Do Mi Si La Do Ré Contest – Home Sweet Home

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The winners


Awards Ceremony 

Watch or rewatch our Video Awards Ceremony on our Facebook page and on our Youtube channel ! 

All the winners of all the categories were announced during this live presentation on July 9 !

Attend the Ceremony on Facebook – Click here !  |   Attend the Ceremony on Youtube – Click here !


Voting period has ended !

As part of its Do Mi Si La Do Ré (Home Sweet Home) Contest, the Jeunesses Musicales Canada Foundation is proud to announce that it has received MORE THAN 150 applications!

From May 20 to June 14,  you, the public, had to vote for your favourite video and make a donation to our emerging musicians: 1 donor= 1 vote*

All surpluses raised through the fundraising campaign will be used to enhance prizes and bursaries. In fact, all the money raised will be paid to participants of the Do Mi Si La Do Ré Contest.

*A minimum of 5$ per transaction is required by the voting platform. A tax receipt will be sent to you for all donations over $5.


First prize of $20,000!

Concerned and attentive to the needs of musicians in these difficult times, the JM Canada Foundation (FJMC) has decided to help artists by creating the Do Mi Si La Do Ré (Home Sweet Home) Contest . While these few notes protect us from being infected by COVID-19, they become a source of inspiration for artists who, more than ever, are eager to perform and be heard by the public.

Are you under the age of 30 and a classical music instrumentalist, singer or composer who would like to create and perform on the theme of confinement?

Our contest invites you to compose and perform a piece of music of 3 minutes or less on the theme of the musical phrase Do Mi Si La Do Ré (Home Sweet Home).

Find all the application details here


Rules and eligibility

Download the Rules and Eligibility here (PDF)


Next steps:

The contest will consist of 3 main steps:

  1. The Foundation will publish videos, meeting the requirements, online, May 20, 2020.
  1. Participants will have from May 20 to June 14, 2020, to promote their video to their networks to collect as many votes as possible.
  1. Your video will be automatically considered for all the prize categories.


What are the different prizes?

The JM Canada Foundation is pleased to announce more than $25,000 will be awarded in grants through this competition.

The first 50 videos submitted that are eligible for the contest will receive a $100 prize. Hurry up and send in your creation!

Read our press release regarding the prize changes. 

Please find below a complete presentation of our two award categories:


works will be judged by pre-selection juries only. All the videos currently online on our platform will be submitted to the 3 pre-selection juries. Each of the 3 juries will be composed of a minimum of 6 members. The distribution of candidates to the 3 juries will be random. Each member will evaluate the applications according to the following criterias:

Originality of the work – Precision of execution – Quality of interpretation – Accuracy – Pleasure in listening Integration of the theme Do Mi Si La Do Ré

1. Each of the three juries will hand in its selection of the top 10 candidates. 2. The 30 successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores. 3. The first 10 finalists will advance to the final round of the competition and will be heard by the Grand Jury.

Each member of the 3 juries is invited to disclose any perceived conflict of interest. The candidate’s score will be weighted on those of the other jury members.

The grants awarded for the artistic prize will be as follows:

First Prize: $20,000*
Second prize: $10,000*
Third prize: $7,000*
The remaining 7 finalists will each receive a $4,000 grant.*

*Amounts include the grant for the 33 musicians/creations.


The pre-selection jury will be composed of musicians from the orchestras and organizations partnering in the competition, as well as administrators from the Canadian classical music community. The complete list will be available before the end of the public voting period.

It is important to remember that all grants under this component are offered by the JM Canada Foundation and through its major donors and partners. The current campaign on the Fundky platform is therefore unrelated to the grants that will be awarded as part of the Artistic Prize.

The 30 Musicians’ Grant: The funds raised during the Fundky platform voting campaign will be awarded to the 30 candidates who were selected by the 3 pre-selection juries during the second stage of the Competition. The amount of these grants will be defined at the end of the voting campaign, which will end on 14 June 2020. Please note that we want to ensure a minimum amount of $500 for each of theses candidates.

Finally, this grant represents 2.000$ !




Participation prizes will be awarded to the three candidates with the highest number of donors (1 donor = 1 vote).

The grants awarded for the Participation Award will be as follows:

First Prize: $5,000
Second prize: $4,000
Third prize: $3,000

All surpluses raised through the fundraising campaign will be used to enhance prizes and bursaries. In fact, all the money raised will be paid to participants of the Do Mi Si La Do Ré Contest.

Compilations related to the Competition will be carried out under the supervision of an external accounting firm.

*For candidacies with more than one participant, grants will be divided according to the number of musicians listed on the form.



Official Jury

Marc David, Music Director, Newfoundland Symphonic Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno, Music Director, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Isolde Lagacé, Executive and Artistic Director, Salle Bourgie/Fondation Arte Musica
Chantal Lambert, Director, Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal
Renaud Loranger, Vice President Artists & Repertoire, PENTATONE and Artistic Director, Festival de Lanaudière
Kent Nagano, Music Director, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Orchestre Métropolitain (Montréal), Music Director, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director, The Metropolitan Opera (New York)
Eric Paetkau, Music Director, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Shelley, Music Director, Canada’s National Arts Centre, Principal Associate Conductor, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ambassador, OrKidstra
Otto Tausk, Music Director, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Advisor, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music
Timothy Vernon, Artistic Director, Pacific Opera Victoria


Photo credit :  Greg Locke (Marc David), Christopher Wahl (Gustavo Gimeno), Pierre-Étienne Bergeron (Isolde Lagacé), Sergio Veranes Studio (Kent Nagano), Simon Couturier (Yannick Nézet-Séguin)


Pre-selection Jury

The JM Canada Foundation is pleased to present the list of the 34 members who will make up the 3 pre-selection juries. 

– Simon Aldrich, Principal Clarinet, Orchestre Métropolitain
– Louis-Pierre Bergeron, Fourth Horn, Orchestre du Centre national des arts
– Michel Bettez, Principal Bassoon, Orchestre Métropolitain 
– Erin Brophey, Principal Oboe, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
– Yolanda Bruno, Violin, Toronto Symphony Orchestra 
– Darrell Bueckert, Principal Timpani, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
Anna Burden, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Violoncelle solo associé
– Paul Casey, Viola, Orchestre du Centre national des arts
– Éric Champagne, Composer
– Philip Chiu, Pianist
– Hilda Cowie, Double Bass, Orchestre du Centre national des arts
– Jonathan Crow, Concertmaster, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
– Monica Duschênes, Violin, Orchestre Métropolitain
– Maxime Goulet, Composer
– Nicholas Hartman, Horn, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
– Darren Hicks, Associate Principal Bassoon, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
– Adam Johnson, Conductor
– Heather Kao, Concertmaster, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra
– Christiane Leblanc, Executive and Artistic Director, Concours musical international de Montréal
– Danièle LeBlanc, Executive and Artistic Director, JM Canada
– Diane Leung, Viola, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
– Stéphane Lévesque, Principal Bassoon, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
– Ren Martin-Doike, Viola, Orchestre du Centre national des arts
– Marie-Claude Matton, Executive and Artistic Director, Concours de musique du Canada
– Matthias Maute, Composer and Conductor, Ensemble Caprice
– Paul Merkelo, Principal Trumpet, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
– Caroline Milot, Cello, Orchestre Métropolitain
– Rob Power, Principal Percussion, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra
– Alexis Raynault, Co-Artistic Director and Executive Director, Ballet Opéra Pantomime
– Serhiy Salov, Pianist
– Marie-Ève Scarfone, Head Coach, Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal
– Katie Sullivan, Principal Trumpet, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra 
– Jennifer Swartz, Principal Harp, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 
– Stephanie Unverricht, Principal Bassoon, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra



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The JM Canada Foundation would like to extend special thanks to Jeunesses Musicales Canada and the Canimex Canadian Music Competition.

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