Winspear Fund Scholarships for Advanced Classical Music

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What are the eligibility requirements?

In order to meet the criteria for an award, applicants must :

  • Be a permanent resident or citizens of Canada
  • Be of amateur status
  • Have resided in the Greater Edmonton area or Northern Alberta (including Lacombe and areas north) prior to applying and consider this their permanent residence
  • Have families who continue to live in the Greater Edmonton area or Northern Alberta (including Lacombe and areas north)
  • Have achieved local, national or international recognition in classical music performance (voice and/or instrument)
  • Be pursuing advanced classical music study outside the local area at a recognized post-secondary institution or with a recognized private music teacher, or have confirmed dates for opera or orchestral auditions.

What documents do I need to provide?

  • Completed application form
  • A signed & dated letter of reference from the current major teacher
  • A signed & dated letter of reference from someone who can speak to the musical ability of the applicant
  • A copy of the letter of acceptance and fee structure from the institution or a written schedule and confirmation from a private teacher. (Note: the acceptance letter must be provided before an award is confirmed but do not have to be submitted with the initial online application)
  • Any further details the applicant may wish to provide

Applicants must provide a professional quality recording and cover page (see application for details)

How are award decisions communicated, and how will awards be paid?

Applications are reviewed by an Awards Panel after which award candidates will receive notification of the decisions by email within approximately three months of the application deadline.

Awards are intended to assist recipients with costs such as tuition, fees, books and supplies, living expenses, travel for confirmed auditions. If appropriate, awards will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution. However, the Fund will pay awards in accordance with what is best suited to each recipient’s situation.

It is the responsibility of the recipient to adhere to all regulations of the accepting post-secondary institution regarding all fee payments and to ensure that registration and/or enrollment status is not jeopardized. Students are responsible for all expenses not covered by the award, in accordance with institution payment deadlines. Studies which have already occurred will not be funded.

The application deadline is March 31 of each year.

Applications and all related material must be submitted by the deadline. If March 31 falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted until 4:30pm on the following business day. If you have any questions please e-mail: studentawards@ecfoundation.org