News and Events


Registration for the 2021 virtual Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival (GVPAF) is now open and closes... soon!.  So register without delay.  With the virtual format, GVPAF can accept entries and provide adjudications to all students, regardless of location. This is exciting news for students/musicians who missed last year's cancelled festival.  Even more exciting is the new "opportunity to participate in a Local Stream Qualifying Round which allows for recommendation and advancement to the National Music Festival".

Check the rules and the syllabus at
GVPAF for details.


VGS is excited to continue our support of the GVPAF - Classical Guitar division and this year's registrants in categories:  Junior, Intermediate, Senior (per the GVPAF Syllabus) may be eligible for reimbursement of their registration fees.  (a maximum of 15 reimbursements, on a first come first serve basis, from participants in the Greater Victoria area) 

The form can be submitted any time after registration is paid and can be accessed here:
GVPAF REIMBURSEMENT.  Approved reimbursements will be processed after adjudications are completed in April.


Saturday, January 23rd 2021
1pm - 3pm
via Video Conference

On January 23rd, the Victoria Guitar Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The meeting had been delayed due to the short notice and the increase of the COVID restrictions in November.

Our online meeting will provide a review of the operating year 2019/2020.  It is also an opportunity at the AGM for new Directors to come on board.

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.

Victoria Showcase
October 24th, 2020

Adrian Chen plays Heitor Villa-Lobos

Doug Hensley plays Carulli

Simon Farintosh plays Thelonious Monk

Misha Smirnov plays Vivaldi

Look for a re-staging of "Forgotten Romantic" in 2021.  Thanks to all the musicians for the dedication and hard work they have put into the music. As we work around travel and gathering restrictions, check back often for new learning and listening opportunities.

Past Events

Victoria Guitar Society is pleased to invite you to a cozy home concert of Christmas Music. This project is part of our Community Outreach Programming and normally there would be a live group performance each year for the holidays. 

Because we couldn't all come to you in person this season, we thought it would be a good idea to make a video gift for anyone who could use some musical holiday cheer. Please share this gift freely.


If you wish to sing along, we have included subtitles with lyrics.

Happy Holidays to all, and enjoy the music

Online Masterclass with Rovshan Mamedkuliev

DATE: Sunday, December 13th, 2020

TIME: 9:30am - 12pm

Performer slots have been filled. Auditor spots unlimited! Click below to register to watch this class.

Many of you will remember his riveting virtuosic performance in April of 2019 or had an adjudication with him at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival.


Students and music lovers of all ages can learn from and enjoy music by local classical guitarists with this online presentation.

Thank you. [My student] really enjoyed the master class and learnt a lot... Thank you for organising this wonderful event and please pass our regards to Mr. Mamedkuliev.

Thank you to all of you………..he is fantastic guitarist and teacher………sorry I missed him when he was here. Happy to  attend as an observer.  I learned a lot. I have a new appreciation for Bach.

Past Events

Music as a Life Force: Susan McDonald

an interactive online talk (Zoom)

Wednesday, July 29th, 5pm - 7pm PST

Guitarist Susan McDonald will share stories from her dangerous and inspiring music journey in the Middle East.


The conversation will take us to present day challenges and looking at what role music plays for our well-being and humanity. The talk will be followed by a live discussion with the audience and a Q&A session.

Free for VGS members,

$10 for non-members.

Adjudicated by Brett Gunther from Calgary, the VGS Online Mini-Festival was a success with 9 participants of all age groups and 15 piece submissions!


Bravo and congratulations to all the students who took part in this interesting experiment. All participants received written comments from the adjudicator as well as a Certificate of Participation.


We are delighted to share some festival performances with you through our Festival Playlist.

Thank you Victoria!  For supporting our first ever hybrid style concert with live streaming.

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