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Financial Support & Awards

Awards open to Department of Music students

Alan Lessem Memorial Award
Value of Award:1 at $650  
Application Process: Nomination by Department or may apply
Criteria:

  • Awarded to a graduating Music student
  • Given in recognition of an outstanding piece of scholarly written work in an upper level course in Music

Douglas Menzie Phillips Jazz Scholarship
Value of Scholarship:  1 at $2,500
Application Process: No application required. Nomination by Department of Music jazz faculty only
Criteria:

  • Open to 2nd and 3rd-year Music majors enrolled in jazz workshops
  • Awarded for outstanding achievement in instrumental jazz performance

Dr. Peter Zaparinuk Memorial Scholarship
Value of Scholarship:  1 at $2,500
Application Process: No application required. Nomination by Department of Music faculty only
Criteria:

  • 3rd or 4th- year Music majors will automatically be considered
  • Awarded for outstanding achievement in contemporary composition

Ella Fitzgerald Award for Jazz Performance
Value of Award:  2 at $1,300
Application Process: Must apply. Submission of Student Financial Profile is required.
Criteria:

  • Open to 3rd or 4th- year music student concentrating in jazz studies
  • Must demonstrate artistic excellence
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • OSOTF: Residency information required
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and Ontario residents as per OSAP criteria

Harvey-Marsden Music Award 
Value of Award: 2 at $2,000
Application Process: Must apply. Submission of Student Financial Profile is required.
Criteria:

  • Open to undergraduate music students 2nd year of studies or higher
  • Must have achieved academic/artistic excellence with an B+ or better in music courses to date
  • Preference is given to students concentrating in jazz studies
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • OSOTF: Residency information required
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident or protected person, and Ontario resident as per OSAP

The Karabekos Award
Value of Award: 2 at $300
Application Process: No SFP required
Critieria:

  • Awarded to students undertaking ethnomusicological field research in non-North American based musics,
  • showing prowess in composition incorporating elements outside the Western Art Music tradition, or demonstrating unusual performance ability in a variety of musical styles, including the non-Western.
  • Academic standing is a prime consideration.
  • No application is required.

Marion Lower Prize in Composition
Value of Prizes: 1 at $400
Application Process: Must apply
Criteria:

  • Open to a music student in any year of study
  • Two awards are given:  One for classical contemporary composition; the other for jazz composition

Olive Lower Prize in Jazz Piano 
Value of Prize:  1 at $450
Application Process: No application required. Nomination by Department only. The recipient will be chosen by a panel of jazz faculty members.
Criteria:

  • Awarded to an outstanding jazz pianist                                                      

Oscar Peterson Bursary 
Value of Bursay:  3 at $500
Application Process: Must apply. Submission of Student Financial Profile is required.
Criteria:

  • Open to music students who are pursuing, or intend to pursue, jazz studies
  • Preference will be given to students enrolled full-time
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Oscar Peterson Scholarships - MTCU
Value of Scholarship:  1 at $10,000
Application Process:  Submission of Current Student Financial Profile. Applicants must complete the Personal Statement section outlining how they meet the criteria for this scholarship.
Criteria:

  • Awarded to one 4th year student in the Music degree program who demonstrates a unique musical ability, especially in the field of jazz performance, as demonstrated through live performance or a portfolio
  • Applicants must present a minimum sessional GPA of 7.50
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, and a resident of Ontario
  • Must demonstrates financial need.

Oscar Peterson Scholarships 
Value of Scholarships:  2 at $875
Application Process: Nomination by Department or may apply through SFP Application Process
Criteria:

  • Outstanding music majors enrolled in FA/MUSI 3051.6.0 (Jazz Workshop III)
  • Maintained  minimum B+ (7.0) average in jazz program with a minimum C+ (5.0) overall cumulative average

Sterling Voice Award
Value of Scholarship:  1 at $6,273 (One year's tuition)
Application Process:  Must apply. Must apply. Submission of Student Financial Profile is required
Criteria:

  • Awarded to a student who will be entering his/her 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of full-time undergraduate study in music, specializing in vocal performance.
  • Intended to support aspiring singers of outstanding promise who could not otherwise afford to devote sufficient time and effort to advanced vocal and musical studies.
  • Covers cost of full time tuition for student.
  • Will be awarded in the Fall of the next academic year to selected recipient.
  • Must have successfully completed a minimum of 24 credits with a cumulative GPA of 6.00 (B)
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • May apply or be nominated by a York faculty member before Spring deadline.  Nominations to be delivered to Department of Music
  • Recipient will be expected to enroll in a minimum of 18 credits in an overall program of study that has been vetted and approved by the Director of Classical Vocal Studies.

Peggie Sampson Scholarship
Value of Scholarship: 2 at $3000 each
Application Process: Student must complete a student financial profile and apply to award
Criteria:

  • Awarded to one undergraduate student entering 2nd or 3rd year in the Dept. of Music
  • Awarded to student who has achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 7.50
  • Recipient must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person
  • Resident of Ontario
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Preference will be given to students studying early music

Peggy Sampson
Value of Award: 2 at $600
Application Process: Students must complete a SFS to be eligible for this award
Criteria:

  • Bursaries are available to full-time and part-time students in the Music Department.
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Thomas W. Doherty Prize in Piano
Value of Award: 1 at $250
Application Process: No application required. Nomination by Department only.
Criteria:

  • Outstanding performance of a contemporary work for piano

Sterling Beckwith Award:
Value of Award: 6 at $500.00
Application Process: Must Apply. Submission of Student Financial Profile is required for this award.
Criteria:

  • open to Year 2 and 3 music majors who demonstrate exceptional promise and ability in performance, superior musicianship and a breadth of cultural and academic interests.
  • Preference is given to students of voice.
  • Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

Jazz FM 91 Scholarship in Jazz
Value of Award: 1 at $1,000
Application Process: Must apply. Submission of Student Financial Profile is required.
Criteria:

  • Open to students majoring in music, with preference given to students who demonstrate talent in jazz performance.
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 24 credits at York University.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 7.50

Ron Weinberger Memorial Scholarship in Music 
Value of Award: 3 at $500
Application Process: Must apply. Submission of Student Financial Profile is required.
Criteria:

  • Open to music majors, with preference given to students in music performance who demonstrate talent in piano, guitar or sitar instruments.
  • Must have completed a minimum of 24 credits
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 7.50
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, and an Ontario resident
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Louise Bennett Coverly Award 
Value of Award: 1 at $900
Application Process: Student must apply to award and complete a SFP
Criteria:

  • Given to a Year 2 or 3 music major who demonstrates exceptional promise/achievement in world music studies
  • Must demonstrates financial need

The Spedding Memorial Scholarship in Music 
Value of Bursary: 2 at $550 Application Process: Must complete SFP and apply to award Criteria:

  • Given annually to a Year 4 music major in recognition of academic and/or artistic excellence in music.
  • Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

Patricia and Robert Martin Award 
Value of Award: 2 at $900
Application Process: Must complete SFP and apply to award
Criteria:

  • Given in recognition of outstanding achievement in an adjudicated performance to a Year 3 or 4 student in the classical performance stream in the Department of Music.
  • The recipient must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, an Ontario resident and demonstrate financial need.

Saint Thyagaraja Music Award 
Value of Bursary: 2 at $1125
Application Process: Student must complete a SFP and apply to award
Criteria:

  • The Saint Thyagaraja Music Awards are presented to full-time undergraduate music majors and non-majors in recognition of artistic and scholarly achievement in Indian classical music studies.
  • One award is given for demonstrated artistic excellence to a student enrolled in performance studies (vocal/instrumental) of Indian classical music.
  • A second award recognizes top standing in the academic study of Indian classical music.
  • Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, be Ontario residents and demonstrate financial need.

Sorbara Award in Music 
Value of Bursary: 2 at $2350
Application Process: Must complete SFP and apply to award
Criteria:

  • The Sorbara Award in Music recognizes outstanding creative achievement in music in the areas of composition, improvisation or sound design.
  • Awarded to Year 3 music majors who are pursuing studies full-time and who will be proceeding into Year 4 of study are eligible to apply for this award.
  • Awarded in the following academic year when student is registered as a full time continuing student.
  • Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need.

Orpheus Award 
Value of Award: 2 at $800
Application Process: Must complete SFP and apply to award
Criteria:

  • Two Orpheus Awards are given each year for outstanding achievement in adjudicated vocal performance to music majors in the classical performance stream.
  • Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons.
  • Must be residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial

Nancy Scoular Underhill Piano Award 
Value of Award: 3 at $1000
Application Process: Must complete SFP and apply to award
Criteria:

  • The Nancy Scoular Underhill Piano Award is given in recognition of exceptional promise and ability in classical piano performance to a Year 2 music major.
  • Preference will be given to female students.
  • Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons
  • Must be residents of Ontario
  • Must demonstrate financial need.

Norman Stifani Memorial Scholarship 
Value of Scholarship: 1 at $1 335
Application Process: Student must apply to scholarship
Criteria:

  • given to a music major who has successfully completed at least 24 credits and demonstrates outstanding talent and dedication in the performance of classical music - vocal or instrumental.

Arcadia Academy of Music Scholarship 
Value of Award: $1,000
Application Process: Must apply. Submission of Student Financial Profile is required.
Criteria:

  • Must have completed a minumun of 48 credits and have a minimum GPA of 7.50(B+) in the honours music performance program
  • Must demonstrate excellent musicianship and a passion for instrumental or vocal performance.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, and an Ontario resident
  • Must demonstrate financial need

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