Alexandra M. Munn Scholarships and John & Andrea Wallin Awards

Alexandra Munn was a teacher and leader in Alberta’s musical community for over 60 years and is a member of Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame. She was also a member of the Calgary Philharmonic and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestras, a Musical Director at the Banff Centre, a Professor at the University of Alberta, and a Director of the Da Camera Singers, the Edmonton Opera Chorus and the Richard Eaton Singers. She continues to teach at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music at Grant MacEwan University.

After many years of service to the Winspear Foundation as a grants panel member, the Winspear Foundation established the Alexandra Munn Scholarship Fund at Edmonton Community Foundation to honour her and to support the arts in greater Edmonton through support of students demonstrating financial need and outstanding talent in classical music performance (vocal and/or instrumental).

Applicants will also be considered for the John & Andrea Wallin Awards. The awards are provided through the generosity of long-time supporters of Edmonton’s arts community. Applicants should complete a single application form to be considered for both awards programs.

Each year typically 4 students receive awards ranging from $500 to $2,000. The size and number of awards may vary.

Critical Dates for the application

  • Application Opens: March 18
  • Application Deadline: May 15
  • Award decisions released: Late June.

Eligibility criteria

  • You are a permanent resident or Canadian citizen.
  • You are a resident of the greater Edmonton area or studying with a teacher in the greater Edmonton area.
  • You are between the ages of 11 and 15 (inclusive) on the application deadline.
  • You are pursuing classical music study.
  • You have outstanding talent in classical music performance (vocal and/or instrumental).
  • Funding your classical music studies is a challenge due to your financial situation.

Required with application

In addition to the completed application form, applicants must provide:

  • A signed & dated reference letter from a music teacher or music organization.
  • A high quality video recording submitted via a YouTube link. Performances should be of a maximum duration of 20 minutes and include repertoire from three different musical styles
  • Applicants who meet the criteria will be asked to participate in an telephone interview .

What can the award cover?

Awards are intended to assist recipients with costs related to study of classical music. Payment will be made to the student or on the student’s behalf, as best suited to the recipient’s situation. Recipients may be asked to provide receipts to demonstrate the award was allocated as intended by the awards panel.

Note: Before payment can be made, the recipient must provide a valid Social Insurance Number.

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