Charlotte Folk Society logo celebrating 30 years

Dedicated to promoting the ongoing enjoyment and preservation of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, crafts and lore in the Carolinas Piedmont,
since 1982.

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Charlotte Folk Society and Tosco Music
2019 Swannanoa Gathering Scholarships

A partnership with the Swannanoa Gathering
at Warren Wilson College
Scholarship Info and Forms:   Guidelines || Application & Release

The Charlotte Folk Society (CFS) and Tosco Music are pleased to announce that the 2019 Scholarships to the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College are now being offered to seven youths and four 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 is fully funded through a partnership between CFS, Tosco Music, and Warren Wilson College.

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 2019 Swannanoa Gathering Music Workshops at Warren Wilson College.

Application materials and requirements are available and can be downloaded from the CFS website, the Tosco Music website (, or by contacting Mark Clemens at 704-345-2634 or email Swannanoa Gathering class schedules and other information can be found at

Completed applications and letters should be mailed with the $10 fee to the following address by the February 19th 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 24, 2019.

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.