Betty Webster Award

Call for Nominations: 2021 Orchestras Canada Betty Webster Award

Learn about past award winners here: 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 2021 Betty Webster Award, our way of recognizing outstanding contributions to the Canadian orchestral community.  

Starting in 2021 – and after a lot of thought and consultation – we have refined the guidelines and focus of the Award to better celebrate Mrs. Webster’s legacy. The Award will specifically honour an individual who has made an under-recognized but sustained and significant contribution to the Canadian orchestral community through their work (paid or volunteer) with one or more Canadian orchestras. Additionally, in 2021, the jury will focus on the calibre and impact of the nominees’ contributions to the resilience of one or more Canadian orchestras.


Speaking about the process of refining the guidelines, jury chair and OC board member Jennifer MacDonald commented, “We took time to reflect on the wonderful work that is being done in the Canadian orchestral community, and we consulted with members of Betty Webster’s family. We collectively concluded that what would set the Award apart is to celebrate the achievements of those whose achievements may not have been celebrated otherwise – the unsung heroes and heroines of Canadian Orchestras.”

The nomination process is streamlined and simple. Just fill out the nomination form and send it to Katherine Carleton ( by June 1, 2021, 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 2021 Betty Webster Award Nomination Form

Download the 2021 Betty Webster Award Guidelines