Application Process

We invite teachers and community members to nominate students. The application, submitted by the student, should be accompanied by a nomination letter describing the applicant, focusing on their interest in music and their family circumstances. Preference will be given to applicants for whom the prize would make a substantial financial difference.


The 2018 Geringas Memorial Scholarship Competition is open to pianists between the age of 12 and 17 (born after January 1, 2001 and before December 31, 2005), who reside in the Greater Toronto Area, and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Pianists who within the last five years have studied on a regular basis with any member of the 2018 jury are ineligible to participate. Similarly, pianists who are close relatives of the members of the Board of Advisors of the competition are ineligible to participate.

It is understood that jury members may be acquainted with some participants in the competition because of past associations (for example, previous competitions, music festivals, master classes, or enrolment at academic institutions).

Application materials

The following items must be submitted electronically to, and received by February 28, 2018 (incomplete applications will not be accepted):

Competition procedure AND repertoire

Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the competition by March 15, 2018.

The competition will consist of two rounds. In the first round, competitors who are invited to send electronic materials will be asked to prepare and video record 15 to 20 minutes of solo repertoire. All repertoire must be memorized. The video recording should be unedited, and the frame should include both the competitor and the piano in their entirety. The video must be uploaded to by 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2018.

The repertoire of the first round should consist of two to three works, including one selection from the Baroque OR Classical era (Lists A or B in the Royal Conservatory of Music Syllabus). Other selections are the competitor's choice but must be of contrasting styles and periods.

The second round will take place in June, 2018, and will consist of a live performance. Finalists will be required to play 30 to 35 minutes of solo repertoire representing at least three stylistic periods, one of which must be from the Baroque or Classical era. Only one work from the first round may be repeated in the second round. The order of performance will be determined by the drawing of lots.

Only original works will be permitted in both rounds. Competitors may not play transcriptions or arrangements. Competitors may not play their own compositions. The director of the competition reserves the right to reject any repertoire. In such an instance, the competitor will be given an opportunity to replace the rejected piece.  Competitors will be notified no later than March 15, 2018 about any unacceptable repertoire.


The scholarship winner will receive $4000 and the opportunity to perform at an Off Centre Music Salon concert. The other finalists will receive $250.

Important dates


Application Deadline                         

Notification of acceptance into competition     

Deadline for submission of Round One video

Notification of advancement to Round Two     

Round Two (Live Performance)                                                            

February 28, 2018

March 15, 2018

April 15, 2018

May 1, 2018

TBA [June, 2018]