Canadian Music Class Challenge

Here are the winners of the 2019 Canadian Music Class Challenge

Check out the winning classes from all 11 categories.

Check out the winning classes from all 11 categories

The Holy Heart Chamber Choir of Holy Heart High School in St. John's, Nfld, is a winner in the 2019 Canadian Music Class Challenge. (R. Colbourne.)

This is it! Choosing from more than an estimated 50,000 music students and almost 1,200 registered classes from every province and territory in Canada, our judges have finally made their decisions in all 11 categories of the 2019 Canadian Music Class Challenge.

On behalf of everyone at CBC Music and MusiCounts, congratulations to our winners and a heartfelt thank you to all the music teachers and students who took part in this year's challenge. It is an overwhelming showcasing of talent, and a great salute to music education in this country.

Check out the winners in categories one to 11 below.


Category 1: Primary Instrumental (kindergarten to Grade 3)

First prize ($3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque): "I's the B'y," Cross Canada Fiddle, Nanaimo, B.C. Music teachers: Trish and Geoff Horrocks. 

Second prize (plaque): "Walking with a Ghost," École Honoré Mercier, Montreal. Watch their video

Third prize (plaque): "Shine," Campus View Elementary School, Victoria. Watch their video


Category 2: Primary Vocal (kindergarten to Grade 3) 

First prize ($3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque): "I'll be the Captain," St. Marguerite d'Youville School, Ottawa. Music teacher: Jo-Ann Morris.

Second prize (plaque): "Shine," Palmerston Public School, Toronto. Watch their video

Third prize (plaque): "I's the B'y," McKenzie Elementary, Victoria. Watch their video


Category 3: Elementary Instrumental (Grades 4-6)

First prize ($3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque): "I's the B'y," Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Elementary, Vancouver. Music teacher: James Colpitts.

Second prize: (plaque): "Hang Ups," St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary, Oshawa, Ont. Watch their video

Third prize (plaque): "Wolves Don't Live by the Rules," Cloverdale Traditional School, Victoria. Watch their video


Category 4: Elementary Vocal (Grades 4-6)

First prize ($3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque): "River," J.P. Robarts Public School, London, Ont. Music teacher: Jane Kennedy.

Second prize (plaque): "Scars to Your Beautiful," Newcastle Public School, Newcastle, Ont. Watch their video

Third prize (plaque): "Shine," St. Boniface Elementary, Edmonton. Watch their video


Category 5: Junior Instrumental (Grades 7-10)

First prize ($3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque): "Snowbird," Dr. Annie B. Jamieson Elementary, Vancouver. Music teacher: James Colpitts.

Second prize (plaque): "Premonition," École Élémentaire Publique Julie-Payette, Kanata, Ont. Watch their video

Third prize (plaque): "In My Blood," Blossoming at the Farm, Victoria. Watch their video


Category 6: Junior Vocal (Grades 7-10)

First prize ($3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque): "J'entends le Moulin," Arbutus Global Middle School, Victoria. Music teachers: Jennifer Hill and Michael Mazza.

Second prize (plaque): "Nowhere With You," Calgary Arts Academy, Calgary. Watch their video

Third prize (plaque): "Shine," Strive Studios Music School, Grimsby, Ont. Watch their video


Category 7: Senior Instrumental (Grades 11-12)

First prize ($3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque): "Human," Sound Wave Handbell Choir, Burnaby, B.C. Music teacher: Janet Nordstrand.

Second prize (plaque): "J'e Décolle," Oak Ridge Percussion, Colbourne, Ont. Watch their video. 

Third prize (plaque): "River," Orchard Park Secondary School, Stoney Creek, Ont. Watch their video


Category 8: Senior Vocal (Grades 11-12) 

First prize ($3,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque): "River," Holy Heart High School Chamber Choir, St.John's. Music teacher: Robert Colbourne.

Second prize (plaque): "In My Blood," Sir William Mulock Secondary School, Newmarket, Ont. Watch their video

Third prize (plaque): "Nowhere With You," All Saints Catholic Secondary School, Whitby, Ont. Watch their video


Category 9: Top Community Music Class

Winner ($1,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque): "In My Blood," For Broken Hearts from Strive Studios Music School, Grimsby, Ont. Music teacher: Brent Wirth.


Category 10: 'Human' Indigenous Languages Prize

Winner ($1,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque): Bancroft School, Montreal. Music teacher: Francois Lukawecki.

Twin Flames Excellence Award (plaque): George Webster Elementary, Toronto. Music teachers: Elizabeth Seo and Laura Huang. Watch their video.


Category 11: MusiCounts Passion Prize

First prize ($5,000 in new musical instruments and a plaque): "I's the B'y," Holy Family Elementary, Chapel Arm, N.L. Music Teacher: Chrissie Byrne.

Second prize (plaque): "Just Fine," Rickson Ridge Public School, Guelph, Ont. Watch their video

Third prize (plaque): "Mashup," Cairine Wilson Secondary School, Ottawa (medley of all 24 song choices). Watch their video

MusiCounts honourable mention: "Shine," John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute, Guelph, Ont. Watch their video.


Congratulations again to all of these victorious classes and music teachers, and to every single student and teacher who took part in the challenge this year. Questions? Email us at musicclass@cbc.ca. See you next year!