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The Carol Brice Music Association of North Carolina is delighted to announce the 2023 NANM Scholarship Competition for Strings.  Contestants will first compete on the local, then the regional level. Based on these contests, each region will send a contestant to compete at the national phase of the competition, to be held during the 2023 National Convention in Dallas, Texas.  The required repertoire embraces the works of European and American composers, while highlighting the contributions of African-American composers.

The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. has provided encouragement and support to thousands of African American musicians, many of whom have become widely respected figures in music and have contributed significantly to American culture and music history.  We have awarded scholarships to numerous young and talented musicians throughout the country.


A list of past national scholarship winners include such luminaries as Marian Anderson (the first scholarship award recipient), William L. Dawson, Florence B. Price, Margaret Bonds, Warren George Wilson, James Frazier, Julia Perry, Grace Bumbry, Leon Bates, Joseph Joubert, Awadagin Pratt, and many others.

We are no longer accepting application for the 2023 competition.  We hope you can join us on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Yeager Recital Hall (Elon University) for the local round of the competition.

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2022 Local Scholarship Competition

Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion

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Tyree Nesbitt

Alto Saxophone • 1st Place Winner

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Kyrese Washington

Flute • 2nd Place Winner


Dayvion McAlister

Percussion • 3rd Place Winner


Alexandria Johnson

Clarinet • Contestant 432


Dr. Kinard Douthit

Adjudicator #1


Ms. Kania C. Mills

Adjudicator #2


Mr. Abdullah Rahman

Adjudicator #3

2021 Local Scholarship Competition

Piano and Organ


Indiria Everett

Piano • First Place Winner


Victavious Wilson

Piano • Second Place Winner

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Ms. Eden Esters Brown

Adjudicator #1

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Dr. Paula Harrell

Adjudicator #2

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Dr. Gregory Thompson

Adjudicator #3

Centennial Scholarship Competition (2019)

The Marian Anderson Vocal Arts Competition

Southeastern Region Scholarship Competiton Winner, Elliott Brown, tenor (center), with SE Regional Director Michael Mitchell and SE Region Scolarship Chair, Levone Tobin-Scott


First Place - Local Competition (Carol Brice Music Association)

First Place - Regional Competition (Southeastern Region)

Encouragement Prize - National Competition

Congratulations to tenor Elliott Brown for advancing to the national round of the 2019 NANM Scholarship Competition, after winning the local competition held by the Carol Brice Music Association of North Carolina on March 30th, and the regional competition, held by the Metropolitan Atlanta Music Association on April 6th.  Elliott competed with other regional winners at the NANM Centennial Convention in July 2020, where he received an Encouragement Prize.


Our branch would also like to recognize and thank all of our competitors in the centennial scholarship competition:

Joshua Coleman, baritone

Local 2nd Place Winner

Jewel Holmes, soprano

Local 3rd Place Winner

Benjamin Ramsey, tenor

Diana Boicu, soprano

Our 2019 local competition was held on Saturday, March 20, 2019 at the Whitley Auditorium at Elon University.  Per the NANM competition rules, each contestant presented four selections: one Negro spiritual, one art song by an African-American composer, one art song and one operatic aria from the European repertory.  Our competitors represent various colleges and universities across North Carolina.


The Carol Brice Music Association wishes to thank all scholarship applicants, facilitators, adjudicators, and scholarship committee members that have made our competitions highly successful.  We are proud to have collegiates from our branch represent North Carolina and the NANM southeastern region for the past four consecutive years at the national level contest.  Below is a gallery of past winners and highlights from our competitions.

2017 Scholarship: Piano & Organ
2019 Scholarship: Voice
2019 Winner

Elliott Brown, tenor 2019 Local Branch Winner 2019 SE Region Winner 2019 National Round Encouragement Prize

2017 Scholarship: Strings & Harp
2017 Winner

Dwyla Pearson, violin 2017 Local Branch Winner 2017 SE Region Winner 2017 National Round Encouragement Prize

2017 Winner: Dwyla Pearson (center)

National Round (New Orleans, LA): Brendon Elliott, Anita Dumar, Dwyla Pearson, Tracie Walker, Annelle Kazumi Gregory.

2017 Scholarship: Voice
2016 Winner

Matthew Reese, countertenor 2016 Local Branch Winner 2016 SE Region Winner 2016 National Third Place Winner

2016 Scholarship Contestants

National Round (West Palm Beach, FL): (L-R) Matthew Reese, countertenor (3rd place); Joshua Staes, baritone; Darshaya Oden, soprano (2nd place); Steven Amie, baritone; and Justin Austin, baritone (1st place winner).

2016 Scholarship Contestants

Local Round (UNC Chapel Hill): (L-R) Maharshi Conston, Aneesa Glines, Matthew Reese, Shaunte Jordan, Tiffanie Briggs, Adrian Fullwinder, Tyrez Dabbs, Simone Price, and Mary Layton.

2015 Scholarship: Piano
2015 Winner

Christina Lai, piano 2015 Local Branch Winner 2015 SE Region Winner 2015 National Third Place Winner

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