Bert Kroeker Scholarship Fund

For Choral Music Educators

This scholarship is intended to assist a student with tuition fees, books, etc. The amount will depend on funds available from the Bert Kroeker Scholarship Fund.

The Successful applicant must:

  • Be a resident of Manitoba
  • Have experience singing in school, church or community choirs
  • Intend to pursue a career in choral music education
  • Submit proof of acceptance for further choral study at a recognized University or Music school
  • Submit written recommendations from two reputable musicians
  • Supporting Documents:
  • Letter of acceptance for study at a University or Music School
  • Letters of recommendation from two reputable musicians

Bert Kroeker Scholarship Application

DEADLINE: May 31


The Bert Kroeker Scholarship Fund is managed by the Winnipeg Foundation.

Donations may be made by cheque or online.

Cheques made payable to: Bert Kroeker Scholarship Fund and sent to the MCA Office, 5-276 Marion Street, Winnipeg MB   R2H 0T7


Biography

As an educator and outstanding advocate of the Arts, Bert Kroeker was the recipient of many awards of excellence and achievement throughout his long and illustrious career.

He began a teaching career in Altona, Manitoba in 1952. In 1960, he became the first principal of Golden Gate Junior High School in St. James and then in 1966 was the first Principal of Fort Richmond Collegiate where he served for twenty years. During those years he worked tirelessly to share his love of music. He organized and directed dozens of choral concerts and musicals in the schools and communities. Among “his” community choirs are the Southern Manitoba Choral Society which is still active, the St. James Community Choir formed of parents and teachers, and the Sturgeon Creek Choristers made up of Sturgeon Creek United Church choir members and other interested singers from the area.

Bert was a founding member of Manitoba Music Educators’ Association. As a member of the Manitoba Dept. of Education Music Curriculum Committee, he developed the philosophy of Co-Curriculum which advocated the Arts as part of the curriculum.

During his retirement he remained as involved as ever in community musical endeavours. He was past Manitoba Representative on the Board of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. He served 15 years on the board of the Manitoba Choral Association, 14 years as Chair of ChoralFest Manitoba.

The Manitoba Choral Association recognizes the tremendous contribution Bert Kroeker has made to the choral community and is proud to honour him by presenting this scholarship in his name.

Manitoba Band Association Award of Distinction

Manitoba Choral Association Lifetime Honourary Member and ChoralFest Founder Bert Kroeker was honoured by the Manitoba Band Association at Tempo 2007 with an Award of Distinction. The award was presented by Cheryl Ferguson.

Cheryl’s speech.

Recipients

2017
Cynthia Peyson-Wahl

2016
Justin Odwak

2015
Katie Donnelly

2014
Geung Lee

2013
Erin Thorleifson
Studying Music Education at the University of Manitoba

2012
Christina Banman
Studying Music Education at the University of Manitoba

2011
Rebecca Hill
Studying Music Education at CMU.

2010
Michael Dueck
Studying Music Education at the University of Manitoba

2009
Lisa Van Mackelbergh
Studying Music Education at Brandon University

2008
Carolyn Boyes
Pursuing a Masters degree at the U of M.

2007
Kelsey Shiaro
A choral conducting student at CMU.

2006
Catherine Robbins
Now studying at the University of Toronto