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Welcome to the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts competitions!

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (the Isabel) is a home for the creative arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a hub of vibrant artistic study, creation, and exhibition in our community. The building houses the Queen's Department of Film and Media and the DAN School of Drama and Music, as well as the Isabel house season, which brings some of the most exciting and acclaimed musicians to its 567-seat concert hall. Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, the Isabel brings together world-class arts spaces and programs with a captivating sense of place, creating a dynamic venue for our students and community to learn, discover, think, do, and experience together.  

Opened in September 2014, the Isabel was designed by Oslo/New York-based firm Snøhetta and Ottawa’s N45, with acoustics and theatre design by ARUP and Theatre Projects Consultants. Anchored by a transformational gift to the Initiative Campaign from Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader, the Isabel was inspired by the Bader’s love – of the arts, of Queen’s, and of each other – and is named in Isabel’s honour.

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IMAGINE at the Isabel

Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition (2020 Winner: Bryan Cheng) 
YGK Emerging Musician Competition 
Isabel Overton Bader Canadian Violin Competition (2017 Winner: Yolanda Bruno)

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Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing ArtsaQueen’s University390 King Street West, Room 123Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6