Summer Programs

The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music offers fun-filled music instruction and classes throughout the summer, including Musical Theatre, Summer Jazz Intensive, lessons in various instruments, and City of Nanaimo programs.  We welcome all international students at regular Canadian prices for music lessons with no extra fees.  Some of our music instructors offer online lessons by Skype. Inquire at the Nanaimo Conservatory of  Music office at 250-754-4611 to learn more.

Musical Theatre

Last year the Nanaimo Conservatory of  Music’s Musical Theatre program was pirate-themed. Instruction is from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., but working  parents can take advantage of supervised care from as early as 8:30 a.m. and as late as 5 p.m.. Workshops  will teach students to build confidence and learn about co-operation with others, allowing students to  express themselves creatively through singing, drama and stage movement.  The program offers exceptional  performance training, with a focus on theatrical characterization, teamwork, exploring creativity and  problem-solving.

Soprano vocalist, assistant director of the Nanaimo Youth Choir, choral director and performer Lindsay Suddaby’s experience and educational path includes two years of musical theatre training at the Randolph Academy of Performing Arts in Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music in voice from the University  of Victoria. She has performed with Bard to Broadway, The Nanaimo Theatre Group, and Arts Alive Youth  Musical Theatre.  Lindsay sang for many years in the Conservatory’s own Nanaimo Youth Choir, eventually moving on to the BC and National Youth Choirs and countless other choral groups.  She brings her wealth of experience to this special workshop designed for exploring creativity and  enhancing students’ music and theatre performance skills. 

Director: Lindsay Suddaby

Summer Jazz Intensive

The Summer Jazz Intensive program is led each summer by Montreal  jazz artist Christine Jensen, with accompanying guest faculty that include Nanaimo Conservatory  of Music faculty bass instructor Ken Lister. Other award-winning jazz faculty in past years have included Order of Canada and multi-JUNO recipient Phil  Dwyer, renowned JUNO/Grammy winner Ingrid Jensen, and 2013 JUNO winner Joel Miller, top  NYC drummer Jon Wikan, award winning Pamela York and more. 

During the week, workshops focus on developing musicianship, repertoire, performance skills, group interplay, jazz soloing and improvisation.

Christine Jensen has been described as, “an original voice on the international  jazz scene… [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers,” by Mark Miller of the Globe  and Mail.  According to Greg Buium of Downbeat Magazine, “Jensen writes in three dimensions,  with a quiet kind of authority that makes the many elements cohere. Wayne Shorter, Maria  Schneider and Kenny Wheeler come to mind.” After a performance at the 2006 Montreal  International Jazz Festival, Scott Yanow wrote, “She’s rapidly developing into a major force …  as a player and as a writer.”

As an adjudicator, clinician, and instructor at McGill, she is influencing the next generation of  composers and players. In her travels abroad, she has shared her love of music and invaluable  experience with young jazz enthusiasts around the world, from Norway to Peru, Turkey to  Montreal, and back home on the West Coast. She has always been active in jazz education,  leading clinics and workshops and adjudicating. Learn more about Christine Jensen at

Ken Lister has been a professional jazz bassist since 1983, winning  accolades and Juno awards along the way. He currently performs and teaches in Vancouver and on  Vancouver Island, and has toured across Canada and internationally in Australia, the British Isles, Cuba  and South America.

Director: Christine Jensen

City of Nanaimo

For your convenience, the City of Nanaimo is now offering numerous Nanaimo Conservatory of Music programs! The programs now available through the City of Nanaimo are Kindermusik (1-  5 years), Pajama Class, Headstart Suzuki classes (3-5 years), lessons in introductory harp (beginners), ukulele (beginners), voice (all ages), violin (ages 11-14 years), musical theatre (ages 11-14 years) and  group flute (ages 12-16 years).  Be sure to take advantage of the City of Nanaimo’s numerous program schedules.  Sign up for the year, and register online at their website  All lessons  will be held at the Conservatory, 375 Selby Street.  Inquire at the office to learn more about the programs that we offer to our  community through the City of Nanaimo.