Richard Bowles Memorial Scholarship

To commemorate the life and work of a beloved member of the Queensmen male chorus who shared his talents with us for nearly 50 years. Richard was a gentleman of sterling character who saw the goodness in everyone and who was dedicated to service through music as a soloist in Toronto and in the Islington United Church choir. Through his personal courage, he was an inspiration to those who were privileged to know him as friend and colleague. The Queensmen are proud to maintain his legacy through this award, granted annually to a deserving tenor or bass-baritone student at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

If you wish to contribute to the Richard Bowles Memorial Scholarship Fund visit the Canada Helps website to make a secure donation by clicking the button. A receipt for income tax purposes will be issued for donations of $20.00 or more.

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Here are some of our talented recipients:

2019 Winner – Mikelis Rogers, Baritone

Mikelis Rogers is a baritone Voice Performance major at the University of Toronto. He is entering his third year of Undergraduate study in the studio of Jean MacPhail. Over the summer of 2020, he was expecting to perform the roles of The Father in a production of Hansel Und Gretel at the Long Reach Opera Workshop, as well as the role of Gugliulmo in a production of Così Fan Tutte at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. Unfortunately, due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, both of these productions were cancelled. Mikelis has been practicing with Jean MacPhail, as well as with coaches Peter Tiefenbach and Narmina Efendiyeva during this time. Mikelis hopes to bring his voice to a stage again sometime in the near future, whenever it may be safe to do so.

Past Winners

2009, 2010 Winner – Andrew Haji, Tenor


2007, 2008 Winner – Justin Anantawan, Baritone


2006 Winner – Giovanni Maria Spanu, Baritone


2005 Winner – Jeffrey Newberry, Baritone


2003, 2004 Winner – Jonathan Estabrooks, Baritone


2002 Winner – Joseph Angelo, Baritone