Scholarship Winners

The project, described in this Globe & Mail article, involves a newly commissioned suite of piano quartets by 14 Canadian composers, each inspired by a particular region of Canada, a national concert tour throughout the 2018-2020 season, and a specially designed website that showcases audience-generated artwork inspired by the musical commission.

Violinist Elissa Lee won the WMCT U of T Entrance Scholarship in 1993; cellist Rachel Mercer won the first WMCT Centennial Scholarship in 1997, and pianist Angela Park won in 2000. EMIC performed for Music in the Afternoon on May 7, 2015.

WMCT supported cellist Fiona Robson as a Chamber Music Institute Fellow of the 2019 Toronto Summer Music Academy. WMCT Archivist Susan Johnston (left) attended one of her reGENERATION concerts performances.  Fiona was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2016.

“Emily D’Angelo, winner of the 2016 Met Auditions at the incredibly young age of 21, is currently a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Program there. Tonight, she virtually cleaned up by winning four prizes – First Prize, Birgit Nilsson Prize, Zarzuela Prize, and the Rolex Audience Prize.  For the finals, she sang “Dopo notte” from Handel’s Ariodante with stunning fioritura.  She also sang a brilliantly idiomatic zarzuela.  Fellow mezzo Rihab Chaieb was the Third Prize Winner, combining rich vocalism with alluring stage presence in “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” from Saint-Saens’ Samson et Dalila. “

From Joseph So’s report from Lisbon on the latest success of the winner of the WMCT 2016 Centennial Scholarship.  Read the full report.

The Toronto Summer Music Academy is a summer training programs for chamber musicians and singers 18-35 years old who are on the verge of a professional performance career, with tuition paid by sponsors.

Frances Armstrong began her piano studies at age ten in Vancouver, BC, and discovered her love of working with singers when she was a teenager. In April 2017, she graduated with distinction with her Bachelor’s Degree in Solo Piano Performance from the University of Victoria, where she studied with Bruce Vogt. Throughout her university studies, she received scholarships to study a broad range of repertoire at intensive programs such as the Vancouver International Song Institute, Orford Summer Music Academy, Franz Schubert Institute, Stratford Vocal Academy, Tapestry Opera’s Songbook, and Opera NUOVA.  In August 2017, Frances made her debut as music director in Muskoka Summer Theatre Festival’s 2017 production of La Bohème. She is now in her first year of a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano Performance at the University of Toronto, where she studies with Helen Becqué and Steven Philcox.

Frances will perform in the Toronto Summer Music Festival at a public master class with Christoph Prégardien on July 19, 10-12 am, and in two reGeneration concerts on Saturday July 21, at 1 pm and 4 pm, all in Walter Hall.

Two WMCT Scholarship Winners at the Faculty of Music, who performed at the Verity Club on March 20  will be giving their graduating recitals soon, in our favourite venue. Free!

Chieh-Ying Lu, the 2017-18 recipient of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto & Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Foundation Graduate Fellowship, will have her 2nd year Oboe Master’s recital on Monday, April 16 at 4:30 PM in Walter Hall.



And Vivian Chen, the 2017-18 recipient of the Women’s Musical Club
of Toronto Centennial Scholarship, will have her 4th year piano recital on Saturday May 5 at 7:30 PM in Walter Hall.


Rachel Mercer, cellist, winner of the first WMCT Centennial Scholarship in 1997, and of many other prizes since then, performs an all-Canadian programme for cello with electronics, including a new work by Vivian Fung, WMCT’s 2017 commissioned composer.
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph (Wellesley Subway)
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 5:30pm
General Admission, $15 Advance / $20 at the door

Another new work by Vivian, “Earworms”, will be given its Toronto premiere by the National Arts Centre Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall on March 24.

Emily D’Angelo, 2016 WMCT Scholarship recipient, currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artists Development program, is one of this year’s winners of the George London Foundation Awards.  Read the complete story, written by Sara Schabas, 2012 WMCT Scholarship recipient, in LudwigVan/Toronto.

TSM this year is a parade of WMCT Scholarship and Award winners, including David Braid, Jane Coop, James Ehnes, and Angela Park.  Leading the parade is Emily D’Angelo, mezzo-soprano, 2015-2016 Centennial Scholar, featured on August 4 in both the “Last Night of the Festival, Eh!”  at 7 pm, and in the TSM Late Night Encore at 10.30.

Myriam Blardone, harp and piano, winner of the WMCT Centennial Scholarship in 2016/17 has told us of four upcoming performances.
March 3  at a Canadian Music Competition fundraiser, she is playing a solo harp piece – Remenyi Music, 210 Bloor West  7 pm.

March 31 –  she’ll perform her third year solo piano recital in Father Madden Hall at U of T at 5:30 pm. And on May 1 her third year harp recital in Walter Hall at 2:30.

April 9 Myriam will play harp with an Orchestra U of T concert at 7:30 pm in the MacMillan Theatre.

Watch Myriam on You Tube