Victoria Conservatory of Music -VCM Summer Guitar Academy

Summer Guitar Academy 2012

Official VCM Page: Guitar Academy – July 16-20

Artistic Director: Alexander Dunn
Classical guitarists of all ages and abilities* come together this summer for an exciting week of instruction, collaboration and performance. Beginner, intermediate and advanced students will all find engaging opportunities to take their playing to the next level.

*at least one year of prior guitar study is recommended

Faculty: Dr. Alexander Dunn, Jacob Cordover, Michael Dias, Janet Grohovac

Program: Guitar Academy $400

Daily activities include private and group instruction, guitar orchestra, technique classes, masterclasses, lectures on various guitar topics and performances. Participants are encouraged to attend all Guitar Academy concerts, admission to which is included in the course fees.

Registration Fee $30


Faculty Concert
Wednesday, July 20 8:00pm
Wood Hall
Tickets: $15 available at VCM

Academy Finale Concert
Featuring the Summer Guitar Orchestra and selected soloists
Friday, July 20 8:00pm
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Admission by donation

For more information on the VCM Guitar Academy:
Dr. Alexander Dunn, Artistic Director
250.386.5311 ext 2160

Summer Guitar Academy 2011

Regretfully, the 2011 Guitar Academy has been canceled due to insufficient enrollment.  We hope to see you all next summer!

VCM Summer Guitar Academy and Competition
July 12-16, 2011

Official Website:

New Artistic Director: Alexander Dunn

For classical guitarists, Victoria is the place to be this summer. Come join Dr. Alexander Dunn, our new Artistic Director, along with a rare gathering of outstanding artists, and be inspired! Victoria has cultivated a very active classical guitar community – come learn from professional faculty with extensive experience in all facets of classical guitar.


Summer Guitar Academy – $425
Includes: guitar orchestra, optional participation in competition, lectures, masterclasses, performances, Admission to all Guitar Academy Concerts

Private Lesson Package – $106
Students enrolled in the Summer Guitar Academy can add 2 one-hour private lessons with a faculty member to the program above. Take advantage of this opportunity to get one-on-one instruction with our inspiring SGA faculty*!

*based on availability

Vanguard Lounge Performance (19+)- $10
An off-site evening of contemporary guitar.

Program runs 9am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday, with evening concerts.


Alexander Dunn and Friends
Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 7:30pm
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Victoria Conservatory of Music
Admission TBA

Janet Grohovac
Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 1:00pm
Wood Hall
Victoria Conservatory of Music
Admission TBA

Vanguard Lounge (19+)
Thursday, July 94, 2010, 7:30pm
Location: TBA
$10 General Admission

Guitar Academy Student Showcase & Orchestra Concert
Saturday, July 12, 2011, 7:30pm
Wood Hall
Victoria Conservatory of Music
Admission by Donation


Download the Competition Rules and Guidelines: SGA 2011 Competition Rules (pdf)

1st place: $700, 2nd place: $300, 3rd place: $200
For audition requirements, please visit our website, or contact the Artistic Director.

Audition Required

This academy is designed for intermediate to advanced students. Audio, video and online postings are acceptable. Please contact the director for details.

Application Information

Application Deadline: June 4, 2011
Classes fill up quickly, so apply early. Registrants after this date may be accepted on a space-available basis, but will not be guaranteed full services.

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You can apply for the VCM Summer Academies by choosing one of these convenient options:
Fill in your application form online!
Download and print the form for fax or mail
In person
By phone
Payment may be made by cash, cheque or credit card — for credit card payments, please phone 250.386.5311.

Learn More!

Visit our website (, send us an email, or give us a ring for more information, including daily schedules,accommodation information, faculty bio’s and other summer programs. Apply online! You can apply online, by mail, on in person.

Application Deadline: June 4, 2011
Bursary Deadline: May 15, 2011
Toll free: 1-866-386-5311
Fax: 250-386-6602

Victoria Conservatory of Music
900 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC, Canada V8V 3N4
Phone: 250-386-5311

VCM Summer Guitar Academy and Competition 2010
July 5 – 9, 2010

I had a wonderful time directing the 2010 Summer Guitar Academy at the Victoria Conservatory of Music! Not only were there some great students to work with but I also had the chance to see the fantastic faculty at work (see list below). Here’s a few blurbs about the week in beautiful Victoria, B.C.

Bradford Werner (Artistic Director, A.V.C.M.)
Alexander Dunn (B.Mus., M.Mus., Ph.D.)
Janet Grohovac (B.Mus., M.Mus.)
Stephen Lochbaum (B.Mus., M.Mus.)
Adrian Verdejo (B.Mus., M.Mus.)
Michael Dias (B.Mus., M.Mus.)
Douglas Hensley (B.Mus., M.Mus.)

VCM Guitar Academy Competition 2010:

Congratulations to the all the competition winners! The winners are below with their teachers in brackets.

  1. Razvan Bezna  [Adrian Verdejo]
  2. Marvin Ren  [Adrian Verdejo]
  3. Davis Plett  [Kurt Tittlemier]


Faculty Showcase
The concert opened with Douglas Hensley and Emily Nagalbach (flute) performing Sonata for flute and guitar (1983) by Henk Badings (1907-1987). Next was Alexander Dunn and Michael Dias performing Three Songs by Paul McCartney, arr. Leo Brouwer (b.1939).  After intermission the Victoria Guitar Trio (Michael Dias, Adrian Verdejo and Bradford Werner) played Fugue in F sharp major, BWV882, Fugue in F sharp minor, BWV883, Fugue in F sharp major, BWV858
by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750); September by Rodney Sharmann (b.1958); Tangondo pour trois guitares by Máximo Diego Pujol (b.1957) and Carnaval by Patrick Roux (b. 1962).

Stephen Lochbaum
Classical guitarist Stephan Lochbaum performed and afternoon concert with transcriptions of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and J.S. Bach Sonata in Am BWV 1003.

Janet Grohovac
The wonderful Janet Grohovac played Etude No. XVII, Cancion de Cuna, Etude No. IXX by Leo Brouwer (b. 1939); Sonatina Meridional by Manuel Ponce (1882-1948); Choro de Saudade and Un Sueño en la Floresta by Agustín Barrios (1885-1944); Deux Pièces, Segoviana by Darius Milhaud (1892-1974); Sonatina para Guitarra by Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1982).

Lectures and Classes

From Tone to Timbre
with Stephen Lochbaum
Tone, Timbre, volume, and more! This class provides the student guitarist with expert advice on sound production and volume, one of the most challenging aspects of the instrument. Instructor Stephen Lochbaum, renowned for his strong tone and balanced control of sound, guides students through the maze of techniques and possibilities inherent to the classical guitar.

Chamber Music & The Guitar
with Adrian Verdejo
The role of the guitar in chamber music. Students are guided through the essential skills needed by any guitarist playing in an ensemble experience. This will be an interactive chamber coaching and ensemble skill-building workshop for guitarists at all levels.

Approaching the Composer: Performance Issues in the Guitar Repertoire
with Michael Dias
Through the examination of autograph manuscripts and first editions, this interactive workshop explores the issue of the composer’s intent in his/her’s compositions. Works by Villa-lobos, Falla, and Ponce (and others) will be discussed. The course includes practical performance hints and interpretation skills for the student guitarist.

Guide to the Renaissance Lute
with Douglas Hensley
An introduction to Renaissance lute tablature with an emphasis on accessing the wealth of 6-course lute music just waiting for the guitarist to retune their G string and start playing. Topics include an introduction to lute tablature of the 16th century, playing directly from those sources, a sampling of the 6-course lute repertoire, as well as demonstration of the renaissance lute itself.

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