Ruby Hay Pianoforte Scholarship

2020 Ruby Hay Pianoforte Scholarship

The Scholarship is an annual award of $1,000 provided from the bequest of the late Miss Ruby Hay, and is made to the entrant who is considered to be the most worthy as a result of a 30-minute competitive solo pianoforte recital.  The Lois Mackintosh Prize of $200 is awarded to the runner-up provided there are four or more contestants.

Competitors must be students of members of a Canterbury Branch of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand (IRMT),  or students of a tutor at the University of Canterbury. They must have lived in Canterbury for a period of not less than two years prior to the date fixed for the competitive recital, and must have attained the age of 15 years, but not have attained the age of 22 years at that time.

The Adjudicator for this year’s competition is John Van Buskirk from Dunedin  (please see link below for his profile).

If you require further information about the Competition please email:  

All applications are to be either scanned and emailed to or posted to:

The Secretary, Christchurch Civic Music Council, PO Box 7633, Sydenham, Christchurch 8240.  

The $30.00 entry fee must accompany your application by Friday 2nd October 2020.

Download RUBY HAY Official Entry Form 2020

Download RUBY HAY Conditions of entry 2020

Download RUBY HAY History of Scholarship 2020

Download John Van Buskirk – bio and photo



 2019 Ruby Hay Scholarship Winners Announced …

The Ruby Hay Pianoforte Competition was held on Sunday 20th October 2019 at the UC School of Music Recital in front of an intimate audience of friends and family.

The Adjudicator was Mr Christopher Tilbury LRAM ARCM (Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

The results are as follows:

1st prizeDennis Yan (Ruby Hay prize of $1,000.00)

2nd prizeHannah Brand (Lois MacKintosh prize of $200.00)

3rd prizeKatie Gluyas (prize of $100.00)

Left to right: Katie Gluyas (3rd prize); Mr Christopher Tilbury (Adjudicator); Hannah Brand (2nd prize) and Dennis Yan (1st prize)



Please see attached document for previous Winners of the Scholarship and recipients of the Lois Mackintosh Prize.

Ruby Hay Pianoforte Scholarship Competition – Prize Winners