The Conservatory's Academy of Music program is an incubator for exceptional talent. Its balanced, performance-focused programs create an environment that nurtures and inspires.
Intensive master classes with visiting artists are a foundational part of the Academy's success. Since 2006, Wyatt Artists in Residence have provided unmatched mentorship and inspiration for Academy of Music students.
Students' experiences in the Academy of Music lead to lifelong passions for the performing arts, and in many cases, contribute to their remarkable success as professional musicians.
A small selection of our notable alumni:
Jan Lisiecki, pianist
Martha Baldwin, cellist, Cleveland Orchestra;
Tanya Kalmonovitch, violist and popular recording artist;
Katherine Chi, winner, 2000 Honens International Piano Competition
Heather Schmidt, composer and pianist
Will Fedkenheuer, violinist, Borromeo String Quartet
Browse some of our students' thoughts about the Wyatt Artist in Residence program, in their own words:
“The Wyatt Artist in Residence program is a great opportunity for me: learning from and performing with these famous artists will build my confidence and help me realize my potential as a musician.”
Meghan Nenniger, 14
“In a small community like Nelson, B.C., we don’t have a lot of opportunity to meet great teachers and professional musicians like Lynn Harrell (cello). So thank you to the Academy for this chance of a lifetime.”
Rebecca Macleod, 17
“I can hardly wait to work with violinist James Ehnes whose musical and technical skills are incredible. He’s a great Canadian and really inspires my musical goals for the future.”
Nikki Chooi, 17
“Anyone who knows piano knows that Anton Kuerti is huge. I am hoping that Mr. Kuerti will help me find my own unique sound, quality and style of piano playing.”
Alexander Malikov, 17
“I can’t believe I will get to play for legendary cellist Lynn Harrell, who has performed around the world. I’m looking forward to his feedback and musical ideas and I’ll incorporate those into my own interpretations.”
Arlen Hlusko, 15