The Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that Geneviève Leclair has been awarded $12,000 as the recipient of the Foundation's 2010 advanced music study award. The 2010 award was offered in the area of orchestral conducting and was open to candidates under thirty years of age from across Canada.
The final selection round for the award took place on March 29th in the MacMillan Theatre at the University of Toronto. Three finalists rehearsed the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra in selections from Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique before an independent jury of Canadian orchestral conductors.
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. The recipient is chosen through a competitive process that is national in scope. The award, $12,000 in recent years, is offered annually or biennially.
Reflecting Sir Ernest's wide-ranging endeavours, the award is offered in different areas of music, areas that are not funded appreciably from other sources. Awards have been offered in composition, conducting, instrumental and vocal performance, pedagogy, early music, chamber music, collaborative piano and music education. Twenty-five awards have been given since 1985,