Edith Lando Gifted Youth Competition

Who is eligible: VAM students 13 and under as of December 31, 2018

Application deadline: January 22

Competition dates: February 22 (competition), March 3 (scholarship recital)

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.


  • Eight Tuition Scholarships

The Vancouver Academy of Music Edith Lando Gifted Youth Competition is designed to identify young talented students and afford them recognition and financial assistance. Two adjudicators external to VAM will choose eight finalists with $3,000 in total awarded for 2019/20 VAM scholarships.


Violin, viola, cello, piano, harp, woodwind, brass, voice
If no qualified student is recommended in a specific category, a student will be selected from another category.


Application Deadline:
January 22, 2019, 11:59pm.
Competition: February 22, 2019
Students will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline.
Scholarship Recital: March 3, 2019


Eligible students:
(a) are 13 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2018;
(b) have been enrolled in VAM private lessons since the beginning of the academic year;
(c) have not appeared in more than three previous Gifted Youth Scholarship Recitals;
(d) are not previous grand prize winners of the Gifted Youth Competition.

Competition Rules

1. Applications are subject to a fee of $20 made payable to the Vancouver Academy of Music.
2. Students will be required to prepare one work for a maximum of 10 minutes, from memory (minimum RCM 9 or equivalent). Those selected will be required to perform the same repertoire at the Scholarship Recital.
3. Two copies of the music must be submitted to the adjudicators during the competition phase (photocopies are permitted).
4. The competition phase is closed to the public with the exception of the parent/guardian and teacher of the student performing; no video or audio recording permitted. The Scholarship Recital will be open to the public.

Application Form

The Edith Lando Gifted Youth Competition is open to VAM students only. Please log in to your account to apply.