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.
2022 Local Scholarship Competition
Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion
Alto Saxophone • 1st Place Winner
Flute • 2nd Place Winner
Percussion • 3rd Place Winner
Clarinet • Contestant 432
Dr. Kinard Douthit
Ms. Kania C. Mills
Mr. Abdullah Rahman
2021 Local Scholarship Competition
Piano and Organ
Piano • First Place Winner
Piano • Second Place Winner
Ms. Eden Esters Brown
Dr. Paula Harrell
Dr. Gregory Thompson
Centennial Scholarship Competition (2019)
The Marian Anderson Vocal Arts Competition
ELLIOTT BROWN | tenor
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.
Elliott Brown, tenor 2019 Local Branch Winner 2019 SE Region Winner 2019 National Round Encouragement Prize
Dwyla Pearson, violin 2017 Local Branch Winner 2017 SE Region Winner 2017 National Round Encouragement Prize
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 2016 National Third Place 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 2015 National Third Place Winner