Scholarships are a mainstay in supporting ambitious young musicians.

Members of the MRMTA have access to a number of scholarships for their students.

Performance Scholarship Competition


The Music Scholarship Series was inaugurated in 1948 through the Winnipeg Branch of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association. For over seventy years the competition has provided performance opportunities for developing musicians, constructive adjudication from esteemed music professionals and financial awards.

In 2011 administration of the competition became the responsibility of the Provincial Executive. This change compelled the MRMTA to review the value of the scholarship series. The priorities included raising the profile of the competition, making it inclusive, accessible and fiscally viable. The restructured scholarship series allows for the addition of new competitions in the future.

Currently, the repertoire requirements for the most advanced piano competitors mirror those set by Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations (CFMTA) for the biennial National Competition.  This is offered in odd-numbered years in the same location as their convention.  All advanced students competing in this scholarship series should be aiming to compete at the National Competition. It is an opportunity to travel to a new destination, to grow a professional network, to perform for an international audience, to be adjudicated by some of Canada’s most influential musicians, and to compete for additional financial awards. For information on the CFMTA National Competitions go to their website and click on the link under Programs and Competitions.





  • Due to Covid 19, the 2021 Performance Scholarship Competition will be held online. All disciplines will be required to RECORD THEIR PERFORMANCES (General Recording How to) and upload them to YouTube. The YouTube link must be received by the convener by Monday, January 18th, 2021. Adjudications will take place during the week of January 25th, 2021
  • Due to Covid 19, there will not be a live Gala concert in 2021. Competition winners in all disciplines will be contacted by phone.  A YouTube Concert Premiere of all winning performances will be prepared and released at a later date.



  • Due to Covid 19, the competition will take place virtually.




  • One Advanced Scholarship of $500 for students at the ARCT or Undergraduate level of study.
  • One Senior Scholarship of $400 for students at the Grade 9 or 10 level of study.
  • One Intermediate Scholarship of $300 for students at the Grade 7 or 8 level of study.
  • One Junior Scholarship of $200 for students at the Grade 5 or 6 level of study.



  • There are no age restrictions except in the Advanced Level.



  • Completed online application form by the closing date of November 1st, 2020.
  • Competition entrance fee:
    • Advanced $60
    • Senior $50
    • Intermediate $40
    • Junior $30


Please Note:  All correspondence with the convenor MUST include full name (both the competitor and their teacher), discipline, and level of competition.





  • Be a resident of Manitoba;
  • Study with an MRMTA member at the time of application;
  • A scholarship winner in the junior, intermediate and senior categories will not be eligible to compete in the same scholarship level in subsequent competitions;
  • At the advanced level a competitor may win twice, making them eligible to compete a maximum of two times at the CFMTA national competition. If a student has won any award at the CFMTA national competition they may not compete at the MRMTA advanced level a 2nd time.



  • Scholarship recipients must achieve a minimum of 85% to win their category. You do not automatically win if you are the only competitor. The awarding of scholarships is at the discretion of the adjudicator.
  • Recommendation for advancement to National competitions is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.



  • Must be received by 9pm November 1, 2020.
  • LATE APPLICATIONS must be received by 9pm November 11, 2020. A late fee of $20.00 per application will apply.
  • Repertoire changes cannot be made after the application is submitted.
  • IF your application is rejected for any reason, you will receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee. In all other cases, fees are non-refundable.



  • For pieces not in the current RCM or CC syllabus: a copy of the piece must be emailed to the convenor for approval at the time of application. Music printed from IMSLP, or digital copies used by competitors and/or accompanists will only be permitted if documentation of copyright permission or digital purchase is scanned and emailed to the convenor.



  • All competitors must perform from memory in the piano and vocal disciplines.
  • Competitors in the instrumental discipline are highly encouraged to perform from memory but it is not mandatory. In the event that two competitors score the same mark, preference may be given to the memorized performance.



Applicants who do not adhere to the above regulations will be disqualified.



Regulations and Eligibility MRMTA Scholarship

MRMTA 2020-2021 scholarship application (Online Form)

Repertoire & Details




Recent Winners of the Scholarship Competition



Piano - Winner - Alexus Lee (Jacqueline Ryz)
Piano - Runner Up - Vienna Chang Lu (Caron Whitlaw Hiebert)

Instrumental - Winner - Vivian Zhao (Lori Jede)
Instrumental - Runner Up - Thomas Jeffrey (Andrea Bell)

Vocal - Winner - Sophie Caron (Valdine Anderson)
Vocal - Runner Up - Charlton Turcotte (Tiffany Willson)



Piano - Winner - Victoria Lee (Jacqueline Ryz)
Piano - Runner Up - William Pang (Jane Petroni)

Instrumental - Winner - Grace Lu (Lori Jede)
Instrumental - Runner Up - Polina Bogomol (Karin Erhardt)

Vocal - Winner - Alice McGregor (Tracy Dahl)
Vocal - Runner Up - Kacy Tkachuk (Tracy Dahl)



Piano - Winner - Kendra Palles (Jane Petroni)
Piano - Runner Up - Anna-Lucia Mena Shevchenko (Yaroslava Shevchenko)

Instrumental - No Winner

Vocal - Winner - Isabel Friesen (Valdine Anderson)
Vocal - Runner Up - Julia Davis (Tracy Dahl)



Piano - Winner - Ari Hooker (Darryl Friesen)
Piano - Runner Up - Callum Goulet-Kilgour (David Moroz)

Vocal - Winner - Sydney Clarke (Tracy Dahl)
Vocal - Runner Up - Paulina Gonzalez (Tracy Dahl)

Many thanks to our adjudicators:
Tracey Regier Sawatzky - Piano
Rosemarie van der Hooft - Vocal
Rennie Regehr - Instrumental
"MUSIC gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind flight to the imagination and life to everything" - PLATO


Recent Recipients of the Paper Scholarships

Winners of Paper Scholarship Awards 2020


Madeleine Gauvin Scholarship For Strings

Peter Klassen (Violin) - Teacher: Annette Hay


Nita Eamer Memorial Scholarship Award

Alice Nie (Piano) - Teacher: Jane Petroni


Judith Ritchie Memorial Music Scholarship

Dariyan Dubik - Teacher: Norinne Danzinger-Dueck


Dorothy Lother Scholarship

Tirian Plett (Piano) - Teacher: Leanne Regehr Lee


Edith Motley Vocal Award

Kathleen Murphy - Teacher: Mel Braun


Grace Rich-Bastin Memorial Award

Corinne Plett - Teacher: Karin Erhardt


Grace Rich-Bastin Keyboard/Instrumental Award

Angela Ng (Piano) - Teacher:  David Moroz


Phyllis & Dorothy Holtby Scholarship

Kendra Palles (piano) - Teacher:  Jane Petroni

Evan Chan (piano) - Teacher:  Dr. Darryl Friesen

Kathleen Murphy (voice) - Teacher:  Mel Braun



Repertoire & Details