Programs / Developing Artist Grants and Fellowship in Conducting

2018 Recipients

Seven young performing artists have been selected to receive grants of $10,000 each this year from The Hnatyshyn Foundation to pursue their studies for the 2018-19 academic year. This brings to $980,000 the amount invested in post-secondary grants for performing artists since the Foundation began programming in 2005.

In addition to the $10,000 grants in the performing arts, the Foundation also provides a fellowship of $15,000 in partnership with the McGill Schulich School of Music. The inaugural recipient of the Hnatyshyn – Christa and Franz-Paul Decker Fellowship for Young Conductors was awarded to Adam Keeping of Toronto.

Rosalie Daoust

Maureen Adelson

Maureen Adelson of Montreal, Quebec, is the winner of the grant for Acting – English Theatre. Maureen enters her third year of study this fall in the Bachelor of Fine Arts – Specialization Acting for Theatre at Concordia University.

“I want to be true to myself as an artist and never settle for roles that go against my values. I want to show that Black actresses can portray more than the stereotypical girlfriend of a gangster. Women like Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson inspire me greatly because they have paved the way for many young Black actors to pursue their artistic dreams.”

Samantha Bitonti

Elie Boissinot

Elie Boissinot of Montreal, Quebec, receives the award for Classical Music - Orchestral Instrument. The 20-year-old cellist continues his full-time studies in the Bachelor of Music program at McGill University this fall.

“I am entering the penultimate year of my Bachelors degree at McGill in the fall. Next year, I will perform the Elgar concerto as a soloist with the McGill Orchestra and I will have the great privilege to study string quartet with Professor André Roy.”

Simona Genga

Thomas Daudlin

Thomas Daudlin of Victoria, BC and Montreal, is the winner of the Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance. The baritone saxophonist is entering his final year in the Bachelor of Music program in Jazz Performance at the McGill Schulich School of Music.

“My love of music, passion for performance, and desire to innovate and experiment inspire me as I strive to reach the highest levels of musicianship and recognition.”

Matt Lagan

Josh Lovell

Joshua Lovell of Victoria, BC and Chicago, Illinois, is the recipient of the grant for Classical Vocal Performance. Joshua is completing graduate studies at the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago this fall.

“In the upcoming year I will be making many new concert and oratorio debuts with the International Music Foundation in Chicago, I Musici de Montréal, and Music of the Baroque in Chicago. In 2019/2020, I will become a member of the ensemble of the Vienna Staatsoper”

Sebastien Malette

Jia Yi (Judy) Luo

Jia Yi (Judy) Luo of North York, Ontario, receives the grant for Contemporary Dance. The 20-year-old dancer enters her third year of study in Performance Dance at Ryerson University, Toronto.

“I am not just a contemporary dancer, but rather an artist who has discovered movement as a medium through which to voice her thoughts.”

Kerry Waller

Noémie F. Savoie

Noémie F. Savoie of Québec city is the winner of the grant for Acting - French Theatre. She enters her third year in the diploma program Diplôme en art dramatique – spécialité jeu at the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Québec.

“Because performing is an essential part of who I am, I look to excel by perfecting my technique and pursuing diverse performance experiences. I want to seize opportunities to speak out on subjects that are of the utmost importance to me like cultural diversity, women’s rights and our connection to our language.”

Charissa Vandikas

Charissa Vandikas of Newmarket, Ontario is the laureate in the category Classical Music - Piano. Charissa enters her fourth year as an undergraduate student in the Performance Diploma Program at The Glenn Gould School.

“I'm reminded of one of my earliest concert memories of a recital by the Canadian pianist Jane Coop, and of the delight with which I walked away from that recital, inspired to learn and hear more. I'd love to share that feeling, and to encourage other young people with music that has stood the test of time and music that is just beginning to be known.”


The Hnatyshyn Foundation – Christa and Franz-Paul Decker Fellowship for Young Conductors

Adam Keeping

The inaugural recipient of the Hnatyshyn – Christa and Franz-Paul Decker Fellowship for Young Conductors is Adam Keeping of Toronto.

Adam Keeping is passionate about the promotion of opera and symphonic music. The young conductor holds an honours degree in music from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He has also studied conducting in France and the Czech Republic, piano at Centre d’Arts Orford (Québec), and international law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Adam has taught piano and music theory, chaired legal education programs for the Ontario Bar Association, and instructed at Osgoode Hall Law School.