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Scholarships & Competitions

The WMC McLellan Competition

The WMC McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is Manitoba’s only musical competition in which finalists perform with full orchestra. Awards totalling $20,000 are disbursed among the three finalists and presented following the Final Round Concert.

Purpose

To provide career funding and performance opportunities for advanced Manitoba-educated musicians pursuing performance careers.

The Award

The funds available for the WMC McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (the Competition) are monies accumulated from the interest through an investment with the Winnipeg Foundation. This Biennial Competition is composed of Preliminary, Semi-Final and Final Rounds. Awards totalling $20,000 are disbursed among the three finalists and presented following the Final Round Concert.

 

  • First prize - $10,000

  • Second prize - $6000

  • Third prize - $4000

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Details

  • Dates
    Application Deadline Extended to November 24, 2023, 5:00 pm CST Semi-Finals: Saturday, February 24, 2024 Location: St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church, 255 Oak St., Wpg. Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Finals: Thursday, April 18, 2024 Location: Jubilee Place Auditorium, MBCI, 180 Riverton, Winnipeg, MB Time: 7:30 pm Application Dates/Fees: Early bird: No longer available. A non-refundable fee of $200 is payable between the above date/time to 5 pm CST, Nov. 24, 2023. Reference letters must arrive on or before the deadline by mail or email. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Eligibility
    To meet all the eligibility requirements for the Competition, the applicant must: - Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status in Canada. Documentation must be provided. · Be raised/educated in Manitoba or have completed/are currently enrolled in a Music Degree Program (Undergraduate or Masters) in Manitoba. (Unique circumstances can be discussed.) · Meet age requirements as of April 30th of the competition year as follows: o Vocalists: 20 to 35 years o Instrumentalists: 18 to 30 years · Be performing at an advanced level, aiming toward a music performance career. · Previous first place winners are not eligible. - Previous 2nd and 3rd place finalists who meet the age requirements may reapply in four years’ time. (For example: a 2nd or 3rd place finalist in 2020 is eligible to apply for the 2024 competition but not for the 2022 competition). Otherwise, applicants may apply numerous times provided age requirements are met. · Be available for the Semi-Final Round on February 24, 2024. · Be available two days [April 16, 2024] prior to the Final Round concert in order to meet and confer with the conductor regarding performance details and rehearse with the orchestra. · Be available for the dress rehearsal with the WSO the day of the Final Round, April 18, 2024. · Be prepared to pay their own expenses for travel, accommodation and collaborative pianist.
  • Competition Model
    Preliminary Round All applicants will submit audio files (MP3/WAV) with selections of their own choosing, by November 24, 2023, to be heard and ranked by jurors. The top twelve applicants will be chosen for the Semi-Final live auditions. Semi-Finalists will be notified in early January 2024. No adjudications are provided in the Preliminary Round. Instrumentalists are encouraged to play selections from different historical periods. Vocalists are encouraged to include a variety of languages. See the application form for expanded instructions. Semi-Final Round Semi-finalists will program repertoire of their choice; maximum performance time is 25 minutes. Instrumentalists are encouraged to play selections from different historical periods. Vocalists are encouraged to include a variety of languages. Candidates must provide full titles of works, composer’s full name and composer’s dates with exact times and performance order. There will be a sound-check slot for each competitor available in the venue the day before the Semi-Finals. Adjudicators will assess the performances, provide written adjudications, and choose three performers to move forward to the Final Round. The successful candidates will be contacted following the Semi Finals, and the results publicized. The recommendation of the adjudicators is final and not subject to appeal. Each competitor will be sent an MP3 recording along with their individual adjudication. No personal recording is permitted. Final Round with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Julian Pellicano) Finalists must perform either a concerto or vocal program no longer than 30 minutes, repertoire chosen from the available WSO repertoire list (see links below). Selections not on this list must be approved by the WSO prior to submitting repertoire for the Final Round, and rental charges may apply. Repertoire inquiries must be referred to JF Phaneuf, jfphaneuf@wso.mb.ca Instrumental repertoire list Instrumentalists will prepare to play a full concerto (30 min. max). Should the concerto require arranging to fit the time frame, the conductor will advise. Vocal repertoire list Vocalists will prepare a variety of arias or other selections in at least two languages, to be accompanied by full orchestra. Selections may be tailored to comply with the 30-minute performance time. Original copies for semi-final & final rounds: Three sets of original scores must be provided for the adjudicators, submitted upon arrival 30 minutes before the audition. For contemporary repertoire, photocopies will be permitted if accompanied by a letter of permission from the publisher or distributor. Printouts from public domain portals such as IMSLP will be permitted on a case-by-case basis and will require approval by the McLellan committee no less than two weeks prior to the performance. Scores purchased online must be accompanied by receipt of purchase specifically by the participant. Finalists must be available on Tuesday, April 16 for an individual session with the conductor, as well as a rehearsal with the orchestra. On the day of the Final Round, there will be a dress rehearsal time with the WSO. Participants will be advised of the schedule. All performers must arrive one hour before concert time. The finalists will perform in the order determined by the conductor. The finalists must remain in the building during the concert. The decision of the adjudicators is final and not subject to appeal.
  • Dates
    Application Deadline: April 6, 2024 Scholarship Audition: May 11, 2024 Fees: ALL components of the application must be completed by April 6, 2024. The first 20 completed applications will be accepted. Reference letters must arrive on or before the deadline by mail or email. A non-refundable fee of $50 must be received by the application date. Payment can be made: by e transfer to wmcwinnipeg@outlook.com (Please include “WMC Scholarships” and your name in the note) PayPal cheque payable to Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg and sent to WMC Scholarships c/o Lynne Anderson, 879 Kebir Place, Wpg, MB, R3T 1X1.
  • Eligibility
    These scholarships are intended for Manitoba students. All applicants must: be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status. Documentation must be provided. be raised in Manitoba, or have received secondary education in Manitoba. be currently enrolled in a Manitoba music degree program (undergraduate or masters). meet age requirements as of April 30th of the competition year as follows, without exception: Instrumentalists – 17 to 27 years Vocalists – 18 to 29 years not be a first place winner or winner of three WMC scholarships.

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Section 1: Performer Information
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These scholarships are intended for Manitoba Students. All applicants must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status, be a Manitoba resident, have studied for at least three consecutive years or be enrolled in a Manitoba degree program

Section 2: Curriculum Vitae

Upload a current CV, including:

- Education (primary, secondary, post-secondary)

- Instructors’ names and specific years with each, last 5 years only.
- Previous scholarships and awards.
- Professional and/or performance experience, last 5 years.

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Section 3: Goals and References

Upload two brief letters of recommendation: one from a recent instructor who can attest that you are performing at the level required by this competition, and the other from someone other than an instructor or relative.

 

*Note: Previous McLellan Semi-finalists and Finalists need provide only ONE current reference.

 

Upload with the application form or email to mclellancompetition@wmcwpg.ca. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that references are received by 5 pm of the application deadline date.

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Section 4: Preliminary Round

Uploaded MP3/WAV files for the Preliminary Round Auditions will showcase the candidate’s discipline and provide an indication of the level of performance.

 

These must be solo presentations, with or without accompaniment. The following is a list of submission requirements:

  • Limit of 5 files in total. 

  • Maximum of 25 minutes in total length.

  • File names must clearly identify title, composer and timing.

  • The recording quality must be of professional or semi-professional standard.

  • Files must not include applause or any other enhancements.

  • Files must not include any reference to the identification of the performer. They will be coded by the Competition for evaluation.

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