Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Announces $12,000 Award for Choral Conducting

The Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce its award for 2012 in choral conducting. This is in recognition of Sir Ernest MacMillan's celebrated career as a conductor, in particular his many years with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (1942–1957) and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1931–1956).

In conjunction with the Association of Canadian Choral Communities, Choirs Ontario, and the Elmer Iseler Singers, the final round of the MacMillan Foundation award process will take place at Podium, Canada's National Conference, in Ottawa on May 19, 2012. Three finalists, selected through a competitive process that is national in scope, will work with the Elmer Iseler Singers in front of a jury and live audience.
The Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award is intended to provide significant career development opportunities to a young Canadian musician or music scholar, typically at the graduate level. Reflecting Sir Ernest's wide-ranging endeavours, the award is offered biennially in a wide variety of musical domains. Notable recipients include Bernard Labadie (founder and conductor of Les Violons du Roy and the choir La Chapelle de Québec), James Sommerville (Principal Horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra), soprano Meredith Hall, the Tokai String Quartet (finalists in the 2004 Banff International String Quartet Competition), the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet (Grand Prize Winners of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition) and, most recently Geneviève Leclair, assistant conductor of the Boston Ballet Orchestra.

Sir Ernest's sons, Keith and Ross, founded the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation in 1984 with a donation from the MacMillan family. Additional funds have been obtained through the generosity of other donors. The principal goal of the Foundation is to assist young musicians in their advanced education at the graduate level and in so doing commemorate a great Canadian and his unique career.

Further information on the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation can be found at:

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