The Recipients’ Circle: A new initiative from Jeunesses Musicales Canada Foundation for scholarship recipients

Posted by Annabelle Garon | June 6, 2024

Cercle des récipiendairesMontreal, June 6, 2024 – At its bursary award ceremony held on June 5 at the Maison André-Bourbeau, the Jeunesses Musicales Canada Foundation announced the creation of the Recipients’ Circle, from which all JM Canada Foundation bursary recipients will benefit. After 40 years of support for artists and Jeunesses Musicales Canada, this initiative marks an important turning point in the involvement with emerging artists, as the Cercle will provide more targeted, ongoing support. 

Among other things, the Circle will offer increased visibility through events organized with partners in the milieu, networking meetings, and a newsletter targeted to the needs of artists, all with a view to supporting alumni in their musical careers. Activities related to the Recipients’ Circle will be rolled out over the coming months, complementing what is already in place, to create outreach opportunities for artists in the classical music world. 


“The annual awards ceremony is a particularly moving moment for us at the JM Canada Foundation. As Executive Director, it’s an immense source of pride to see the talent, passion and dedication of young musicians rewarded and supported in their careers. The creation of the Recipients’ Circle will enable us to continue our efforts to support our scholarship recipients in the development of their careers.” – Véronique Desjardins, JM Canada Foundation. 


The new members of the Recipients’ Circle | 2023-2024 Awardees 

Iwan-Edwards Scholarship 

  • Thomas Burton – Choir conductor 
  • Project: travel to several North American choral centers to study with renowned teachers 

Choquette Symcox Award 

  • Meagan Milatz – Pianist 


AIDA recipients 

  • Emma Ahern – Oboe and English horn 
  • Project: Studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands. 
  • Frédéric Beaudoin – Flute 
  • Project: Participate in the Orford Musique 2024 Summer Academy 
  • Aneska Diament – Voice – Soprano 
  • Project: Participate in NUOVA’s summer program in Edmonton 
  • Gabriel Dodin – Violin 
  • Project: Studies at the Music and Art Private University of the City of Vienna with M. Boris Brovtsyn. 
  • Chloé Dumoulin – Piano 
  • Project: Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with M. O’Hora 
  • Charles-Éric Fontaine – Orchestra conductor 
  • Project: Conducting camp in Italy with Sandro Gorli and the Divertimento Ensemble 
  • Molly Fournier – Voice – Soprano 
  • Project: Participate in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Music Camp 
  • Benoît Gauthier – Orchestra conductor 
  • Project: Studies at the Conducting Fellowship of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. 
  • Thomas Gauthier-Lang – Saxophone 
  • Project: Participate in the Stage Bang on Can Summer Festival in Massachusetts 
  • Emma Gélineau-Cloutier – Voice – Soprano 
  • Project: Participate in the Vienna Opera Academy and Weimar Opera Studio 
  • Lou Anne Gouin Plourde – French horn  
  • Project: Studies at the “Hochshule für musik und darstellende” in Frankfurt. 
  • Natasha Henry – Voice – Soprano 
  • Project: To take part in the Canadian Vocal Art Institute (ICAV) summer academy. 
  • Joon Oh Kim – Piano 
  • Project: To take part in the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Florida. 
  • Emmanuel Laforest – Piano 
  • Project: Participate in the Domaine Forget Summer Academy 
  • Jayden Lee – Flute 
  • Project: Attend auditions and take classes in Montreal and New York. 
  • Marie-Bianca Lebeault – Oboe and English horn 
  • Project: Auditions for university studies in Europe. 
  • Jean-Christophe Melançon – Piano 
  • Project: Advanced training, trial lessons and audition at the Reina-Sofia College of Music. 
  • Sophie Naubert – Voice – Soprano 
  • Project: Participate in the Franz-Schubert Institute training course in Baden, Austria. 
  • Camille Poirier-Lachance – Violin 
  • Project : Studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory 
  • Marion Portelance – Cello 
  • Project : Studies at the Royal College of Music in London 
  • Brittany Rae – Voice – Soprano 
  • Project : Prepare for auditions and networking meetings 
  • Emmanuel Roberts Dugal – Piano 
  • Project : Participate in the Young Artist Program in the Yellow Barn Festival in Putney, Vermont 
  • Solène Selva-Rivero – Clarinet 
  • Project: Participate in the Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden summer academy. 
  • Thomas Vinals – Voice – Tenor 
  • Project: Singing lessons and auditions in Europe 
  • Fiona Wu – Piano 
  • Project: Participate in a musical residency at Orford Music 


About Foundation JM Canada 

The mission of the Foundation JM Canada is to raise, establish and administer funds in support of JM Canada’s mission to promote the discovery of classical music among young audiences and to support the career development of young classically trained musicians on the national scene. 

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Véronique Desjardins
Executive Director
JM Canada Foundation​

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