General Information

Our volunteers are still working on securing scholarship opportunities which will be finalized in December.

Please note the following:

  • Scholarship and Award applicants are eligible to apply only if they are part of a band or ensemble that is registered to play at CRMF 2023.

  • Recipients of Concert Band and Choral Scholarships and Awards will be chosen based on a live audition at


Broadview Public School,

535 Dovercourt Ave, Ottawa, ON K2A 0T2 MAP


  • The audition date is still to be determined.

  • Recipients of the Jazz Scholarships and Awards will be chosen by this year's adjudication panel at the festival during the applicants’ ensemble performance.

  • Regardless of the scholarship or award being applied for, students must fill out a Google Form Application which will also be posted on this page in December. The due date is still to be determined. Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Contact Isabelle St-Amour at crmfscholarships@gmail.com for more information.

Concert Band Scholarships and Awards

Audition Requirements

  • Please prepare 2 selections of contrasting tempo, time and key signatures, articulation and style.

  • Audition length is 15 minutes max.

  • Provide 3 copies of the music. Photocopies will be accepted.

Note: The candidate has the option of unaccompanied or piano accompanied auditions, but is responsible for providing his/her own accompanist. An electric piano will be provided as well as a bass amp. Recorded accompaniment is also acceptable.

Ottawa Saxophone Camp To be confirmed

Grade 8 saxophone player

The recipient of this full scholarship, valued at approx $475, will attend a 5 day camp. Daily transportation to and from the camp is not included.

For more info, visit: http://www.alcornmusicstudios.com/ottawa-saxophone-camp/

Long and McQuade Intermediate Award: To be confirmed

$250 gift card

Grade 9 or 10

For more info, visit: https://www.long-mcquade.com/

Long and McQuade Senior Award: To be confirmed

$500 gift card

Grade 11 or 12

For more info, visit: https://www.long-mcquade.com/

Jazz Scholarships and Awards

Audition Requirements

    • Recipients of Jazz Scholarships and Award will be chosen by this year's adjudication panel, at the festival.

    • While not mandatory, students applying for scholarships / awards should be featured during their performance(s) at the festival

    • Carmelo Scaffidi Memorial Scholarship - $500 Grade 12 trumpet player

A $500 scholarship to a student who has demonstrated exemplary skills and a desire to pursue music with a concentration on trumpet. Applicants must be currently enrolled in their final year of high school and applying to continue musical studies at an accredited Canadian university/college with a concentration on trumpet. Proof of acceptance is required in order to receive the scholarship.

The Memorial scholarship has been donated by Mrs. Jo-Anne Scaffidi, widow of the late Carmelo Scaffidi.

Born in Ottawa, Carmelo emerged quickly as leader in the local musical community. With the RCMP Concert Band, from 1989 until its final performance in 1993, Carmelo was the lead trumpet player. He continued his trumpet studies with Lew Soloff (Blood Sweat and Tears) and Arnold Jacobs (Chicago Symphony). Most recently, he performed with Tito Jackson, The Funk Brothers, The Four Tops, Thelma Houston, The Former Ladies of The Supremes and other great artists like Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, and Melissa Manchester. He is remembered locally and internationally for his extraordinary musicianship, and can still be heard at every Ottawa Senators home game as the players rush on to the ice to the iconic sound of his trumpet.

    • Michael Scorah Memorial Scholarship - $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.

Michael Scorah was a member of the Canadian Forces Central Band in Ottawa until he went to Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied and taught from 1970 to 1973. He joined the RCMP Band in Ottawa, in 1973 travelling and performing throughout Canada, and many parts of the world until 1994. In addition to his regular job as a member of the band, Mike played in various ensembles around the city. An accomplished player of all woodwind instruments, he also performed with the NAC Orchestra, the Savoy Society and Orpheus Musical Theatre. After he left the RCMP Band, Mike toured with an Andrew Lloyd Webber show based in New York and played on cruise ships for about 10 years. Mike also left a legacy in the large number of students he taught, many of whom are professional musicians today. Mike taught private lessons at Canterbury and Ashbury, did clinics at many schools, and also taught at U of Ottawa and Carleton University.

    • Vernon Isaac Memorial Scholarship - $500 Grade 12 saxophone player

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 applying to continue musical studies at an accredited Canadian university/college. Proof of acceptance is required in order to receive the scholarship.

The Memorial scholarship has been donated by Mrs. Jo-Anne Scaffidi, widow of the late Carmelo Scaffidi, and The Friends of Vernon Isaac Society.

Born in Texas in 1912, Vernon Clarence Isaac has toured all over the world as a sax player, vibraphonist and band leader. He has played with numerous jazz musicians including Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton and Charlie Parker. He made his way to Montreal and then Ottawa where he quickly became a mainstay of the local jazz scene.He put together the Vernon Isaac Big Band, with a collection of the region’s best jazz players, including Mike Tremblay, John Geggie and Roddy Ellias all of whom were profoundly influenced and enriched by Vern’s personality, mentorship and jazz experience.


    • Jazzworks Camp Scholarship Grade 9 to 12 rhythm section player of exceptional talent

The recipient of this scholarship, valued at approximately $800.00, will have the opportunity to attend JazzWorks' 2023 held at CAMMAC Music Centre (near Harrington, Quebec) in late August. The three day Jazz Camp 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, small group combo rehearsals, improvisation, Jazz history, a variety of workshops and jam sessions. The scholarship is open to Grade 9-12 rhythm section players of exceptional talent.

For more info visit: https://www.jazzworkscanada.com/jazz-camp.html

    • University of Carleton Jazz Camp Scholarship Grade 7 or 8 trombone or bass player To be confirmed

The recipient of this full scholarship will attend the Carleton University Jazz Camp valued at $600. Camp takes place the last week of July in Ottawa. Students applying for this scholarship need to check the camp dates to ensure they can attend.

For more info, visit: http://www.cujazzcamp.ca

    • Interprovincial Music Camp Scholarship Grade 6 to 9 To be confirmed

The recipient of this half scholarship, valued at $438.00 will attend the Jazz program at IMC, August 2023. Balance of tuition fee is required at registration. The camp is located in McKellar ON, near Parry Sound. Transportation to the camp is not included. Students applying for this scholarship need to check the camp dates to ensure they can attend.

For more info, visit: www.campimc.ca