More than 100 Sunshine Coast music students have received financial assistance via Coast Recital Society scholarships since 1998. The deadline for the 2008 scholarship awards is March 1st, and the CRS is asking classical music students to submit their applications for this annual program. “Every parent and student knows that talent isn’t the only requisite for progress in this demanding field. Our scholarships have paid for music lessons, sheet music, instruments and post-secondary school music studies,“ says CRS Artistic Director Frances Heinsheimer Wainwright.

CRS scholarships are open to Sunshine Coast students, 25 years or younger, who are studying classical music. Applicants must complete the application form available from the CRS office or downloaded as a PDF file from the CRS Website: The application must include the student’s music education and experience; a description of how the scholarship money will be used; and an unedited recording by the applicant of at least 10 minutes duration, including at least two works chosen from the following classical music categories: Baroque Era (1685-1750); Classical Era (1750-1820); Romantic Era (1820 - 1890); Post Romantic - Twentieth Century. The recording can be on cassette, cd or dvd.

Heinsheimer Wainwright says the CRS Scholarship Program is an important part of the Society's community activities. In addition to this support of Coast music students, the Society also presents school performances and master classes by the professional classical musicians who appear in CRS concerts. The Society also makes discounted tickets available to students for each concert in the main CRS series at the Raven‘s Cry Theatre.

CRS scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 1st, 2008. These can be mailed to The Coast Recital Society, PO Box 1010, Sechelt, BC,V0N 3A0, or brought to the Coast Recital Society office, located above the Royal Bank, at Suite 209, 5760 Teredo Street by the March 1st deadline. For more information: call 604 885-0991; email or visit the CRS website at