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Remembering Alexander Dunn

Victoria Guitar Society is greatly saddened by the recent passing of our artistic director and president Dr. Alexander Dunn. This news is a great shock to the classical guitar world and leaves a chasm in the Victoria guitar scene where Alex was instrumental in bringing us an amazing array of performers over the years. We will always remember Alex for his passion for music and his talent at passing this knowledge down to new generations. We've lost a friend and an artist. We send our condolences to Alex's family and will be thinking of them during this difficult time ahead.

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VCM String Faculty Recital, dedicated to the memory of Alex Dunn: June 15th, 2024, 3pm

Victoria Conservatory of Music

Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 900 Johnson St.

Admission by donation

University of Victoria Fine Arts Tribute

It is with profound sadness that we share the news that our friend and School of Music colleague, Dr. Alexander Dunn, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of May 8. “This is a loss that will be deeply felt by members of our School and the wider music community,” says School of Music director Alexis Luko. “On behalf of the School of Music, our deepest condolences go out to Alex’s to loved ones, family, friends and colleagues.”

His sudden passing at just 68 was marked in this May 11 Times Colonist article, which quoted his cousin and lifelong guitar partner Robert Ward as saying, “even in high school, [Alex] was singled out as having a really unique talent.”

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Staccato Podcast with Nigel Roberts
Episode 2: Alexander Dunn

Alexander Dunn, Head of the Guitar Program at the University of Victoria talks explains “how good teaching has now been spread around the world, so now, we can hear high-level players from all corners of the globe” – and: “how it’s not unusual to see an eleven – year old from Shanghai or a twelve – year old from Eastern Europe playing at - or beyond the level of Julian Bream or Andres Segovia in the seventies.”

 

Alex discusses how the guitar has matured from the early era and the welcome end to what he terms “the Segovia tyranny.” We also talk about how “it’s absolutely imperative for the musicianship of a serious guitarist to always be engaged with other people” like singers, wind instruments, string instruments, ensembles or orchestras.

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Past Event: Orontes & Guests, May 28th, 2023

OPEN MIC NIGHT

Our classical guitar and fingerstyle open mic night continues on the last Friday of every month at Caffe Fantastico starting at 6:30pm.

Please note, the February open mic will not be running due to venue availability

Upcoming dates for 2024

  • Jan 26

  • Feb - CANCELLED

  • Mar 22

  • Apr 26

  • May 31

  • Jun 28

A supportive and fun night aimed at giving everyone, no matter their level or ability, somewhere to play.

Four Syrian guitarists and six local Victoria musicians presented an eclectic program at the Victoria Conservatory's Alix Goolden Hall on May 28th, 2023.

All the proceeds from the tickets sales have been donated to support the victims of the devastating earthquake in Syria in early 2023.

We thank all the musicians and the audience for their support.

Past Event: Laura Young, January 14th, 2023

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What a vibrant evening of music it was! A standing ovation and an encore, it was hard to let Laura go.

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