The Capital Region Music Fest (CRMF) is pleased to offer a number of scholarships for the 2017 Festival.

Recipients of  the CONCERT BAND SCHOLARSHIPS will be chosen based on a live audition  to be held between 4pm and  10pm on Wednesday February 15 at Earl Of March SS,  # 4 The Parkway in Kanata. Concert Band scholarships will be awarded at the time of the recipient’s performance with his/her ensemble during the Festival.

Recipients of the JAZZ SCHOLARSHIPS will be chosen by the adjudicators when the student performs with his or her ensemble at the Festival itself. Jazz Scholarships will be announced at the end of the Jazz Festival weekend.

Regardless of the scholarship being applied for, students must submit an application form to the Scholarship Committee to be considered for any scholarship. The form must be received on or before Wednesday, February 8, 2017. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Questions may be directed to the Scholarship Chairman via email.

Send form(s) to: Attention CRMF Scholarships


Candidates must be registered in a performing ensemble and must perform at the CRMF in February/March 2017 on the same instrument for which the application is being made. The candidate must also obtain the signature of his/her ensemble director as an endorsement of the application.


The candidate will prepare a minimum of two contrasting selections or one continuous selection, which includes two styles. The candidate has the option of unaccompanied or piano accompanied auditions, but is responsible for providing his/her own accompanist.  Taped accompaniment is also acceptable.  Please provide two copies of the music being performed at the time of the audition (photocopies will be accepted).

Sundance Photo Junior Scholarship - $250 Must be registered in grade 6, 7 or 8

Long and McQuade Intermediate Scholarship -  $250 Must be registered in grade 9 or 10

Long and McQuade Senior Scholarship -  $500 Must be registered in grade 11 or 12

Interprovincial Music Camp Scholarship             Must be  registered in grade 6 to 9 for    September 2017.

The recipient of this full scholarship, valued at $998.00, will attend the Band and Orchestra program at IMC, August 26th to September 3rd 2017.   For more info, visit:

National Music Camp Junior Scholarship (x3) two Grade 6 to 8 and one Grade 9 to 12

The recipients of these half scholarship, valued at approximately $450 each, will attend the National Music Camp in Orillia, Ontario in August. Transportation to and from the camp is not included.

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               Dovercourt Band Camp Scholarship (x2)                                            Must be registered in Grade 6 to 8

The recipient of the full scholarship, valued at $230,  will attend Dovercourt’s Band Camp in Ottawa  July 2017. Daily  transportation to and from the camp is not included. For more info, visit:  


Ottawa Saxophone Camp   Must be registered in Grade 8

The recipient of this full scholarship, valued at $450, will attend the 5 day camp July 3 - 7, 2017.  Daily   transportation to and from the camp is not included. For more info, visit:



Festival adjudicators must be informed of the application of a nominee prior to the applicant’s ensemble(s) performance(s), see application form for further details. The Ensemble Director is asked to feature the applicant to allow maximum exposure for the Adjudicators to listen to the applicant.

 . VERNON ISAAC MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP -  $500 Grade 12 saxophone player

The Friends of Vernon Isaac Society and Mike’s Music are pleased to award a $500 scholarship to a student who has demonstrated exemplary skills and a desire to pursue music with a concentration on saxophone.  The student must be currently enrolled in his/her final year of high school and intending to continue musical studies at an accredited Canadian university/college with a concentration on saxophone.


MUSICARE JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP- $250 Grade 6 - 12 Brass player

The recipient of this scholarship is a trumpet or trombone player who demonstrates superior jazz improvisational skills for his/her grade level.

SPORTVISION JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP - $250                 Grade 6 - 12 Rhythm section player

The recipient of this new scholarship is a rhythm section player who demonstrates superior jazz improvisational skills for his/her grade level

MICHAEL SCORAH MEMORIAL    - $250                                                    Grade 7  to 11 saxophone player

This is a scholarship sponsored by the American Federation of Musicians (local 180)  introduced in memory of Ottawa saxophonist Michael Scorah, a former Central Band and RCMP Band member and Ottawa musician.

JAZZWORKS  SCHOLARSHIP                Grade 11 or 12  rhythm section player

The recipient of this scholarship, valued at approximately $750.00, will have the opportunity to attend

JAZZWORKS 2017, a three-day intensive Jazz Camp held at CANMAC Music Centre (near Harrington, Quebec), August 18 - 21, 2016. JAZZWORKS 2017  is an opportunity for adult jazz musicians and advanced high school music students to work with world-class performers and jazz educators, and is unique in the Ottawa area.  The program includes master classes, individual and group coaching, Jazz  history, improvisation, arranging and composition, and jam sessions. The scholarship is open to Grade 11-12 rhythm section players of exceptional talent. For more info visit:

        CARLETON UNIVERSITY JAZZ CAMP              Grade 7 or 8 trombone or bass player

The recipient of this full scholarship will attend the Carleton University Jazz Camp valued at $600. Camp takes place in August in Ottawa. For more info, visit:

NATIONAL  MUSIC CAMP JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP                             Grade 9 to 12    

The recipient of this half scholarship, valued at approximately $450, will attend the National Music Camp in Orillia, Ontario in late August.   Please note that transportation to and from the camp is not included.  For more info and camp dates, visit



This is a twelve week program valued at $600 that includes sponsorship into the youth band program (maximum age 17).  One program will begin early March and the next one begins early April.  This program is based around the principles of the summer camp, Rock Star Camp, which has run since 2003 and successfully created and recorded over 50 bands. Many of the bands have been featured on local and national media broadcast and print outlets and the program was featured nationally on Canada AM as one of the 5 most unique camps in the country. In the band program, bands are created and  meet for 2 hours per week. Participants will write and record an original song, create a band image. do a photoshoot and a live show performing their original song. At the 2 hour weekly meetings participants work on musicianship through learning songs and writing.

The group learns how to critically listen to modern arrangements and make arrangement decisions on their original music. We focus on each instrument and also group dynamics and communication.We learn about studio preparation and recording techniques. Stage presence is worked on as the group gels and has material learned. We discuss the modern music industry and some tactics and strategies for musicians to plan a career.

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PLEASE NOTE:   If you wish to apply and audition for this unique opportunity, fill out the concert band or jazz band form and your name and email will be forwarded to the organizers of this program who will contact you regarding auditions.