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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 Swannanoa Gathering Scholarships!
Auditions February 23rd

A partnership with the Swannanoa Gathering
at Warren Wilson College

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

For a recounting of the Swannanoa Music Week experience, check out this fine article by David Fee, the 2013 Spencer-Bryant Scholarship recipient!

And this report by Lando Pieroni, the 2013 Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship winner!

IMPORTANT!  Please note that the deadline for application materials is Friday, February 21st, 2014, and that the auditions will be held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, February 23rd, 2013 at Myers Park Baptist Church. 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

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The Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship The Spencer-Bryant Adult Scholarship
Marilyn Meacham Price

Marilyn Meacham Price

The Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship is a partnership between the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and the Charlotte Folk Society. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize and promote the development of new, young talent.

The scholarship will be fully funded by the Charlotte Folk Society and Warren Wilson College. The scholarship covers tuition, provided by the Charlotte Folk Society, and room and board, provided by Warren Wilson College.

The scholarship is to be awarded to an intermediate or advanced student of traditional folk music, either instrumental or vocal. The scholarship is a one-time award for one of the five weeks of music offered at the Swannanoah Gathering.

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

Sara Spencer

Sara Spencer
(photo by Tom Covington)

The Spencer-Bryant Adult Scholarship is a partnership between the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and the Charlotte Folk Society, named in honor of Sara Spencer, for many years our Central Piedmont Community College Music Department faculty sponsor, and the late Gene Bryant, long-time CPCC Music Department Chair.

The scholarship will be fully funded by the Charlotte Folk Society and Warren Wilson College. The scholarship covers tuition, provided by the Charlotte Folk Society, and room and board, provided by Warren Wilson College.

Gene Bryant

Gene Bryant
(photo by Tom Covington)

The scholarship is to be awarded to an intermediate or advanced adult student or performer of folk music, dance, or folklore. The scholarship is a one-time award for one of the five weeks of music offered at the Swannanoa Gathering. Equal consideration will be given to adults who are actively involved in supporting and/or preserving traditional and contemporary folk music and/or folk arts.

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

Past Scholarship Recipients!
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