The purpose of this program is:
- To support the development of young musicians in the Halton area
- To find and develop new players for the orchestra
- To encourage cultural diversity in the youth of the community
The purpose of the YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS is to stimulate the interest of young people by creating opportunities for them to develop their skills by playing with the orchestra. In turn, their participation helps the orchestra to achieve its objective of continuous improvement of the symphonic sound. Each student receives a bursary of $1,500 (see sponsorship page).
Kenneth Hollier Award
The KENNETH HOLLIER AWARD, named in honour of the orchestra’s founding musical director, was introduced six years ago to recognize promising young artists. It is available to string players and non-string players in alternate years. This year a prize of $300 was awarded to two talent musicians. Congratulations to the 2018-2019 winners: Jocelyn Chong & Emma Foley
The YOUSSEF-WARREN VIOLIN was donated by the Oakville-based Youssef Warren Foundation. This quality violin is to be loaned to a young violinist playing with the Oakville Symphony. Romano Gaiani, a master violinmaker from Ferrara, Italy, made the violin in 1993. Ian Morrison, violinist with the Oakville Symphony, also donated a “Handorff” bow to be used with the violin. Matthew Choi is currently playing this lovely violin.
Developing Artist Awards
The DEVELOPING ARTIST AWARDS were introduced to recognize the talents of some of the younger competitors for the Kenneth Hollier Award. They are given at the discretion of the judges. Congratulations to the 2018-2019 winner: Kevin Wang
The HOLLIER VIOLA was donated by Dorothy Hollier-Bidlake, widow of the founder of the symphony, Kenneth Hollier. We are very grateful for her donation of an A.G. Galea viola, as well as a Laberté viola bow and viola case in his honour.