John Rea Travel Award in Composition

The $7,500 John Rea Travel Award in Composition is awarded each year to an undergraduate or graduate student in composition who is travelling during the summer to broaden his or her cultural experience and depth of knowledge. The award was established in 2016 by Professor John Rea.

Projects may include, but are not limited to, participating in a masterclass, attending a conference, or taking a course.

Application deadline

*Monday April 11, 2022, at 5:00pm

Application process

Apply online and include the following information:

  • A description of your plans for summer travel, explaining how it will broaden your cultural experience and depth of knowledge.
  • Evidence of a clear plan for summer travel. This should include one or more of the following:
    • An itinerary
    • The location, dates, and link to website for festival(s) or concerts you plan on attending
    • A letter of acceptance from the teacher, institution, or festival, or with whom you intend to study (if not available at time of application, please include your application materials with indication of when acceptance may be confirmed).
  • A one-page budget.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of compositions and performances.
  • A letter of recommendation from your teacher or advisor in the Schulich School of Music (submitted in a separate online form).

Amount and disbursement of funds

One scholarship valued at $7,500 will be awarded by the Composition Area, conditional upon proof of acceptance to your program of study. 

Eligibility criteria

Open to undergraduate or graduate students in composition at the Schulich School of Music, who will be returning to McGill after the summer travel.

The Composition Area will evaluate applications based on:

  • The student’s profile.
  • The suitability of the project for the student’s current career/academic stage.
  • The expected artistic and academic benefits of the proposed studies, with respect to cultural experience and breadth of knowledge.
  • The appropriateness of the environment(s) in which the student will work.
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