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Student Awards

Recognizing Student Excellence

Awards for Incoming Students

Beate & Istvan Anhalt Prize (for first year music students specialising in composition or performance)

Established in July 2004 in honour of Beate and Istvan Anhalt by Jennifer and Rocco Marcello. Istvan Anhalt, LL.D. (honoris causa, Queen’s) Mus.D. (honoris causa, McGill), Professor Emeritus of Music, is a distinguished composer and teacher, and was former Head of the Department of Music at Queen’s University (1971-81). Awarded on the recommendation of the School to students entering the first year of the Bachelor of Music program who show promise in either composition or performance. If there are no eligible entering students then the scholarship may be awarded to upper year students who specialize in composition or performance.

Craig L. Hoyt Memorial Scholarship (for incoming music students whose applied area of study is voice)

Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to students entering or currently registered in the Bachelor of Music program whose applied area of study is voice. 

Donna Frazer Gobin Scholarship (for incoming music students)

Established in memory of Donna Frazer Gobin, distinguished teacher of piano and studio instructor of piano at Queen’s.  Awarded on the recommendation of the School of Music to a student in the Bachelor of Music program whose major instrument is the piano. Preference will be given to students entering Queen’s for the first time. 

Heather Hamlin Entrance Awards

Given on the recommendation of the School of Music, with preference given to students entering the first year of the Bachelor of Music program on the basis of financial need, academic merit, and musical accomplishment. 

A Needs-Based Award for Incoming Students: This award is administered through the Admissions Office. Students must inform Admissions of financial need when they apply.

Irving and Regina Rosen Award in Music

Awarded on the recommendation of the School of Music, with preference given to a student entering the first year of the Bachelor of Music program on the basis of financial need and overall academic accomplishment. 

A Needs-Based Award for Incoming Students: This award is administered through the Admissions Office. Students must inform Admissions of financial need when they apply.

Margaret Farr Scholarship

Established in February 2007 by Margaret Farr and awarded on the basis of academic achievement to an undergraduate student entering full-time studies in the first year of a Bachelor of Music program in the School of Music, who demonstrates exceptional ability in the area of performance on a string instrument (violin, viola, cello or double bass).  If there is no eligible candidate entering first year, then the scholarship may be granted to an upper year student on the basis of academic achievement, who demonstrates exceptional ability in the area of performance on a string instrument. 

Peter and Carol Davy Entrance Award in Voice

Awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement to a student entering the first year of the Bachelor of Music program, with preference to a student whose applied area of study is voice.

A Needs-Based Award for Incoming Students: This award is administered through the Admissions Office. Students must inform Admissions of financial need when they apply.

Awards for Returning and Graduating Students

Arthur L. Davies Award (For returning Music students)

Established by the family and friends of Arthur L. Davies. Awarded to the student in the Bachelor of Music program who is deemed by the Department of Music to have demonstrated exceptional ability in musical performance. 

Arts Management Award (for third/fourth year students)

Established by an anonymous donor to encourage students pursuing careers in Arts Management. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement to students in year three or four in a minor, major, medial or concentration in Drama who are currently registered in, or have completed, a Commerce course(s), or who are registered in year three or four in the Bachelor of Commerce program who are currently registered in, or have completed, a Drama course. The student recipient must have an interest in Arts Management as demonstrated through taking relevant courses and work or volunteer experience in Arts Management. 

Requirements: A letter of application is to be submitted at https://www.queensu.ca/studentawards/awards-separate-application-form

Carlos & Catherine Prado Music Award (for graduating or returning music students who have presented the best performance in the chamber music ensemble

Established in October 2010 by Catherine and Carlos G. Prado, Ph.D. 1970, and other friends and alumni of the School of Music in recognition of the importance of excellence in chamber music. Awarded on the recommendation of the School to the student chamber music ensemble deemed to have presented the best performance during the preceding academic year. Monetary prizes varies according to year.

Christopher Lewis Prize in Music (for graduating or returning music students researching music theory or musicology)

Established by Marsha and Dr. Spruce Riordon in recognition of the outstanding academic achievements and far-reaching scholarly influence of their brother and brother-in-law, Christopher Lewis (Ph.D., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester), renowned music theorist and gifted teacher until his untimely death in 1992. Awarded annually to a student in the third or fourth year of the Bachelor of Music or B.A. (Hons.) Music program for the best research paper in music theory or musicology. These are judged “blind”.  Assignments are recommended by faculty and students are to submit three unmarked copies to Dr. Kip Pegley by April 30. 

Clarkson Essay Prize (for returning drama students)

Established by Max Clarkson, Toronto. Awarded annually by the Dan School of Drama and Music to a student or students enrolled in the drama program (major, medial, minor or MAPP) judged to have submitted the best essay on any aspect of theatre or drama practice, history, criticism, or analysis. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Peter at peterk@queensu.ca

Requirements: Submit a clean copy of your essay to Katherine Peter (peterk@queensu.ca): no instructor’s name or any comments. The front page should include: Title of essay, your name, student number, email address. The second page has the title of the essay but no name or personal information. Make sure the pages are numbered.

Clifford Crawley Music Composition Scholarship (for graduating or returning music students who demonstrate exceptional ability and achievement in composition)

Established in September 2016 by Dr. Beverley Diamond and her family in memory of Professor Emeritus Clifford Crawley, a respected scholar, composer, and professor of composition and music education at Queen’s University from 1973 to 1993. Awarded in even numbered years on the recommendation of the Dan School of Drama and Music to students in any undergraduate year of any Faculty or School at Queen’s University who have completed one or more courses in music composition, who demonstrate exceptional ability and achievement in composition. Compositions or improvisations may be in any genre of music and may be captured in print, digital, or other AV media. 

Concerto/Aria Competition (for returning music students participating in the finals of the concerto/aria competition)

Established in April 2004 and awarded annually to the best performer in the Finals of the Concerto/Aria Competition. The prize is a performance as an invited guest soloist with the Queen’s Symphony Orchestra or the Queen’s Wind Ensemble. No monetary value.

Don Wright Scholarship in Music Education (for returning music education students)

Established by Don Wright to strengthen instrumental music in schools. Awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Music to a student in the Bachelor of Music program who has demonstrated talent and achievement in practical instrumental arrangement and orchestration with particular reference to music education. 

Don Wright Scholarship in Vocal and Choral Music (for returning music students)

Established by Don Wright with the aim of strengthening the teaching of vocal and choral music in the schools, especially in Grades 5 to 9. Awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Music to a student in the Bachelor of Music program who has demonstrated a special aptitude for vocal and choral music with particular reference to music education. 

Drama Production Award (for returning or graduating drama students involved in production)

Awarded to the student, who in the opinion of the Drama Production Committee, Awards Committee and School, for the most outstanding work in production during the year. 

Edward Sompii Award (for returning undergraduate students)

Established by Edward Somppi, Commerce ’43. Up to six prizes are awarded to members of the Queen’s Players or the Queen’s Musical Theatre who are full-time undergraduate students.

Selection is based on contribution to club activities and preference is given to members who have appeared in public performances. The prizes are awarded by a committee comprising the A.M.S. Campus Activities Commissioner, the chair of the Senate Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid, the Associate University Registrar (Student Awards), the president of the Queen’s Players, the president of the Queen’s Musical Theatre and one member-at-large from each club. Nominations (a letter of application explaining how you fit the terms of the award) from any member of the Queen’s Players or the Queen’s Musical Theatre are to be submitted. 

Edythe Zacks Millman Award

Established by Edythe Zacks Millman, B.A. 1939, a member of the Drama Guild, the Kingston Drama Group and various other theatrical organizations. Edythe has a great love of musical comedies and has remained active in the world of theatre through her participation in the local communities in Kingston and Naples, Florida. Awarded on the recommendation of the Director of the Dan School of Drama and Music to a graduating student for extraordinary achievement in the area of theatrical performance. 

Ella Zeitz Bursary

Established by the family of Ella Zeitz, mother and grandmother, and awarded to an upper year student in Dan School of Drama and Music on the basis of financial need.

For application procedures and deadlines, please contact the Awards office.

Fred Euringer Award

This award was established by colleagues and friends to honour the long and distinguished career of J.A. (Fred) Euringer, actor, director, playwright and teacher, and for many years the Head of the Drama Department. This award is given annually to a student enrolled in a Drama program, and is intended to facilitate the recipient’s ability to create theatre within the Kingston community. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Peter at peterk@queensu.ca. 

Requirements: A cover letter outlining the proposed activity for which the award is to be used, a budget and a curriculum vitae and/or a portfolio of work appropriate to the student’s area of interest should be submitted to Katherine Peter (peterk@queensu.ca).

George Maybee Memorial Scholarship

Established by friends and admirers of George N. Maybee, D.Litt., F.R.S.M., late distinguished teacher, organist and Master of Choristers at St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston, Ontario. Scholarships are awarded annually on the recommendation of the Dan School of Drama & Music to full-time students in the Bachelor of Music program, whose major applied study is the organ or who show aptitude in choral conducting, with preference given to the former in cases of equal or near equal merit. Second-class standing in music courses as well as overall second-class standing is required to qualify for consideration for the award. Entrance candidates will be considered on the basis of promise. Further preference will be given to candidates who have attended a school in Frontenac County. In addition, candidates will be given special consideration if they have practised, or intend to practise the profession of music as church organists, choir directors or choristers. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Pegley directly. 

Requirements: A cover letter outlining your experience and your future plans along with two letters of support should be emailed directly to Dr. Pegley at pegleyk@queensu.ca.

Gold Medal in Drama

Awarded to the graduating student with the highest grade point average in a Drama plan.

Gold Medal in Music

A medal is awarded annually by the University to the candidate graduating with a first-class honours degree who is deemed by a Department to have achieved the highest standing in a concentration offered by that Department.

Graham George Memorial Scholarship in Composition

Established by Bachelor of Music Alumni from 1973 to 1977, and by faculty in the School of Music, in memory of Dr. Graham George (1912-1993), the first Head of the Department of Music (1968-1971), prominent professor of composition, respected scholar and performer, director of the Choral Ensemble in its early years, and teacher at Queen’s University between 1946 and 1977. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the School of Music to a student, demonstrating exceptional ability and achievement in composition. 

Harold Arthur Cohen Book Prize

Established by the family in memory of Harold Arthur Cohen, B.A. 1928, B.Sc. Eng. Physics 1930. Awarded to a student entering the fourth year of the Bachelor of Music program, who shows great promise and exceptional ability to communicate the beauty of music through either performance or teaching potential. 

Helen A. Howard – Bassoon Scholarship

Entering award for student whose principal instrument is bassoon. If no eligible candidates, the scholarship will be granted to an upper-year student with preference to a student whose principal instrument is bassoon. 

Herbert and Stella Overton Production Award

Established by their daughter, Isabel Bader, and awarded to students who have completed their third year and are nominated by the Dan School of Drama and Music on the basis of outstanding achievement in production activity in non-major departmental productions. 

Isabel Bader Bursary

Established by Isabel Bader and awarded to upper year students, currently registered in a drama concentration (includes majors, medials, minors, and Stage & Screen SPF) on the basis of financial need. Preference is given to students who demonstrate an interest in costume and/or costume studies from various theatrical perspectives; past and current interest in costume and/or costume studies; plans, ideas, expectations, wishes for future study and exploration.

Selection will be made in consultation with the Dan School of Drama and Music. As part of the application students are required to submit a letter to the Student Awards Office outlining their interests in this area.

For application procedures and deadlines, please contact the Awards office.

Istvan Prize in Electroacoustics

Established in honour of Istvan Anhalt, LL.D (honoris causa, Queen’s), Mus.D. (honoris causa, McGill), Professor Emeritus of Music, distinguished composer and teacher, and Head of the School of Music (1971-81). Awarded annually on the recommendation of the School of Music to a full-time student, who demonstrates excellence in electroacoustics (composition, research, performance, production). 

J.C.W. Saxton Prize in Playwriting

Established in memory of John Saxton, actor, writer, teacher, and Faculty member of the Department of Drama, 1965-1969. Awarded annually to the student concentrating in Drama or Music who is judged by the Dan School to have submitted the best play. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Peter at peterk@queensu.ca

Jennifer Maginnis Memorial Scholarship for Woodwinds

Established by the B.Mus. class of 1985 in memory of Jennifer Maginnis, a B.Mus. student at the time of her death. Awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Music to a student who is enrolled in the B.Mus. program and is majoring in a woodwind instrument. 

Kenneth G. Murray Making a Difference Through Music Award

Established in May 2014 by Dr. Sherry L. Dupuis, B.Mus. 1985, and Dr. Bryan Smale in honour of their dear friend and mentor, Kenneth G. Murray, for his commendable volunteer and philanthropy work dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and wellbeing of individuals and communities.  The award celebrates students who are using their musical talents and gifts to make a difference in the lives of others. Awarded to students in a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a major or medial plan in music.  Awarded on the basis of demonstrated leadership, and volunteer community involvement in the development or provision of music outreach, through program or activity organization, coaching, or mentorship. Selection will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Dan School of Drama & Music. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Pegley directly. 

Requirements: Applicants are to submit a letter outlining how they have made a difference in the lives of others through music, as well as their resume and two letters of reference. These materials should be emailed to Dr. Pegley at pegleyk@queensu.ca.

KSA Scholarships

Scholarships which include the James Rini Memorial Scholarship and the Helen Lucile Allan Memorial Scholarship are provided annually by the Kingston Symphony Association for award to full-time students in the B.Mus. program whose major instrument is an orchestral one. The scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of the Dan School on basis of a competitive audition and satisfactory academic standing. 

Lorne Greene Award

Established by Lorne Greene, B.A. 1937, LL.D. 1971, and awarded annually to a student or students in drama who graduates at either fall or spring convocation in a current academic year for outstanding achievement in the practical and performing aspects of theatre while at Queen’s. Assessment of the applicants shall be based equally on the following information (to be provided in the application form):

1) the highest average (not less than A- in each course) of the equivalent of 18 units, of which 12 units must be at the 300 level or above (courses are listed on the application form – grades will be verified)

2) a submitted resume demonstrating a sustained level of participation in university theatrical activity.

Final selection shall be decided by the Drama faculty of the Dan School of Drama and Music in April. 

Requirements: Complete an application form and email it to Katherine Peter (peterk@queensu.ca).

Lynn Anne Milsom Memorial Scholarship

Established by family and friends in memory of Lynn Anne Milsom, B.Mus. ’88, a graduate student in Performance at Boston University at the time of her death. Awarded on the basis of competitive audition to a student entering the second, third, or fourth year of the B.Mus. program who is deemed by the Dan School of Drama and Music to have demonstrated exceptional ability in the area of performance on a woodwind instrument.

Margaret E.M. McLellan Memorial Scholarship

Established in November 2000 by family and friends in memory of Professor Margaret E.M. McLellan, Associate of the Royal College of Music, Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, who taught in the School of Music at Queen’s University for twenty-five years. Awarded on the recommendation of the School of Music to a student in the Bachelor of Music program, whose major instrument is piano, and whose concentration is collaborative piano or piano performance. Preference will be given to students entering the second, third or fourth year of the program. 

Maurice Dubin Memorial Prize in Composition

Established in memory of Maurice Dubin, a well-known Kingston musician until his death in 1983. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the School of Music to a third-or fourth-year student demonstrating exceptional ability and achievement in composition. 

Peruch Memorial Bursary

Established by Annamaria Carnelos-Bamji in memory of her beloved mother, Veglia Peruch-Carnelos, and uncle, Sergio Peruch, and awarded on the basis of financial need to a student enrolled in a playwriting course in the Dan School of Drama and Music.

For application procedures and deadlines, please contact the Awards office.

Randall Marsh Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Randall Marsh, distinguished teacher of voice at Queen’s.  Awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Music to a student in the Bachelor of Music program whose major is voice.

Raymond and Phyllis J. Smart Scholarship

Established in January 2010 by a bequest from the Estate of Phyllis J. Smart and awarded on the basis of academic excellence to students entering any year in the Bachelor of Music program or combined Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education program. Awarded on the recommendation from the School of Music.

Rod Robertson Prize

Established in memory of Dr. Rod Robertson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., faculty member of the Department from 1968 until his death in 1977. Dr. Robertson was a Director and Professor of dramatic theory.

No application deadline published. Awarded to the graduating student (or students) in a Drama program who has achieved the highest average in the equivalent of four full courses as specified by the Dan School of Drama and Music. 

Susan Near Prize

Founded by the late Susan Near of Toronto. Awarded by recommendation of the School on the work done in drama courses during the second year. 

University Scholarships

Scholarships awarded on the recommendation of the School of Music with preference given to students entering the first year of the Bachelor of Music program. First year recipients are eligible to have their scholarships renewable for a second year provided the recipient achieves a minimum GPA of 3.7 (A-) in the first year. 

William Angus Award

No application deadline. Award is presented to the student who, in the opinion of the Director, has made the most significant contribution during the year to Drama at Queen’s. This award is the gift of the Faculty Players and is offered annually in honour of Dr. William Angus, mentor and guiding spirit of the Drama Guild from 1938 – 1963. 

Women’s Performing Arts Bursary

Established by the Women’s Art Festival and awarded on the basis of financial need to a female student enrolled in either Music or Drama.

For application procedures and deadlines, please contact the Awards office.

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