The Austrian Society Scholarships are awarded to one or more students each year at the Schulich School of Music, and are valued at a minimum of $3000. The award enables students to further their study in Austria during the summer.
Leah Batstone, a PhD student in Musicology is supervised by Prof. Steven Huebner here at Schulich. While in Vienna this summer she will be researching the writings of Natalie Bauer-Lechner, in whom Gustav Mahler confided his thoughts and feelings about music and surroundings. The International Gustav Mahler Society has recently received some of Bauer-Lechner's unpublished notebooks, typescripts and handwritten copies, which Leah Batstone will be cataloguing, collating, writing a chronology of documented events and producing a close reading of the texts. The chance to be in contact with major Mahler scholars and to work with primary documents will be important training for her future work as a musicologist.
Aaron Sheppard, a 3rd year BMus vocal student studying with Sanford Sylvan at Schulich will be a Young Artist at this year's Salzburg Festival, performing alongside such singers as Placido Domingo, Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko. He will be taking part in both Main Stage and Young Artist productions and will be singing the role of Belmonte in Mozart's Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail.