“The Best Kept Secret – the Most Popular Event in Town”

“Swing into Spring” – is a mini fundraiser supporting the Scholarship Fund of the WMC and the WMC McLellan Competition.  Each year in May or June, members and friends are invited to a luncheon – to share a glass of wine, great food, and to enjoy musical entertainment  – all held in a stately, elegant home in Winnipeg.

On June 6th 2019 – our event was held at Moss House – an historic Georgian Revival Mansion built in 1901.  Attendance was by invitation.  Lunch was served with sandwiches, wraps, and desserts paired with perrier or white wine! Jessica Kos-Whicher – soprano (2018 WMC McLellan finalist) with collaborative pianist Lisa Rumpel performed throughout the afternoon and wowed a VERY appreciative audience!

This year’s Swing into Spring will support the WMC McLellan Competition in 2020!

Moss House – Welcome to Swing into Spring 2019
Welcome!
Sitting room in Moss House
Heintzman piano in ballroom
WMC Board members giving thanks to Maegan of Moss House!

This cultural fundraiser seems to grow in popularity each year, since its inception in 2001.  We invite friends to support our WMC Scholarship Fund and the WMC McLellan Competition by saving the date to come for lunch, wine and music in a charming home in Winnipeg.

If you would like to receive an invitation to this event in 2020 – please call us at 204-944-9431 and leave a message and we will get back to you or email us at info@womensmusicalclubofwpg.ca.

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The 2020 WMC McLellan Competition will soon be upon us! Online applications from instrumentalists and vocalists are due by 5 p.m. November 15th, 2019! Prepare your mp3/mp4s for the preliminary round – a blind audition. Adjudicators from around the world will rate each performance and 12 will be chosen to move forward to the live, semi-final round – Saturday, February 15th 2020 at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at the University of Winnipeg. Adjudicators present for this live audition will then choose three finalists. The three finalists will move forward to the final round – playing a solo performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – Wednesday, April 15th 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at Jubilee Place of MBCI….with Maestro Daniel Raiskin conducting! Adjudicators that evening will award 1st place with $10,000; 2nd place with $6000; and 3rd place with $4000!

The 2018 WMC McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with the WSO on April 15th was a very successful event as those in attendance would attest to!  $20,000 in awards were earned by these three artists.  1st place Andrea Lett, soprano – 2nd place David Liam Roberts, cello – 3rd place Jessica Kos-Whicher – soprano.  Our Manitoba talent is second to none!

WMC McLellan winners in 2018

(Left to right) Andrea Lett – soprano; David Liam Roberts – cello; Jessica Kos-Whicher- soprano

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2019 WMC Scholarship Winners

The six winners of the 2019 Scholarships will perform on Sunday, December 29th 2019 at 2 p.m. at the WAG and receive their scholarships.

$3000 WMC Scholarship – Sydney Clarke – soprano

$2500 WMC Scholarship – Albert Chen – piano

$2000 Madeleine Gauvin Scholarship – Amanda Robertson – clarinet

$1500 Holtby Scholarship – Juliana Moroz – cello

$1500 Phyllis Ilavsky Scholarship – Nika Martinussen – piano

$1000 Berythe Birse Scholarship – Elena Howard-Scott – soprano

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The 2018 WMC Scholarship Winners are:

$3000 WMC Scholarship – Paul Williamson/piano;  $2500 WMC Scholarship – Juliana Moroz/cello;  $2000 Madeleine Gauvin Scholarship – Christina Thanisch-Smith/soprano;  $1500 Holtby Scholarship – Alexander Moroz/viola;  $1500 Phyllis Ilavsky Scholarship – Jammie Lee/piano and $1000 Berythe Birse Scholarship – David Liam Roberts – cello.

Left to right: Paul Williamson – piano, Juliana Moroz – cello, Christina Thanisch-Smith – soprano, Alexander Moroz – viola, Jammie Lee – piano, and David Liam Roberts – cello.

These artists performed and received their scholarships on our stage at the WAG on Sunday, December 30th 2018 at 2 p.m.!  What a passionate performance from these young artists to a near full house!

We appreciate all the support the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg receives in its efforts to support the young musical talent that is so rich in this province – and help them step closer to achieving their goals!

Consider joining us for “Swing into Spring – in May/June 2020!” We’d love to see you there!

Margaret Morse
Special Events Chair