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Scholarship Competition, May 11

Saturday, May 11, 2024 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Eva Clare Hall, 65 Dafoe Road, University of Manitoba  Free admission to the public. Enjoy performances by 19 Manitoba-educated musicians on the cusp of music careers. A total of $11,500 will be disbursed among six of Manitoba's vocalists and instrumentalists. This year's adjudicators are Katherine Dowling, Sarah Hall, and Laurel Ridd. 


The Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg offers up to 6 scholarships (totalling $11,500) to aspiring instrumentalists and vocalists to further their musical training. The names of the winners and the amounts awarded are updated yearly and listed here.​

  • WMC Scholarship - $3000

  • WMC Scholarship - $2500

  • Madeleine Gauvin Scholarship - $2000

  • Phyllis Ilavsky Scholarship - $1500

  • Holtby Scholarship - $1500

  • Berythe Birse Scholarship - $1000


Schedule for May 11: 9:00     Eli Granger, euphonium

9:20     Sasha Turgeon, viola

9:40     Simon Proulx, clarinet

10:00   Ari Hooker, piano

10:30   Camryn Dewar, voice

10:40   Kyle Briscoe, voice

11:00   Alice Macgregor, voice

11:20   Hannah Orr, voice

11:30   Angela Ng, piano

11:50   Diana Rockwell, voice

12:50   Grace Lu, piano

1:10     Sam Ferguson, trumpet

1:30     Yanzhi Zhang, piano

1:50     Mason Dueck, cello

2:20     Anna-Lucia Shevchenko, piano

2:40     Nuotong Wang, oboe

3:00     Qigi Zhang, violin

3:20     Amanda Robertson, clarinet

3:40     River Sawchyn, violin


The Adjudicators:

Laurel Ridd Sarah Hall Katherine Dowling


Laurel Ridd is an experienced teacher whose students range from young beginners to flute majors at the University of Manitoba. Her students have participated with distinction in solo competitions, and have been frequent members of Manitoba Provincial Honour Bands and the National Youth Band of Canada. Laurel has given numerous clinics for middle and high school flute students, both in Winnipeg and at the International Music Camp. As a performer she freelances regularly with the Winnipeg Symphony and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the newly-formed Winnipeg Chamber Winds. A recipient of the Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction, Laurel coordinates the annual Syrinx Flute Festival, a performance and learning opportunity for flutists of all ages and levels.


Sarah Hall is Assistant Professor in the School of Music at Brandon University where she teaches voice, diction, vocal chamber music, vocal pedagogy, and performance and analysis.  She holds Master of Music Degrees in Voice and Musicology from the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston, USA) and is a Registered YogaVoice® Teacher.  Sarah is a member of Polycoro, a chamber ensemble comprised of 8+ adventuresome vocalists dedicated to performing seldom-heard contemporary works and rediscovered early music in unique venues.  She has also sung regionally with Canzona, the Brandon Chamber Players, and at the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival, and internationally at Il Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy), with The Cantata Singers and Ensemble (Boston), and The Bridge Ensemble (Philadelphia).  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Canadian Network for Musicians’ Health and Wellness, Choral Canada, among others


Katherine Dowling grew up in Regina, Canada, surrounded by music. Piano lessons began early and she has never tired of spending hours at the keyboard, exploring the endless possibilities of sound, sonorities, colours, and textures. She has studied throughout North America and Europe, discovering contemporary chamber music at the Aldeburgh Festival, spending summers at Tanglewood and winters at the Banff Centre, and completed her Doctorate at Stony Brook University with Gilbert Kalish.

Katherine is Assistant Professor of Classical Piano Performance at York University, having formerly served as Assistant Professor of Piano Performance at the University of Regina. She is on faculty at the duo526 Sonata Seminar and the European Summer Course for Chamber Music (Netherlands). She has served on the jury for the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition, enjoys adjudicating at both the regional and provincial levels, and teaches masterclasses and workshops across Canada every season.





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