The Victoria Conservatory of Music is grateful to all past donors who set up Scholarship Funds. Each year, students can apply for applicable scholarships. Applications are reviewed by the artistic directorate committee and final recipients are selected based on merit. An award ceremony to recognize the winners is held annually in June in the Alix Goolden Performance Hall. Donors, if available, are invited to present the award.
Applying for Scholarships
Application period from March 1st to April 30th for all instruments (except an earlier April 23rd deadline for piano), notification by May 31st.
The application is available for download here, during the application period. You need to complete and then submit your application to your primary instructor for their recommendation.
Students submit a general application for scholarship awards; they need not specify the specific award(s) for which they are hoping to be considered. Scholarship winners may also apply for bursaries and receive financial aid if qualified.
Scholarships are awarded to available to current students or new postsecondary students wishing to enroll in the Fall. Scholarship eligibility is based on the following criteria:
- Students at all levels of study who demonstrate talent, effort and/or achievement.
- Students whose applications include instructor recommendations.
- In the case of potential new entrants to the postsecondary programs, students may not have applied as a current student nor have a VCM faculty recommendation, but have demonstrated an exceptional level of talent elsewhere.
- Student’s and family’s account at the VCM must be in good standing.
Use of Scholarship Awards
Individuals who are awarded scholarships will receive their prize as a credit on their VCM account which can be applied towards tuition costs for subsequent semesters or any other purchases at the VCM. Scholarship credits should be used within the subsequent academic year. Camosun student scholarship recipients will have their award applied to their VCM and/or Camosun student accounts.
Income Tax Implications
A T4A will be issued for all scholarships over $500 received by postsecondary students in a calendar year. Community school or other non-postsecondary students will not receive a T4A.
Thanks and Gratitude
Contributions from people who care about opportunities to learn and perform music make a difference in the quality and scope of music programs the Conservatory can offer. We are grateful to the donors whose generous contributions have made these scholarships available. Award recipients are encouraged to send a thank you letter to the donor responsible for their scholarship and to contribute some of their time and talent to the VCM as volunteers. For this purpose, the student’s name may be forwarded to the Volunteer Coordinator to perform at a Conservatory or community event during the year.
Available Scholarship Awards
Below is a list of scholarship funds that have been created to reward and assist our students, including the criteria and approximate value.
|Scholarship Name||Criteria||Approximate Value*||Number of Awards**|
|Alan Macey Fund||Post-secondary students||$500+||4|
|Alex Nicholls Scholarship||15-30 years old School of Contemporary Music student(s)||$500+||1|
|Arthur Ernest Leeder, Estate of Scholarship||Piano students||$500+|
|Aundrea Dawn Grieves Scholarship||Unrestricted||$500+||1|
|Austin Scott Flute Scholarship||Flute student||$250 – $499||1|
|Beatty Viola/Chamber Music Scholarship||Viola or Chamber Music student||$250 – $499||1|
|Cardo Smalley Violin Scholarship||Violin student||$100 – $249||1|
|Carl Weiselberger Scholarship||Female piano student||$250 – $499||1|
|Carol Clark Jesse Piano Scholarship||Classical Piano Student||$500+||1|
|Catherine Gillespie Memorial Scholarship||Unrestricted||$500+||2|
|Catherine Mary Hummel Katarina Scholarship||Talented, emerging composer in the post-secondary program||$500+||1|
|Catherine Young Voice Prize||Voice student||$100 – $249||1|
|David Foster Scholarship||Piano student who excels at sightreading||$100 – $249||1|
|Dr. Robin Wood Piano Scholarship||Outstanding Piano Student||$500+||1|
|Garth Gisalson Voice Scholarship||Voice student||$100 – $249||1|
|George Giles Award||For a graduating student of superior stature who is seen to have a bright career in music||$100 – $249||1|
|Grant Family Scholarship||Applied to all accepted Collegium Program students||$1,000+||n/a|
|Gertrude Durand Memorial Scholarship||Piano Accompaniment||$500+||1|
|James Arthur Kirk Scholarship||Student outside Victoria and Vancouver||$500+||1|
|Jamie Syer Scholarship Fund||Collegium student; nominated by peers and instructors||$250 – $499||1|
|John Dyck Scholarship||Unrestricted||$100 – $249||1|
|John Hayes Award||Unrestricted||$100 – $249||1|
|Judith Rockwell Prize||Post-secondary adult Voice student||$100 – $249||1|
|Henry, Annie, & Harry Cathcart Award||Applied to all accepted Collegium Program students||$10,000+||n/a|
|Kay Kaminski Vancouver Island & Treatment Association Award||Voice student||$250 – $499||1|
|Liam Munday Memorial Vocal Scholarship||Voice student||$100 – $249||1|
|Luke’s Gift Scholarship||Non-traditional, self-taught, personally expressive student in the Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music||$500+||1|
|Mai Gillespie Award||Unrestricted||$500+||1|
|Margaret Abbot Vocal Scholarship||Voice student||$2,500+|
|Margaret Baker Piano Scholarship||Pianist; preference given to those interested in accompanying||$250 – $499||2|
|Margaret Goater Violin/Viola Award||Violin or Viola student||$100 – $249||2|
|Margaret Hendry Award||Unrestricted||$100 – $249||1|
|Marjorie Tebo Piano Scholarship||Piano student||$250 – $499||1|
|Marnie Lester Harp Award||Harp student||$100 – $249||1|
|Mary & Gerald Stanick Strings Scholarship||Strings student, preference to viola||$250 – $499||1|
|Millicent Lavoy Piano Scholarship||Piano students||$100 – $249||10|
|Mona Nest Weller Bequest||Unrestricted||$100 – $249||1|
|Mrs. Massy A. Goolden Award||Graduating post-secondary student||$250 – $499||1|
|Mrs. Pui Jun Wong Memorial Scholarship||Youngest and most talented piano student||$250 – $499||1|
|Nadar Holdings String Award||Strings student||$100 – $249||1|
|Nathan Geminiano Memorial Scholarship||Student who embodies dedication, determination and spirit||$500+||1|
|Prof. Stephen and Dr. Jacquelyn Peitchinis Scholarships – Collegium||Applied to all accepted Collegium Program students||$15,000+||n/a|
|Prof. Stephen and Dr. Jacquelyn Peitchinis Scholarships – Theory||Theory student||$100 – $249||1|
|Prof. Stephen and Dr. Jacquelyn Peitchinis Scholarships – Winds Ensemble||Wind student playing in an ensemble||$100 – $249||2|
|Roberto and Mary Wood Voice Award||Voice student||$250 – $499||1|
|Robin and Winifred Wood Scholarship||Student who contributes time and talent to VCM||$100 – $249||1|
|Susan & Colin Boyer Bursary||Under 14 year-old student who shows talent and passion||$500+||1|
|Sydney Humphries Violin Prize||Violin student||$250 – $499||1|
|Helen B Bradley and James A Turner Scholarship||Unrestricted; 55 yrs+ novice student in any genre||$100 – $249||5|
|Vanhall Fund for the Arts||Second year post-secondary student; preference given to organists||$5,000||4|
|Vanhall Fund for the Arts – Jazz||Jazz student entering second year of the post-secondary program.||$5,000||2|
|Victoria Conservatory of Music General Scholarship Fund||Unrestricted|
|Virginia Finch-Noyes Memorial Scholarship||Applied to all accepted Collegium Program students||$500+||n/a|
|Victoria Music Arts Society Award||Deserving post-secondary student who has lived in the greater Victoria area for at least 2 years and is intending to pursue a career in music||$250 – $499||3|
|Woods International Piano Scholarship||Post-secondary piano student||$1,000+||1|
*Scholarships are generated via endowment funds; value will vary from year to year, based on market conditions.
**Number of awards subject to change