The London Music Scholarship Foundation independently supported excellence in performance at Western for more than 20 years. Annual competitions were held courtesy of endowments honouring Bessie and Joe McManus, Guy Lombardo and Healey Willan.
In 1997, the Foundation donated its assets, a fund of an endowed $275,000, to Western University during the first phase of the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF). OSOTF matched the donation with $275,000 from the Ministry of Colleges, Universities and Training.
The University, through Foundation Western, assumed direct responsibility for management of the competition.
The following dates have been reserved in von Kuster Hall for applicants to reserve recording time (at no cost to the applicant)
Fifteen minute time slots will be available to applicants on the above dates. A sign-up sheet for the above date and times will be available on the door of the performance office (TC 232). Time slots are available on a first come first serve basis. Applicants can arrange to produce their own recordings in a different venue and on their own equipment and these submissions will be accepted. However, it is strongly recommended that applicants take advantage of the opportunity to use the professional equipment and venue offered in von Kuster Hall on the above dates.
Candidates chosen to advance to Round Two will be notified late January/early February 2014.
Round Two will take place from 1-4pm on Saturday March 1, 2014, in von Kuster Hall. Both this round and the final round are open to the public.
Candidates advancing to Round Three (final round) will be announced at approximately 5pm in the lobby on March 1 and that round will take place at 8pm in von Kuster Hall.
Terms and Conditions
Awards and prizes are tenable only by full-time students entering or registered in the UWO Don Wright Faculty of Music, in the upcoming academic year 2014-2015 (including Summer 2014 for Graduate Students). Winning an award or prize does not in itself guarantee an offer of admission to the University. DMA students are not eligible to participate in this competition.
Awards and prizes recognize excellence in performance, and the chair of the jury, with the concurrence of simple majority of the jury, may recommend the withholding of any or all of the awards and prizes if a sufficiently high standard is not demonstrated. In addition, the Dean of the Don Wright Faculty of Music may recommend the withholding or reduction of any award or prize if need is not demonstrated.
Students must participate in the Prize Round to receive awards won in the Scholarship Round.
The value of the awards and prizes will be available in the fall.
Contestants must meet qualification requirements for student aid to receive cash awards.
Any recordings of the prize round are considered the property of the Don Wright Faculty of Music.
A Recorded Audition (Round One):
Students will submit a recording of their repertoire on CD (sound files must be in CD format). Recordings must be submitted with a completed application form to Sasha Gorbasew no later than 4pm Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
The recording should consist of no more than 10 minutes of your choiceof music, which should be chosen carefully to demonstrate technique, range and musicality. The recording must be unedited. Please note, regardless of the format submitted the recordings will be transferred to master discs for judging. Only the first 10 minutes of any recording will be transferred.
Music from the Recorded Audition cannot be used in the Scholarship Round (Round Two) but may be used for the LMSF Prize Round. Note: No contestant may present a piece accompanied by his/her own instrument (a piano concerto with accompaniment by second piano, a sonata for two pianos, a duet for two violins or flutes, etc.).
Please refer to the recording information page if you have concerns about providing your own recording.
2. The Scholarship Round (Round Two):
This is a live competition on Saturday, March 1, 2014 starting at 1pm, open to the public, in which those students (approx. 12-15 in number) judged eligible from the taped audition compete for up to eight $1,500 awards before the full jury. For this Round, students should prepare another complete piece or group of pieces not exceeding ten minutes in total performance (including breaks).
3. The Prize Round (Round Three):
This is a public concert on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 8 pm, in which the winners of the Scholarship Round (approx. eight) will perform their choice of either the piece or pieces used in the Taped Round or the piece or pieces used in the Scholarship Round, but not a combination of both. Performances in this round must not exceed ten minutes. The competition in this Round will award the following prizes: $2500 for first place; $1500 for second place and $1000 for third place. Music for the prize round must be from Round One or Two. New repertoire cannot be performed in the Prize Round (Round Three).
Names and bios of the external jurors for LMSF 2014 (to be posted in early 2014)
Click on the name of the above winners to see their performances on Youtube.
First Place: Margie Bernal, voice ($4,000)
Second Place: Vladimir Soloviev, piano ($3,000)
Third Place: Elisa Jinga, piano ($2,500)
Finalists: Peter Gajdek-trumpet, Joel Tangjerd-cello, Evan Korbut-voice, Matt Pauls-voice, Tina Park -violin ($1,500)
Candidates advancing to Round Two: Laura Andrew, Brian Barber, Margi Bernal, Bryn Blackwood, Louis Chan, Aaron Dimoff, Peter Gajdek, Conlan Gassi, Robin Howe, Elisa Jinga, Evan Korbut , Tina Park, Matt Pauls, Vlad Soloviev, Joel Tangjerd, Mikaela Witjes
First Place: Vladimir Soloviev, piano ($4,000)
Second Place: Christopher Dunham, voice ($3,000)
Third Place: Zachary Peterson, violin ($2,500)
Finalists: Laura Andrew-flute, Brian Barber-piano, Warren Elder-percussion, Erin Stone, voice ($1,500)
First Place: John Yun, piano ($4,000)
Second Place: Alan Demir, piano ($3,000)
Third Place: Tracy Cantin, voice ($2,500)
Finalists: Khandice Francois-violin, Grace Baker-flute, Eric Mohr-bassoon, Michael Pare-guitar, Kristen Westwood-piano ($1,500)
First Place: Adam Marostica, voice ($4,000)
Second Place: Alan Demir, piano ($3,000)
Third Place: Katie Bestvater, 'cello ($2,500)
Finalists: Grace Baker-flute, Christy Derksen-voice, Allison Graham-oboe, Michelle Kohl-violin ($1,500)
To read a full article about the 2009 competition visit here.
First Place: Meiyen Lee, piano ($4,000)
Second Place: Rachel Huys, voice ($3,000)
Third Place: Margie Bernal, voice ($2,500)
Finalists: Eric Mohr-bassoon, Catherine Folstad- 'cello, Amy Waller-voice, Allison Graham-oboe, Dan Baerg-marimba ($1,500)
To read a full article about the 2008 competition visit here.