Strings 2021:   May 21st – 22nd virtually.
Paul Bourret

Paul J. Bourret (1933-2010)

Musician, Educator, Advocate and Friend

Paul Bourret was born in Lebret, SK and grew up in Lethbridge, AB. He received his education at the University of Alberta and spent all of his adult life in Edmonton. Paul was Supervisor of Music for Edmonton Catholic Schools, and Founder and Artistic Director of the Edmonton Columbian Choirs from 1966-1995.

He was the Executive Director of the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival, Past-President of the Alberta Music Festival Board, and a member of the Anne Burrows Music Foundation Board. Paul was responsible for bringing the 2008 Canadian National Music Festival to Edmonton, and was instrumental in the running of The Shean Strings and Piano Competition since its inception. In his honour, the Shean Trust Committee has named the award for best performance of the test piece, the Paul J. Bourret Prize for Best Performance of the Test Piece.

Among his many awards are:

  • Richard S. Eaton Award of Distinction for a Lifetime of Service to Choral Music in Alberta – presented by the Alberta Choral Federation.
  • Member of Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame – presented by the City of Edmonton
  • Alberta Centennial Medal
  • Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal.


  • 2014 Shean Piano Competition Application form & Brochures are available on the piano download page.
  • Winner of 2013 Shean Strings Competition: Luri Lee!  Press Release here
  • Winner of 2012 Shean Piano Competition: Adam Żukiewicz!
  • Winner of 2011 Shean Strings Competition: Eleanor Kendra James!
  • The winner of the 2010 Piano Competition was Scott MacIsaac!
  • We received 23 applications, and have selected our competitors.


2020 Piano Competitors

Henry From Jaeden Izik-Dzurko Carter Johnson Nicole Linaksita Jingzi Linda Ruan Waller Jean-Luc Therrien