Music Festivals & Competitions

LCMS students have the opportunity to participate in our annual music festivals and win scholarships. The festivals are the main component of our Scholarship Program.

Festival Schedules

View the Class Schedule for Scholarship and Awards Festival Week 2021.

LCMS Canadian
Music Festival

November 21, 2020

This festival is devoted entirely to music by contemporary Canadian composers and takes place during national Canadian music week. The festival combines workshop opportunities with student and faculty performances. A scholarship is awarded for the outstanding student Canadian music performance.

Supporting Canadian Music

LCMS is recognized nationally for supporting and presenting Canadian composers and their music. Each year, LCMS-commissioned works are presented at the annual Canadian Music Concert. Some of Canada’s most celebrated composers have created works for our students to perform with faculty and guest artists. Annual commissions are funded through the Ian Hampton Canadian Music Fund.

Scholarship Awards Festival

February 6 – February 13, 2021

The Scholarship Awards Festival was established in 1986 to encourage children to develop their artistry to the best of their ability in a supportive learning environment.  Students perform in various classes based on instrument and level.  Impartial adjudicators (well-known and respected musicians from outside the school) offer critiques at the end of each class, and determine scholarship recipients.


  • Students must prepare a concert group of three contrasting pieces.
  • Participation is by invitation of the student’s teacher.

Registration deadline:  January 11, 2021

Visit the Scholarship & Awards Festival FAQ for more information and answers to some common questions.

2021 Scholarship & Awards Festival Virtual Awards Concert

Concert format and date to be announced.

Scholarship Recipients

Young Composers’ Competition

March 13, 2021 – 12pm

Submission deadline: March 1, 2021

We are inviting young composers to participate in the LCMS Young Composers’ Competition.

Composers will have the opportunity to work with the Rose Gellert String Quartet during a live virtual workshop (Zoom) from our Rose Gellert Hall, in which their pieces will be performed and critiqued by the ensemble and a jury of prominent composers. The composers will join in to the workshop remotely.

Composers must be present for the virtual workshop.

Leonard Woods Memorial Scholarships will be awarded to the winners in each category (cash awards): Junior $200, Senior $300, College/University $500. Winning works will receive a public performance by the Rose Gellert String Quartet at a date to be determined, depending on COVID restrictions.

Registration Form (PDF) + Rules & Regulations

2021 Young Composers’ Competition Concert

Concert format and date to be announced.

2021 YCC Award Recipients

Thank you to all of everyone that took part in the 2021 Young Composers’ Competition!

We are pleased to announce this year’s Leonard Woods Memorial Award recipients:

Junior Category
Alyssa Kristjanson
Morning on the Lake

Senior Category
Brooklyn Wood
Celladon Waves

Honourable Mention – Judah Williams
Childhood Wonder

College/University Category
Edward Herring
A Night Walk

Honourable Mention – Leif Jack
In the Year 2021 (Riot of the Clowns)