Music

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Message from the Chair

To bring a music program that serves the needs of modern musicians, VIU’s Music Program will undergo a re-design, starting August 2021. To ensure the redesign is successful, the difficult decision has been made to suspend new student entry to first-year for the Fall 2021 and 2022 intake years. We understand that this will disappoint and inconvenience some of our prospective students in the short term, but this is a necessary measure to ensure that the music program at VIU can maintain excellence among music programs.

Our top priority is to support the students currently in our program and ensure the redesign does not impinge on their studies.

We know how much of an impact this has on our students and communities. And it is our hope that you’ll encourage us as the music program redesign takes shape.

Ben Henriques, Music Department Chair

About Us

Welcome to Vancouver Island University’s Music Department - an exciting, vibrant, intense, and fun place to work and study on Vancouver Island.

Our students and instructors have one thing in mind; to make great music and musicians and to have fun doing it. VIU’s Music Department has turned out some of the most successful music makers on the West Coast. Just take a look at some the accomplished artists who have been here and you will agree that this is the place!

Speaking of place, Nanaimo, where we are located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, has an incredibly vibrant music scene for a small (population 90,000) city. There are music venues here that range from small, intimate bistros, to music-centric bars, all the way to the excellent 800-seat Port Theatre. Nanaimo is a beautiful, waterfront city that inspires us on to greater musical accomplishments.

Study with any of our instructor-musician faculty members, and you will leave VIU with musical grounding that will stay with you on whatever musical path you choose to follow into the future.

Some of Our Students, In Action