Over the past 36 years, Ted Dawson has received a number of important awards and commissions for composition.  To date, the most notable of these was the 1995 SOCAN Prize  - Canada's premier award for orchestral composition.   In addition to support from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Laidlaw Foundation, Dr. Dawson has worked on a number of projects with Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan, the Czech Republic, and Denmark.

The following is a list of his awards:

E 1972

CAPAC WIlliam St. Clair Low Graduate Fellowship (national chamber music award)

E 1972 Murray Adaskin Award
E 1976 Canada Council Arts Grant B for interdisciplinary work
E 1978 Canada Council Short Term Grant for Composition
E 1979

Canada Council Production Grant for Experimental Festival "Quoi de Neuf?"

E 1979 Canada Council Officer's Grant for Cross-Canada Tour of Works
E 1983 Canada Council Project Cost Grant for Failsafe
E 1992

Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications, Arts Abroad program for lectures and performances in Estonia and Austria (with additional sponsorship from the Canadian Music Centre and Air Canada)

E 1992

Canada Council commission of my Symphony 1 for Harmonia Nova of Vienna

E 1993

Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications, Arts Abroad program, for Canadian Music Days festival (Kaanada Musikka Paevad) in Estonia

E 1995 The SOCAN Prize (national prize for Canadian orchestral composition)
E 1995 University Women's Creative Arts Award
E 1997

Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, International Cultural Relations for participation in orchestral symposium and recording of my Symphony 1 - Czech Republic

E 1999 SOCAN Production Grant to produce True North Festival orchestral CD
E 2002 Laidlaw Foundation Grant for Piano Concerto commission
E 2004 Laidlaw Foundation Grant for Ice Dreams (wind quintet) commission
E 2004

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, re Denmark performance

@ 2006 Canada Council Travel Grant for premiere performance of "3 Estonian Songs" in Parnu, Estonia and the European premiere of Piano Concerto "Wisteria" at the Christopher Summer Festival in Vilnius, Lithuania
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