Founded in 1964, the Victoria Conservatory of Music serves around 45-hundred people every year.
Stephen Green, Dean of the Conservatory, explains that “it’s a mixture of community students, post-secondary students, our young academy program…
“And then we see between 17-hundred and 18-hundred Music Therapy patients a week.
“It’s one big, very diverse community!”
And it includes the Conservatory’s performance venue, the spectacular Alix Goolden Hall on Pandora Avenue.
Green points out “approximately 60,000 audience members come through this hall every year, but there’s always many who have no idea this is part of the Victoria Conservatory of Music.”
And that’s why the Conservatory staff, and musicians, are welcoming the public at their annual Open House.
“The Open House is a great opportunity for the whole community to come and discover all that we do” says Green.
And this is a “hands-on” Open House, with something for music lovers of every age!
Green points out that “you can try out a violin or a saxophone, flute…or, try out some new music technology and contemporary music like electronic drums, and sampler kits, and electric guitars and bases and that kind of thing.”
And even non-music lovers will enjoy this event.
“There’ll be lots to experience, and they’ll be food, and treats, so it’s a great place to come and just hang out and have a fun time” adds Green.
Blaine Jeffrey is in charge of Marketing for the Conservatory, and is excited about this annual event.
“Whether you’re playing music right now, whether music’s a big part of your life or not, when you come and experience it with everybody else, on that day, you can’t help but sort of want to make music in some way!”
The Victoria Conservatory of Music Open House is Saturday, September 10.