Nashville, Tenn. (December 12, 2014) – The Nashville Symphony has announced registration dates and details for the 2014/15 Thor Johnson Scholarship Competition, which annually awards thousands of dollars in scholarship money to outstanding Middle Tennessee music students in grades 6 through 12.
Named for the Nashville Symphony’s music director from 1967-1975 and presented by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra League, the scholarship supports young musicians through cash awards that can be used to further their music education. It covers all genres of music and all instruments. The 2013/14 competition awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships to 20 music students in the area.
The competition is open to students in three divisions—middle school (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-11) and college-bound (students currently in grade 12.)
Awards are presented in each division for five different instrumental categories, including woodwinds/brass/percussion, strings, piano/keyboard, harp/classical guitar and non-classical/wild card, which encompasses any instrumentation that falls outside the other four.
All contestants must submit a completed application (available online here), a letter of recommendation from his or her instructor and an audition CD in MP3 format. Submissions are due February 17, 2015, for middle and high school applicants, and March 23, 2015, for college-bound applicants. All completed applications can be mailed or hand-delivered to:
Thor Johnson Scholarship Competition
Nashville Symphony Orchestra League
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
One Symphony Place
Nashville, TN 37201-2031
Winners in the middle and high school divisions will be announced the week of March 23, 2015. Finalists in the college-bound division will be selected by April 13, 2015, and must be available for a live audition on April 25, 2015, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, after which winners will be announced.