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Dear Friends,

Summer is here, (believe it or not) and there are several upcoming summer guitar activities that can help uplift your spirits if you are missing the sun or seeking inspiration.  Read below to learn about virtual activities for guitarists, music lovers and music teachers too!  The VGS Community Ensemble, with much energy, has been practising outdoors in the elements getting ready for both online and pop-up outdoor performances.

As there are increased number of variables (including the weather!) needing to be taken into consideration for our activities, be sure to check the website more often so you won't miss a chance for great entertainment, education or socializing.

"Music as a Life Force"

an online presentation and discussion

On July 29th, 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. Technical requirements: ZOOM (browser or app version), speakers, microphone. Webcam optional.

Participation is free to Victoria Guitar Society members or $10 minimum participation fee ($10 payment can be applied to membership if desired). Deadline for registration to get the link is July 28th.

US based classical guitarist, composer, and storyteller Susan McDonald has shared her music all over the globe, from the Amazon to Iraq, from community concerts to Carnegie Hall performances. A protegée of the legendary Pepe Romero, Susan’s many recordings and live performances have been heard on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. An exciting composer, she is the creator of a unique art called "Animal Ballets," a combination of her original music and video footage with animals as "dancers" to her "orchestra." With the non-profit organization, Remember the River, she works to support artists in conflict zones through teaching, mentorship and donations of musical instruments and art supplies. She works domestically with Young Audiences of Houston and serves as Artistic Director for Fine Arts Foundation. She is Director of Guitar for YES Academies in Iraq and Lebanon and has recently finished serving her fourth term on the Touring Roster of Texas Commission on the Arts and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Susan has also released ten CDs on the Mayfly label. Dedicated to bringing music to people in regions of conflict or isolation, Susan is the mentor of the Orontes Guitar Quartet currently residing in Victoria, BC. The quartet members, originally from Syria, were able to come to Canada safely two years ago to continue their training and tour across the country.
by VGS Community Ensemble members
JULY 19TH, 2020, afternoon

An alternative to our regular open mics, this performance is a walk-by and listen format. The exact time and location will be posted on our website front page in the next week. 

ONLINE AUG 17 - AUG 21, 2020

This five-day online academy is a great way to fine tune your technique, is a great introduction or re-introduction to playing, and offers instruction from top-level players and teachers.

The Summer Academy Guitar (SA-G) Program invites guitar lovers of all ages and abilities* to explore the art of the classical guitar with VCM faculty and international guests. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced players will find engaging activities including individual lessons, technique sessions and masterclasses. SA-G 2020 is a relaxed, focused and encouraging learning environment where you may expand and refine your guitar skills with some of Canada’s top guitar performers and instructors.

*At least one year of guitar study is recommended. Age minimum: 12 years.


Dr. Alexander Dunn, Artistic Director

Simon Farintosh

Stephen Lochbaum

for more information or to register, contact the Victoria Conservatory of Music

We are calling out to local classical guitar teachers for expression of interest in having a virtual Teacher Roundtable. This event would be held on Zoom and would include the following discussion topics:

online teaching
VGS teacher listing format
collaboration ideas

If you are interested in this event, please email VGS

Now available live in virtual format! If you are interested in booking a presentation for your school, please email VGS
effective July 1st, 2020

If you have not already done so, please consider becoming a member. This helps us to externally demonstrate our community support, is only $10, and if you are a teacher or a performer, the membership comes with an automatic listing on our Classical Guitar Instruction and Performance web page.

The following come into effect as member-only benefits on July 1st, 2020:
Classical guitar teacher/performer listing on VGS Website
Classical guitar local event posts on VGS Website
Participation in Open Mics
A spot in VGS Community Ensemble
Discounted VGS concert tickets

If you'd like to share your thoughts, feelings, and ideas, and submit an article to our new blog, go ahead and drop us an email.
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