Celebrating 5 years of bringing

Classical Guitar to Victoria!

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Concert with ChromaDuo, May 2022

On May 14th, ChromaDuo, Rob MacDonald and Tracy Anne Smith, received a standing ovation from a rapt audience with their exquisitely expressive matching guitars.  They presented a repertoire of artfully curated contemporary pieces by distinguished guitar composers.  Bravo! We definitely recommend their recordings.

2017-2022

2017/2018: Matt Palmer, Xavier Jara, Beethoven for Two Guitars (Alexander Dunn, Michael Partington); Beijing Guitar Duo (Meng Su, Yameng Wang), Celino Romero
2018/2019: Artyom Dervoed, Robert Wang, Iliana Matos, Rovshan Mamedkuliev


2019/2020: Orontes Quartet (Orwa Al Sharaa, Gaby Al Botros, Meer Mahmoud, Nazir Salameh) with guests Celso Machado, Deborah Campbell, Susan McDonald, Douglas Hensley and Masa Kateb; Mak Grgic, Raphaël Feuillâtre


2020/2021: Victoria Showcase (Douglas Hensley & Annette Lampson, Misha Smirnov, Simon Farintosh, Adrian Chen); Online recital or class: Drew Henderson, Adam Cichillitti, Scott Tennant


2021/2022: Forgotten Romantic (Alexander Dunn, Guyonne Le Louarn, Phillip Manning, Anne Grimm, VGS Community Ensemble), René Izquierdo, Johan Smith, ChromaDuo (Tracy Anne Smith/Rob MacDonald)


Many thanks to all the volunteers, community businesses and public music supporting organizations that make it all possible.

Concert with Johan Smith, February 2022

Masterclass with Johan Smith, February 2022

​Thank you for supporting the Victoria Guitar Society this last season.  We are celebrating 5 years of the international concert series and our education and outreach is expanding to bring string music and music education to the masses.


Our membership year renews on July 1st, 2022. Current annual membership fee remains $10 for individuals, and we have added a Family Membership option for $20.

If you purchased or renewed your membership after Jan 1, 2022, it will automatically extend to July 2023.  For memberships purchased in 2021 the renewal fee will be due July 1st, 2022, and can be paid anytime through our website.

If you are a teacher/performer with a current listing on our website, the listing will be automatically renewed upon payment (you don't need to provide information again unless something has changed).

 

To join or renew, go to this page

https://www.victoriaguitarsociety.ca/membership

Again, we thank you for your support and look forward to some wonderful music in the next year

 

The VGS Team

Upcoming Events

SAT. JULY 2nd - FISHERMAN'S WHARF PARK JAMES BAY - 3:15PM FEATURING VGS COMMUNITY GUITAR ENSEMBLE



 

 

 

 

SUN. JULY 10th, 17th, 24th, AUGUST 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th 4-6PM
BEACON PARK CAMERON BANDSHELL GUITAR JAM SING ALONG WITH OPEN MIC (3 classical guitar performances each Sunday, pre-register with
OPEN MIC form).  Bring your guitars, your voices, your picnic baskets and good vibes.

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August 9–13, 2022 | IN PERSON

A relaxed, focused, and encouraging learning environment where guitarists may expand and refine their skills. Participants of all levels will find engaging activities including private and group instruction, guitar orchestra, ensemble opportunities, and technique sessions. Programs held on campus at the University of Victoria. At least one year of guitar study recommended. Age 12+.

Artistic Director:
Dr. Alexander Dunn

 

Special Guest Faculty include:
Dr. Randy Pile (California)
Razvan Bezna (Montreal)
Simon Farintosh (Toronto)
Guest Performers: Marvin Ren (New York); Jacob Cordover (Barcelona)

Head to VCM website for more details and to register!

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Congratulations to the following winners at the Classical Guitar section of the festival and their nominations to Provincial and National Festivals: 

Raphaël Mora Montailler - Junior Award - Victoria Guitar Society and Pepe Romero
Junior Provincial Merited Participant

Marcus Bellows - An Excellent & Memorable Performance, Junior - Victoria Guitar Society and Pepe Romero
Junior Provincial Competitor

Adrian Chen - Intermediate Award - Victoria Guitar Society and Pepe Romero
Adrian Chen - Orpheus Award, Best Overall Performance - BCRMTA Victoria branch in Memory of Elise LeGresley
Intermediate Provincial Competitor
National Festival Non-Competitive Junior Participant

Matthew Stott
Senior Provincial Merited Participant

Sophia Kozlov - Adjudicator Discretionary Award for Outstanding Performance in one Solo Class - Victoria Guitar Society and Pepe Romero

Thanks to those who played at the highlights concert on Friday night and to the invaluable Section Heads who make it all happen: Janice Brown and Natasha Pashchenko.

The Board of Directors is seeking one new Director to line up for September at the latest.  If you are volunteer minded, have some time and take an interest in non-profit musical adventures, please consider joining the ranks at the Director level.  Our Directors are  "working" volunteers with voting privilege who share the administration and footwork by dividing projects into tasks according to our skill levels and time availability. The following experience or training would be an asset:


Management, non-profit administration
Legal (contract, copyright)
Digital communications (website/email/video-audio editing)
Print/Radio/Social media (press releases, graphic design, advertising, blogging)
Community engagement and volunteer management
Education, teaching
Fundraising, membership development
Publications, communication, media
Finance, accounting

This self-nomination form is your first step, without obligation.