Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Scholarships

Established by the Johann Strauss Foundation, and augmented by generous annual support from the Hecht Foundation, the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Scholarships are available for advanced study of music at specified public or private institutions in Austria, normally during the summer months, but possibly during the academic year. Up to three scholarships are offered annually, approximately $5,000 each. The application deadline is April 23rd, 2019. Auditions will be held on May 4th.




Each scholarship is to facilitate active participation in a program (or programs) of at least four weeks total duration, such as summer courses or a regular academic term. Scholarship funds may be used to cover only the following expenses:

  • Tuition fees and other expenses directly related to an approved project of music study in Austria

  • Travel expenses to Austria and back

  • Living expenses during the approved project of study in Austria

At least one scholarship must be for study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.  Other acceptable institutions and courses are listed below. In special circumstances, and subject to express approval and control by the Audition Board and the UBC School of Music, a scholarship may be awarded for individual studies with a recognized private teacher in Austria.

As the scholarship may not cover the total cost of the study project, it may need to be supplemented by personal funds or by an internal or external grant. Applicants are expected to raise the additional funds required for the project.

How to Apply

Applicants should examine course information available on the websites of the institutions of study.  (These are listed below.) Prior contact with an institution and/or teacher in Austria and presentation of a detailed plan of study for discussion at the audition/interview are recommended. Applicants should propose a specific selection of courses and dates at one or more of these institutions. If a scholarship is awarded, it must be used for the project and for the period of study approved by the Audition Board.

Applicants will submit a repertoire list of 6 or more works of contrasting style. The submission date and the audition/interview date will be announced shortly. Each applicant will be asked by the Audition Board to perform three or four selections. The Preliminary auditions will also include a short interview to evaluate each applicant’s professional intentions and financial needs.

Applications must be received by the deadline, together with proper documentary evidence of the applicant’s educational and musical qualifications. Application forms are available for download in PDF format, or printed copies may be obtained from the UBC School of Music reception desk on request.  A black and white photograph and a resume should accompany the application.


Written applications are invited from advanced students in music who are:

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents;

  • Enrolled full-time in the B.Mus., M.Mus., or D.M.A. program at UBC at the time of application;

  • Intend to pursue a career in music performance and/or a special project in music education;

  • Demonstrate financial need.

Applicants must also meet the minimum requirements for scholarship eligibility at UBC, established by the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Awards. During the preceding academic year:

  • They must have been a full-time student (at UBC or their former institution);

  • They must not have failed any courses;

  • They must have maintained an overall average of at least 75%.

A past scholarship winner may reapply once only, provided the applicant:

  • Continues to meet all requirements;

  • Demonstrates continued artistic and professional progress.


Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their:

  • Performance at an audition;

  • Past artistic achievements and future professional intentions;

  • Nature and length of their proposed program of study;

  • Financial need.

Audition Board

The Audition Board of varying membership composed of independent experts in music is vested with complete responsibility for:

  • The artistic evaluation of the candidates and of the feasibility of their project;

  • The decision regarding the award.

The Audition Board requires all applicants to perform in both the preliminary and final audition rounds, and to participate in a short initial interview in the preliminary round in order to evaluate their professional intentions and financial needs. It is important to realize that the long-term overall interest and the maturity of the applicant are taken into account and not only the result of the audition.

Successful Applicants

Award winners are required to:

  • Make their own travel, study, and living arrangements;

  • Sign a letter indicating their understanding and acceptance of the responsibilities resulting from their acceptance of the scholarship;

  • Within 60 days of their return provide the UBC School of Music with written proof of their acceptance into, and completion of, the respective program from the relevant institution in Austria, as well as a summary statement of expenses incurred;

  • Within 60 days of their return provide the UBC School of Music and Johann Strauss Foundation with a personally written report, for the benefit of future scholarship winners, outlining the results of the project, positive and negative experiences, and impressions from all aspects of the project, including musical life, cultural environment in general, and local conditions;

  • Return to the UBC School of Music any funds not used for the purposes intended;

  • If requested, participate without fee in a public recital organized annually by the School of Music for the benefit of the Scholarship Fund and for the encouragement of future applicants.

Successful applicants are expected to acquire, prior to departure, an adequate knowledge of German in order to be able to follow instruction and to take advantage of the many cultural opportunities in Austria. International summer courses are usually taught in English and several other languages besides German. Visiting international students working toward a degree may be required to take a written and oral German language test prior to registration at public institutions in Austria.

Eligible Public and Private Institutions for Advanced Study of Music in Austria

International summer masterclasses:


International Summer Academy
University Mozarteum
Alpenstrasse 48, A-5020 Salzburg

Vienna Master Courses
Johannesgasse 4a, A-1010 Wien

Wiener Musikseminar
Schoenburgstrasse 32/17, A-1040 Wien

Vienna and Surroundings / Lower Austria
Franz Schubert Institute (emphasis on Lieder)
Baden bei Wien, A-2500

Allegro Vivo (emphasis on chamber music)
Wienerstrasse 2, A-3580, Horn

Internationale Sommerakademie (in connection with the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst)
Johannesgasse 8, A-1010 Wien


Term courses:


University of Music and Dramatic Art
Leonhardstrasse 15, A-8010

University Mozarteum
Alpenstrasse 48, A-5020

University of Music and Dramatic Art
Lothringerstrasse 18, A-1030


Study with Private Teachers in Austria

In special circumstances, scholarship winners may also study privately with recognized private teachers in Austria, but approval to do so must be obtained from the Audition Board and the UBC School of Music, and will be conditional upon establishment of a written agreement with an approved teacher.



About Lotte and John Hecht

Having escaped from Europe before the onset of World War II, Lotte and John Hecht found welcome and safety in Canada. Their work under his office as Honorary Consul General of Austria resulted in many lasting ties between Austria and Canada. The Johann Strauss Foundation Hecht Memorial Scholarships have been established in their honour.

About the Johann Strauss Foundation

Assisted by like-minded friends and associates, Joseph Kandler’s vision of creating lasting links between Canada and Austria in the field of music led to the establishment of the Johann Strauss Foundations of Alberta and British Columbia. The Johann Strauss Foundation of British Columbia was organized in 1985 by friends of the music of Vienna to commemorate the great Viennese composer Johann Strauss II and to recognize the universal appeal of his music.  The late Baroness Maria von Trapp, heroine of “The Sound of Music,” was the Foundation’s first Honorary Patron until her death in 1987. The Vienna Ball, an annual gala fundraising event organized by the Foundation and held in Victoria until 2001, combined this charitable purpose with the enjoyment of music and dance in a typical Viennese atmosphere of gaiety and love of life.

The principal aim of the Foundation has been to support musical education, and particularly to encourage and enable, by way of scholarship funding, young musicians residing in British Columbia who wish to further their advanced musical studies in the cultural environment of Austria.  Operated from Salt Spring Island, the Johann Strauss Foundation was a Canadian charitable organization, and funded scholarships through contributions from sponsors and donors. After 42 scholarships totalling more than $150,000 had been awarded up to 2001, a part of the assets of the Foundation, together with continuing support from special donors such as the 1988 Foundation, have now been dedicated to financing the continuation of the Hecht Memorial Scholarship program under the administration of the School of Music of the University of British Columbia. Having ensured the continuation of this scholarship program through the auspices of the UBC School of Music (and a similar program at the University of Victoria), the Johann Strauss Foundation was dissolved at the end of 2005.


The UBC School of Music is grateful for the generosity of the Strauss Foundation and other sponsors for establishing and providing continued financial support for these scholarships.

Individuals or institutions who wish to support the Johann Strauss Foundation Hecht Memorial Scholarships at UBC should contact Acting Director Alexander Fisher at 604-822-2079 or

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