Past Award Winners listed below

Local Awards for 2020

Alberta Registered Music Teachers Award (chosen from entrants in Joyce Oliver Alberta Composer Classes)
Violet Archer Awards
Contemporary Showcase Recognition Awards

All awards will be given at the discretion of the clinicians.

National Awards

The Ann Southam Award

The Ann Southam Award is a new performance excellence award that is established in memory of pioneering Canadian composer Ann Southam by the Southam family.

This new national award 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  to 8) and Senior Level (Grade 9 and above).

Click here to read more about Ann Southam.

The Mary Gardiner Award of Performance Excellence – ACNMP National Award

This award was established in 2010 to honour Mary Gardiner – an awarded composer, pianist, educator, mentor, great champion of Canadian music and long- serving President of Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects.

Qualifications for this solo performance: The nominee must have participated for three years in the Contemporary Showcase Festival at a high level of performance.

Procedure: Each Contemporary Showcase Centre with a qualifying performer will submit the performance by December 13 of the festival year via a personal youtube video.

Please list the name of the performer, composition and grade in the email and announce this information on the video. The recipient will be announced on the ACNMP website by January 15.

The award will be sent by mail.

Levels: Each Centre may submit a Senior, grade 9 and above, and a Junior, grade 8 and below , candidate.

Mary Hildebrand Memorial Award for Performance Excellence – ACNMP National Award

ACNMP is pleased to announce a new National Award: The Mary Hildebrand Memorial Award for Performance Excellence

Mary Hildebrand was a teacher, composer and dedicated supporter of Contemporary Showcase Mississauga. This award has been established by Mary’s family.

Qualification: Each Contemporary Showcase Centre may submit one senior (grade 9 and up) solo performance on the recommendation of the adjudicator.

Each nominee will submit a performance by December 13 of the festival year via a personal youtube video. The recipient will be announced on the ACNMP website by January 20. The award will be sent by mail.

Amount of Award: $500.00

John Weinzweig Centenary Scholarship
– ACNMP National Award

ALLIANCE FOR CANADIAN NEW MUSIC PROJECTS  and Contemporary Showcase are pleased to announce the John Weinzweig Scholarship.

To honour John Weinzweig, “the Dean of Canadian Composers”, ACNMP is pleased to announce a scholarship for the performance of solo works by Weinzweig. The scholarship is funded by “John Weinzweig ONE HUNDRED YEARS 1913-2013”.

The performer must have participated in a Contemporary Showcase and be recommended by the centre coordinator.

Solo performances of any Weinzweig composition or a work by a first or second generation Weinzweig student will be accepted.  Find pieces listed in the ACNMP syllabus ( or Click here for a list of Weinzweig’s students.

Submissions can be done through a personal youtube video submitted to by December 13,2014.

There will be a junior (up to grade 8) and a senior scholarship (grades 9 and up).  The two recipients will also receive a Weinzweig Biography.

The submission does not have to be a recording of the Contemporary Showcase performance.

*Scholarships presented in 2019*

Photo: Some Award Recipients from 2019

YCP – Robert Rosen Memorial Award – Mia Cowper

YCP – CSE Recognition Award Creative Music – Sointu Aalto

Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association Awards
Creative Music Award – Sointu Aalto
Joyce Oliver Alberta Composer Award – Sarah Reive
Joyce Oliver Alberta Composer Award – Noah Mok

Tirecraft Awards for Strings 
Sointu Aalto
Elijah Mok

Violet Archer Award (Jr. Piano) 
Jalon Griffith
Amiya Chin
Georgia Lee 

CSE Recognition Awards
Winds – Ja Ja Jiang
Winds – Porter Conrad
Voice – Molly Danko
Voice – Allessandra Belle Ortynski
Jr. Piano – Fallon Nguyen
Int. Piano –  Yue-Xing Vincent Zhang
Int. Piano – Elena Begovic
Int. Piano – David Stobbe
Int. Piano – Alyssa Alva
Sr. Piano – Heather McGuire
Sr. Piano – Sam Bardestani
Sr. Piano – Benedek Gaal

National Award Nominations 2019

Performers with * were recommended.
Mary Gardiner Senior Award 

– Molly Danko, voice 
(was unable to attend and unable to provide recording before gala)
* – Sointu Aalto, cello

Mary Hildebrand Memorial 
– Molly Danko, voice (see note above)
* – Sointu Aalto, cello
– Heather McGuire, piano

Mary Gardiner Junior Award
*- Alyssa Alva (Gentle Breeze/Bender)

Ann Southam Junior Award
– Porter Conrad, saxophone (Romance/Raum)
*- Benedek Gaal, piano (Star-Gazing/Louie)


*Scholarships presented in 2018*

Anniversary Commission Premiere Class

Junior – Jane Eaton
Intermediate – Oliver West
Senior – Heather McGuire

Violet Archer Awards – Jr. Piano

Yup-Xing Vincent Zhang
Alyssa Alva
Luka Begovic

Contemporary Showcase Edmonton Recognition Awards
Jr. Piano – Jacob Eaton
Int. Piano – Isabella Houston
Int. Piano – Lucas Haines
Int. Piano – Charlie Eaton
Sr. Piano – Josina Leder
Sr. Piano – Ben Veenstra
Voice – Amanda Smith
Winds – Isaac Earl
Strings – Jeanette Choy & Sun Poon

ARMTA Award for Alberta Composer
Raniel Flores

Bella Music Awards
Strings – Sointu Aalto
Strings – Allison Wan

Gramophone Creative Music Award
Sirui Li

Featured Composer – Best Interpretation
John Burge Rebekah Fuelbrandt
Martha Hill Duncan – Cassidy Nouanethong

National Award Nominees

Mary Hildebrandt Award – Amanda Smith, Heather McGuire, Sointu Aalto
Mary Gardiner Sr. Award – Ben Veenstra
Mary Gardiner Jr. Award – Lucas Haines
Ann Southam Sr. Award – Josina Leder
Ann South Jr. Award – Isabella Houston

*Scholarships presented in 2017*

Violet Archer Awards – Jr. Piano

Owen Layton
Jocelyn Li
Gwendolyn Nguyen
Tristen Steinke

Contemporary Showcase Edmonton Recognition Awards
Int. Piano – Owen Agular
– Benedek Gaal
Sr. Piano – Charlie Eaton
Jr. Voice – Lilianne Gervais
Sr. Voice – Molly Danko

Young Composers Program
Sointu Aalto
Lucas Haines
Jonathan Urschel

Chateau Lacombe Awards
Adv. Piano – Louisa Lu
– Andrea Pedro

Bella Music Awards
Jr. Strings – Allison Wan
Sr. Strings – Sointu Aalto

Gramophone Creative Music Award
Sointu Aalto

National Award Nominees
Mary Hildebrandt Award – Andrea Pedro
Mary Gardiner Sr. Award – Louisa Lu — and national winner!
Mary Gardiner Jr. Award – Hazel Leung

*National Award Winner from Edmonton*


Congratulations to Louisa Lu of Contemporary Showcase Edmonton!