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All award winners are chosen by the adjudicators and are not necessarily winners of classes. If you have been chosen as an award recipient, and/or have been chosen to perform in the Grand Concert, you will be contacted prior to the concert and asked to be in attendance that day. The Grand Concert participants are suggested by the adjudicators and the Festival Committee. The concert is programmed to provide variety and audience appeal and to recognize excellence.


To be the recipient of an award, a student must have a minimum of two entries in a discipline.  The adjudicator and the festival committee reserve the right to not grant an award should an appropriate candidate not be found.

Perennial trophies are the property of the North Peace Performing Arts Festival Association. Recipients are responsible for returning trophies in sound condition before the following year's festival begins.


Special Awards 


North Peace Performing Arts Festival Award of Excellence- Trophy and Award - $100

This trophy is given to a student who has exhibited a high level of performance in two or more disciplines, at least one of which is at a senior standard.

Greg Corcoran Passion & Excellence Award - $300 

Greg Corcoran was a gifted artist who was well known for the many instruments he played. An outstanding vocalist, he was a long-time member of Peace Players both on stage and in the orchestra pit, and played with various bands for community events. Greg also conducted award-winning junior high and high school bands and mentored many students through private lessons. This award goes to a multi-faceted performer who exemplifies a love of music, a zest for learning and a high standard of performance, in tribute to Greg's spirit.

County of Northern Lights South Recreation Board Most-Promising All Round Instrumentalist - Trophy and Award - $100

This award is provided by the Council of Northern Lights and presented to a student who demonstrates proficiency on two or more instruments.


Rotary Club of Peace River Music Education Award - $500 

This award is presented to a deserving intermediate or senior standard student to help offset the cost of advanced music training in a discipline of their choice. Students must submit a letter of interest by March 28 via email to outlining the desired training.


Fairview Music Teachers Most Promising Adult - Trophy and $50

The Fairview and Area teachers created this award to encourage learners of all ages.


St. James ACW Frank Richardson Memorial Award (Duet) - $200

Frank Richardson was an active supporter of the festival, starting in 1926. He taught piano and organ for years and was organist at St. James Anglican Cathedral for forty years.


Catherine Whitney Memorial Award- Piano - one of $100, one of $50

This award is to honour the memory of Catherine Whitney. Catherine loved listening to her great-grandchildren play the piano.


Donnelly Machining & Fabricating Awards

Junior Piano- $100

Senior Piano- $100

James and Helen Henderson Piano Award - $100


James Bunn Memorial Award- Piano - $50

James Bunn, a long time Peace River resident, was a music enthusiast who was self-taught on piano and guitar. He always enjoyed attending the music festival to hear children, especially his grandchildren, display their talents.


Klassen Family Award – Junior Piano- $50

Madilynn Klassen (Brunham) performed in Festival for many years and values the time and energy it takes to prepare for adjudication. This award is presented to a Jr Piano recipient.


Mody Family Memorial Strings Award - $50

In memory of Rusi Mody, who played the viola and violin with the Montreal, Edmonton and Bombay Symphony Orchestras.


Melody and Matt Taylor Instrumental Awards

Small Ensemble or Chamber Group- $50

Strings- $50

Wind- $50

Musical Theatre


Brennan Family Award - Musical Theatre- $100

Tenielle Brennan was a festival entrant in voice and speech for 10 years. She remembers the exciting times of preparation and the rewards of her commitment.


Bobby Dodds- Musical Theatre Comedy Award - $100

Sponsored by the Lac Cardinal Regional Performing Arts Society. Bobby was a prominent musician and storyteller in the Peace Country. His work always included a string of comedic verse. His love for children and their interest in the Arts always brought a smile to those around him.


Don & Margot Weaver Musical Theatre Award - $100

Don is a founding member of Peace Players and has directed and performed in many musical productions over the years.


Peace River Masonic Lodge Choral Speech Award- $300

The Peace River Masons place a high value on good speech and memorization. They are pleased to sponsor a festival award to encourage these talents.


Adele Boucher Speech Junior/Intermediate Award - $100

Adele is a retired Language Arts teacher who led students in public speaking in Junior High School.

Peace Players Senior Speech Award - $100

Peace Players has promoted live theatre for over 50 years in the community. Their regular season begins with a Junior (Gr. 3- Gr. 12) Production in the fall, a Christmas Show and a Spring Musical. Everyone is welcome!


Band & Choir


Holy Family Catholic Regional Division #37 Band Travel Award - $200

This award is designed to help offset the costs of travelling to festivals and performances.


Eckhart Family Band or Chorus Award- $200


Kathy Gall Memorial Choir Award - $200

Kathy Gall was a dedicated teacher of Holy Family School in Grimshaw and had a passion for music and choir.  She developed the Grimshaw Holy Family School Choir that attended the North Peace Music Festival Annually. The Kathy Gall Memorial  Choir Award is presented to the choir with a high standard of performance and dedication to singing in a Choir.


Peace River School Division # 10 Chorus Award - $100



Linus Becher Memorial Award for Sacred Music - $100


Marie Plaizier Sacred Music Award - $100



Millership Family Music Award - $200

The Millership family believes in family music. This award is for a performance by a group consisting of only family members in any discipline.


Dr. Laurene Willox Awards – two of $100

These awards are in honour of Dr. Laurene Willox’ mother, Doris Jones, who inspired her love of music.


Catholic Women's League Awards- three of $100


Royal Canadian Legion #62 Awards - two of $100


Mike & Gloria Lovsin Awards- two of $100


Grant & Sally Barkwell Award - $100

Peace River School Division #10 Award - $100


Barkwell Enterprises Award - $100


Cheryl Carruthers Award - $100


Peace River Senior Citizens Awards - two of $50

Jim & Anna Taplin Awards - two of $50


Bliss Family Awards - two of $50

Ralph & Pam Schipholt Award - $50


Norman & Vivian St. Andre Award- $50​


Dan Mody & Audrey DeWit Award -$50


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