Emmanuel Horch Memorial Bursaries

Ann Lugsdin Memorial Bursary

Audrey Belyea Scholarship

Camerata Nova Bursary

Emmanuel Horch Memorial Bursaries

Frances Wickberg Bursary

James Vaclav Machovec Memorial Bursary

John Melnyk Memorial Bursary

Joy of Music Scholarships

Junior Musical Club Bursary

Len Hew Bursary

Lydia Wiebe Scholarship

M. Winnifred Sim Bursary

Madge O. Stevens Bursary

Mary Campbell Memorial Bursaries

Morna-June Morrow Scholarships

Norman Phillips Bursaries

Stewart M. Thomson Memorial Bursary

W.H. Anderson Family Bursary

Walter & Helen Bohonos Award

Wednesday Morning  Musicale Award and Bursaries

Wickberg/Mercier Bursary

Winnipeg Mennonite Children’s Choir and Alumni Golden Era Bursaries


Emmanuel Horch Memorial Bursaries



Emmanuel Horch was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on December 21, 1912 to Edward and Katherine Horch, who had moved from Freidorf, Russia to Canada in 1909. His childhood was spent in Winnipeg’s "North End" as part of a large musical family. His brothers Ben and Albert were also active in the professional fields of music. He was playing the violin without benefit of lessons at a very early age. Later, his teachers, among them John Waterhouse, encouraged him to compete in the Winnipeg Music Festival, where he won the Junior Musical Club Award in 1930.

In 1936, Emmanuel Horch was married to Agatha Klassen, an accomplished alto singer. They raised a fine family of four children, Victor, Ron, Elfrieda and Benjamin. Emmanuel, or Mel, as he was affectionately known, taught many string students, not only in Winnipeg, but also in rural Manitoba, making weekly travels to these towns, regardless of the weather. He was concert-master of the first Mennonite Symphony Orchestra, later known as the Mennonite Community Orchestra, which has been performing regularly since 1978. He was still teaching a weekly class at the age of 82. His students, of more than one generation, can be found everywhere in Canada and abroad. Emmanuel Horch died in 1996.

A scholarship was set up for string students in his name in 1985. This fund was transferred to the Winnipeg Music Festival to provide three Emmanuel Horch bursaries annually: one for the most outstanding performance of a string concerto in Grades 5-8; one for the most outstanding performance of a string concerto in Grades 9-Honours; and one to the recipient of the Victor Feldbrill Trophy.