NYO Canada Criteria

Awarded since 2011, the Michael Measures Prize, in partnership with the Canada Council of the Arts, grows to now award two students (previously one) of NYO Canada displaying extraordinary talent on their respective orchestral instrument. The first prize winner will receive up to $25,000 and the opportunity to perform a concerto while on tour; the second prize winner will receive up to $15,000 as well as additional performance/recital opportunities during session and on tour.

In order to be eligible for the CC-MM Prize, the winner must be a member of the 2019 Orchestra, have successfully completed the NYO Canada’s training session/tour, and have abided by all NYO Canada policies, rules and procedures. The student must also be a Canadian Citizen between the ages of 16 and 24, as of January 1, 2019.

Students who wish to be considered for the Canada Council for the Arts – Michael Measures Prize (CC-MM Prize) must fulfill the requirements listed for the Awards of Excellence scholarships. In order to apply for the CC-MM Prize, the student must apply before the December 28, 2018 deadline and follow the standard application procedure for the NYO Canada, including submitting a video audition in accordance with the NYO Canada’s audition requirements. Students must indicate their intention to apply for the CC-MM award on the NYO Canada application form and send the following supporting materials postmarked no later than February 1, 2019:

  • A video recording or recordings of up to 20 to 30 minutes in total length of solo repertoire of contrasting styles and musical periods;
    • Upload your video recording(s), following the “Instructions on YouTube Upload”  OR
    • Send your videos by mail. All video files must be in .wmv or .mov or .mp4 format.  DVD movie format will NOT be accepted.
  • Copy of a birth certificate or proof of age;
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship if not born in Canada;
  • A CV, a short biography and a recent photo;
  • A list of all teachers with whom you have studied for the past 2 years;
  • 2 letters of reference from music professionals;
  • Program of the repertoire you intend to perform for the final audition, should one be necessary.

These materials must be submitted in a single package (by mail or e-mail), with the exception of the video(s) which may be uploaded to YouTube.  An applicant will forfeit their eligibility if supporting materials are incomplete, submitted separately or not postmarked by the deadline. 

If necessary, a short list of candidates will be selected from the taped auditions to participate in the final auditions for the CC-MM prize. In the event a second round of auditions is necessary, Candidates must attend the finals, in person, to be held in Toronto (date to be announced). The final round consists of a 50-minute recital of varied repertoire, including some concerto repertoire of the student’s choosing for solo instrument. The jury reserves the right to interrupt any performance that goes beyond the prescribed limits.  Candidates must provide their own collaborative pianists for the recital; however, if you do not know a pianist in Toronto, the NYO Canada will provide a list of collaborative pianists available for the final recitals. Candidates are responsible for contacting the pianists.

NYO Canada reserves the right to not award the prize in any given year should there be no suitable candidate.