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The Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program

The Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School is the only one of its kind in Canada, offering a rich curriculum for career development.

The Program has been designed to be the catalyst for launching successful professional careers of extraordinary Canadian emerging artists who have completed their formal training, and it will include private study with exceptional faculty and guest artists, concert presentations and career coaching, along with marketing training and support. Additionally, each Rebanks Fellow will participate in a funded European residency.

Program Highlights

Faculty Lessons and Coaching Sessions:

Each Rebanks Fellow will have a primary studio teacher from among The Glenn Gould School’s celebrated faculty, who will mentor them and provide focused coaching twice per month.

Career Coaching and Artist Networking Sessions:

Rebanks Fellows will have the opportunity for coaching sessions with visiting performers to Koerner Hall, such as pianists Emanuel Ax and András Schiff. Further, The Glenn Gould School will organize up to three sessions with Canada’s pre-eminent musicians and musical leaders, including Peter Oundjian, Johannes Debus, and Julian Kuerti.

Performance Opportunities:

Performance is at the core of this program. Each Rebanks Fellow will be presented in recital and in important chamber music performances throughout the year at both The Royal Conservatory and with our many presenting partners.

Orchestral musicians will invited to take leadership roles in the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, working with such conductors as Sir Roger Norrington, Tito Muñoz, Leon Fleisher and Johannes Debus.

Rebanks Fellows will be involved in the numerous performance opportunities of The Glenn Gould School, including the New Music Ensemble and master classes with internationally-acclaimed visiting artists.

International Performance Residency:

An important component of The Rebanks Family Fellowship is a funded European performance residency. This residency provides each Rebanks Fellow with the opportunity to experience the highest standard of international music training and performance specific to their own development, and strategically expand their professional outlook and network. It will expose them to different approaches and artistic values, and provide for engagement personally and professionally with an elite international peer group.

With guidance from the Office of the Dean, Rebanks Fellows identify summer programs of interest (eg. Prussia Cove, Holland Music Sessions, Verbier Music Festival) and upon successful acceptance the Program will fund up to $5,000 in program related costs including tuition, travel etc.


Application Information

Criteria for Fellowship

Rebanks Fellows are selected based on a number of criteria. They will be self-starters with exceptional talent, commitment, and a passion for a career in performance; demonstrate leadership skills; and display a strong desire to share and connect with others. A mix of Canadian and international students will be selected. Fellowships will be awarded for a one year term.

Applicants must have achieved a four-year undergraduate degree or performance diploma plus a master's degree or artist diploma or possess commensurate performance experience. Pianists and orchestral instrument applicants must be age 28 or younger as of September 1, 2017. Vocal applicants must be age 30 or younger as of September 1, 2017.

Financial Assistance

A modest living stipend will be paid out over the eight months of the program to assist Rebanks Fellows with the cost of living in Toronto.

Application and Auditions

Apply here. Deadline: April 1, 2017

Applicants will be required to submit/upload:

  • a video recording of 30 - 45 minutes for prescreening
  • post-secondary transcripts
  • a musical c.v.
  • a one-page statement of intent

Successful prescreened applicants will be contacted to schedule a live audition. Auditions will be tentatively scheduled throughout April and early May.


Alumni of the Rebanks Family Fellowship Program

2016-17 Rebanks Fellows

Geoffrey Conquer, piano; Elizabeth Polese, soprano; Adanya Dunn, piano; Bradley Christensen, baritone; Joanne Wu, flute; Ellen McAteer, Soprano; Jennifer Murphy, violin


2015-16 Rebanks Fellows

Rebecca Anderson, violin; Raoul Cho, flute; Beste Kalender, mezzo-soprano; Lingyi Kong, violin; Anne-Marie MacIntosh, soprano; Alexander Seredenko, piano


2014-15 Rebanks Fellows

Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula, piano; Mikhailo Babiak, horn (Principal Horn, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra); Beth Hagerman, soprano; Darren Hicks, bassoon; Cordelia Paw, violin


2013-14 Rebanks Fellows

Matthew Berliner, horn; Stefan Chaplikov, piano; Mehdi Ghazi, piano; Luri Lee, violin (Rolston Quartet, 2016 BISQC winner); Jonathan Lo, cello (Rolston Quartet, 2016 BISQC winner); Alessandro Rauli, oboe; Britton Riley, cello (member, Toronto Symphony Orchestra)


The Royal Conservatory is grateful to the Rebanks Family and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation who have made the Program possible through their generous support.


Video and Audio Recordings

Over the course of the academic year, each Rebanks Fellow will work with Riddle Films to produce a professional quality video and audio recording. Link to past videos