The Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, formed in 1894, is the oldest continuously operating arts organization in Winnipeg. WMC continues its long tradition of providing a stage for emerging young Canadian artists pursuing performance careers. Included is a five-concert series, an annual scholarship competition for young Manitoba musicians, and the biennial WMC McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The three prizes awarded total $20,000, with a first prize of $10,000. Additional to these, the WMC presents an occasional special concert with an outstanding Canadian artist. Its stage has welcomed such eminent performers as Sergei Rachmaninoff (1924), Glenn Gould (1954), Frederica von Stade (1974), and recently, such renowned Canadians as James Ehnes, Jamie Parker, Tracy Dahl, Jasper Wood, and Elliot Madore.
In 2005, the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg was pleased to receive the Manitoba Historical Society’s Centennial Organization Award for 111 years of musical excellence.