Archived Events
This is a list of past concerts and workshops sponsored by the Comox Valley Piano Society. If you would like to see current and upcoming events, please visit our Events Page.

Comox Valley Piano Society Year-End Recital

Date: June 2, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College

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Comox Valley Piano Society Year-End Recital
Glen Montgomery and Blaine Hendsbee

Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College

Canadian pianist, Glen Montgomery, is returning to the Comox Valley, where he will once again inspire and delight his audiences with his brilliant piano playing. After great success as a music teacher, primarily at the University of Lethbridge but also at University of Ottawa, Mount Royal and the Banff Centre, Montgomery is now pursuing exclusively his performing and composing careers.

Why does Glen Montgomery, a world-renowned concert pianist, return every year to the Comox Valley, to perform concerts, give public masterclasses and offer private lessons to young piano students?

When asked this question, he talks of the rich musical culture in the Comox Valley and how his energy is renewed by the audiences and the young music students he encounters. Several local students he has worked with in the past years have gone on to study with him in Lethbridge and are now enjoying successful musical careers of their own.

Over the years, Glen Montgomery has invited local musicians to perform at his concerts, and on other occasions he has enticed professional colleagues to come and perform with him. This year, he will be sharing the stage with Dr. Blaine Hendsbee, friend and colleague from the University of Lethbridge, where Hendsbee is currently Acting Chair of the Music Department Dr. Hendsbee has performed throughout North America in a diverse repertoire of more than 60 opera and oratorio roles. As an active recitalist, he specializes in English art song, as well as the songs of Poulenc, and the Lieder of Schubert and Schumann.

This Nov. 12th, Hendsbee and Montgomery will be performing Robert Schumann’s beloved song cycle Dichterliebe, as well as two Noel Coward Songs from This Year of Grace. Montgomery will also be performing Chopin Etudes and selections of his own composition.

The Comox Valley Piano Society is proud to present Glen Montgomery and Dr. Blaine Hendsbee in concert at the North Island College Stan Hagen Theatre on Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and $10 for students and are available at Laughing Oyster Books in Courtenay and Blue Heron Books in Comox.


Cost: $25 or $10 (students)
Glen Montgomery and Blaine Hendsbee
Exciting Concert Series of Mendelssohn's Music

Date: August 20, 2015
Time: 7:30pm

The Kaimerata Music Festival, under the directorship of Canadian born violinist Kai Gleusteen, will present a five day (August 19-23), five-concert journey through the musical world of Felix Mendelssohn.


Kai Gleusteen and his wife, French pianist Catherine Ordronneau, have brought this festival to Denman Island for several years, where Gleusteen's parents now reside. Each year they have featured a different composer.


The couple, now based in Barcelona, travel throughout Europe to great acclaim. They have also just come off a successful seventeen city tour of China. This year's Kaimerata Festival will be hosted in Courtenay, Denman and Hornby Islands. Joining Kai and Catherine will be Ariel Barnes on cello, Hiroko Kagawa on the violin and David Visentin on viola. Added to this list, of seasoned professionals, will be a quartet of gifted student musicians. This will give the chamber group the opportunity to program some larger works.


The 2015 Mendelssohn Festival launches with a concert at Courtenay's Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College on Wednesday, August 19 at 7:30 pm. In an innovative approach to programming, Gleusteen will introduce the audience to single movements of five of Mendelssohn's larger masterworks that will later be presented in their entirety at concerts on Denman Island.


The schedule for the other concerts is as follows:
Thursday, August 20 Denman Island Hall 7:30 pm - "Mendelssohn As a Child Prodigy"
Friday, August 21 Hornby Island Hall 7:30 - "Mendelssohn's Masterpieces"
Saturday, August 22 Denman Island Hall 4:00 pm - "Incredible Quartets"
Sunday, August 23 Denman Island Hall 4:00 pm - "Mendelssohn and His Master"


Gleusteen has a gift for communicating his knowledge and passion of the music to his audiences. You will come away not only excited by the performances; but also with a deeper understanding of the music.


Tickets are $25 for individual concerts or $65 for the entire series (students prices are $12 and $33). Tickets are available at Comox's Blue Heron Books, Courtenay's Laughing Oyster Books or Denman Island's General Store. For on-line tickets and more information see www.kaimerata.com.


The 2015 Kaimerata Festival is sponsored by Comox Valley Piano Society, Denman Island General Store, Gordon Hutchens Pottery and Dr. A.A. Conradi.

Exciting Concert Series of Mendelssohn's Music
Healthy Piano Workshop

Date: May 8, 2015
Time: 9:00am
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC

The Comox Valley Piano Society is excited to once again be sponsoring a workshop with clinician, Catharine Kemp-Roth.

9:00—12:00 Biomechanics for healthy piano playing with focus on new RCM curriculum
1:30—3:00 Creating confidence in the studio and onstage
3:30—5:00 Treasure Hunt Practice. A workshop for all students and their parents. How do you develop effective practice? No time to practice? This workshop will help you uncover nuggets and avoid pitfalls.


Private lesson / consultations available Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

All day price: $65
Morning workshop (including snack at break-time): $40
Creating confidence workshop: $20
Treasure Hunt Practice workshop: $20 family rate.
Private 30 minute lessons: $30

Parents are encouraged to accompany their children at no charge.


Healthy Piano Workshop
CVPS Variety Benefit Concert

Date: April 25, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the CV Piano Society is pleased to present a special Variety Benefit Concert featuring several of the valley’s finest musicians.

This event will be held at the Stan Hagen Theatre, NI College on Saturday, April 25th at 7:00pm.

Proceeds from this concert will go to the CVPS music awards fund which has now been supporting promising music students in the Comox Valley for a quarter of a century.

Two outstanding local young pianists will be featured in the program.

Opening the concert will be Towa Stewart. Towa, at the age of 13, already has an impressive list of awards: winner of the Chopin Piano Competition(2012);winner of the Virginia Gracek Music Scholarship(2013); winner of Junior B Piano, B.C. Festival of the Arts(2014). Thomas Drew, another talented rising talent, was last year's winner of the Marie Josephine Richard Scholarship Competition administered by CVPS.

Local pianist/accompanist/teacher, Erik Taynen, has invited several of his friends to join him to round out the concert: Dagmar Kilian, Tracey Canil, Eleanore Krullaarts, Tanya Renaud, Tom Spratt, Tlell Mooney, Eve Mark, Tony Morrison and Peter Walker. All of these musicians are known in the valley as well- seasoned performers and several are also inspiring teachers.

True to its name, this concert will be diverse in musical styles: a jazz saxophone/piano duet; an Italian art song; a Mozart trio for viola, piano, clarinet; a Schubert Impromptu; and a Bach Suite for cello. There will be a variety of ensembles: duos, trios, and, of, course, piano solos. You will hear many favourites: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Debussy’s Reflets Dans L’Eau and Brahms Rhapsody in G minor.

This concert has been planned as a family event. The music is varied, interesting and tuneful; just over an hour in length and reasonably priced. All tickets are $10 with a family pass of $30. Tickets may be purchased at the Laughing Oyster Bookstore or Blue Heron Books with family passes available only at the door.

CVPS would like to thank all the musicians who are giving their time and talents to make this musical celebration possible.

For further information about this concert, please contact Donna at 250-338-3299.

Cost: All tickets are $10 with a family pass of $30
CVPS Variety Benefit Concert
Healthy Piano Workshop with Catharine Kemp-Roth

Date: February 28, 2014
Time: 9:30am - 8:30pm
Location: Living Word Church, 4778 North Island Highway, Courtenay

This workshop is for all piano players, piano teachers and parents of children currently studying the piano who wish to learn about healthy and effective piano playing techniques and avoid injuries from incorrect positioning and practises.

9:30am – 10:30am: Introduction and biomechanics for scales
10:30am -10:45am: Coffee break
10:45am -12:15pm: Biomechanics & Technique for Junior Pianists (Pre-Grade 1 to 4)
12:15pm - 1:15pm: Lunch (provided by CVPS)
1:15pm - 2:45pm: Biomechanics & Technique for Intermediate Pianists (Grades 5 to 8)
3:15pm – 4:45pm: Private Consultations (more private sessions Saturday a.m.)
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Master Class & Biomechanics for Senior Pianists (Grades 9 & 10)

Catharine Kemp-Roth currently resides in Victoria. She has a B. Music from University of Calgary, a Teaching Certificate from Victoria Conservatory, and has studied at the Taubman Institute in Massachusetts. Helping others to play piano well, while avoiding injury, is her passion!


Healthy Piano Workshop with Catharine Kemp-Roth
Glen Montgomery Concert with Stephen Nguyen

Date: November 11, 2012
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC

Glen Montgomery continues a dynamic musical life in Lethbridge,
through teaching at the University of Lethbridge and in performance.

He has performed around the world, including in such renowned venues
as Russia's Philharmonic Hall in Leningrad, New York's Carnegie Hall,
and interesting locales such as Iceland, Japan and Australia, among
others. As a collaborative artist, Glen joins top artists like James
Campbell, Lynn Harrell and the Orford Quartet, to name just a few, as
well as regular appearances at Ontario's Festival of the Sound.
Broadcasts and recordings include work with the CBC, PBS, Analekta and
others.

In Lethbridge, Glen has enjoyed a great association with the
Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, Musaeus and his university colleagues.
His students have included Magdalena von Eccher, Sarah Hagen, Jan
Lisiecki, and Stephen Nguyen, all of whom have achieved national and
international acclaim. Many others have gone on to success in such
diverse areas as teaching, law, medicine and accounting.

Glen is delighted to return to the Comox Valley, to continue his
collaboration with its wonderful artistic community.

This year Glen Montgomery will be performing with Stephen Nguyen, one of his outstanding students from Lethbridge University. The program will include works by Mozart, Chopin, Ginestera and Brahms.

Cost: Adults $20, Students $10 (student tickets available only through teachers' studios)
Glen Montgomery Concert with Stephen Nguyen
Carter Johnson

Date: April 22, 2012
Time: 2:30pm

"Spellbinding", "magical", "electric" and "vibrant" are words used by internationally acclaimed musicians to describe 14 year old Carter Johnson's playing. Carter began studying piano at the age of 5 with Shelley Roberts in Campbell River. He progressed very quickly and completed his RCM Grade Ten at age 12, receiving First Class Honours with Distinction. He is currently studying for his ARCT in Piano Performance.

Carter has won the Ruth Scott Chopin Competition, the prestigious Virginia Graczak Competition and has been selected from the North Island Festival of Music as representative at the provincial festival for the last six years. He was the winner of the Strathcona Symphony's Concerto Competition and made his orchestral debut in May 2011, with the symphony, performing a Mozart concerto.

Last July, Carter represented BC at a national competition sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers. Not only was Carter the youngest competitor, but he advanced to the finals and came home with a total prize money of $4,500.

Carter currently studies with Shelley Roberts and advanced theory with Sandy Havelaar. He is frequently sought after as an accompanist and also teaches piano. Carter's other interests include competing in Speech Arts at the provincial level and playing the oboe.

Cost: All Tickets: $15
Carter Johnson
Peter Walker

Date: March 18, 2012
Time: 2:30pm

Peter Walker, local pianist, presents "Drama in Music" Peter and his wife recently moved to the valley in July 2010 from Calgary. Mr. Walker spent many years teaching in the Calgary High Schools and private piano lessons. While in Calgary, Peter was very active in a music performance group. Now in retirement, he has found time to focus on preparing a wonderful concert.

Peter was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta where he began his musical training - studying piano, performing in festivals and taking examinations. He achieved four Silver Medals in pursuit of the ARCT and Associate Diploma (Western Board, U. of Alberta) in Solo Piano Performance. He presently holds a M.Educ. from the University of Calgary, specializing in composition of music for schools. He performed regularly on CBC radio as a recitalist, and was featured in the CBC Talent Festival with the CBC Symphony in Vancouver performing the Prokofieff Piano Concerto No. 3.

"Over the years, learning major works for this wonderful instrument, the piano, has been a happy and very rewarding experience for me… Through the music, it is exciting to be transported to other times, other places, and to the feelings of the composers – to catch their sense of wonder and awe… I hope that my audience will join me in feeling the excitement and drama - even joy that is present in these great works."

Cost: All Tickets: $18
Peter Walker
Kids Concert with Glen Montgomery

Date: November 13, 2011
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College

Glen Montgomery, while visiting the Valley, will be presenting a special concert designed for young students (ages 5- 14). Mr Montgomery will playing and talking about the music and lives of Bach, Schumann and Bartok as he performs the music that these composers actually wrote for their own children. This concert will be a wonderful introduction to classical music for the young listener and an inspiration to all young music students. (All tickets $10) Tickets for this concert are available through local music teachers or by contacting Donna 250-339-7782 or events@comoxvalleypianosociety.com

Cost: $10
Kids Concert with Glen Montgomery
Glen Montgomery - Solo Concert

Date: November 12, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College

Glen Mongomery, leading Canadian concert pianist , returns to the Comox Valley. This year, Glen is bringing a colleague of his, Blaine Hendsbee, a lyric tenor. Both gentlemen reside in Lethbridge, Alberta where they are on the Faculty of Music at the University of Lethbridge.

Glen Montgomery began his musical career on both piano and clarinet. By his early teens, he had decided to focus on the piano and began to excel on this instrument so that by the time he was sixteen, he had already made guest appearances with several of Canada’s major symphony orchestras. Since then Montgomery has given numerous recitals throughout the world. He made such and impression in the former Soviet Union that he was invited back to be a member of the jury at one of their international piano competitions.

In Canada, he has been a frequent recitalist for the CBC radio, a favourite accompanist of several of this country’s great instrumental soloists, a popular adjudicator at music festivals and in great demand as a solo recitalist.
Blaine Hendsbee, tenor, is heard regularly in opera, oratorio and art song recitals throughout Canada and the United States. He has a repertoire of more than 60 roles, which span the entire operatic repertoire. He has performed with most operatic companies across Canada as well as several New York premieres with The Centre for Contemporary Opera. This season he performed several art song recitals in the Atlantic Provinces, Manitoba the American Midwest and Florida, specializing in music from The British isles, as well as Schubert lieder and French melodies.

Cost: $20 Adults
Glen Montgomery - Solo Concert
CVPS Year-End Recital

Date: May 27, 2011
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre

This is one of our most exciting concerts of the year! Students from various local music studios come and perform one of the pieces that they have prepared in their studies during the year. We, as their audience, get to celebrate with them as they show the product of their hard work and the time that they have put into practicing.

This is also the time that we congratulate the winners of the CVPS Music Awards, the Shirley Fletcher Book Award and the Marie Josephine Richard Scholarship. (See Awards and Bursaries for more information)


Cost: Free
CVPS Year-End Recital
Breaking Out of the Straight Jacket

Date: April 2, 2011
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30am
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre

A workshop for classical teachers, students and tango lovers

Order of Events:
1:30-2:00 local musicians perform
2:00- 4:00 Breaking out of the Straight Jacket
4:00- 4:30 Questions

Workshop and Concert Opportunity:
Linda Lee will perform a solo tango concert on Friday, April 1, 7:30 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre. Attend both the concert and the workshop for $40. If you are traveling and would be interested in billeting, let us know.

Linda Lee will speak about:
- Freeing up our imaginations
- Breaking the bonds that bind classical musicians
- Encouraging ornamentation and improvisation (she will use both Baroque and tango to demonstrate)
- Making your own arrangements
- What is perfection?

Some materials will be provided.

For further information about the workshop or Linda Lee Thomas, please see www.lindaleethomas.com OR call Donna Griffiths at 250-339-7782 dgriffiths@shaw.ca


Cost: $30
Breaking Out of the Straight Jacket
Linda Lee Thomas - "The Queen of Tango"

Date: April 1, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre

Although Linda Lee Thomas has worked in the classical field for many years, the principal pianist of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for 38 years, the Artistic Director of Masterpiece Music Chamber Music Series for 17 years, her passion has become the music and dance of Argentina - the Tango.

Once Linda Lee began to explore the music and dance of Argentina - the tango, she was hooked. She has performed and recorded with Argentine bandoneonists Daniel Binelli and Nestor Marconi. She has her own Tango Trio - Tangissimo featuring Ed Henderson on guitar and Miles Foxx Hill on bass. They have played to thousands in live concerts, broadcasts and recordings. Their CD, Tangissimo Live, was chosen as one of the best releases of 2002 by Radio Canada's Espace Musique. In 2006, Tangissimo was taken to Buenos Aires by Infinity Films to shoot a documentary "Chasing the Tango High" which has aired several times on Bravo TV.

Every year, Ms. Thomas leads tours to her beloved Argentina called the "Insiders Tour of Buenos Aires" The spring of 2008 saw the release of her first solo piano tango album entitled "Tango Magic". She is in constant demand as a solo tango artist. In 2000, she was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions to the industry.

While in the Comox Valley, Ms Thomas will be conducting a workshop for senior music students, piano teachers and interested public on Saturday, April 2 1:00 - 4:00. Entitled "Freeing the Performer." Ms Thomas will be using classical music as well as the tango to demonstrate how to gain more freedom in the music that you perform. For more information on the workshop, please see "Workshops" below.


Cost: Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10
Linda Lee Thomas - "The Queen of Tango"
Eleonore Krullaarts

Date: March 6, 2011
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre

Eleonore Krullaarts has performed for the Piano Society several times in the past, but this season she will present a program of popular classics in "Music I Love". Come and hear the tunes that we all love from composers Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin.

Born in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, Eleonore Krullaarts, began playing piano at the age of 5 and made her debut as a pianist at the age of 7. After grammar school, she went on to study piano in the Conservatory of Utrecht graduating with a Masters Degree in Music. Ms.Krullaarts embarked on an international career; giving solo recitals and appearances with orchestras in Holland, France, West and Eastern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the USA and Canada.

Eleonore now resides in the Comox Valley where she has been based since 1989. Between preparing for performances, concert recitals and essay writing, Eleonore manages to find time for her other artistic interests: water colour painting, exploring art exhibitions, and studying energy medicine. Last year, she graduated as a Certified Archetypal Counsellor.


Cost: Adults $18, Seniors $16, Students $10
Eleonore Krullaarts
Glen Montgomery

Date: November 14, 2010
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre

Glen Montgomery, one of Canada's leading concert pianists, returns to the Comox Valley for a solo concert. This year Mr. Montgomery will be bringing a program that spans two centuries in what he has titled "1810-1910-2010". This year is the 200th anniversary of the births of both Chopin and Schumann and he will perform works by both composers - 1810. 1910 will be represented by works by Samuel Barber who was born in that year. And finally, 2010 is represented by a recent composition of the performer.

Glen Montgomery made his professional debut on stage at the age of 16 with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Since that time he has led a very busy professional life performing from Iceland to Japan, throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. He has performed with the symphonies of Calgary, Edmonton, CBC, Winnipeg, Toronto, La Jolla (San Diego) and Cincinnati. Glen has recorded more than 50 broadcasts for the CBC - both radio and television.

Currently, Mr. Montgomery resides in Lethbridge, Alberta where he is on faculty at the University of Lethbridge.

During every visit Glen has offered workshops and private lessons to many local piano students. Again this year, he will be presenting workshops and lessons in both Campbell River and the Comox Valley. How fortunate we are in the Comox Valley to have a performer of the quality of Mr Montgomery concertize here annually for over 25 years!


Cost: Adults $20, Seniors $18, Students $10
Glen Montgomery
Kids & Music- The Story of Mozart

Date: October 3, 2010
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre

PLEASE NOTE: There will be two concert times: 3:00pm & 4:30pm

This year's children's performance brings Mozart and his music to life. Two young actor/musicians will portray Mozart: Christian Taylor - the young Mozart and Connor Lucas - the older Mozart. Both will be in period dress. Connor in his portrayal of the maestro will weave a story of the life of Mozart and introduce his young audience to Mozart's music, as played by local professional musicians.

The musical line-up is impressive - all musicians that you know and have enjoyed hearing in community programs: Megan Skidmore, returning home from teaching at the Powell River Academy, will join with local baritone Chris Belamy in the famous and hilarious duet by Papageno and Papagena from Magic Flute.

In the orchestra, will be Erik Taynen, piano; Blaine Waldbauer and Gemma Donn, violins; Ron Edinger, cello; Betsy Edinger, double bass; Alissa Fissette, flute; Brock Lupton, clarinet; Dan Lehton and Daphne Stuart, bassoons; Yolanda Lehton, French horn. These instruments will be heard in various combinations as they perform excerpts of popular Mozart tunes.

This concert has been designed for the young listener, but will be enjoyed by all ages. This is an opportunity for you to introduce children to classical music. The concert is priced for the entire family to attend with all tickets at $5.

There will be two concert times: 3:00 pm & 4:30pm (A reminder that the first Kids & Music concert sold out both programs, so don't delay getting your tickets.)

Tickets are available at the usual outlets and also at local music studios.

Cost: $5
Kids & Music- The Story of Mozart
CVPS Recital

Date: June 4, 2010
Time: 7:30pm

Students from local music studios will showcase their years' study. Come help them celebrate their musical successes this year. CV Piano Society Bursaries, The Marie Josephine Richard Piano Scholarship and the new Music Book Award (in memory of long-time member Shirley Fletcher) will be presented.

This is a free concert.

Cost: $0
Young Artist's Concert with Nathan Schmidt and Hannah Anderson

Date: May 7, 2010
Time: 7:30pm

Both Nathan and Hannah call the Comox Valley home. Both attended school here and have families still living in the area. Both left the Valley to continue their piano studies.

Nathan is now in Calgary teaching and accompanying at the University of Calgary. He convocated in October from the University of Lethbridge, with a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Piano Performance and Composition.

Last year, Hannah was a recipient of a CVPS Piano Bursary and selected from the local festival to compete in piano classes at the provincials. Hannah is currently in her first year of music studies at the University of Victoria.

Cost: $15 adults, $12 seniors, $5 students
Classic Blend Vocal Ensemble

Date: February 6, 2010
Time: 7:30pm

Classic Blend is a group of four classically trained singers who have been delighting audiences in many communities such as Kelowna, Coquitlam, White Rock and hometown Kamloops for four years. They have successfully combined classical music with folk, musical theatre, folk and spirituals and present their musical within the context of a story/stage set. The result has been fun for audiences as well as the performers, who describe their dynamic on stage as “generally playful.”

Included in the group is mezzo-soprano Chris Krushel who moved from the Comox Valley six years ago. She was well known for her vocal performances and as a vocal teacher here for several years.


Cost: $18 adult, $15 senior, $0 student (membership discounts apply)
Classic Blend Vocal Ensemble
Glen Montgomery

Date: November 15, 2009
Time: 3:30pm

A well known Canadian pianist and teacher based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He has been coming to the Comox Valley and performing a concert and student workshops for over twenty years. Glen has had a close relationship with CVPS over the years and is an honorary member of the society.

Glen Montgomery
Teaching Piano by the Chording Method with Linda Gould

Date: October 17, 2009
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Huband Park Elementary School, 5120 Mottishaw Rd. Courtenay

Give your students the tools to play both classical and contemporary music using the chording method. Teach yourself to play jazz charts. Add adult piano lessons to your studio.

School keyboards will be available. If you would prefer to bring your own keyboard , please let us know.

Cost: $60 ($50 for CVPS members)