Bjorn & Lori Hareid Senior Secondary Competition

Who is eligible: Piano students in grades 10-12

Application deadline: January 11

Competition dates: February 15 (competition), February 17 (winners' recital)

To apply: Apply online or download an application form.


  • Bjorn & Lori Hareid Scholarship $2,000
  • Loyal Protestant Association Scholarship $1,250
  • Michael & Mary Shields Scholarship $1,000
  • Roderick H. McRae Memorial Scholarship $500
  • VAM Scholarship $500
  • VAM Scholarship $500

Now in its 27th year, VAM’s Bjorn & Lori Hareid Annual Senior Secondary Competition is designed to recognize young talented musicians and support their future musical endeavours. Six finalists will receive a performance opportunity and award money.


Application Deadline: January 11, 2019, 11:59pm
Competition: February 15, 2019
Applicants will receive notice of their specific time slot following the application deadline.
Winners’ Recital: February 17, 2019, 2:00pm at VAM’s Koerner Recital Hall


Pianists who are registered students in grades 10-12 of a B. C. high school are eligible to enter.


Two contrasting works with a combined duration of 15 minutes or less. Concerti are not permitted.

Competition Rules

1. Applications must include a fee made payable to the Vancouver Academy of Music ($60 for VAM students, $80 for non-VAM students).
2. Two copies of the music must be submitted for the adjudicators (photocopies are permitted).
3. Competitors must provide their own accompanist, if applicable.
4. All performances will be open to the public.


Adjudication will be conducted by a jury of two distinguished professional musicians. The jury retains the right to withhold any prize if, in the opinion of the judges, it is not merited.

Application Form

Applications for the Senior Secondary Competition are no longer available.