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The Charlotte Folk Society (CFS) and Tosco Music are pleased to announce that the 2018 Scholarships to the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College are now being offered to five youths and two adults. Named youth scholarships include those honoring Marilyn Meacham Price, founder of the Charlotte Folk Society; William Thomas Covington, a former CFS president; and the late Anne Spychala. The Spencer-Bryant Adult Scholarship honors Sara Spencer, for many years the Music Department faculty sponsor of CFS at Central Piedmont Community College, and the late Gene Bryant, long-time chair of the Music Department at CPCC.
The scholarships will be fully funded through a partnership between CFS, Tosco Music, and Warren Wilson College. The scholarships cover tuition ($555) provided by CFS and Tosco Music, and room and board ($435) provided by the college, for a total scholarship of $990 to each recipient. The Anne Spychala Youth Scholarship is fully funded ($990) through a grant to the CFS from the Anne Spychala Family Charitable Foundation.
The scholarships are to be awarded to students of acoustic music, either instrumental or vocal, who are performing at the intermediate or advanced level. The scholarships are a one-time award for any one of the following 2018 Swannanoa Gathering Music Workshops at Warren Wilson College:
Transportation will be the responsibility of the student.
All applicants must:
Application materials are available and can be downloaded from the CFS website, the Tosco Music website (www.toscomusic.org), or by contacting Mark Clemens at 704-345-2634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Swannanoa Gathering class schedules and other information can be found at www.swangathering.com.
Completed applications and letters should be mailed with the $10 fee to the following address by the February 12th deadline: The Charlotte Folk Society c/o Mark Clemens, 20521 Bethelwood Lane, Cornelius, NC 28031.
Auditions for the scholarships will take place and the winner will be determined on Sunday, February 18, 2018.
All applicants will receive a 2018 CFS membership. The winners will receive a certificate of completion of the course on stage at Warren Wilson College in a special ceremony. Both youth and adult first and second runners-up will receive awards valued at $50 and $25, respectively. In the event that the winner is unable to attend, the next runner-up will be awarded the scholarship. The winners will be given an opportunity to perform for the Charlotte Folk Society and/or a Tosco Music Party at some time after the Swannanoa Gathering.
Applicants will not be judged on the basis of religion, sex, ethnic background, economic status, or physical challenges.
CFS, Tosco Music staff, members of the CFS and Tosco Music Boards of Directors, and any staff, or Board members’ immediate family members are not eligible to receive scholarships. Judges, their students, and their family members are not eligible to receive scholarships. Youth judges: Ron Ellis, David Fee, Phyllis Fulton, Julie Dean. Adult judges: Mark Clemens, Tom Covington, Ivi Bilich, and DeWitt Crosby.