Piano Adjudicators

Now living in Alberta, Dr. JAMIE SYER was Dean of the Victoria Conservatory of Music until 2012. He also served as Head of the Conservatory’s Keyboard Department, and taught at the School of Music, University of Victoria. As a lecturer for UVic’s Faculty of Continuing Education, he led two educational travel tours to France. Dr. Syer completed his graduate degrees at the Yale University School of Music with Claude Frank and Ward Davenny. He has taught at universities and colleges in Alberta, Saskatchewan,  British Columbia and New Brunswick.

Jamie Syer is the founder of the Victoria Conservatory’s Collegium Program for Young Musicians, which offers an enriched curriculum for talented young singers, pianists and instrumentalists. He has performed many times in Europe: in Scotland, Ireland, Hungary, France, and England, as well as closer to home in recital venues across Canada. Last season, he was a featured concerto soloist with the Sidney Classical Orchestra.

Dr. Syer is known for his imaginative recital programming, and his artistic, energetic playing. He is a popular adjudicator and workshop clinician, who enjoys working with teachers’ groups and with students of all ages. In addition to his musical activities, Jamie is a skilled letterpress printer, former Manager of his local public library, and Musical Director for a recent production of Matilda: the Musical.