all our informal gatherings and concerts.
Places for Performers and Understudies are now full.
Intermediate and advanced singers and pianists wishing to hone their interpretive and performance skills should audition to join us as Performers.
Performers take 4 solo coachings and 4 duo coachings (each lasting 45 minutes, spread across our 2-month course). They also perform 4 times in our weekly performance classes (30 minutes per session), which take place on Saturdays or Sundays from mid-March to mid-May. Performers attend two Faculty Open Rehearsals, and our weekly masterclasses and lectures.
Performers sing or play in the ‘Omnibus’ – a private concert for staff and students in which everyone performs all the pieces they have been working on during the course.
Performers take part in the Final Student Concerts. Performers will sing or play in one or both of the two final concerts, and will feature at least two times.
Each Performer works on between 2 and 6 songs, and will perform a minimum of 2 songs in the Final Student Concerts.
Understudies are beginner and intermediate pianists and singers who are interested in improving as musicians, but who prefer not to perform regularly in the classes.
Understudies take a 4 solo coachings and 4 duo coachings (each lasting 45 minutes) with the course instructors. Understudies will work on between 2 and 4 songs.
Understudies can choose to ‘shadow’ the Performers who are working on their songs, and can sit in on their duo coaching sessions. Understudies can also request to stand in if performers are unable to perform in weekend sessions or final performances.
Understudies can opt to sing or play at the Omnibus (private concert for staff and students).
Bursaries available – please apply to the Victoria Conservatory of Music
Please note that Performers and Understudies accepted onto the project are required to pay a deposit of $100 (a portion of the fee above) by January 15, 2018 to hold their place.
The remainder of the fee can be paid in installments between January and June, 2018 (to be arranged through the VCM by January 15). A second fee payment, whether whole or (if arranged by January 15) in part, is due by 15 March, 2018.
Obervers are welcome to register anytime by telephoning the Victoria Conservatory of Music on 250 386 5311 or by dropping by the front desk at 900 Johnson Street. Observers can also REGISTER ONLINE at any time.