Announcement of 2017 Lilian Forsyth Scholarship Awards!

The Lilian Forsyth Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce two awards for 2017.

Julie Pinsonneault of Montreal will receive $2500.

Damien Macedo of Toronto will receive $2000.

Julie Pinsonneault, a native of Montreal, holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from McGill University, where she was mentored by John Grew and Hans-Ola Ericsson. She also completed a Master's degree in music and musicology in Toulouse, France where she studied with Michel Bouvard and Willem Jansen (organ). As part of her Master's research, she performed Olivier Messiaen's Livre du Saint-Sacrement in Toulouse in 2016. Ms. Pinsonneault is the First Prize winner of the Lynwood Farnam Organ Competition 2011 and also recipient of the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship 2014, offered by the Royal Canadian College of Organists. She just completed a year of studies at Yale University (USA), where she trained as church organist and choir conductor for the Berkeley Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music. 

Damien Macedo is an organist and countertenor from Toronto, Canada. He holds an Honours Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature, Classics, and Music from the University of Toronto, and is entering his second year at Queen’s University Law School. After graduating from St. Michael’s Choir School, Toronto, in 2011, Damien was hired as Cantor at St. Michael’s Cathedral, and also regularly worked as a cantor and organist at various parishes throughout the Greater Toronto Area. He studied organ with John Tuttle while serving as a Choral Scholar at Trinity College, University of Toronto. Upon graduating from the University of Toronto in 2015, Damien was granted a Choral Scholarship to Wells Cathedral in Somerset, UK, widely regarded as one of the finest cathedral choirs in the world. During this time, he also served as Assistant Organist at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Wells, and worked as a freelance singer and organist across the UK and Europe. Damien is currently the Organ Scholar at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kingston, Ontario, and is studying organ with Michael Capon in pursuit of his ARCCO diploma.