2018 Art Song Competition Winners: Carter Johnson, piano - Marie Civatarese, soprano - Photo by Diamond’s Edge Photography

2018 Art Song Competition Winners: Carter Johnson, piano - Marie Civatarese, soprano - Photo by Diamond’s Edge Photography

Next BURSARY COMPETITION for college and university students in all classical music performance disciplines will be held in the fall of 2019 - rules and application forms will be available by September 30th.

Next SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION for PIANO will be held on February 22, 2020 - the competition will be open to pianists between the ages of 13 and 30 as of the competition date. Forms will be available once the Bursary competition closes.


Next ART SONG COMPETITION will also be held in 2021

Next SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION for VOICE will be held in early 2022

All our competitions are open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents who call BC their home

Rules and Application Forms will be available on this page - please check back regularly

EVERY applicant receives a valuable gift from our Community Partner: Diamond’s Edge Photography


Ten amazing singers competed at the Unitarian Church - open to the public, by donation

Doors opened at 11:45AM - competition from noon to 4:00 - winners announced at 4:30PM

Congratulations to the winners:

First Place: Simran Claire

Second Place: Elaina Moreau

Third Place: Jillian Clow

Honorable Mentions: Nadine Cornelius and Thomas Lamont


2018 Competition Winners


First Place: Jack Li, clarinet

Third Place: Alexa Reimer, harp

Honourable Mention: Honoka Shoji, harp & Robert Choi, cello


First Place & Pat Hoebig Memorial Bursary Award: Carter Johnson, piano

Second Place: Andrea Wyllie, soprano

Third Place: Jody Lear, mezzo-soprano

Honourable Mention: Alison Kim, violin & Shang Ko Chan, violin

A heartfelt thanks to our adjudicators


First Place: Carter Johnson, piano & Maria Civitarese, soprano

Second Place: Emily Logan, piano & Yeeun Lee, mezzo-soprano

Third Place: Maria Hwa Yeong Jung, piano & Lyndon Ladeur, tenor

Honourable Mention: Christopher Knopp, piano & Thomas Lamont, tenor
Christopher Morano, piano & Sarah Templeton, soprano


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Gerald van Wyck

In his work with singers of all ages, Gerald van Wyck nurtures artistic growth. His innate musical talent, versatility and tireless energy are shared at Vancouver Community College, where he lectures in Music History, teaches Choral and Orchestral Conducting, and works with Voices+, as well as at West Vancouver United Church where he has been Minister of Music for 31 years.

He is also the founder of the Pacific Spirit family of choirs on the North Shore. For over 13 years Gerald was Music Director of the British Columbia Boys Choir, with whom he toured and recorded extensively. Recently he has served as Assistant Conductor to Lion’s Gate Sinfonia Orchestra, and the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, and for five years was conductor for the Vancouver Island Opera Association.

Gerald is thrilled at the opportunity to support singers at the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society scholarship competition.

Edette Gagné

Professional freelance conductor and imminent voice coach, Edette strives to bring out the best in every singer with whom she works. From her youngest singers in Kids Sing Chorus, to the talented young men of the British Columbia Boys Choir and the vast array of singers in Vivaldi Chamber Choir - Edette makes the most of every voice’s unique character.

Edette is also sought after as an orchestral and operatic conductor. During her career, she has worked with hundreds of singers on the stage and auditioned hundreds more. For nine years, she was the Artistic Director of the Coast Symphony Orchestra and is music directing her sixth production with the North Shore Light Opera Society this season.

Edette is excited to be part of the adjudicating team for the 2019 VWMS Scholarship Competition for Voice.


2018 Art Song Competition Adjudicators

Tyler Duncan, Baritone & Erika Switzer, Piano