The Ottawa Choral Society has sponsored OCS Open Vocal Class (Operatic Voice) class at the Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival from its very early days. The trophy that is awarded today was made by Mr. Art Price in 1960 to replace the original trophy. After OCS President Ivan C. Hardy died suddenly in August 1960, the trophy was dedicated to his memory, and presented for the first time the following year. Many Ivan C. Hardy laureates enjoy illustrious singing careers today, including Gerald Finley, Julie Nesrallah, and Wallis Giunta. The winners since 1961 are listed below.