2021 Student Awards

Posted July 27, 2021


Although we were not able to host an in-person Awards Day event this year, we were able to award 78 students with $85,525 in awards, prizes, scholarships, and bursaries. For 45 years, the VCM has awarded recipients through donations generously received from VCM supporters, donors, businesses, community organizations, and long-time individual contributors. This year’s award recipients ranged in age from 9 to 61 and included postsecondary, voice, winds and brass, strings, keyboard and contemporary students.



Award Name Recipient(s)
Alan Macey Fund Ace Harry, Christina Hilgartner, Ethan Alexander Schultz-Anderson, Sarah-Jane Russell


Alex Nicholls Scholarship Christopher Matilla
Aundria Dawn Grieve Memorial Scholarship Felina Yang
Austin A. Scott Flute Scholarship Chloe Williams
B.E. Scholarship Kenna McCall
Cardo Smalley Violin Scholarship Elana Lin
Carl Weiselberger Scholarship Jasmine Zhang
Carol Clark Jesse Piano Scholarship Carey Wang
Catharine Gillespie Memorial Scholarship Camilo Aybar, Chloe Williams
Catherine Young Voice Prize Alex Chen
David Foster Scholarship Eu-Rway Chew
Dr. Lesley Hartford Harp Scholarship Willow Hamilton
Dr. Robin Wood Piano Scholarship Samuel Li
Estate of Arthur Ernest Leeder Scholarship for Piano Charles Dutton
Garth Gislason Scholarship Alex Chen
George Giles Award Ben Boyd
Gertrude Durand Memorial Scholarship Jamie Phillips-Freedman
Jamie K. Syer Collegium Scholarship Fund Charles Dutton
John Dyck Scholarship Nathan Malzon
John Hayes Bursary Fund Lucy Zhang
Judith Rockwell Award Rebecca McClure
Kay Kaminiski Vancouver Island Services and

Treatment Association Award

Gina Johnson
Liam Munday Memorial Voice Scholarship Char Hodgkins
Luke’s Gift Scholarship Jaimey Hamilton
Mai Gillespie Scholarship & Bursary Bonnie Lu, Brian Lim
Margaret Goater Award – Viola Raine Hermosa
Margaret Goater Award – Violin Raphael Buenvenida
Margaret Hendry Scholarship Fund Max Francis
Margaret Louise Baker Scholarship Johnathan Devey
Marilyn Wuis Voice Scholarship Galen Boulanger
Marjorie Tebo Piano Scholarship Felicia Ma
Mary and Gerald Stanick Strings Scholarship Fund Layla Park
Millicent Lavoy Piano Scholarship Amy Chen, Anna Wautier, Filbert Zhang, Felina Yang, Jasmine Zhang, Keisha McKay, Lucas Hung, Noah Xing, Raizo Buenvenida, Zoe Thompson
Mrs. Pui Jun Wong Memorial Scholarship Hannah Bai
Nadar Holdings String Bursary Imogen Latta
Nathan Geminiano Scholarship Natalya Wautier
O. Thomas Webb Memorial Scholarship in

Winds and Brass

Alicia Bai, Esmée Fitzsimmons, Rosanna Jiang, Yanhe Yang


Orval and Blanche Betty Chamber Music Scholarship Michaela Yee, Walter Rees
Pitt and Sheila Linder Postsecondary Admissions Scholarship Deborah Squires, Eli Breitenstein, Gillian Grace Woldum, Jeronimo Aviles Madariaga, Lucija Kegalj, Sarah Carter
Prof. Stephen and Dr. Jacquelyn Peitchinis Scholarship


Aidan Holt, Amber Kelly, Brittany Moore, Fox McDermott, Marian Schols, Sami Al-Khalili, Sarah Terlesky, Viviana Hersche
Prof. Stephen and Dr. Jacquelyn Peitchinis

Winds Ensemble Scholarship


Ellie Steele, Maya Tschudin
Roberto & Mary Wood Voice Scholarship Anna Bigland-Pritchard
Robin & Winifred Wood Scholarship Eu-Rway Chew
Sydney Humphreys Violin Prize Samantha Yee
The Helen B. Turner and

Bradley James A. Turner Scholarship

Lasha Reid, Camilo Aybar
VanHall Fund for the Arts Anette Victoria Lachowski, Charles Dutton, Milagros Caceres Chavez, Sarah Chapeskie, Yanina Kosivanova
VanHall Fund for the Arts – Jazz Connor Wellman, Jorge Lopez Sainz Atlaco, Shelby Hewitt
Victoria Musical Art Society Scholarship Aiden McClure, Jeronimo Aviles Madariaga
Woods International Piano Scholarship Ace Harry





The following students have completed the requirements of the VCM/ Camosun Diploma and Certificate programs in the 2020-21 academic year. We congratulate these students, who received their credentials from Camosun College in June 2021.




Ben Boyd

Jaimey Hamilton

Lily Werner




Marian Scholz

Gillian Woldum




Thank you to all VCM Faculty! The recipients of these awards are from the studios of:

Joanne Allers, Nancy Argenta, Ingrid Attrot, Kyron Basu, Roger Buksa, Anna Cal, Rachel Capon, Rob Cheramy, Mary Clarke, Georgina Craig, Christine Donkin, Alex Dunn, Raya Fridman, Ingrid Henderson, Rachel Hill, Liam Hockley, Robert Holliston, Yoomi Kim, Patricia Kostek, Tatiana Kostour, May Ling Kwok, Daniel Lapp, Nicole Lavallee, Guyonne Le Louarn, Cathy Lewis, Linda Low, Simon MacDonald, Kiiri Michelsen, Emily Nagelbach, Joey Smith, Annabelle Stanley, David Visentin, Maureen Washington, and Crystal Wiksyk.





Thank you to all Scholarship Program donors!

Without your generous support, these scholarships would not be possible. On behalf of our students, thank you so much for helping to further their musical education.


Learn more about VCM Scholarships and Bursaries here


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