Outreach / Workshops

The Victoria Jazz Society prides itself on the development of its extensive Community Outreach Program, which includes:

Jazz In The Schools

Jazz In The Schools is a community outreach and education program that takes place during the society’s Fall/Winter/Spring Concert Presentation Series. This program, originally started in 2009, enhances the music education of Greater Victoria high school students and extends the VJS’s community outreach programming beyond what is mandated.

Leon Nagasaki Quartet performs during Jazz In The Schools 2017.

Pictured Nick Mintenko bass,Eryn Sharpe vocals, Leon Nagasaki guitar, and Nick La Riviere trombone perform during Jazz In The Schools 2017. 

Through this program, the society sends local jazz artists into Greater Victoria high schools to provide free music education. Local students can benefit from engaging with professional jazz artists in person, workshopping with them, and seeing them perform live.

The Victoria Jazz Society and the Leon Nagasaki Quartet will visit six different secondary schools in 2017. In the past, Jazz In The Schools has visited secondary schools in School Districts 61, 62, and 63.

Jazz In The Schools is presented in 2017 with the generous support of the British Columbia Arts Council Youth Engagement Program.

Workshops/Clinics

The Victoria Jazz Society presents workshop/clinics during both TD Victoria International JazzFest and its year-round programming.

These Workshop/Clinics are hosted by touring musicians for the benefit and development of our local musicians. They are attended by musicians with varying skill levels - from mid and high school music students to professional performing musicians. These Workshop/Clinics are open to, and attended by the general public and are presented at no charge to all attendees. The VJS believes these Workshop/Clinics are instrumental and irreplaceable in the development of our local music students.

The tutoring provided during these clinics not only inspires the young virtuosos by “hands on” instruction, but the residual effects in the student’s commitment is carried forward in their desire to learn the instrument, music and the benefits from of practice. It is enlightening for the guest musicians and their pupils to both leave with a converging sense of accomplishment. In the past, artists that have hosted these workshop/clinics include Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Bill Frisell, Joshua Redman, Kenny Werner, Christian McBride, and John Pizzarelli. The Victoria Jazz Society is a stakeholder in promoting our young talent and is very proud of the program.

The Victoria Jazz Society Workshop/Clinics are presented with the generous support of the Canadian Heritage Arts Presentation Program.

As part of the Victoria Jazz Society’s community outreach programming, registration for these Workshop/Clinics is free! Please contact the VJS Office at 250-388-4423 or email assistant@jazzvictoria.ca with your name and phone number to register. Space for these Workshop/Clinics are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so get your name in early to avoid disappointment!

Free to the Public Performances

Annually, the Victoria Jazz Society includes “free to the public” performances by local, national, and international artists in the programming of its two festivals, the TD Victoria International JazzFest and the Vancouver Island Blues Bash.

In the last fiscal year, 38 concerts were presented free during these festivals, and in addition, 26 were presented with minimal cover charge for the benefit of all audiences. The diverse programming of TD Victoria International JazzFest and Vancouver Island Blues Bash on the “free stages” provide opportunities for music lovers of all ages and income levels to attend performances at both festivals at no cost, enabling a greater exposure to a vast range of music for audiences in Victoria and allowing an appreciation for and love of music to develop for a greater audience.

Student Ticket Discounts

Each fiscal year, the VJS disperses or discounts a large number of tickets to VJS performances.

The VJS believes that providing students with free or reduced price tickets increases the access for students to the music, and encourages their musical development and helps to build an audience base for future VJS presentations, while aiding in diversifying our existing audience.