Orville J. Derraugh Scholarship

Orville J. Derraugh started singing at the age of 15 in the St. Pauls United Church Choir. At 18 he became the baritone soloist at Cresent Fort Rouge United Church where he later became the choir director and soloist. He was tenor soloist for a few years at Westminster United Church. By age 20 he was well known as a soloist on the CBC and as a recitalist on the concert stage. He conducted the Winnipeg Ladies Choir, gave master classes, adjudicated and was President of the Manitoba Music Teachers Society. He sang and taught singing for more than 40 years until his untimely death at 63. His students created this scholarship in his name the following year.

The Orville J. Derraugh scholarship is open to any voice student working on repertoire at a level equivalent to Grade 8 or 9 (Junior Level), or Grade 10 or Diploma Level (Senior Level) with the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Mr. Derraugh believed that singers should have more occasion to perform before an appreciative audience, and that the general public should have the opportunity and pleasure of hearing talented young musicians sing. This year marks the 16th recital in his name.

The Orville J. Derraugh scholarship is a wonderful way to gain experience as a future professional musician.

Any interested teachers or students can click here for an informational letter and application form.


Wednesday, May 8th, at 7:30 pm at Westminster United Church.


The application deadline for this year’s recital has now passed.  Please bookmark this page for future dates!