Scholarships

The Sherwood Park Music Festival follows the following marking system.
Participants receive a standing only. 

Platinum (90%+)          Outstanding performance, which exceeds Gold standing

Gold (86% - 89%)          A Gold standing reflects a polished and fluent performance

Silver (83% - 85%)        A Silver standing reflects an impressive performance, with some elements that still need                                                              polishing                                                                                  

Bronze (80%-82%)       A Bronze standing reflects a good overall performance with areas of improvement that are still                                          possible                                                              


For information on qualifying for any of our scholarships,
please contact Janelle Orr: festivaldirector@spmf.org

Rose Bowl Scholarship - $750.00

The Rose Bowl is the award to the best senior level solo performer of the festival week.  

This award is adjudicator recommended and chosen by the SPMFA Board, based on the following criteria:

  • Must have competed in at least 3 classes within the same discipline
  • Must be awarded Platinum standing marks
The following factors are taken into consideration:
  • Repertoire difficulty/variety and total performance time
  • Has competitor competed in more than one discipline
  • Has competitor competed in this festival before
  • Has competitor competed in any group numbers (2-6 members)
The following rules apply:
  • Candidate cannot win in 2 consecutive years
  • Iris Evans Scholarship class candidate performances are ineligible

President's Scholarship - $400.00

The President's Scholarship is the award to an outstanding senior level performer(s) 
of the festival week.

This is an award chosen by the SPMFA Board, based on the following criteria:

  • Must have competed in at least 3 classes, or performed al least 3 selections, within the same discipline
  • Must be awarded Platinum or Gold standing marks
The following factors are taken into consideration:
  • Repertoire difficulty/variety and total performance time
  • Has competitor(s) competed in more than one discipline
  • Has competitor(s) competed in this festival before
  • Has competitor(s) competed in any group numbers (2-6 members)
  • Was he/she recommended for the Rose Bowl Scholarship
The following rules apply:
  • Winner of the Rose Bowl Scholarship is ineligible
  • Candidate cannot win in 2 consecutive years
  • Iris Evans Scholarship class candidate performances are ineligible

  Wye String Scholarship - $400.00

This winner will have the opportunity to perform with the Wye String Ensemble, a local amateur orchestra. 

Competitors are to showcase their ability to perform repertoire compatible with the Wye String Ensemble.

The winner will be chosen from the following rotation of disciplines.

2018 - Classical Vocal
2019 - Piano
2020 - Woodwinds
2021 - Strings

The Iris Evans Scholarship for the Performing Arts  - $1000.00
"Most Likely to Become a Professional Artist" 

This Scholarships has an application form, and has different age and residency requirements 
than what is printed in the Sherwood Park Music Festival Rules.

Performers' repertoire from this class, and the solo class entered, are ineligible for other scholarships

Performers are eligible for other festival awards, if he/she also enters as a regular festival participant

Scholarship Age Category classifications:

Junior: 

Non-Piano Disciplines:
    1. Classes 10 yrs. & under 
    2. Classes Beginner to Grade 4
Piano Plan I:
    1. Classes 10 yrs. & under          
Piano Plan II:
    1. Classes Beginner to Grade 4

Intermediate: 

Non-Piano disciplines: 
    1. Classes 11 yrs. and under, & 12 yrs.  and under, & 13 yrs. and under, & 14 yrs. and under 
    2. Classes Grades 5 and 6 
Piano Plan I:
    1. Classes 11 yrs. & under, & 12 yrs. and under, & 13 yrs. and under
Piano Plan II:
    1. Classes Grades 5, 6, 7                           
                                                          
Senior: 

Non-Piano Disciplines:
    1. Classes 15 & over, and above
    2. Classes Grades 8 & over
Piano Plan I:
    1. Classes 14 yrs. & under, & above

Piano Plan II:

    1. Classes Grades 8 & over

Criteria for Discipline Scholarships:

1. Competitor must have competed in 2 or more classes in any discipline. These 2 classes could be solo classes or 1 solo class plus a duet, trio or quartet class. 

2. If the Syllabus requires a competitor to perform one selection, they are eligible. This applies to Chamber Music, Music Composition and Family/Community Group

Criteria for Specialty Discipline Scholarships

1. Competitor must have competed in at least 2 classes in the same discipline. 

DISCIPLINE SCHOLARSHIPS

These awards are adjudicator chosen and are based on highest marks

Participants who receive the "Best Overall" awards, obtained the highest mark in that category. 
Participants who receive the "Most Promising" awards, obtained the second highest mark in that category. 

PIANO

Best Overall Performance - Junior Piano Plan I
Most Promising Competitor - Junior Piano Plan I
 Best Overall Performance - Junior Piano Plan II
Most Promising Competitor - Junior Piano Plan II
Best Overall Performance - Beginner-Grade 1 - Junior Piano Plan II
Most Promising Competitor - Beginner -Grade 1 - Junior Piano Plan II
Best Overall Performance - Grades 2-4 - Junior Piano Plan II
Most Promising Competitor -Grades 2-4 - Junior Piano Plan II
Best Overall Performance - Intermediate Piano
Most Promising Competitor - Intermediate Piano
Best Overall Performance - Senior Piano
Most Promising Competitor - Senior Piano

These scholarships are sponsor created and the parameters may change from year-to-year
Competitors must have competed in at least 2 classes, in the same discipline, to be eligible.

Best Overall Performance - Canadian Composer Plan I - Junior Piano
Best Overall Performance - Canadian Composer Plan II - Junior Piano
Best Overall Performance - Canadian Composer Plan I - Intermediate Piano
Best Overall Performance - Canadian Composer Plan II - Intermediate Piano
John W. McGuire Scholarship - Best Overall Performance - Canadian Composer Plan I - Senior Piano
Eleanor D. McGuire Scholarship - Best Overall Performance - Canadian Composer Plan II - Senior Piano

Tom Spratlin Scholarship - 
Piano Plan I - Best Performance of Romantic Music Including Chopin
Marek Jablonski Endowment Fund Scholarship - 
Piano Plan II - 
Best Performance of Romantic Music Including Chopin
 

Mulder Scholarship - 
Best Overall Performance - Piano - Baroque - Junior Piano
Mulder Scholarship - 
Best Overall Performance - Piano - Baroque - Intermediate Piano
Mulder Scholarship - 
Best Overall Performance - Piano - Baroque - Senior Piano

VOCAL

Best Overall Classical Performance - Junior Vocal
Best Overall Popular Performance - Junior Vocal
Most Promising Competitor - Junior Vocal 
Best Overall Classical Performance - Intermediate Vocal 
Best Overall Popular Performance - Intermediate Vocal
Most Promising Competitor - Intermediate Vocal 
Best Overall Classical Performance - Senior Vocal
Best Overall Popular Performance - Senior Vocal
Most Promising Competitor - Senior Vocal

CHORAL

Best Overall Performance - School Choir
Best Overall Performance - Community Choir
Best Overall Performance – Choir
Best Overall Performance - Church Choir

STRINGS

Best Overall Performance - Junior Strings
Most Promising Competitor - Junior Strings
Best Overall Performance - Intermediate Strings
Most Promising Competitor - Intermediate Strings
Melissa Vandendool-Cable Scholarship  - Best Overall Performance - Senior Strings
Most Promising Competitor - Senior Strings

This scholarship is sponsor created and the parameters may change from year-to-year
Competitors must have competed in at least 2 classes, in the same discipline, to be eligible.
Best Overall Performance - Strings Concerto

GUITAR

Best overall performance - Guitar
Most Promising Competitor- Guitar 

CHAMBER MUSIC
Best Overall Performance - Chamber Music

SPEECH ARTS

Best Overall Performance - Junior Speech Arts
Most Promising Competitor - Junior Speech Arts
Best Overall Performance - Intermediate Speech Arts
Most Promising Competitor - Intermediate Speech Arts
Best Overall Performance - Senior Speech Arts

Most Promising Competitor - Senior Speech Arts

This scholarship is sponsor created and the parameters may change from year-to-year
Competitors must have competed in at least 2 classes, in the same discipline, to be eligible.  
Best Overall Performance – Duologue

WOODWINDS/BRASS

Best Overall Performance – Woodwinds
Best Overall Performance – Brass
MUSIC COMPOSITION
Best Overall Music Composition - Junior 
Best Overall Music Composition - Intermediate 
Best Overall Music Composition - Senior

MUSICAL THEATRE

Best Overall Performance - Junior Musical Theatre
Most Promising Competitor - Junior Musical Theatre 
Best Overall Performance - Intermediate Musical Theatre
Most Promising Competitor - Intermediate Musical Theatre 
Best Overall Performance - Senior Musical Theatre
Most Promising Competitor -Senior Musical Theatre

This scholarship is sponsor created and the parameters may change from year-to-year
Best Overall Performance - Musical Theatre (Duet, Trio or Quartet)

GARAGE BAND
Best Overall Performance - Garage Band

FAMILY/COMMUNITY GROUP
Best Overall Performance - Family/Community Group
 


CLASS SCHOLARSHIPS

Class scholarships are based on highest marks, and are categorized according to classes 
entered by all competitors, and subsequently change from year-to-year. 

The scholarship categorizing is completed, once all registrations have been received
 and before the festival begins.

Criteria: Soloists, groups (2+ individuals) who have competed in 2 classes or more classes, 
or one class that requires 2 or more selections, are eligible for only ONE class scholarship per discipline. 


The following are ineligible for class scholarships:
Choirs, Chamber Group, Garage Band, Duologue Speech, Family/Community Group, 
Iris Evans Scholarship for the Performing Arts Repertoire, Provincial National Class Repertoire, 
Discipline and Specialty Scholarship Winners.