CASSA Sponsor-a-Student Program

Each year many of the participants in our various programs ask for financial help. The student's registration fee covers approximately 50% of the actual cost of their participation. 

CASSA is a charitable organization and your tax-deductible contribution to the CASSA Sponsor-a-Student program will help a deserving student attend a CASSA program. You will receive a tax deductible receipt, your name will be included on our list of donors on performance and recital programs and on our website. 

Your contribution will enhance the ongoing education of music and arts students in a professional and nurturing environment. CASSA is registered as charity 88490 6249 RR0001 under the Charitable Fund-raising Act in the province of Alberta.

CASSA is registered as charity 88490 6249 RR0001 under the Charitable Fund-raising Act in the province of Alberta.We gratefully accept a donation of any amount for any program, as a contribution to our general revenue fund, or to the Marissa Staddon Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Irina Ginzburg Memorial Scholarship, or the Emma Kundert Memorial. Again, your name will be included on our list of donors on performance and recital programs and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

Your donations do work for our students:

"Thank you for this great opportunity, without this I wouldn't be able to go to the piano camp.”  

(received from a Piano Camp student)

Please Donate to CASSA

Donations may be accepted in person by a Board Member, through CanadaHelps, or by mail. 

You may also download our financial support form,

Donation request form

then mail your contribution to our fine arts summer school. Make cheques payable to CASSA:

Calgary Arts Summer School  Association

201 11420  27th Street SE

Calgary Alberta  T2Z 3R6

The Benefits of Giving

Piano Camp Scholarship Information

Marissa Staddon Memorial Scholarship

Marissa Staddon was tragically killed in an avalanche in 2003. She had been a student at CASSA piano camps. CASSA has set up a Marissa Staddon Memorial Scholarship Fund to award a $100 cash prize to the most outstanding Piano Camp student each year.  As the fund grows, this special award will continue and other deserving student awards will be given. This scholarship, which reflects her personality, recognizes and encourages others to maintain the high standard that Marissa held for herself. 

The Marissa Staddon Memorial Scholarship is awarded to the Piano Camper who displays the most outstanding attitude, citizenship and talent. This award reflects the values which are firmly entrenched in the Calgary Arts Summer School Piano Camp’s philosophy and program. The recipient is a person who:

takes advantage in the finest way possible of all that was offered during the week of Piano Camp,

arrives at the camp with their musical selections extremely well prepared,

throughout the week demonstrates openness to new ideas,

participates enthusiastically in all of the activities,

interacts well with fellow campers and faculty, and

can be described as a positive role model for their fellow campers.

Irina Ginzburg Memorial Scholarship

CASSA created a memorial to the late Irina Ginzburg who was an enthusiastic supporter of its summer programs. She was first a volunteer at the Piano Camp, then joined the teaching staff and became an active member of the CASSA Board of Directors. In her honour, a scholarship prize of $100 is awarded to the most improved Piano Camp student(s). The Irina Ginzburg Memorial Scholarship is awarded to the most improved Piano Camper who comes to camp well prepared and incorporates suggestions and guidance from the clinician and teachers with good will and enthusiasm. 

ARMTA Recognition Fund Scholarship

The Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association award recognizes a Piano Camp student who, in the opinion of the instructors, "shows Outstanding Promise". The award consists of one $500 scholarship or alternatively, two $250 scholarships. The award is presented at the discretion of ARMTA and may not be available every year. We are grateful for ARMTA’s support of Piano Camp Students.

Other Sponsorship Opportunities

Emma Kundert Memorial Fund

The Emma Kundert Memorial Fund will be used for CASSA innovation in communication and technology. Monetary gifts will assist CASSA in creating a stronger Internet presence through website improvements, online registration and social media marketing. 

CASSA Grant-in-Aid Scholarship

The CASSA Grant-in-Aid Scholarship is awarded at the discretion of the President to a student who, in the President’s opinion, would benefit from attending a Camp such as Piano Camp or Musical Theatre Showtime in exchange for working as an assistant at Exploring the Arts Camp, PlayWriting Camp, or at both.

Originally designed to assist talented students who would otherwise have been unable to attend a camp because of financial barriers, this scholarship has since evolved to have been awarded to deserving students based on factors that don’t match the criteria of our other scholarships or busaries. Any student who receives this scholarship understands that it is a special honour to have the opportunity to learn from CASSA students and instructors.

Scholarship History

Marissa Staddon Memorial Scholarship

2016 - Susanne Sevik

2015 - Georgeanne van Helden

2014 - Chelsea Chan and Cindy Zhang

2013 - Riley Ngo and Dakota Perez

2010 - Alexa Kanters

2009 - Kiera Johnson and Georgeanne van Helden

2008 - Quinn Gomez and Darcy van Helden (Rob Whitworth and Rhona-Mae Arca, honourary*)

2007 - Erika Gundesen

2006 - Marco Farrier (David Bertram and Rob Whitworth, honourary*)

2005 - Joshua Kopp and Andrew Suen 

2004 - Erika Gundesen and Caroline Johnson

2003 - Rachel Kreyner

Irina Ginzburg Memorial Scholarship

2016 - Janet Ying and Eddy Jia

2015 - Rachel Beinert and Emily Black

2014 - Justin Pan and Vivian Du

2013 - Madeleine Giraudeau and Isabella Xiao

2012 - (unavailable)

2011 - Marjorie Anne Patterson

2010 - Allison Crews and Madeline Dickson

2009 - Alexa Kanters

2008 - Rachel Kreyner and Kiera Johnson (Erika Gundesen and Marco Farrier, honourary*)

2007 - Joshua Kopp (Darcy van Helden, Caroline and Kiera Johnson, Quinn Gomez, honourary*)

2006 - Marie-Jacqueline Bower, Erika Gundesen and Marina Fridman

2005 - Erika Gundesen and Rachel Kreyner


2016 - Georgeanne van Helden, Jonah van Helden, Riley Ngo

2015 - James Richardson, Jonah van Helden, Cindy Zhang

Clinician’s Choice Award

2011 - Piano Camp: Martina Lukacs

2010 - Adult Piano Camp: Alison Crabb, Robert Krebes, Connar Reid, Sherry Johnson

CASSA Teachers’ Choice

2016 - Emily Black, Agatha Willey and Sophia Willey

CASSA Scholarship

2015 - Jarjay Chan

2014 - Jarjay Chan

* Honourary awards allow us to recognize the contribution of individuals to CASSA camps but have no monetary value and are awarded at the discretion of the clinician(s).

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