Conservatory of Music

The Victoria Conservatory of Music is a professional music school which was established in 1964. It welcomes all ages to learn the art of music in its architecturally unique building. Being known as the largest registered nonprofit institution in Victoria, the Conservatory is certainly located in the city in a splendid heritage building at 900 Johnson Street in Victoria, BC.

Attractions around the Victoria Conservatory of Music:
The Victoria Conservatory of Music is conveniently located downtown and close to other attractions you can to visit on your way:

  • The Bay Shopping Centre – will bring you back to modern day with a full suite of shops to explore;
  • Christ Church Cathedral – where you will admire the catholic style architecture and can spend quality time in prayers.
  • Cineplex Odeon Victoria Cinema – to enjoy the excitement of seeing just released movies right away!
  • The Royal Theatre – to enjoy an opera or a concert with a Rococo/Renaissance revival style decor.

About Victoria Conservatory of Music
The Victoria Conservatory of Music building contains

  • three performance venues and
  • teaching studios,
  • 800-seat Alix Goolden Performance Hall.

The Conservatory of Music inspires both the love of music and performance arts, offering musical lessons in various instruments, vocal and more.

Over the years the student body of the Conservatory has significantly increased – from 40 in an academic year of 1964to over 2,000 students presently. Since then, the conservatory has had several well-known teachers and successful students from all over the world on its faculty, some of its renowned alumni are:

Singers

  • Richard Margison,
  • Ingrid Attrot,
  • Benjamin Butterfield, and
  • Barbara Livingston.

Pianists

Composer

  • Christopher Donison

Conductor

Violinist

  • Jonathan Crow

 

The Conservatory of Music welcomes pupils of all ages and levels, from those who take classes simply for enjoyment to those really want to learn music. Check the programs provided by the Conservatory to find out what will suit you.

Heritage Value of the building
The Victoria Conservatory of Music building was designed by architect Thomas Hooper in 1890, a magnificent structure valued for its unique architectural style, and its outstanding quality of design and was initially designed to function as Metropolitan Methodist Church. With heavy stones and heightened towers which was to comply with the historic unconventional standing of the Methodist Church. The interior of the building was designed to have the standard Methodist amphitheater style, and a sanctuary and other features such as a

  • gallery,
  • cast iron elements,
  • stained glass windows,
  • decorative woodwork.

History of Victoria Conservatory of Music
The Conservatory of Music has had various locations in Victoria, BC from the initial location on the old Union Hall on Pandora Street, to Craigdarroch Castle in 1968 and later in 1979 moved to the former St Ann’s Academy before its present location. The present location is an old Metropolitan United Church building on 900 Johnson Street, which the Conservatory of Music purchased in 1997, and made signification renovation and construction to the building in order to create classrooms, office space, teaching studios and performance areas.
Travelling to the Victoria Conservatory of Music
If you would like to drive to Victoria Conservatory of Music, there is free 1-hour street parking is available just in from of the building on Pandora Street.
For a longer term, you can park at the City of Victoria Parkade, located about a block away on 750 Johnson St:

If you prefer to use the bus, please check the BC Transit schedule here.