Symphony Education Partnership

The Symphony Education Partnership is a unique collaboration between the School of Music at Queen’s University, the Limestone District School Board, the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and the Kingston Symphony Association. Each February, the Kingston Symphony presents four concerts for grade four students in the two local school boards. In preparation for these concerts, Queen’s University music education students teach a set curriculum written by a member of the Queen’s University School of Music faculty to participating classes.

Music Awards

Each season, the Volunteer Committee of the Kingston Symphony Association provides awards to recognize and encourage the development of excellence in young performers living in Kingston and the surrounding region, who are studying symphony orchestra instruments. The awards include various cash prizes.
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2022-2023 MUSIC AWARDS

After a two-year pause, the annual competition for the Kingston Symphony Volunteers Music Awards will be held in the spring of 2023. The awards program recognizes and encourages the development of excellence in performance among young musicians studying orchestral instruments.

A total of $4,500 will be awarded, which is an increase from previous years. You can find more information about the program by clicking here. The application is available to download by clicking here

Allan-Jack Memorial Award: $2,000

The Allan-Jack Award is given to the applicant or applicants judged as the overall best performer(s).

Hannah Robertson Memorial Award: $1,200
This award consists of two prizes of $600. One award is given to an applicant age 5 to 11 and the other to an applicant age 12 to 16.

Harriet Scott Memorial Award: $700
The Harriet Scott Memorial Award will fund awards for applicants from each of the Kingston Symphony Association youth ensembles:
$300 for the Kingston Youth Orchestra
$200 for the Kingston Youth Strings
$200 for the Kingston A-Strings

Bonnie J. Thomas Memorial Award: $600
The award is given to an outstanding string player. 

Please Note: Applicants will be required to perform live for a panel of judges instead of submitting a recording. Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023 in Room 120 at Harrison-LeCaine Hall, Queen’s University, 39 Bader Lane. A detailed audition schedule and other information will be emailed to applicants after the application deadline.

Please contact Ann Lukits, chair of the Music Awards program, at
 or through the Kingston Symphony office at 613-546-9729.

Before the Downbeat

Before the Downbeat involves a number of initiatives designed to enhance the concert experience for you by giving the audience in-depth knowledge about the program of concerts and orchestral music! Initiatives include pre-concert talks, Dress Rehearsal videos, What’s On podcasts, The Overture, SoundSync, and Meet the Musicians videos.

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