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Annual Scholarship Recital


The annual NLRMTA Scholarship Competition is now open, and is available to students of all members of the NLRMTA from across the province.

Details of the Scholarship Recital by the Finalists
     Saturday, May 6, 2017
     5:30 pm
     Suncor Energy Hall (at the MUN School of Music)
     Admission: Competitors, their teachers, and accompanists are free.
      - All others $5.00 Adults, $3 Students, $10 per family
     Adjudicator: tba

Deadline to apply: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - no exceptions after this date.

About the Event
This event has been offered to our members for many years, and has been honoured with the presence of many renowned musicians from our province as Adjudicators. We are also grateful for the donation of awards from several of our teachers, and for the members' assistance in producing these competitions.

Applicants prepare a recording of three pieces and submit it to the association. These are then heard by the Screening Committee in a "blind audition" to determine the finalists in each level (junior, intermediate and senior). Finalists will perform two of their three pieces for the adjudicator in the Suncor Energy Hall at the MUN School of Music. The adjudicator assesses all entries within each level regardless of instrument, and at the conclusion of all the performances, he/she will speak to the finalists and the audience and present awards. The winner of each level receives a scholarship, and there are usually additional awards for honourable mention. All finalists receive a certificate for their accomplishment.

This year's scholarships
     $150 Junior - Richard Furlong Memorial Scholarship [2nd place $50]
     $250 Intermediate - Dr. Ignatius Rumboldt Memorial Scholarship [2nd place $75]
     $350 Senior - Dr. Andreas Barban Memorial Scholarship [2nd place $100]

Preparing the Application and Recording for the Screening Process
This is an opportunity to prepare a "concert group" of three contrasting pieces and to record them (a learning experience in itself). The recording is prepared by the student, and submitted with the application form and the fee ($25). Voice and non-piano instrumental applicants must be accompanied on the recording. If the student's recording is selected in the screening process, the student and teacher will be contacted immediately regarding the performance in the Scholarship Recital. Note: If the standard for any level is not high enough, it is possible that there would be no performers chosen for that level. All decisions are final and at the discretion of the screening committee.

There are age limits (as of Dec. 31, 2016) and time restrictions per level:
      - Junior (11 yrs. and under) = 5 minutes
      - Intermediate (14 yrs. and under) = 12 minutes
      - Senior (to completion of high school in June 2017) = 20 minutes

Performing at the Scholarship Recital
Each finalist will perform two of the pieces from the CD (student's choice). Students are encouraged to perform from memory. Vocalists and non-piano instrumentalists must perform with accompaniment. All performers are asked to announce themselves and their selections. Competitors for all three levels are asked to be present 15 minutes before the start of the concert, and expected to remain until the end. The performing order is Junior, Intermediate, then Senior. All students are required to hand in a clean copy of their music to the adjudicator before the concert begins.

For more information on the event, please select one of the following:
  • 2017 Scholarship Application

  • 2017 Scholarship - Rules and Regulations

  • 2017 Preparing Your Recording - Some Suggestions.

  • 2017 Scholarship Poster

    2014 Annual Scholarship Recital
    May 9 2014, 5 pm , Suncor Hall, MUN School of Music

    The 2014 Scholarship Recital was held on Saturday, May 3rd. The finalists were selected by a panel who listened to the students' CDs in a blind audition. For the recital, we were very pleased to have Mr. Stephen Candow as our adjudicator, who delivered many useful comments to the students and audience in a direct yet entertaining manner, including:

    - Stage presence is an important aspect of this competition (posture, walking, facial expression, talking, bowing etc.). Some suggestions: Bow first thing when you go on stage, but ... No clapping, No bow.

    - When learning a piece, consider first of all what "affect" the piece has – “the way the piece feels to you” - and give that mood to the audience (from the German affekt).

    Awards and scholarships were given to 3 junior level students and 3 intermediates, ranging up to $250 for the 1st place intermediate. Their teachers were Barbara Clarke, Katherine Kaben, Margaret Murray Reed, Ashley Sheppard, Yaying Tu, and myself (Caryl Clark). Several teachers also assisted this year: Barbara Clarke, Catherine Cornick, Calvin Powell, Margaret Murray Reed, Lois Simmons, and Rhonda Wicks. We encourage more teachers and students to become involved next year.

    [photo] Junior finalists with adjudicator, Stephen Candow, and coordinator, Caryl Clark

    Junior finalists with adjudicator, Stephen Candow, and coordinator, Caryl Clark

    Master Classes with MUN Professors

    Master Classes 2014/15

    Dates: TBA

    The Master Classes take place at the Music School Faculty. They are usually held from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM and each performing student will have a half-hour slot. Normally students attend the full 2-hour session. The charge is $20.00 for NLRMTA students and $25.00 for others. A $5.00 charge is to be paid by audience observers

    To reserve a place for your students, please contact Barbara Clarke at peter.clarke@nf.sympatico.ca