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
2017 Swannanoa Gathering Scholarships
     Audition date Sunday, February 19, 2017


A partnership with the Swannanoa Gathering
at Warren Wilson College

Each year the Charlotte Folk Society and Tosco Music award scholarships to the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College to promising musicians who wish to further their studies by participating in the week long music camps near Swannanoa, North Carolina.

IMPORTANT! Please note that the deadline for application materials is Friday, February 17, 2017 and that the auditions will be held at Myers Park Baptist Church on Sunday, February 19th, 2:30 PM. Auditions must be in person. No exceptions to the time and place can be made.

Links to the documents needed to apply for these scholarships are at the ends of the descriptions below.

2017 Youth Scholarships 2017 Adult Scholarships
Marilyn Meacham Price
Marilyn Meacham Price

Five 2017 Youth Scholarships are being offered: the Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship, named in honor of the founder of the Charlotte Folk Society; the William Thomas Covington Scholarship; the Anne Spychala Scholarship; and two Tosco Music Scholarships.

The scholarships will be fully funded by a partnership between the Charlotte Folk Society, Tosco Music, and Warren Wilson College. The scholarships cover tuition, provided by the Charlotte Folk Society and Tosco Music, and room and board, provided by Warren Wilson College. The Anne Spychala Scholarship is fully funded through a grant to the CFS from the Anne Spychala Family Charitable Foundation.

The scholarships are to be awarded to intermediate or advanced students of traditional folk music, either instrumental or vocal. The scholarships are a one-time award for one of the five weeks of music workshops offered at the Swannanoa Gathering.

Details, Guidelines, Application and Release for this once in a lifetime opportunity can be found at the Youth Scholarship Application Details page!

Sara Spencer

Sara Spencer
(photo by Tom Covington)

Two 2017 Adult Scholarships are being offered, one Tosco Music Scholarship and the Spencer-Bryant Adult Scholarship, named in honor of Sara Spencer, for many years the Music Department faculty sponsor of the Charlotte Folk Society at Central Piedmont Community College, and the late Gene Bryant, long-time CPCC Music Department Chair.

Gene Bryant

Gene Bryant
(photo by Tom Covington)

The scholarships will be fully funded by a partnership between the Charlotte Folk Society, Tosco Music, and Warren Wilson College. The scholarships cover tuition, provided by the Charlotte Folk Society and Tosco Music, and room and board, provided by Warren Wilson College.

The scholarships are to be awarded to intermediate or advanced students of traditional folk music, either instrumental or vocal. The scholarships are a one-time award for one of the five weeks of music workshops offered at the Swannanoa Gathering.

Details, along with the Guidelines, Application and Release forms for this great opportunity can be fount at the Adult Scholarship Application Details page!



Past Scholarship Recipients!
2016 Youth Winners:
Sarah Lemonds: Marilyn Meacham Price Scholarship
Nick Tutwiler: William Thomas Covington Scholarship
Ginger-Gabrielle South: Anne Spychala Scholarship
2016 Adult Winners:
David Shumway: Spencer-Bryant Scholarship
Philip Weisenhorn: Anne Spychala Scholarship
2015 Winners: Liam Purcell and Angel Paez
(In 2015 we awarded a second Youth Scholarship)
2015 Winner: Mary Shumway
2014 Winners: Sam Richardson and Mason Schmitt
(In 2014 we awarded a second Youth Scholarship)
2014 Winner: Alan Davis
2013 Winner: Lando Pieroni
2013 Winner: David Fee
2012 Winner: Joshua Gerrard
2012 Winner: Josh Campbell
2011 Winners: David Fee & Jake Bartholomew
(In 2011 we awarded a second Youth Scholarship in memory of Jim Price)
2011 Winner: David McGuirt
2010 Winner: Isabelle Young 2010 Winner: Carol Raedy
2009 Winner: Tyler Mitchell 2009 Winner: Jennifer Stanton
2008 Winner: Elene Clemens 
2007 Winner: Carson Hedberg 
2006 Winner: Avery McGuirt 
2005 Winner: Morgan Wilder 
2004 Winner: Andy Edmonds 
2003 Winner: Maddie Howard 
2002 Winner: Amanda Wright