Orchestras Canada celebrates outstanding contributions to Canadian orchestras with the prestigious Betty Webster Award. "The Betty" is presented annually to one individual or organization that has made a sustained and significant contribution over a number of years to the Canadian orchestral community, with an emphasis on leadership, education and volunteerism.
The Betty Webster Award was established in 2002 to honour Orchestras Canada’s founding Executive Director. The Award is a tribute to Betty Webster’s visionary leadership and her extraordinary contributions to the health and vitality of Canada’s orchestral community. Betty envisioned a national network of Canadian orchestras that would enable unified advocacy and research, the creation of a forum for industry networking, professional development and sharing of best-in-practice, and the development of next generation audiences and performers through the promotion of orchestral youth and education programs.
The Betty is presented in the recipient’s hometown, and includes a cash prize to be presented to the Canadian orchestra of the winner’s choice.
The deadline for submission is May 1, 2015. Nomination forms and further guidelines may be found on the Orchestras Canada website.