Maritsa Brookes Concerto Awards

Awarded on the basis of performance excellence demonstrated in solo concerto competition, this annual competition has been a highlight for many Don Wright Faculty of Music students over the years. This award was made possible through the generous donation by Maritsa Ateena Brookes, BA'57 to Foundation Western. The winners receive the honour of performing their selection in a public concert with the Western University Symphony Orchestra in the following school year. In addition, a generous monetary award is shared amongst the winner and the two runners-up, received in the fall following the competition.

2023-24 Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition - Winners

Collage of 2023-24 Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2023-24 Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition!

Pictured left to right: 
1st Place: Nicholas Gryniewski, voice
2nd Place: Joseph Cantarutti, marimba
3rd Place: Andrea He, piano
Runner Up: Jerry Ma, violin

For details, read the announcement

2023-24 Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition - Final Round

Saturday, January 13, 2024 | 12pm (approx. 3 hour duration)
von Kuster Hall

2023-24 Competition Details


Candidates must be full-time registered students in the Don Wright Faculty of Music for the current year; currently registered in applied music; and, intend to be registered students during the following year. DMA students are not eligible. This competition is open to all instruments.

Application deadline

  • Monday, January 8, 2024 at 12pm

Preliminary round deadlines

  • Monday, January 8 at 12pm (piano and voice) including link to video recording in application form - for regulations check PDF form below

  • Tuesday, January 9 (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion) Audition

Final round adjudication

  • Saturday, January 13

Competition procedures and regulations (original PDF form)

Online Application Form

2023-24 Competition Judges

Preliminary Round Judges

Ted Baerg, Torin Chiles, Patricia Green, Sophie Roland and Todd Wieczorek

Annemarie Moorcroft, Annette-Barbara Vogel, and Tom Wiebe

Kyung Kim, Leslie Kinton, and Stéphan Sylvestre

Winds, Brass & Percussion
Aaron Hodgson, Jana Starling and Bobbi Thompson

Final Round Judges

Sandra Horst, voice

Sandra Horst is a conductor and educator based in Toronto. In addition to making her conducting debut with the Canadian Opera Company in Il viaggio a Reims, she is also the Price Family Chorus Master, with repertoire spanning more than 70 operas.

As Director of Musical Studies for Opera at the University of Toronto she has conducted repertoire on the main stage ranging from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, to Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing, Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park and this past fall, with the first live audience in three years, a triple bill of Hin und Zurück (Hindemith), Monsieur Choufleuri (Offenbach) and Gallantry (Moore).

She is a guest faculty member of Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity and is a frequent Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition judge. Ms Horst served as Chorus Master and audition consultant for Opera Theatre of St Louis, Chorus Master for Edmonton Opera, and has been on the music staff of the Canadian Opera Company, Juilliard Opera Centre, Chautauqua Institute School of Singing, Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Ontario. She also currently serves as an industry mentor for Tapestry Opera’s Women in Musical Leadership program.

In addition to being recognized as one of the 100 Alumni of Achievement, in 2019 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, holds a Master's degree in Accompaniment from New England Conservatory, Boston and pursued Professional Studies at The Juilliard School in New York. An active collaborator, she has been heard in recital with Brandon Cedel, Michael Schade and Marie Berard, Erin Wall, Myles Mykkanen and Elena Tsaligova, as well as in performance on WGBH Radio in New England and CBC Radio. Recent conducting performances include Orphée+ with Edmonton Opera and Florence, the Lady with the Lamp with Voicebox: Opera in Concert.

Leonardo Lacerda, strings

Leonardo Lacerda majored in violin, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Brazil and a Master of Arts degree in the United States.

As a student, Leonardo has participated in music camps in Brazil, Spain, USA and Japan, with scholarships from The Vitae Foundation, O.A.S. (Organization of American States) and A.E.C.I. (Spanish Agency for International Cooperation).

As concertmaster of the Ouro Preto Orchestra for almost 20 years, Leonardo has performed in over one hundred cities in Brazil, and in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, England, Portugal and Uruguay. The group has recorded almost 20 CDs and DVDs.

In 2013, he joined the team of the Musicians' Health Outpatient Clinic at the UFMG–Minas Gerais Federal University–Hospitals and Clinics.

In 2017, he completed a degree in Neuroscience at UFMG’s Institute of Biological Sciences (ICB) and in 2019 he was admitted to the doctoral program of the Faculty of Medicine at UFMG.

Since 2012, Leonardo has been teaching as part time violin professor at UEMG (Minas Gerais State University) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Thomas Green, keyboards

Thomas Green maintains a flourishing studio of elementary-, intermediate- and advanced-level piano and theory students in Windsor, Ontario. He also teaches piano at the Académie Ste Cécile and music history at the University of Windsor. He has adjudicated at music festivals and has conducted examinations and presented workshops across North America. He served as The Royal Conservatory’s Chief Examiner from 2007 to 2020 and as the Conservatory’s Pedagogy Specialist from 2015 to 2021. As Lead Facilitator for The Royal Conservatory’s online Teacher Certification courses, he facilitated online courses on Elementary-, Intermediate- and Advanced-level Piano Pedagogy. More recently, he served on the selection committee for the 2022 edition of the Royal Conservatory Piano Syllabus.

Dr. Green taught Music History at McGill University and The University of Toronto before assuming the position of Editor-in-Chief at the Frederick Harris Music Company. He then taught music history and theory for many years at the University of Windsor. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University, a Master’s in Performance from the Université de Montréal and a Ph.D. in Music History from Brandeis University. His piano teachers included Clifford Poole at The Royal Conservatory and Yvonne Hubert at the École Vincent-d'Indy in Montréal.

Thomas Green is an Adler Certified Professional Coach who enjoys working with students toward achieving their full potential.

Ross Edwards, winds, brass & percussion

Ross Edwards is the principal clarinetist with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony. He is a veteran of the Canadian orchestral scene, having held several principal clarinet positions since winning his first professional audition at age 19. Ross began his studies in his native Montreal and later continued in Chicago, Paris and Berlin. He has been a featured performer at several chamber music festivals throughout Canada, and has also taught clarinet at Wilfred Laurier University for the past 18 years. Ross is celebrating his 25th season with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and has been a soloist with the orchestra on previous occasions in works by Mozart, Copland and Weber.

Previous Winners


2022-23 Maritsa Brookes Winners

First Place: Songlee Kim, piano
Second Place: Madeline Hall, guitar
Third Place, Daryn Nowlin, voice
Runner Up: William Kim, Percussion


Lianna Grace, 2021-22 Maritsa Brookes Winner

First Place: Lianna Grace, piano
Second Place: Terrence Wu, piano
Third Place, Katie Kirkpatrick, flute
Runner Up: Minji Lee, viola


First Place: Andrew Busch, percussion
Second Place: Winnie Zheng, piano
Third Place: Meagan Foster, percussion
Runner Up: Angela Gjurichanin, voice


First Place: Camila Montefusco, voice
Second Place: Terrence Wu, piano
Third Place: Eric Tremblay, trumpet


First Place: Leonardi Joewono, piano
Second Place: Alexis Wright, marimba
Third Place: Kirit Mascarenhas, violin
Runner Up: Michal Aloni, voice


First Place: Kelvin Mun, violin
Second Place: Dan Luong, piano
Third Place: Christian Wrona, viola
Runner Up: Dorothy Lin, violin


First place: Sean Tzu-Hsiang Kao, piano
Second place: Bing Xin Yang, violin
Third Place: Daniel Dennis, cello


First place: Heidi Wall, piano
Second Place: Christian Golding, piano
Third Place: Jordan Clayton, violin


First place: Danbee Ko, piano
Second Place: Morgan Traynor, voice
Third Place: Rachelle Li, violin


First Place: Natalia Skomorokhova, piano
Second Place: Matt Henry, saxophone
Third Place: Lisa Mulgrew, voice
Runner Up: Warren Elder, marimba


First Place: Nicole Li, violin
Second Place: Jayden Beaudoin, marimba
Third Place: Vladimir Soloviev, piano


First Place: Joel Tangjerd, cello
Second Place: Margie Bernal, soprano
Third Place: Bryn Blackwood, piano


First Place: Peter Gajdek, trumpet
Second Place: Courtney Murias, voice
Third Place: Edgar Suski, piano


First Place: Tim Cheung
Second Place: Eric Mohr
Third Place: Catherine Folstad
Alternate: Grace Baker


First Place: Neal Cabigon
Second Place: Mark Prince
Third Place: Victoria Grigg
Fourth Place: Adam Falconi