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An open invitation to new musician members for the Fall Semester 2021. 

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Various ages and levels are welcome: you'll need to be able to read music and sit through a 2-hour rehearsal. We meet on Saturday afternoons and rehearse to perform a few times a year outdoors and at various venues in Victoria. We do a Christmas Carol program annually, in addition to learning diverse repertoire throughout the year. Please visit the ensemble page to see some examples. 

Rehearsals are usually held at St. Mary's Anglican Church on Elgin Rd in Oak Bay. Participation is by donation each semester.
Inquire and/or register by contacting Ensemble Director Natasha Pashchenko at or phone 250 884 9130.

All VGS members will have the opportunity to sit in on the masterclass on Tuesday August 17th 3:30pm.  Mark your calendars!  The link will be sent to all current members before the end of the day on Monday.  Non-members are always welcome and can register at the link below.

Pieces that will be examined during the masterclass:

John Downland - Semper Dowland Semper Dolens
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suite No. 2 Sarabande & Gigue
Heitor Villa Lobos - Prelude 5

Questions?  Please contact James Austin, Director/Secretary at

The Victoria Guitar Society is proud to present Drew Henderson in collaboration with the Victoria Conservatory of Music's Summer Intensive Program - Guitar. Drew will adjudicate a Masterclass at the beginning of the week and present a Recital to close the week of classical guitar studies.

Drew enjoys a multifaceted career in the arts as a performer, recording artist, music producer and teacher. After receiving his musical education at the University of Toronto where he earned a Master of Music degree in 2005 under Dr. Jeffrey McFadden, Drew travelled to Italy in 2007 to continue his studies with renown guitarists Lorenzo Micheli, and Matteo Mela. During this time, he was also heavily involved in the competition circuit, being awarded six prizes at international competitions. After his studies, he began performing professionally, and has concertized throughout Canada, the U.S., and Italy; bringing a program of both guitar favourites as well as his own unique arrangements. During one of Drew’s concerts, one can expect to hear a mix of evocative Spanish music, introspective Baroque masterpieces, and virtuosic selections from the Romantic era. In 2018-19, Drew’s performances include solo recitals at the Palazzo Nicolaco in Italy, the Cleveland Institute of Music, a workshop at the University School of Music in Lugano, Switzerland, and a performance of Rodrigo’s famous Concierto de Aranjuez with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.

Drew also has a very popular classical guitar channel on YouTube, in which he performs and produces all the content himself. On this channel you can listen to over 50 performances of works he has adapted for the guitar by composers such as Bach, Paganini and Schubert; some of which feature an 8-string custom made guitar. Currently, Drew’s channel has over 30,000 subscribers, and has reached over 6 million views. As a music producer, Drew is in high demand for both sound engineering and videography. He has worked with some of today’s leading guitarists to create full-length albums and videos. His recordings have appeared on several major labels, including Decca, Sony, Naxos and Analekta. This side of his career has taken Drew all over the globe; from North America, to Europe, and Asia.

Auditing Online Masterclass Tuesday Aug. 17 3:30pm (PST)

VGS members/VCM SIP registrants - free

Non-members - $10

Online Recital Saturday Aug. 21 7-9pm (PST)

SIP registrants - free

VGS members - $10

Non-members - $20


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.

Membership base benefits include:​
  • Discounted VGS concert tickets
  • Classical guitar local event posts
  • Participation in Open Mics 
  • A spot in VGS Community Ensemble
  • Classical guitar teacher/performer listing

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) 

There is a 3-month grace period (until September 30th) to renew after which listings linked to your membership may be deleted.


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

The VGS Team
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