CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS -
MICHAEL MEASURES PRIZE
National Youth Orchestra Canada Criteria
Since 2011 an annual prize is awarded, in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, to one student of the National Youth Orchestra Canada who is “an outstanding, young Canadian musician who plays an orchestral instrument.” The student must be a Canadian Citizen between the ages of 16 and 22, as of January 1, 2013. In 2013, this prize will be in the amount of $15,000. The winner will also have an opportunity to perform a solo concerto performance during the NYOC’s training session and/or tour. Additional recital opportunities for the winner will also be explored.
The winner must be a member of the 2013 orchestra and successfully complete the NYOC’s training session and tour and abide by all NYOC policies, rules and procedures.
Students who wish to be considered for the Canada Council for the Arts – Michael Measures Prize (CC-MM Prize) must fulfill the requirements listed for the Awards of Excellence scholarships. In order to apply for the CC-MM Prize, the student must follow the standard application procedure for the NYOC, including submitting a video audition in accordance with the NYOC’s audition requirements. Students must indicate their intention to apply for the CC-MM award on the NYOC application form and send the following supporting materials postmarked no later than
February 1, 2013:
-A video recording or recordings of up to 20 to 30 minutes in total length of solo repertoire of contrasting styles and musical periods;
- Ø Upload your video recording(s), following the “Instructions on YouTube Upload”
- Ø Send your videos by mail. All video files must be in .wmv or .mov format, not DVD movie format.
-Copy of a birth certificate or proof of age;
-Proof of Canadian citizenship;
-A CV, a short biography and a recent photo;
-A list of all teachers with whom you have studied for the past 2 years;
-2 letters of reference from music professionals;
-Program of the repertoire you intend to perform for the final audition, should one be necessary.
These materials must be submitted in a single package, with the exception of the video which may be uploaded to YouTube. An applicant will forfeit their eligibility if other supporting materials are incomplete, submitted separately or not postmarked by the deadline.
If necessary, a short list of candidates will be selected from the taped auditions to participate in the final auditions for the CC-MM prize. In the event a second round of auditions is necessary, Candidates must attend the finals, in person, to be held in Toronto (date to be announced). The final round consists of a 50 minute recital of varied repertoire including some concerto repertoire, of the student’s choosing, for solo instrument. The jury reserves the right to interrupt any performance that goes beyond the prescribed limits. Candidates must provide their own collaborative pianists for the recital; however, if you do not know a pianist in Toronto, the NYOC will provide a list of collaborative pianists available for the final recitals. Candidates are responsible for contacting the pianists.
The NYOC reserves the right to not award the prize in any given year, should there be no suitable candidate.