Scholarships & Awards


ACNMP Awards
The ACNMP awards were established in 1998 to recognize the most promising performer of the festival. When funding permits, this scholarship is available to all Contemporary Showcase Festival Centres and is based on the recommendation of the adjudicators.

The Patricia Elliott Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of one of the founding members of the ACNMP and is funded by the family of Dr. Clifford Elliott, Patricia’s husband. It is awarded to Composition Students based on the recommendation of the National Composer/Adjudicator.

The Mary Gardiner Award of Performance Excellence
This award has been established to honour Mary Gardiner – a composer, pianist, educator, mentor, great champion of Canadian music, and long- serving President of Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects. Each Centre may submit a Senior (Grade 9 and above) and Junior (up to and including Grade 8) candidate on the recommendation of the adjudicator.

The Mary Hildebrand Memorial Award for Performance Excellence 
This award was established to honour Mary Hildebrand, teacher, composer, and dedicated supporter of Contemporary Showcase Mississauga. Each Contemporary Showcase Centre may submit one Senior (Grade 9 and above) solo performance on the recommendation of the adjudicator.

The Ann Southam National Award

This award was established in memory of composer Ann Southam by her family and will recognize an outstanding performance of a work by a Canadian female composer.  Each Contemporary Showcase centre may nominate one performer at the Junior Level (pre-Grade 1 – 8)  and the Senior Level (Grade 9 and above).

John Weinzweig Centenary Scholarship

This award was established to honour John Weinzweig, “The Dean of Canadian Composers.” The performer must have participated in a previous Contemporary Showcase and be recommended by the centre coordinator. Solo performances of any Weinzweig composition in the ACNMP syllabus or of a solo work listed on will be accepted.


The Dianne and Robert Aitken Award (Toronto)
This award was established in 2006 to recognize promising flutists in the Contemporary Showcase Festival’s Toronto Centre.

Samuel Dolin Memoriam Award (Toronto)
Samuel Dolin was one of Canada’s important composers and beloved teacher of many of today’s composers, including Ann Southam and Mary Gardiner. He believed in each creator finding his or her own voice. This award is for Performance and Composition.

The Mary Gardiner Award (Toronto)
This award was established several years ago to honour ACNMP’s long-time president. It is presented to student(s) who participated for several years in Contemporary Showcase
Festival at a high level of performance. This performer is encouraged to apply for the corresponding National award.

The Mary Hildebrand Award (Toronto)
This award was established in 2014 to honour Mary Hildebrand, a teacher, composer, and dedicated supporter of Contemporary Showcase. It is presented to one senior solo
participant each year. This performer is encouraged to apply for the corresponding National award.

The Elaine Kruse Memorial Award (Toronto)
Established in 2008 and to be presented to promising young pianists, this award honours Elaine’s long standing association with ACNMP and the Contemporary Showcase Festival – Toronto Centre. Elaine’s leadership as president, her vision as a chairperson, and her unique and special guidance as a teacher encouraged us to recognize her in this manner, being one of ACNMP’s outstanding advocates of Canadian music.