AMEF Student Recognition Award Program

About the SRA Awards

Music Performance* | Community Service* | People’s Choice

The AMEF Student Recognition Awards seek to recognize and assist deserving Alberta music students for music performance excellence, and for utilizing their musical talents through active volunteer community service. Applicants compete in either the Music Performance or Community Service categories that showcase their skills both within and outside the music curriculum using video media.

Each award is $1,000 in the form of an AMEF gift certificate which is to be spent toward either music lessons, music school tuition, or for music equipment and/or music books from their local music retailer. Only one award per person, per year will be awarded in each category.

*Prior year recipients of the AMEF Student Recognition Awards in either category are not eligible to reapply.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE | APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2017

General Information

Purpose

  • To assist and recognize young, outstanding Alberta music students with music performance potential and excellence
  • To assist and commend outstanding Alberta music students who are actively involved in community service (specifically when they use their musical gifts and education), demonstrating excellence in volunteerism, leadership and who are committed to making a difference in their community
  • To encourage creativity, innovation and promote excellence in music education
  • To strengthen the collaboration among music students, music educators, and the fine arts community in Alberta

Judging

  1. The “Community Service” judging will be conducted by a panel of professionals from the community involved with volunteerism, as well as music teachers with extensive expertise in a variety of musical backgrounds.
  2. The judging committees, at their discretion, may decide not to grant an award in any given year.
  3. The decisions of the judging committees are final.

Awards

  1.  One award will be presented in each category. Each is an award in the form of a $1,000 AMEF gift certificate which is to be spent towards music lessons, music school tuition, or for music equipment and/or music books from their local music retailer in order to further their music development.
  2.  The names of the winners, the Honourable Mentions, and the “People’s Choice” winners will be displayed at Music Conference Alberta. The award winners may be asked to perform at a future AMEF event.

Music Performance

Eligibility

  • Open to music students ages 10 to 19 years (as of application deadline of March 31, 2017) studying in the province of Alberta
  •  Applicants must be a permanent resident of Alberta.
  • Open to students of Winds, Percussion, Strings, Piano, Organ, and Voice

Requirements

  1. COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM (deadline for applications is March 31, 2017)
  2. COMPLETED VIDEO RECORDING: 
    • A video performance of one song, any style (classical, contemporary, opera, musical theatre, jazz, rock, country, etc.) demonstrating the student’s musical abilities, stage presence and stylistic strength
    • Video projects cannot exceed 5 minutes in length and must be appropriate for an educational setting
    • Performance can be a cappella or accompanied, as long as the applicant is the featured soloist.
    • Students may submit only one video, completed within the last 12 months.
    • Video must be submitted online by posting it to a YouTube account.
    • Once uploaded, include the link to your video URL on your application form.
    • The title of the YouTube video should read: “20__ (current year) AMEF SRA Application in Music Performance – (your name).”
    • In the notes, please include your full name, your instrument, and the title and composer of the piece featured in your video recording. (Submitted video must be significantly different if this is a category that has previously been entered.)
  3. LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION:
    One letter of recommendation (maximum one page), from someone outside of the student’s family who knows him/her as a person and a musician. The recommendation should include the length of time that they have known the student; notes about his/her character, commitment to music, or other relevant information as to why this student should receive this award. Please email letter to: info@amef.ca.

Community Service

Eligibility

  • Open to music students ages 10 to 19 years (as of application deadline of March 31, 2017) studying in the province of Alberta
  • Applicants must be a permanent resident of Alberta.
  •  Open to students of Winds, Percussion, Strings, Piano, Organ, and Voice

Requirements

  1. COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM (deadline for applications is March 31, 2017)
  2. COMPLETED VIDEO RECORDING:
    • Video of the student demonstrating his/her volunteer services at his/her organization, clearly exhibiting how the student incorporates musical abilities in accomplishing his/her volunteer service.
    • Video projects cannot exceed 5 minutes in length and must be appropriate for an educational setting.
    • Video must be submitted online by posting it to a YouTube account.
    • Once uploaded, include the link to your video URL on your application form.
    • The title of the YouTube video should read : “20__ (current year) AMEF SRA Application in Community Service – (your name).”
    • In the notes, please include your full name, your instrument, and the title and composer of the piece featured in your video recording. (Submitted video must be significantly different if this is a category that has previously been entered.)
  3. LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION:
    One letter of recommendation (maximum one page), is required from someone outside of the student’s family (a program coordinator or supervisor: i.e., care centre director, church volunteer coordinator, etc.). The letter should state the length of time that they have known the student, the student’s length of service, and any other relevant information about the applicant’s character and volunteerism. The letter could also state why they think the student should receive this award. Please email letter to: info@amef.ca.

Note:

  • Student must have volunteered his/her services and not have received compensation for services performed. Examples of volunteer areas and organizations include community work with various city offices such as recreation departments, libraries, police departments or senior citizen groups, hospital/health care agencies, churches, or assisting with scout groups.
  • Volunteer activity must be current or retroactive to one year while attending school.
  • Judgment will be made on the basis of the amount of responsibility assumed by student, quality of service and importance to the community and amount of initiative exhibited by the student in organizing and/or accomplishing the service.

The AMEF “People’s Choice”

The judges will select, at their discretion, the top five video entries in each category that will then be presented on AMEF’s website. The recipient will also be recognized at Music Conference Alberta.

The “People’s Choice” for 2017 was Julia Chau.
View her presentation


Application Procedure

The deadline for applications was March 31, 2017

PROGRAM COORDINATOR: TBA
For more information, contact Crystal Krips, Executive Director: info@amef.ca.


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
2017 WINNERS

MUSIC PERFORMANCE 2017
Angela Ryu | Calgary
view her performance


COMMUNITY SERVICE 2017
Amy Chau | Edmonton
view her presentation


PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2017 RECIPIENT
Julia Chau | Edmonton
view her presentation


Thank you to our judges for 2017

PAST SRA WINNERS:

2016

MUSIC PERFORMANCE 2016
Yan Li | Calgary
view her performance


COMMUNITY SERVICE 2016
Louisa Lu | Edmonton
view her presentation


PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2016 RECIPIENT
Louisa Lu | Edmonton
view her presentation


2015Zhengdong Liang

MUSIC PERFORMANCE 2015 Zhengdong Liang | Calgary


Alyssa Waldner
COMMUNITY SERVICE 2015

Alyssa Waldner | Edmonton
PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2015
Spencer VanDellen
| Claresholm

2014

Leila Lok
MUSIC PERFORMANCE 2014

Leila Lok | Calgary


Candace Chu
COMMUNITY SERVICE 2014

Candace Chu | Edmonton


PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2014
Joshua Lee | Calgary
Candace Chu | Edmonton

Government of Alberta

Alberta Lottery Fund

Alberta Foundation for the Arts