Career Development Award
The WMCT’s Career Development Award (CDA) is presented every three years to an exceptional young Canadian musician (or small ensemble) embarking on a professional performing career. The award includes a $25,000 cash prize as well as the opportunity to give a recital in the Music in the Afternoon concert series. The CDA is a project of the WMCT in partnership with CBC Radio Music and Société Radio-Canada/ICI Musique, and it is funded by the WMCT Foundation.
2021 CDA Winner, Accordionist Michael Bridge
Michael starred in the first Music in the Afternoon livestream on November 12, 2021. This CDA award represents two firsts – the first accordionist, and the first awardee who has performed for us before receiving the CDA. We look forward to hearing him again (in person!) in his CDA-winner recital in our 2022-23 Music in the Afternoon season.
Historically, the WMCT has supported young Canadian musicians with scholarships, awards, and performance opportunities. In 2000, the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Foundation was established and now provides funding for these awards. Annual undergraduate scholarships are awarded at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, and The Glenn Gould School, The Royal Conservatory of Music. As well, from time to time special summer music scholarships are also awarded.
The Women’s Musical Club of Toronto and Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Foundation Graduate Fellowship was established with a gift of $25,000 from the WMCT and the WMCT Foundation, and matched by the University of Toronto, to create an endowment that will sustain an annual award in perpetuity for an outstanding graduate student in Performance in the Faculty of Music.
2021-2022 Scholarships and Fellowship
Gabrielle Turgeon, soprano
Canadian/American soprano Gabrielle Turgeon has performed a diverse range of musical theatre and operatic roles, most recently that of Iris in Handel’s Semele with the Toronto Lyric Opera Centre. She has been a featured soloist with the Ontario Pops Orchestra, and soprano soloist with the Etobicoke Centennial Choir in works such as Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Dvorak Mass in D Major Op. 86. Turgeon was one of eight classical singers chosen as a 2020 finalist in the National YoungArts competition held in Miami, Florida, is a four-time winner of the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Finals.
She is currently studying with Elizabeth McDonald in the University of Toronto voice program.
Juliette Moreno, clarinet
Juliette Moreno started playing the clarinet at the age of 10 thanks to the musical programs of Le Plateau in Montreal, and the Perrault schools with which she was able to tour in France. She entered the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and completed her undergraduate work in the class of Jean-François Normand. Juliette has participated regularly in the summer Domaine Forget International Academy, where she received the excellence scholarship award in 2017. In 2019 she won the gold medal in her category at the Festival-Concours de Musique de Sherbrooke. She has been a member of the Montréal Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Quebec Opera Bouffe Orchestra. As winner of the concerto competition, she performed as soloist in January 2020 with the orchestra of the Montréal Conservatoire. Juliette is in the Masters Performance program at the University of Toronto.
Keris Choi, violin
Keris Choi started learning the violin at age six and was admitted to The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at the age of nine, where she received a full scholarship for three consecutive years. In 2018, Keris placed first in the 16-year-old category in the Canadian Music Competition, and in 2012 she placed first in the Ontario Music Festival with her Taylor Academy string quartet. During the past summers, she participated in Music Niagara, directed by Atis Bankas, performing in the “Young Virtuoso concert” series.
Keris plays on the Ferdinando Garimerti 1935. She is currently a third-year Bachelor’s student in the studio of Atis Bankas at The Glenn Gould School.
Jessy Je Young Kim, violin
Named one of CBC’s “30 under 30” classical musicians in 2021, Jessy Je Young Kim is a violinist from Toronto, ON with a versatile performance career that includes solo, chamber and orchestral concerts. In 2014, she gave her debut performance in Koerner Hall in Toronto playing Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto under the baton of Johannes Debus. She has made her appearance in Carnegie Hall as part of the Yale in New York series. Jessy studied with Ani Kavafian, Jonathan Crow, Barry Shiffman and Paul Kantor. Recently, she is a fellow in the Rebanks Family International Residency at the RCM. Jesse attends the 2022 Toronto Summer Music Academy on a WMCT Fellowship.