On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg held its annual scholarship auditions at the Eva Clare Hall, at the University of Manitoba. The day was filled with many commendable performances from all 21 young Manitoba artists! The WMC congratulates the following winners:

  • WMC Centennial (1915-2015) Scholarship $3,500 – Jaena Kim – Flute
  • WMC Scholarship $3,000 – Ashley Boychuk – Soprano
  • WMC Scholarship $2,500 – Ainsley Wray – Soprano
  • Madeline Gauvin Scholarship $2,000 – Natalie Dawe – Cello
  • Holtby Scholarship – $1,500 – Kristy Tucker – Bassoon
  • Berythe Birse Scholarship – $1000 – Gregory Lewis – Violin

The WMC scholarship program has been a feature of the Women’s Musical Club mandate since 1915. Hundreds of young musicians have won these scholarships over the years, and many have gone on to achieve international acclaim. The names of the winners and the amounts of the awards are listed in a brochure which is updated yearly.

The six winners will perform and receive their scholarship cheques at the annual WMC Scholarship Winners’ Recital that will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 27th, 2015 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The public is invited to attend and be treated to an afternoon of amazing music from these talented Manitoban performers! Tickets are available through McNally Robinson Booksellers in December, through a subscription, or at the door (by cheque or cash only). Students $5 at the door only.

Left to right:  Ashley Boychuk – soprano;  Jaena Kim – flute;  Gregory Lewis – violin;  Kristy Tucker – bassoon; Natalie Dawe – cello and Ainsley Wray – soprano.

IMG_6138Jaena Kim, Flute.  Jaena is currently studying the flute with Layla Roberts, in her first year at the University of Manitoba – pursuing her undergraduate degree in flute performance.  She has already been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards at the local, provincial and national level, and indeed has a bright future ahead of her.
IMG_6137Ashley Boychuk, Soprano.  Ashley is currently studying with Tracy Dahl and has an amazingly powerful voice.  She sang last summer in the role of La Fée in Cendrillion for Opera Nuova and she was a huge success.  Her artistic goals and responsibilities as an operatic performer are to ensure musical creativity, to continue personal development and live a commitment to the applicability of the operatic genre.
IMG_6134Ainsley Wray, Soprano.  Ainsley is currently enrolled in a Masters of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Nathalie Paulin.  She will graduate in June 2015.  She had the honour of participating in COSI (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy) in 2013 and 2014 and participated in a studio program and then later in the ensemble program when she prepared for the roles of Poppea and Pallade in L’Incoronazione di Poppea.  
IMG_6126Natalie Dawe, Cello.  Natalie is currently enrolled at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University studying under Thomas Wiebe, completing a Masters in Cello Performance in June 2015.   She is aspiring to be a member of a symphony orchestra as well as being active as a soloist and chamber musician.  She also thoroughly enjoys teaching children, and envisions a small private studio of young aspiring cellists.
IMG_6131Kristy Tucker, Bassoon.  Kristy is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program at the University of Manitoba, studying under Allen Harrington, graduating in May 2015.  She will begin a Masters in Music program at McGill University in September 2016.  She aspires to play in an orchestra as a full time musician as well as to record a CD of chamber music for a quintet.  She would also like to commission new works for solo bassoon/bassoon and orchestra/and chamber music with bassoon.  She is very interested in learning further about different reed making styles and wishes to travel to Europe to study with respected reed makers.
IMG_6116Gregory Lewis, Violin.  Gregory is currently enrolled at the University of Manitoba, studying under Oleg Pokhanovski, completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance, graduating in 2017.  He has loved the violin since he first heard it in a concert at the age of three, and knew very quickly that he wanted to pursue a career as a concert violinist.  This summer, he has been accepted into the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and has also been invited to perform in Carnegie Hall this May 2015.


The concert in December will be a magical afternoon – with such diverse artists and repertoire! Save the date!