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The CBC Hymn Sing Chorus was a professional choir which provided singing experience and financial means for many young singers in Manitoba to further their education and embark on a career in music. 

This award recognizes the significant role that participation in school, community and church choirs play in the development of a singer’s love of music and the decision to further his or her studies in music with the goal of a professional career. The award pays tribute to David Waters, producer and director of Hymn Sing, who encouraged choristers in their musical development. It has been established by Deanna Waters and Hymn Sing Alumni who want to pass on to others the opportunities and encouragement they received.


The intent of this award is to invest in young choral singers to help them achieve their post-secondary educational goals in the field of music. Singers wishing to apply for this award must fill out the application form below.

Applicants for this award must:

  • be a resident of Manitoba (studies may take place at a post-secondary institution of the applicant’s choice)

  • have experience singing in school, church, or community choirs

  • intend to pursue studies leading to a music degree with a major in voice

  • include a history of past choral participation and/or solo experience (such as musical theatre or opera)

  • submit proof of acceptance for current or future study at a recognized post-secondary educational institution

  • submit two letters of recommendation from a choral conductor or voice teacher

Applications are reviewed by an independent committee. Please submit all additional materials to

The annual deadline is April 30.

For 2024 there are 2 David G.H. Waters Hymn Sing Memorial Awards available valued at $1,000 each.

The David G. H. Waters Hymn Sing Memorial Award Fund is administered by the Winnipeg Foundation. To make a donation to the fund, please make your cheque payable to The Winnipeg Foundation, and indicate that the donation be designated to the David G. H. Waters Hymn Sing Memorial Award Fund.


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