Faculty of Music students have opportunities throughout the year to participate in competitions. Awards range from cash prizes to soloist opportunities.

Some of these competitions are internal; that is, for current Music students at the Desautels Faculty of Music. However, other competitions that would appeal to our students will be posted here as well. (Note: external competition information pages will open in a new window.)




Held in:

Zita Bernstein Competition internal   Spring
Each year the Faculty awards a cash prize for the best performance in German lieder.
Concerto Competition internal   November
Winners have the opportunity to perform a concerto (Symphony) or solo (Wind Ensemble) at a future concert.
This can be any instrument or voice (for Symphony), or any wind, brass or percussion instrument (for Wind Ensemble).
 Genser Competition internal   January/February
Solo performance, any discipline; cash prizes for 1st & 2nd place.
Ensemble Competition                    internal February/March

Ensemble performance, any discipline; cash prizes awarded in both the preliminary and final rounds.

The Women's Musical Club of Winnipeg      
The Doris McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. First Prize $10,000/2nd $6,000/3rd $4,000.
Open to young Manitoba musicians, vocal and instrumental, who are pursuing performance careers. Visit webpage for full details.
 external   March/April
(deadline: Dec.)
WMC Scholarship auditions are also available; five scholarships totalling $8,000.
external   May
(deadline: 4 weeks prior)

Canada Iceland Foundation Inc.

external    September
Includes 3 scholarships for Music students

More national and international competition opportunities:


Please note:

This list is provided for reference purposes. Except for internal competitions, it is not meant to be all-encompassing.

If you know of another competition that should be posted on this page, please send an email to

More information about the Desautels Faculty of Music Awards and Scholarships