THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone involved with Don Banks Music Awards 2022.


This year's virtual event was highly successful. All of the applicants were outstanding.

We applaud your musical skill. 

Our sincere congratulations to the DBMA Finalists and Winners.  

DON BANKS MUSIC AWARDS 2023

Check back in January 2023 for the online application and details for DBMA 2023. 

In 2023, the Don Banks Music Awards competition will have video auditions and hopefully an in person concert in the beautiful sanctuary of Islington United Church.

Have a wonderful year. Keep making music. Until we meet again! 

 
IMG_0018_edited_edited.jpg
 

ABOUT US

ABOUT THE AWARDS 

The Don Banks Music Awards (DBMA) are music scholarships awarded annually to selected finalists. The competition is open to young musicians ranging in age from 10 to 18 years, who are attending elementary or secondary school, and who live or take music lessons in the area of Etobicoke, Ontario. 

ABOUT DON BANKS 

The late Mr. Don Banks was a former Etobicoke school principal and a member of Islington United Church, who believed in nurturing the musical studies of young people. Mr. Banks established the initial endowment for these scholarships. 

FORMAT OF THE AWARDS 

Traditionally, the Don Banks Music Awards are decided and announced at a gala spring concert wherein winning finalists compete. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards were paused in 2020. In 2021, the Don Banks Music Awards took place as a completely virtual event. That year, 35 local music students in the areas of strings, piano, voice and winds submitted applications and audition videos. There were 13 finalists who competed for multiple scholarships at the gala concert. The event was a huge success. 

In 2023, the Don Banks Music Awards competition will have video auditions and hopefully an in person concert in the beautiful sanctuary of Islington United Church.  

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

HOW TO APPLY

There is no application fee for the Don Banks Music Awards.

APPLICATION FORM SUBMISSION HAS CLOSED FOR 2022.

Application submissions are closed. Thank you to all who applied.

VIDEO AUDITIONS WILL BE IN PLACE FOR 2023

Click below for video tips and information

 

ADJUDICATORS 2022


Marcus Scholtes and Elaine Choi adjudicated the Don Banks Music Awards 2022.

Thank you for sharing your skill and talent.

 
Marcus Sholtes_edited_edited.jpg

MARCUS SCHOLTES

Canadian musician Marcus Scholtes is an active violinist, pianist and conductor based in Toronto. Most recently, he was named Co-artistic Director of the Toronto Concert Orchestra. Marcus also serves as Associate Concertmaster of Sinfonia Toronto.

Elaine Choi - JPEG for DMBA Website_edited_edited_edited_edited_edited_edited.png

ELAINE CHOI

Elaine Choi contributes to Toronto’s vibrant music community as a conductor, adjudicator and collaborative pianist. She is a four-time recipient of the Elmer Iseler Fellowship in Choral Conducting. 

Elaine recently completed doctoral studies in choral conducting at the University of Toronto.