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Celebrating 5 years of bringing

Classical Guitar to Victoria!

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

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


Concert with Johan Smith, February 2022

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!

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.

Masterclass with Johan Smith, February 2022

​Thank you for supporting the Victoria Guitar Society this last season.  It has been an interesting year, and we have tried our best to keep music alive. We have navigated through new technologies such as Live Stream and Zoom to bring you concerts and workshops, and we hope you have enjoyed them.

Our membership year renews on July 1st, 2021. Current annual membership fee remains $10 for individuals, and we have added a Family Membership option for $20.

If you purchased your membership after Jan 1, 2021, it will automatically extend to July 2022.  Of course, if you feel like renewing anyway, it will be appreciated.

For memberships purchased in 2020 the renewal fee will be due July 1st, 2021, 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)

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


The VGS Team

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.