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. Please browse the rules and repertoire documents below.
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.
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.