2019 Mary Hildebrand Memorial Award for Excellence: Caroline Dratnal

Founded in 1990 by composer Roberta Stephen, Calgary's Contemporary Showcase has been held every year, reaching thousands of students since its inception. Part of the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects (ACNMP), Contemporary Showcase is hosted in centres around the nation, drawing on a wide range of sponsors to sponsor awards at the local and national level. 

"Experience the music of today!

The only festival of its kind in Canada, Contemporary Showcase is devoted entirely to music by Canadian composers. It is non-competitive in that no marks are awarded, no ranking given and the adjudications take place in a master class atmosphere designed to be informative and supportive. Outstanding performers are further encouraged through scholarship recognition. Many scholarship recipients of the past festivals have gone on to make their mark in the music world. Notables include Jean Stillwell, Scott St. John, Measha Brueggergosman, Lara St. John, and Stewart Goodyear.


The organization is growing and being recognized as one that is currently building performers, composers and audiences for the future. No other organization continues to promote the performance, composition and study of Canadian Contemporary Music."


ACNMP: http://acnmp.ca/contemporary-showcase/






Karenfaye Shepherd-Carmichael

Angela Quon

Cathy Stephen

Rachel Hop, Voice

Cathy Stephen, Strings

Katrina Thompson Fost, Piano

Melodie Archer, Gala