The Georgian Bay Symphony supports young musicians in a variety of ways including the annual award of several bursaries and scholarships. These are usually awarded at the final concert of the season in May.
The Herman Dilmore Award
This awards honours the founding conductor/music director of the GBS. Dilmore was a Music Professor at the University of Western Ontario, where he introduced the Suzuki Method after studying under Dr. Suzuki himself. It is given to a student who has made a contribution to the orchestra and will be returning to play again next season. This is often given to two students. This award is supported in part by Long & McQuade Music Stores, Donna Hood in memory of her husband Bert Hood and other generous donors.
The Burton Morrison Award
This award is given to a student who has played with us but will be leaving to pursue a career in music. Burton Morrison was a founding member of the GBS and played first Violin with us for over 25 years. A teacher by profession, he was especially interested in helping and encouraging young people. Burton Morrison continued to play the violin until the time of his death, giving his final performance at the Symphony’s concert in October of 2004. The Symphony is thankful to the Morrison family for continuing to support this award.