News & Events


We are in the process of updating our website platform.  Any updated information will be found here on the “news & events” page for now.


Introduction to the new Executive Director

For those who have not met me yet, my name is Jennifer VanderSchaaf and I came on board as the new Executive Director at the NCM at the end of March this year. I come from a background of music, completing my grade 10 piano with rudiment, theory and harmony through the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. I also taught piano from my home for several years when my children were younger, before moving onto administration and technical support positions. My family is very musical, and through the years I have had the opportunity to be a part of musical groups myself, in either playing, singing or managing. Aside from my love for music, my joy comes from spending time with my partner, my three grown children, and our three precious grandchildren.

It is such a pleasure and delight to have the opportunity to work for the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music and be a part again, of this wonderful organization!



     The NCM is offering a volunteer opportunity!
If you are enthusiastic and have some spare time to offer, we could use a few helping hands around the Conservatory.  Garden maintenance, cleaning and assisting with upcoming fundraisers and events are a few of the area’s we are looking to have some help with.

To apply, please get in touch with NCM Executive Director

Jennifer VanderSchaaf  E:
P:  250.754.4611

Come join the Nanaimo Conserveratory family!


Registration and Tuition for 2019-2020

Please note that the new lesson year will no longer have semesters. You can pay tuition’s up front for the whole year, or by handing in a void cheque and filling out the proper form to authorize a monthly withdrawal from your bank account.

Also, lesson fees will be going up slightly from last year, but you can still pay this year’s prices if you pay up front for next year’s lessons. This offer is good until June 25. Registration fees are currently $30 per person, or $55 per family if you register before Aug 29. Please see the office if you have any questions or would like to pre-register and/or set up tuition payment.

*please note – we are looking for a guitar instructor to join our faculty. If you are interested in this option for lessons, please leave your name and number at the front office so we can follow up, once an instructor is in place.

Ask for a copy of our  2019-2020 Course Catalog at the front desk.


Financial assistance for Tuition fees

The NCM now has a program for financial assistance for tuition fees available.  Forms are located at the front office. Please contact the NCM for more information.  You can reach us at 250.754.4611.

The due date for applications will be July 31st, 2019, and you can submit your forms either at the front office or by sending an emailing to


  • Financial assistance is applied as a discount against tuition fees. It will not be refunded and does not have a cash value.  Financial assistance only covers a portion of tuition costs.
  • The NCM may reduce or discontinue any financial assistance due to student withdrawing from courses, or reduction in number of lessons and/or duration.
  • Those who receive financial assistance are expected to have registered and made payment arrangements for tuition before financial assistance can be confirmed.
  • Students who are successful at receiving financial assistance must write a letter or card of thanks.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Student’s account must be in good standing.

Our new office hours are as follows;

Monday – Friday 8:30am-5pm

If the office is closed, please feel free to drop off your application in the mailbox beside the office window.

*We are closed on stat days.


Summer Programs

The following is a list of programs that the NCM will be hosting this summer. Contact information will be available under the program you are interested in.



Get ready for your choral season!

   Join Carol Fetherston at the NCM for a comprehensive, week-long camp to brush up on your coal technique. Carol has extensive experience both performing and teaching in Vancouver and Toronto.

This course was so well received last year that this year Carol has offered to run two different classes.

Part one – Aug 19-23 (This is a repeat from last year) 10am-12pm

Part two – Aug 19 – 23 (A new program for 2019)         1pm – 3pm

COST: $110

Please sign up at the Conservatory office. Office hours are Mon-Fri 8:30-5pm



Where music and learning play!

Kindermusik Camps! (Ages 0 to 5)

 Session 1

When:  22 – 25 July 2019

Time:  9:30 to 10:15 am

Cost:  $60 per session (includes materials fee)/4 days

Session 2

When:  22 – 25 July 2019

Time:  10:30 to 11:15 am

Cost:  $60 per session (includes materials fee)/4 days

*For more information regarding registration, please contact

Nanaimo Parks and Rec – 250-756-5200



 This is a pre-instrumental program designed to introduce children to basic musical concepts and beginning Suzuki repertoire. Emphasis is on rhythm, singing, motor development and aural training aided by the playing of percussion instruments.

When : 12 – 16 August 2019

Time : 9:00 – 9:45 am

Cost : $75/ 5 days

*For more information regarding registration, please contact

Nanaimo Parks and Rec – 250-756-5200



With Instructor Lindsay Suddaby

 A Tuna Fish who can’t carry a tune? A Star Fish who can’t get an acting job? A Zebra Fish with spots? Join in the aquatic fun as little Tiger Shark and his friends discover how their differences make them each special. Students will learn basic singing, stage movement, and character, all in an atmosphere of co-operation and creativity! We’ll finish the week with a performance for parents on Saturday afternoon.

Session 1

When:  15 – 20 July 2019

Time:  10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost:  $250/6 days


Session 2

When:  12 – 17 August 2019

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost:  $250/6 days

For more information regarding registration, please contact

Nanaimo Parks and Rec – 250-756-5200



  The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music partners with the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s extremely successful Music Therapy Program.
VCM Music therapists are able to offer a summer music therapy camp in Nanaimo, made possible by generous funding from the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. The summer MT camp take place at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music, at 375 Selby Street.

Music therapy breaks through the barriers, that prevent individuals from achieving their full potential. We can help you, or the one you love with the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s comprehensive therapeutic program

Music Therapy Summer Camp

8 – 12 July | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Register through the Victoria Conservatory of Music at:

ONLY registrations submitted online will be considered. The VCM no longer accepts hard copy registration forms


Nanaimo Conservatory of Music’s

Annual Fundraising




When : Sunday, October 27, 2019 – 2:30pm

Where : St. Andrew’s United Church

311 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo, BC

Tickets : Adults $35, Students $25

Tickets will be available starting August 1st, through

the Port Theatre ticket box office.

Angela will also be hosting a masterclass

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 -2pm-4pm

Where:  Nanaimo Conservatory of Music, 375 Selby St.

                                          Tuition fee for participants : $65

Observers : $20

          * Please contact the NCM at 250-754-4611 to reserve your seat for the master class



DATE: August 24, 2019

WHERE : 375 Selby street

(back parking lot off of Franklyn St)

*please park on the street and walk to the back

TIME: 8:30am – 4:30pm

If you are interested in donating or volunteering to help that day, please call Jennifer at the office. #250-754-4611

*We ask that you don’t drop anything off without speaking to the office first, as our storage space is very limited.



 The NCM partners with several other organizations around town. Here is a peek into what’s happening and the organizations that are putting them on.


Voices in the Vineyard

 A fundraiser for the Opera Nanaimo Society.

WHEN: July 28th, 2019 – 2:00pm

WHERE: Millstone Winery – 2300 E, Wellington Rd, Nanaimo

TICKETS: $35.00

*Tickets available for purchase at the Port Theatre.

Click here for Opera Nanaimo


Nanaimo Conservatory of Music
Millstone Winery
Thrifty Foods
Turley’s Florist



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