The Carol Brice Music Association of North Carolina is delighted to announce the 2021 NANM Scholarship Competition for Piano and Organ. 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 2021 National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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 scholarship winners would include such luminaries as Marian Anderson (our 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.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro graduate Indiria Everett is 22 year old solo and collaborative pianist, contemporary composer, and teacher Indiria Everett has a studio dedicated to students of all ages and economic backgrounds who have an interest/experience for piano and or composition.
A graduate of North Carolina Central University and the University of Georgia, Victavious Wilson has been enamored by music for many years. He has performed for distinguished public figures such as Dr. Maya Angelou and Dr. Susan L. Taylor, and has studied privately under Elvira Green of the Metropolitan Opera Company, and distinguished concert pianists and pedagogues, Dr. Victoria Fischer-Faw of Elon University and Dr. Peter Jutras of the University of Georgia. Additionally, Mr. Wilson has received honors, awards and grants which recognize his talents as a musician.
2021 Competition Adjudicators
Eden Esters Brown
Eden Esters Brown, NCTM, is a pianist and independent music teacher in Elon, NC. Raised in New Jersey, she received classical and jazz training from the late, Mr. Morris Nanton, a nationally renowned jazz artist and Julliard graduate. She holds a B.A. in Piano Performance from Elon University, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Louisiana State University.
Eden currently serves on the music faculty at Elon University where she teaches applied piano to non-piano music majors and non-majors, as well as class piano and piano pedagogy. Eden is experienced in teaching students of all ages and ability levels, in private and group settings; however, she has a special affinity towards pre-college children and youth. Her professional affiliations include the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) with national certification, Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Eden is the current Piano Section chair for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association.
Eden has a thriving private studio of beginner and intermediate students based in Elon, NC since 2009, and she is committed to cultivating the arts in Alamance County. She directs the Children's Music and Handbells program at Elon Community Church, which includes a preschool Musikgarten class. Making and sharing music at is a true passion, and she is dedicated to increasing the availability of classical music training for children and families of all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Dr. Paula D. Harrell
Paula D. Harrell received the B.A. in Music Education from North Carolina Central University, the first student to present two senior honors recitals in organ and piano. She earned the Master of Music degree in Sacred Music and Organ from The Ohio State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the first African-American woman to earn the DMA degree in organ performance. Dr. Harrell has served as organist for churches in North Carolina and Ohio, and is active as a recitalist.
Dr. Harrell began her professional career as an elementary school music teacher in Fairmont, NC, She later served on the faculty at North Carolina A&T State University as Piano Instructor where she also accompanied the University Choir.
Dr. Harrell is a retired Chair of the Department of Music at North Carolina Central University where she served as University Organist, University Choir accompanist, Music Education coordinator, and coordinator/professor of the Sacred Music program. She also taught piano, organ and handbells. Dr. Harrell presently serves as organ accompanist for the North Carolina A&T State University Choir. She also serves as organist at the White Rock Baptist Church in Durham, NC where she also directs the JuBellate Handbell Choir.
Dr. Gregory Thompson
Pianist, Gregory Thompson, has been praised by The New York Times for his "intuitive feeling for phrase shapes" and his ability to " make a melodic line sing and inflect it with delicate rubato effects". He has performed as a solo and collaborative artist in the United States, Europe, and Asia in such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Schloss Leopoldskron, Marmolle Hall, and the Steinway Gallerie in Salzburg, Austria. He has also been recitalist and collaborative pianist in concert halls and colleges and universities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Dr. Thompson has performed as soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles in concerti by Bach, Grieg, Franck, Liszt, as well as chamber works by Schumann, Beethoven, Mozart, Shostakovich, Arensky, and others.
ELLIOTT BROWN | tenor
First Place - Local Competition (Carol Brice Music Association)
First Place - Regional Competition (Southeastern Region)
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.
Dwyla Pearson, violin 2017 Local Branch Winner 2017 SE Region Winner
National Round (New Orleans, LA): Brendon Elliott, Anita Dumar, Dwyla Pearson, Tracie Walker, Annelle Kazumi Gregory.
Matthew Reese, countertenor 2016 Local Branch Winner 2016 SE Region Winner
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).
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.
Christina Lai, piano 2015 Local Branch Winner 2015 SE Region Winner