CFMTA 2017 National Essay Competition

The National CFMTA Essay Competition invites submissions of essays on any topic related to music teaching, pedagogy or performance practice. This competition is open to all Canadian residents currently attending high school, or studying at the university undergraduate and graduate levels. There is no fee to enter.

The Lorna Wanzel Prizes are awarded to the first and second place recipients in each category. Thank you to Dale Wheeler and Christopher Hahn, for serving on the adjudication panel this year. The next Essay Competition deadline is May 1, 2018.

CFMTA is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2017 National Essay Competition:  


High School Level

1st place ($500)  -  William Lin, BC

Integrating Music with STEM Education

2nd place ($250)  -  Gabrielle Bonifacio, BC

Band Wants You!


University Undergraduate Level

1st place ($1,000)  -  Helen Geng, University of Toronto

Multicultural Repertoire in Concert Band

2nd place ($500)  -  Sarah Klapman, Mount Allison University

Mushroom Cloud Music: The postmodern supernatural in Adams’ Doctor Atomic


University Graduate Level

1st place ($1,000)  -  Kevin Ngo, University of Calgary

Studying Mozart’s Piano Music in the 21st Century: Are we using the wrong texts?

2nd place ($500)  -  Gabrielle Smith, McGill University

All education is political, teaching is never a neutral act