BCRMTA Richmond Branch Highest-Mark Medal Information

Richmond Branch Medal Awards are awarded in the disciplines of piano, strings/guitar, woodwinds, voice, and pedagogy for the highest mark in each level of the Royal Conservatory of Music exams. The application can only be submitted by the teachers of the BCRMTA Richmond branch. Application forms for entries submissions are accepted based on the following criteria:

  • The student receives a minimum mark of 80 on the exam (except for the Level 10 Split Exam, where the minimum total mark of 85 must be attained), and has been studying with the teacher at the time of the student’s exam.
  • note: Pedagogy’s highest mark award will be awarded to all three levels of the piano pedagogy exam separately based solely on the viva voce mark. All components of each pedagogy level must be completed to apply for that level.
  • For pedagogy exams, completion refers to both Viva Voce and the Written exam (only).  Entries may be sent in after the student has completed both exams (regardless of completion order).
  • Medal recipients for all levels are exempted from performing in the awards ceremony until further notice. Medals will be distributed to the teachers as they are received. 
  • The teacher must be a member of the Richmond branch for at least 1 year.
  • Teachers are responsible for the submitted information. NO corrections will be made once the results are posted after the deadline.
  • A clear copy of the student’s examination result must accompany the application. Late entries are not accepted.
  • The application is complete and legible
Discontinued communication protocols:

Telephone messages, faxes

Subject ***special note*** Exam Session Dates Application Deadline Award Presentation / Performance
All piano, instrumentalists, voice, pedagogy  May 1, 2023 – June 30, 2023 Aug 18, 2023 Nov 19, 2023
All piano, instrumentalists, voice, pedagogy July 1, 2023 – Sept 30, 2023 Nov 3, 2023 Feb 25, 2024
All piano, instrumentalists, voice, pedagogy Oct 1, 2023 – Jan 31, 2024 March 1, 2024 April 14, 2024
All piano, instrumentalists, voice, pedagogy Feb 1, 2024 – April 30, 2024 May 31, 2024 Nov 17, 2024
All piano, instrumentalists, voice, pedagogy  May 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024 TBA Nov 17, 2024
  • *Medals will be awarded for ALL INSTRUMENTS & PEDAGOGY in FOUR exam sessions each calendar year. Results will be considered from all exams taken between the start & end dates of each session. 
  • Email results and application form to Rebecca Chan ( 
  • Medals presented at First Class Honours Recitals, South Arm United Church, 11051 No 3 Rd, Richmond, British Columbia (map)

BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association, Richmond Branch Medal Awards


February 1, 2023 – April 30, 2023


Level Student
1 Suredy Ip
3 Jonathan Peng
5 Mia Chen
7 Kylie Chan
8 Adrian Ho
9 Ken Yao


Level Student
2 Janssen Erikson
8 Haoyue Tang
May 1 – June 30, 2023


Level Student
1 Viana Zuriel De Guilo
2 Jared Zhi Kiu Leung
4 Stella Blackadar
5 Sophie Tang
6 Sarah Wen
7 Catherine Liu
8 JiaoDi Liu
9 Matthew Moi
10 – Split Arthur Bridson
10 – Complete Matthew Yeung
ARCT Minrui Zhu


Level Student
2 Zoey Chu
7 Warren Wang


Level Student
5 Usri Ghose

July 1 – September 30, 2023


Level Student
Prep A Erin Sheena
2 Erin Sweeney
3 Hannah Chan
4 Jocelyn Junchen ZhouSarina Kong
5 Kaitley Choy
6 Edison Yue
7 Devon Chow
8 Doan Lai
9 Andrew Ng
10 – Complete Sophia Nicol


Level Student
3 Eric Zhou

October 1, 2023 – January 31, 2024


Level Student
1 Giselle LiBenjamin Zi Ting Li
3 Carsten Yik Nam Chiu
4 Ezra Liu
5 Abigail Poon
6 Sarah Li
7 Cloris WangBlake Chen
8 Chloe Pang
9 Joanna Peng
10  Kairos Chan


Level Student
3 Cello Caden Zhong
4 Guitar Bowen Sun
6 Cello Mina Stefanovic

Winifred Proud Memorial Scholarships

The Winifred Proud Memorial Scholarships application form is due March 6th, 2024. A scholarship of $150 will be awarded to a Level 9 piano student, $200 awarded to a Level 10 Split Piano student, and $250 awarded to a Level 10 Complete Piano student achieving the highest mark in the RCM in 2023. Theory requirements must be fulfilled for both levels. The deadline for the marks for piano & the required theory co-requisites must be received by March 6th, 2024. To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must have a mark of 80 or above (with all written subjects) for levels 9 and 10. 85 or above (with all written subjects) for level 10 split (with both parts of the level 10 examination taken within the same year) from the RCM. The student receiving the award must be studying with the teacher of the Richmond Branch of BCRMTA. Please mail all documents to the above address and marked attention to Ms. Rebecca Chan  (Re: Winifred Proud Scholarship). The recipients of the Level 9 & 10 awards are required to perform in the Scholarships Recital on Sunday, June 9th, at South Arm United Church, 11051 No. 3 Road, Richmond, B.C. (map).

About the scholarship contributor

A founding member of the Richmond Branch in 1964, Winifred Proud served as the first President for two terms and helped launch the first Richmond Branch student recital. Being a music pedagogue throughout her life, at age 99, Mrs. Proud was one of the finalists for the Wisdom of Age Mentorship Award (Leisure Care Lighthouse Awards program in the Lower Mainland), “given to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to making a difference in the lives of children.”  (Source: Richmond Branch Archive, The Vancouver Sun)

Annual Winifred Proud Piano Scholarships Recipients
Level 9 Matthew Moi
Level 10 – Split Isaac Xiang-En Li
Level 10 – Full Matthew Yeung

Richmond Branch Scholarships

Richmond Branch Scholarships are awarded annually.  The next Richmond Branch Scholarships will be awarded in the year 2024.  Eligible students must have studied with a Richmond Branch teacher and obtained the highest mark in the discipline of piano, strings, woodwinds/brass, voice, or guitar. The presentation of scholarships is scheduled for the scholarship recital on TBA. Please refer to Richmond Branch Scholarship rules and regulations and the application form for detailed information. Results from the following exam boards are accepted by the deadline of March 6th, 2024:

  • Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), and Conservatory/other
  • Kelly Kirby Music Society, for Piano Prep A & B levels only

** Medal recipients to all levels of pedagogy are exempted from performing in the awards ceremony. However, only the Advanced level has the option of performing at the awards ceremony. The repertoire for the performance must be level 10 or above. ** 

Performance Awards:

RCM, Conservatory/Other Kelly Kirby
Prep A Prep A
Prep B Prep B
Junior Levels 1-4  
Intermediate Levels 5-7  
Level 8  
Level 9  
Level 10  
Level 10 Split – highest cumulative total – eligible in the calendar year that the final section is completed  
Level ARCT (Associate – Performers)  
Level ARCT (Associate – Pedagogy) – highest cumulative total of Advanced Parts 1-2-3  
Level Licentiate  

New Theory Awards: eligible in the calendar year that the final exam is completed

Level 9 – average mark of level 9 Harmony + History  
Level 10 – average mark of level 10 Harmony & Counterpoint + History  
Level ARCT – average mark of ARCT Harmony & Counterpoint + History + Analysis  

2024 Scholarship Recipients

Piano, RCM
Juniors, Levels 1 to 4 Suredy Ip
Intermediate, Levels 5 to 7 Kaitley Choy
Level 8 Doan Lai
Level 9 Sicheng Shen
Level 10 Split Isaac Xiang-En Li
Level 10 Complete Matthew Yeung
ARCT Minrui Zhu
Strings/Guitar RCM
Junior, Levels 1 to 4 Mina Stefanovic, Zoey Chu
Intermediate, Levels 5 to 7 Mina Stefanovic
Level 8 Andrew Zhong
Level 8 Usri Ghose
Theory, RCM
Level 9 Brandon Yuen
Level 10 Qing Shan Bao
ARCT Joyann Hua

Richmond Branch Post Secondary Music Scholarships

A scholarship of up to $200 per applicant may be awarded to a full-time incoming student enrolled in a Music degree program at a University, College, or Music Conservatory. The number and value of the scholarships may be adjusted depending on the applicant pool in any given year. For more detailed information and application procedures, please refer to the Richmond Branch Post Secondary Music Scholarship rules and regulations.

Post Secondary University Scholarship Recipients
Troy Banks – Capilano University Musical Theatre 

Richmond Branch Community Service Scholarships

As a part of the Richmond Branch Scholarship Awards, a community service category was added in 2004 to acknowledge those students who give their time and talents to the community. To be eligible, the student must be studying with a member of the Richmond Branch of the BCRMTA. There are numerous ways the student can qualify – playing at seniors’ homes, at church, or anywhere in the community where they volunteer their musical skills. Students may also assist a musical organization such as a music festival or competition, Branch events, or a concert association. A minimum of 35 hours will be required for the Richmond Branch Service Award. The students with the three highest hours of service between January 1st to December 31st, 2023 will each receive $100 and a certificate. The presentation of the scholarship is scheduled at the Scholarships Recital on June 9th, 2024. Please refer to Richmond Branch Community Service Scholarship rules and regulations and the application form due by March 6th, 2024, for detailed information.

Annual Community Service Scholarships Recipients
Angelica Tipay

Richmond Branch Piano Competition

The Richmond Branch will be holding a piano competition to select a competitor to represent our branch at the BCRMTA Provincial Piano Competition happening in Abbotsford B.C., in September 2024. The entry will be made through YouTube and the deadline to submit the application form is March 1, 2024.

Please click HERE for detailed rules and more information.