Betty Webster Award

Call for Nominations: 2022 Orchestras Canada Betty Webster Award

Learn about past award winners here: Linda Penner (2021) | Yannick Nézet-Séguin (2020) | Claire Guimond (2019) | Bramwell Tovey (2018) | Ardyth Brott (2017) | John Gomez (2016).

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Orchestras Canada has just opened nominations for the 2022 Betty Webster Award, our way of recognizing outstanding contributions to the Canadian orchestral community.  

Supporting and sustaining an orchestra in Canada in the 21st century is a collective, collaborative effort, involving both high-profile artistic leaders and a significant number of people working tirelessly on stage and behind the scenes to create the conditions in which Canadian orchestras can flourish.  

The award specifically honours an individual who has made an under-recognized but sustained and significant contribution to the community of Canadian orchestras through their work, be it paid or volunteer. In 2022, the jury will additionally focus on the calibre and impact of the nominees’ contribution to inclusion in one or more Canadian orchestras, be it through more inclusive programming and presentations, structures that have led to more diverse orchestras and audiences, or modelling behaviours that have resulted in the active engagement of more people, and the removal or mitigation of barriers to that engagement. 

The Award includes a cash prize to be presented to the Canadian orchestra of the winner’s choice.

The nomination process is streamlined and simple. Just fill out the nomination form and send it to Boran Zaza ( by May 3, 2022, along with a biography of the nominee, letters of support, and a letter from the nominator outlining the particular qualifications of the nominee for this Award.

Please take a moment to reflect on the inspiring work being done by individuals and organizations in your community, and then take a few moments more to complete the nomination form. The Betty Webster Award is an excellent means of honouring our peers while advocating for orchestras in Canada.

Download the 2022 Betty Webster Award Nomination Form

Download the 2022 Betty Webster Award Guidelines