Performers are eligible to win only one scholarship in each discipline entered with exception of specific awards such as listed below, concert, ensemble, composition, and memorial.
1. GRADED SCHOLARSHIPS:
To be eligible for Graded scholarships, students must be under 28 years or younger as of Dec 31st of the previous year and have entered a minimum of three solo classes in their Discipline. Open, concerto and concert classes do not qualify for these scholarships. Graded scholarships are awarded to the student with the highest marks of three solo classes entered in each grade and must be a score of 258 and above.
2. BCRMTA SHUSWAP BRANCH SCHOLARSHIPS
The Shuswap Branch of the Registered Music Teachers sponsors scholarships in Piano and Strings for the Best Performance of a Canadian piece and Adjudicator’s Choice. To be eligible for the piano awards you must be studying with a teacher from the Shuswap Branch of the Registered Music Teachers. To be eligible for the string awards you must be a student who resides in the Salmon Arm/Shuswap area.
To eligible for the Adjudicator’s choice scholarship you need to have entered 3 solo classes and be a student that shows promise, commitment and passion to their discipline. Adjudicator’s decisions are not necessarily based on marks.
3. BLAIR BORDEN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is in memory of Blair Borden, a teacher and avid music supporter. To be eligible, student must be a senior student from Grades 9 – ARCT in Piano or Strings. The amount of $500.00 is intended to support further music study. Awarded at the sole decision of the adjudicator. Must have entered 3 solo classes with a total score of 258 and above, the equivalent of 3 Golds and be a student of promise.
4. MARY FOWLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This substantial scholarship is in memory of Mary Fowler and is to be awarded to a young performer for excellence in classical voice, as evidenced by receiving “gold” or “distinction” when adjudicated. The performer must be aged 14 to 19 at the time of registration and must perform at least three separate classical voice entries in the festival. The performer must be competing at the Grade 7 RCM or CC level or higher. The amount of the award is determined on an annual basis.
If there is no suitable student that fits this criteria:
A Scholarship of $500.00 may be awarded to a young performer for excellence in classical voice and/or musical theatre, as evidenced by receiving “Gold” or “Distinction” overall when adjudicated. The performer must perform at least three separate classical entries and/or two musical theatre entries in the festival. The performer can be under 14 and below Grade 7. Awarded at the sole decision of the adjudicator.
5. KLEIN FAMILY AWARD
This award, sponsored by the Klein family, supports further music study at an advanced level in the disciplines of piano and strings. To be eligible, candidates must be serious senior students currently at the Grade 9 to A.R.C.T. level with the intention of completing their A.R.C.T. Preference will be given to students of promise at the Grade 10 and A.R.C.T. levels. Candidates must have entered three solo classes and achieved a total score above the minimum of 258. The award amount of $1,000.00 may be split between students and is awarded at the sole decision of the adjudicator.
6. GEORGINA LAZZAROTTO VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP
This award is sponsored by the Shuswap Music Festival in memory of Georgina Lazzarotto, a vocal teacher and avid supporter and board member of the festival. This award goes to two students, who have the best gold vocal performance in a foreign language in the Junior/Intermediate level, Grade 8 and under. Two scholarships of $50.00.