Monday, February 22, 2010

Call for Applications: Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation


The Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for young Canadian opera singers

Support programme - 2010

1- Pre-selection

The projects, including the completed application form, a demo, a 8"x10" black and white photo and two letters of recommendation must be received no later than Thursday, April 1st, 2010, 5 p.m.:

The Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation

for young Canadian opera singers

c/o Sanpalo Investments Corporation

759 Square Victoria, 5th Floor

Montreal, Quebec H2Y 2J7

Information: / 514-757-4060

Successful applicants will be advised of their participation in the final auditions in May.

Demo (on CD) with name of singer and selection with recording date and name of accompanist

3 selections with piano accompaniment only

2 opera arias, 1 lied or melody from 3 different eras and/or languages

Maximum length: 15 minutes


2- Final auditions

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

(In Montreal - starting at 10:00 a.m.)

Audition program

2 opera arias, 1 lied or melody

Candidates should have their own accompanist.

The program is not to exceed 15 minutes.


The jury is composed of persons who have a solid experience of the opera world. The decisions of the members of the jury will be approved by the board of directors of the foundation.

The Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for young Canadian opera singers

Support programme - 2010


To support the development and promotion of the careers of young Canadian opera singers.

Application procedure

The foundation’s application form must be completed. All questions must be answered.

A pre-selection, in April, by means of audio material will determine candidates for the final auditions to be held Wednesday, May 12, 2010 in Montréal, after which grants will be awarded.

The awards for the approved grants will be available (in part or in total) approximately two weeks after the auditions.

N.B. the majority of grants are of the order of $5,000


Conservatory or University graduates (singing studies)

Young professionals at the beginning of their careers

Age limit of 32 years of age as of March 31, 2010

Eligible projects

Musical and artistic support


Singing lessons (additional training)

Acting (additional training)



Accommodation (up to $150 perdiem depending on the place)


Recital/auditions gowns


Only one project a year can be submitted but a given project can include more than one element (for example, coaching and transportation for auditions).

Living expenses are not eligible.


Grants are to be used only for the purpose approved of by the Foundation.

Copies of invoices can be requested.

Any change in plans must receive the Foundation’s approval.

For more information, please contact

Margot Provencher at

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