Financial Aid & Competitions

The Don Wright Faculty of Music is able to offer significant financial support for its students. Last year, the Faculty awarded more than $160,000 to our undergraduate students alone. Three internal annual competitions are outlined below:

Maritsa Brookes Concerto Awards (Concerto Competition)

Concerto CompetitionAwarded to any undergraduate or graduate student in the Don Wright Faculty of Music on the basis of performance excellence demonstrated in solo concerto competition, this annual competition has been a highlight for many students over the years. This award was made possible through the generous donation by Maritsa Ateena Brookes (BA '57) to Foundation Western. The winners will give a public performance in the following school year. A generous monetary award is shared amongst the winners in the fall following the competition.

London Music Scholarship Foundation Endowment Awards (LMSF)

London Music ScholarshipThe London Music Scholarship Foundation independently supported excellence in performance at Western for more than 20 years. Annual competitions were held courtesy of endowments honouring Bessie and Joe McManus, Guy Lombardo and Healey Willan.

In 1997, the Foundation donated its assets, a fund of an endowed $275,000, to Western University during the first phase of the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF). OSOTF matched the donation with $275,000 from the Ministry of Colleges, Universities and Training.

The University, through Foundation Western, assumed direct responsibility for management of the competition.

Fred Pattison Piano Award

Fred Pattison Piano AwardProceeds from the Fred Pattison Award Fund, held by Foundation Western, will support the $3,200 Fred Pattison Piano Award at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, which is to be awarded to the winner of an annual piano competition. In addition to receiving a cash award, the winner will give a public performance the following academic year. Dr. Pattison was Western’s former Head of Chemistry (1959-1965) and Director of Student Health Services (1973-1988). He had a great passion for the piano and spent many hours enjoying performances in von Kuster Hall at the Faculty of Music.

To discuss supporting a new Scholarship or Competition, please contact the Dean of the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Betty Anne Younker or 519-661-4008 or Karmen Ferraro, Alumni and Development Officer, Don Wright Faculty of Music or 519-661-2111 ext. 85695.