Marcus Awards Applications Now Open

The Council of Canadian Bassoonists is proud to present two annual scholarships, The Frank Marcus Awards. The awards will be distributed to one undergraduate and one graduate student enrolled as bassoon majors in a Canadian University or Conservatory in the 2024-2025 academic year.

  • Two awards of $500

  • Winners’ activities will be featured on the Council website for one year

  • Winners receive several online lessons with Council mentors upon approval of current teachers. 

April 1, 2024: Online Applications Open

July 15, 2024: Online applications due by 11:59 pm PST

August 15, 2024: Conditional recipients notified by email.

Students will have six months to redeem their scholarship vouchers, paid by eTransfer.

 Application Requirements

You will need to submit through the online application form found here. Your complete application will include:

  1. 1 Written Response: Describe an experience that inspired you to pursue bassoon in your post-secondary studies. Who do you want to be in five years, and why?
  2. 1-2 Performance Examples (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.): An example of your best performance on the bassoon. Your repertoire must be stated on video and/or in the video description. Suggested duration: 15 minutes
  3. 1 Reference Letter: from a current or former teacher or music teacher or studio instructor.
  4. 1 Unofficial Academic Transcript: from your current high school or post-secondary school.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada as of the application deadline.
  • be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible undergraduate or graduate program at a Canadian institution.

Students selected as conditional recipients of the 2024 Frank Marcus Awards must provide the COCB with Proof of Enrollment for the Fall 2024 term by August 31, 2024, to be confirmed as a recipient and receive the award.

For a proof of enrolment document to be valid, it must all of the below:

    • Full name of student.
    • School name.
    • Academic term and year enrolled.
    • Date issued.
    • Program of study.
  • Letters of acceptance and offers of admission do not adequately prove enrolment in the 2024-2025 academic year.

How Applications are Evaluated

All applicants are evaluated by at least three COCB board members* on the following two standard criteria:

  • Your Written Statement and your submitted Performance Examples
  • Your academic transcript, complemented by a letter of recommendation from a teacher, which attests to your scholarly achievements.
  • Preference will be given to those who indicate current or future enrolment in a Bachelor of Music or Master of Music program.

*board members are not permitted to assess the applications of their own students.


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