Looking back on 2021, the VGS Board and other Volunteers can be very proud of their achievements in 2021 and particularly so in light of pandemic situations. 

Some highlights:

January - VGS granted Charitable status
March - Online Masterclass: Scott Tennant
March - VGS Community Ensemble - recording project of A la Modal (R.D. Hendricks)
April - Adjudication and Financial support to GVPAF Classical Guitar Section
April - VGS Community Ensemble - virtual performance/adjudication of R. Leberl's Sonatine Op. 49
April - Online Concert: Adam Cicchillitti in support of GVPAF
July - Outdoor Concert - VCM Community Ensemble in James Bay Irving Park
August - Online Concert: Drew Henderson in support of VCM Summer Intensive Program
October - Current Concert Series live/streaming: Rudolf Leberl
November - Current Concert Series live: René Izquierdo
December - public VGS Community Ensemble holiday rehearsal & members live Open Mic

The past two years have emphasized the need for seeing people in person.  We will continue to "build community through music" in 2022 and we thank you all for your valuable participation and support.


The 2022 Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival syllabus is now available online at

The Festival will be LIVE this year with all COVID-19 government recommendations followed. The Classical Guitar Section is proudly supported by VGS. 

Marissa Kitson ( is the Classical Guitar Section Head and should be contacted for details.


VGS Community Ensemble reunites for the Spring session with new music ranging from modern retro swing to renaissance.  Open to all classical guitar playing VGS members (you'll need to be able to read music and sit through a 2-hour rehearsal), our first meeting in 2022 is January 22nd at 4pm. St. Mary's as usual:  St. Mary's Anglican Church 1701 Elgin Road, Oak Bay

Enquiries?  Contact Ensemble Director, Natasha Pashchenko, at or phone 250 884 9130

Sat. February 26, 2022 (Tickets available HERE)
Church of Christ, Scientist
1205 Pandora Avenue, Victoria (50% capacity)

Winning 1st prize at the Guitar Foundation of America (US) and the Changsha International Guitar Competition (China) in 2019, Johan Smith has also won prizes in the following competitions: Special Prize from the Victoria & Joaquin Rodrigo Foundation, 1st prize at the VI° Internationiki, 1st prize at the International Competition of Fontenay-Sous-Bois, 1st prize at V° International Festival Guitare au Beffroi, 1st prize at the 89° Leopold Bellan International Competition, 1st prize at the XIII° National Competition of Ceyzeriat (also winning the public prize), 3rd prize at the III° Pleven International Guitar Competition, 3rd prize at I° Aalborg International Guitar Competition.

In addition to teaching guitar at the Conservatory of Morges, he also obtained the most important academic title in the field of musical performance in Switzerland: the "Master of Arts specializing in Music Performance Soloist"(2019), awarded by the highest grade. In a completely different approach, he is the founder, composer, performer and graphic designer in the extreme metal band "Stortregn", with whom he has already recorded four albums and played in three continents since 2005.
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