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The Donna Steinacher Music Scholarship

"The Donna Steinacher Award Program" is now administered by the Georgian Bay Children's Choir.

"Pete Telford, Chairman of The Friends of Leith Church (standing) announces the establishment of "The Donna Steinacher Music Scholarship" at the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols held in the 'auld kirk' on Sunday evening, December 19th 2004. Donna Steinacher is at the extreme left of the picture. Other members of the Amati String Quartet, who played at the festival, are seated (L to R) - Sandra Swannell (violin) John Newton (viola) Keira McArthur (cello.) Standing in the rear is vibes player, and guest artist, Dr. Paul Hiscox."

"Rebecca Singbeil (left) and Paige Phillips (centre) interpreter/ guides for Historic Leith Church present roses and congratulations to Donna Steinacher after the announcement of the scholarship named in her honour, sponsored by The Friends of Leith church"

The recipient for 2015 year’s bursary was Reanne Kruisselbrink from Tara, Ontario. Reanne is studying for a Master’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Ottawa, is a student of the violin, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Laurier University, graduating with ‘high distinction'.

The 2010 recipient of the Donna Steinacher Bursary was the multi-talented young pianist Renee Kruisselbrink from Tara, Ontario. Renee holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she was the recipient of the Faculty of Music Gold Medal (for the highest grade point average of all fourth year students) upon graduation.

The honouree for 2009 was the son of two well known area musicians Joachim Ostertag and Colleen Purdon. Sebastian Ostertag is known and recognized here as a vibrant and talented cellist and has performed for some years with the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra and most notably, at the Sweetwater Music Festival in September of 2008, with some of Canada's most important string players.

The 2007 Bursary recipient, Emily Aquin, was a young woman who is very well known in the Owen Sound area as a violinist, teacher and a member of the string section of the Georgian Bay Symphony.

The 2006 recipient of the five thousand dollar award, was mezzo soprano Susanne Hawkins of Owen Sound who, after four years study at the Royal College of Music in London, England, is now associated with the Flanders Opera in Ghent, Belgium.

2005 Media Release:

"At the annual "Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols" held in the Historic Leith Church on Sunday evening the 19th of December 2004, Pete Telford, Chairman of The Friends of Leith Church, announced the creation of a new scholarship for advanced music students in the northern Grey-Bruce area, to be named in honour of the well known Owen Sound musician and teacher, Donna Steinacher. It was announced at the same time that the first recipient of the Donna Steinacher Music Scholarship will be the talented young local pianist, Kati Gleiser, currently studying in Toronto. The scholarship will generally be presented on an annual basis and will be worth up to five thousand dollars, the exact amount to be determined by a combination of concert ticket sales and donations. Ms. Gleiser's 'scholarship concert' will be presented at the Leith Church on Sunday afternoon, April 24th 2005, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Tickets will go on sale January 15, 2005 at a price of $25. All proceeds from ticket sales and donations will be directed to the Donna Steinacher Scholarship fund. Donna Steinacher has been described as one of the foundations of the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra, and a renaissance woman due to her many interests and talents. She is a charter member of the Georgian Bay Symphony and the string group that preceded it and was the first Chairman of the Orchestra Board. She has played violin in the GBS orchestra for over 35 years and is in charge of the organization's archives. Just as important, she is totally committed to the cause of music education, particularly in stringed instruments. Many former students will recognize her from her days as a Sydenham and Owen Sound teacher and as one of the original enthusiasts who established string programs in Owen Sound area schools. In addition to her musical life, Donna has many other interests, including spinning, weaving, and sewing. She has a lifelong passion for gardening and has generously shared her gardening skills as well as her musical talents. She is often heard at Historic Leith Church with the other members of the Amati String Quartet, John Newton, Sandra Swannell and Keira McArthur. The scholarship, while sponsored by The Friends of Leith Church, has on its organizing and awards committee many well-known musicians and arts patrons from the Owen Sound area. Recipients of the Donna Steinacher Music Scholarship will generally be music students soon to graduate from a baccalaureate level performance program, with the intention of pursuing further studies at a graduate level. Ms. Gleiser will be studying for her Masters degree in 2005." In the picture Donna Steinacher (standing) and Kati Gleiser are shown after playing a duet.

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