Travel & Study Scholarships

The revenue from two special endowment funds invested with the London Community Foundation has enabled Conservatory Canada to offer Travel and Study Scholarships to the top examination candidates in piano and voice in alternating years.  These scholarships allow talented young performers the opportunity to travel to London, all expenses paid, for a weekend of intensive study with renowned performers and teachers. The voice scholarships have been made available through the Lillian and Don Wright endowment funds; the piano scholarships have been made available through the Caroline Conron and Marguerite Geiger endowment funds.

In 2017, the Travel and Study scholarship recipients spent the weekend working renowned voice clinician, Todd Wieczorek. This year’s Lillian and Don Wright Travel and Study Scholarship winners were…

Anna James

Anna is an eleventh grade student at St. Bonaventure’s College in St. John’s, NL and is heavily involved in the music program. She plays trumpet in the Wind Ensemble and sings in several choirs. Last year, the school travelled to Italy and Anna had the opportunity to sing at the Vatican for Pope Francis!

Anna has also been playing the piano and singing since a young age.  She studies piano with Joan Woodrow and is currently completing the Grade 8 Classical exam. Anna is also working toward her Grade 10 Classical voice exam and is under the tutelage of Cheryl Hickman. Additionally, Anna has studied voice with Dr. Caroline Schiller. As well as piano and voice, Anna also studies theory with Susan Quinn and is currently completing Level 6 Theory and History. She has won CCM medals for voice, music theory and music history over the years and in 2017 was a recipients of the Don and Lillian Wright Travel and Study Scholarship.

As a regular competitor in the Kiwanis Music Festival in St. John’s, Anna has won numerous awards including Most Promising Vocalist under 15, highest mark in Vocal Concert Group, Musical Theatre and Folk. Musicals are another one of Anna’s passions! She’s regularly seen on stage in many of the local musicals both at the professional and community level. Playing Louisa in The Sound of Music was definitely a highlight!

Besides music, Anna loves to dance and play soccer! Anna is currently on the Newfoundland and Labrador under 16 provincial soccer team and has had the opportunity to go to Nationals twice.

Anna would like to say thank-you to all of her amazing teachers that have believed in her and guided her on this musical journey, to her family for their constant love and support and also to Conservatory Canada for the wonderful program that has helped shape her music education. And as Dr. Donald Cook said at the national convocation, “some of you are nearing the top of the stairs now;” this really hit home with Anna, as the opportunities are now endless.

Listen to Anna’s masterclass performance:


Mackenzie Drover

Mackenzie Drover is a grade 11 student at Holy Heart of Mary High School, where she is enrolled in the Performing Arts Certificate program and is a proud member of the Holy Heart Chamber Choir.

Mackenzie has had the opportunity to preform in many local productions. Her performance highlights include Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz, Holy Heart), Liesl (The Sound of Music, Opera on the Avalon), Charlotte (13, Best Kind Productions), Lorraine (All Shook Up, Rennie’s River Fall Musical), Bakers Wife (Into the Woods, Summer Youth Company) and upcoming, Alexi Darling (Rent, TaDa!).

Mackenzie is honored to have received several scholarships though the Kiwanis Music Festival, including scholarships for outstanding marks in Jr. Concert Group for two years in a row. She was also awarded  the Conservatory Canada Medal of Excellence for vocal achievement in Grade 3  and Grade 8. She has also been awarded the Don and Lillian Wright Travel and Study Scholarship. She had the amazing opportunity to travel to London Ontario, and partake in a masterclass with other amazing singers across Canada. Mackenzie also had the honour of performing at the 2017 Conservatory Canada convocation.

Mackenzie studies voice with Ronalda Hutton MacDonald and thanks her deeply for her support, love and for helping her grow these past few years.

Mackenzie would like to express her gratitude to Conservatory Canada for the opportunity to explore, learn and love music more than ever.

Listen to Mackenzie’s masterclass performance:


Madox Terrell

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Kasia Swintak

Kasia Swintak is from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has won the highest mark in Manitoba for her grade six, seven and eight voice exams. Kasia was in the Winnipeg choir Pembina Trails Voices from grade two until grade twelve. This year she continues to be involved in choir at the University of Manitoba, participating in the Concert Choir under the direction of Catherine Robbins. Musical Theatre has always been an important aspect of Kasia’s life. She has participated in musicals in high school such as Wicked where she played Madame Morrible and Mary Poppins where she was cast as the principle role of Mary.

Kasia has also participated in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival in the musical Violet. She is currently enjoying being a part of the musical theatre ensemble at the University of Manitoba under the direction of Donna Fletcher. She is looking forward to continuing with her participation in the lively Winnipeg music scene and is excited to see what her future holds.

Listen to Kasia’s masterclass performance:

Erin Lee

Erin is an eleventh grade French Immersion student at Holy Heart of Mary High School in St. John’s, NL where she is involved in numerous programs and activities. Erin is in the Choral Program, where she is a member of the Trebles Choir, Chamber Choir and Bella Cantante under the direction of Mr. Robert Colbourne. Recently, Bella Cantante Choir won the 2017 CBC Music Class Challenge. The ensemble’s music video cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now’’ was chosen out of 78 entries in their category from across Canada – a great accomplishment for Erin and her fellow choir members. Along with her regular courses, Erin is studying Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Music Certificate Program. She is also involved in a wide variety of student activities such as Student Council, volunteering and mentoring.

Erin is also enrolled in the Performing Arts Certificate under the direction of Mr. John Rao at Holy Heart. Erin loves performing in school and local theatre. Her most recent and favourite role was Glinda (The Wizard of Oz, Holy Heart). Other recent show credits include: Oliver (Peter McDonald Productions), The Sound of Music (Opera on the Avalon) and more. Erin spent the past two summers working with young children at Patricia Andrew’s “Camp Hollywood’ where she taught young students dance, voice, and acting.

Erin studies piano with Mary O’Neil at Take Note Music School where she recently completed her Grade 7 piano exam. She studies voice with Angela Warren and is currently working towards her Grade 9 voice exam.

The Canadian Conservatory of Music awarded Erin the D.F. Cook Regional Scholarship (Atlantic) for outstanding exam results in 2016. She was also awarded the 2016 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Award – E.J. Pratt (Junior) Music Division for her Original Composition, “Don’t You Dare”. Erin is regular participant in the annual Kiwanis Music Festival where she has received numerous awards.

Erin would like to thank Conservatory Canada for this amazing opportunity to help shape her musical journey. She would also like to thank all her music teachers who have helped her become the person/musician she is today.

Listen to Erin’s masterclass performance:

Sarah Drover

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