London Music Scholarship Foundation Competition


image The 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 McManusGuy 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.

  • Online application form - 2019 competition (submissions are now closed)
  • Past Winners

2019 Important Dates

Application Deadline Round One: December 2, 2018
Round Two: March 2, 2019 - 1 p.m. - open to public (von Kuster Hall)
Round Three: March 2, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. - open to public (von Kuster Hall)

2019 Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to the 2019 finalists and winners! Round 2 and Round 3 were held on March 2, 2019. Judges were: Russell Braun (Voice), Jane Maness (Winds, Brass, and Percussion), Michael Berkovsky (Piano), and Helmut Lipsky (Strings).

1st place: Leonardi Joewono, piano
2nd place: Michal Aloni, mezzo soprano
3rd place: Christian Wrona, viola

All Finalists (in alphabetical order): Michal Aloni, mezzo soprano; Quincy Doenges, vibraphone; Leonardi Joewono, piano; John Johnston, baritone; Sean Kao, piano; Darren Mak, violin; Christian Wrona, viola.

Round One judges:

Jill Ball, Aaron Hodgson, Jana Starling, Winds, Brass, Percussion
Torin Chiles, Patricia Green, Jackie Short, Voice
Stéphan Sylvestre, Leslie Kinton, John Hess, Piano
Annette-Barbara Vogel, Tom Wiebe, Sharon Wei, Strings

Round Two and Round Three judges:

Jane Maness, Winds, Brass, Percussion
Russell Braun, Voice
Michael Berkovsky, Piano
Helmut Lipsky, Strings


The 2019 Edition of the London Music Scholarship Foundation is open to full-time students entering or registered in the Don Wright Faculty of Music in the upcoming academic year 2019-2020 (including Summer 2019 for graduate students), and who are currently registered in applied studies. DMA students are not eligible to participate in this competition.

Selection Process and Repertoire

The Competition consists of three rounds: a Recorded Audition (Round One), the Scholarship Round (Round Two), and the Prize Round (Round Three). The Candidates must present a different program for Round One and Round Two. For Round Three, the students must reuse one of the two programs in its entirety. Each program must not exceed 10 minutes of music including breaks. No student may present a piece accompanied by his/her own instrument (i.e., a sonata for two pianos, a duet for two violins, etc.).

Recorded Audition – Round One

Students must complete the online application form and submit a recording of their repertoire no later than December 2, 2018. Only unedited recordings will be accepted. After reviewing audition recordings and applications, a selection committee will choose approximately 12-15 students to advance to the Scholarship Round – Round Two.

For recording information, please see “Audition Recording Information” in Competition Rules & Guidelines document above.

The Scholarship Round – Round Two

This round is a live competition open to the public. Students chosen from Round One will compete for up to eight (8) $1,500 awards before a full jury. The award winners will advance to the Prize Round – Round Three.

The Prize Round – Round Three

This round is a public concert. The students chosen from the Scholarship Round will perform before a full jury. The
Competition awards three (3) prizes: $2,500 for first place; $1,500 for second place; $1,000 for third place.

Rules and Conditions

  1. Awards and prizes recognize excellence in performance, and the chair of the jury, with the concurrence of simple majority of the jury, may recommend the withholding of any or all of the awards and prizes if a sufficiently high standard is not demonstrated. In addition, the Dean of the Don Wright Faculty of Music may recommend the withholding or reduction of any award or prize if need is not demonstrated.
  2. Students must participate in the Prize Round to receive awards won in the Scholarship Round.
  3. The value of the awards and prizes will be available in the fall.
  4. Contestants must meet qualification requirements for student aid to receive cash awards.
  5. Any recordings of the prize round are considered the property of the Don Wright Faculty of Music