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In recognition of the dedication and hard work of those candidates who achieve outstanding results in their examinations, a number of awards and prizes are awarded each academic year by The Royal Conservatory. All examination candidates are automatically eligible for awards and prizes (i.e., an application is not required).

Regional Gold Medals  |  National Gold Medals  |  Scholarships

Regional Gold Medals (formerly Silver Medals)

Regional Gold Medals are awarded for each academic year (i.e., September 1 to August 31) in each province or designated region to the candidates in Levels 1 to 10, plus Elementary and Intermediate Pedagogy,  who have obtained the highest marks in each level and in each of the following disciplines: accordion, brass/woodwinds, guitar, harp, organ, percussion, piano, speech arts and drama, strings and voice. To qualify for Regional Gold Medals, candidates must have obtained at least 80 percent in the practical examination and have completed the co-requisite theory examinations for their respective level.

Learn more about Regional Gold Medals.

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National Gold Medals

Practical

National Gold Medals are awarded for each academic year (i.e., September 1 to August 31) to both the Teacher’s ARCT and Performer’s ARCT candidates who obtain the highest marks in each of the following disciplines: accordion, brass, guitar, harp, organ, percussion, piano, speech arts and drama, strings, voice, and woodwinds.

Performer’s ARCT candidates must obtain a minimum of 85 percent in the practical examination and a minimum of 70 percent in each of the co-requisite theory examinations and (where applicable) a minimum of 60 percent in the co-requisite piano examination.

Teacher’s ARCT candidates must obtain a minimum of 85 percent in the practical examination (Parts 1 and 2 combined), a minimum of 70 percent in the written examination (Part 3), a minimum of 70 percent in each of the co-requisite theory examinations, and (where applicable) a minimum of 60 percent in the co-requisite piano examination.

Theory

A Gold Medal for Excellence in Theory will be awarded each academic year (September 1 to August 31) to the candidate who has achieved the highest average mark upon the completion of all of the following examinations:

Basic Harmony or Basic Keyboard Harmony
Intermediate Harmony or Intermediate Keyboard Harmony
Advanced Harmony or Advanced Keyboard Harmony
Counterpoint
Analysis
History 1: An Overview
History 2: Middle Ages to Classical
History 3: 19th Century to Present

Candidates will be considered for the Gold Medal for Excellence in Theory in the academic year in which they are eligible to graduate with an ARCT diploma. Candidates must obtain an overall average of at least 80 percent for the eight examinations.

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Prizes

Florence Aymong Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to the Gold Medallist in Speech Arts and Drama (Teacher’s ARCT only).

Esme Rose Crichton Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest marks (minimum 80%) for Grade 9, 10. Winners must reside in Saskatchewan.

Antal Janos Dvorak Scholarship

Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark (minimum 80%) in Canada in a trombone examination, Grade 9 or higher.

Flora Matheson Goulden Strings Scholarship

Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in Canada in the ARCT Strings examination (Distinction or first class honours).

Gordon Hallett Scholarship

Awarded to the candidate who obtains the highest aggregate mark (minimum 80%) in both the written and practical ARCT Piano Teacher's examination.

Winnifred Mae Jackson Endowment

Awarded to the five candidates who achieve the highest marks in Grade 7 Piano in Edmonton and surrounding area with the condition that it is awarded to those of the five candidates who continue on to take the Grade 8 Piano examination within a specific period of time.

Simon and Emma Kruger Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in the Grade 10 Violin examination in Manitoba.

Annie Larson Scholarship

Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in a violin examination, Grade 8 or higher. The winner must be a resident of Saskatchewan.

Patricia McLean Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in the Grade 8 Piano examination in Canada.

Adelmo Melecci Scholarship

Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in Ontario in the ARCT Piano Teacher’s complete practical examination.

Helen Tough Murray Scholarship

Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in the ARCT Piano Performer's examination. The recipient must be a citizen of Canada.

Doris A. Proud Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in piano (Grades 1 – 10), and has completed the corresponding theory co-requisites (where applicable). The winner must reside in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Kathryn Sinclair Prize

Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark in the History 3 examination in Canada.

Wayne C. Vance Organ/Keyboard Award

Awarded to the student residing in Ontario with the highest mark in the highest grade in Organ. If no such candidate exists, the prize goes to the candidate residing in Canada with the highest mark in ARCT Organ. If no such candidate exists, the prize goes to the student in Ontario obtaining the highest mark in ARCT Piano (keyboard).

Charlotte Anne Walker Scholarship

Awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest mark (minimum 85%) on the Grade 10 Piano examination, and who has completed the theory co-requisites with an average of at least 75%. The candidate must reside in Elgin County, Ontario.

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