Nashville Symphony is known for a wide variety of community efforts, including Building Future Audiences, Free Day of Music, Symphony Under the Stars and student programs. Along with the community and school programs the Symphony so generously offers our children and adults here in Nashville, a scholarship competition has also been set up to award scholarship money to some of the most gifted Tennessee music students ranging from grades 6 through 12. The Thor Johnson Scholarship Competition is named for the 1967-1975 Nashville Symphony Music Director.
The Thor Johnson Scholarship Competition, presented by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra League, was created as a scholarship to support young, talented musicians by awarding them cash awards which can be used to continue their music education. And Nashville Symphony doesn’t only allow students of classical music, but music of any genre and all instruments. Last year, the competition gifted more than $10,000 in scholarships to 20 students in our area.
The scholarship competition is divided into three divisions; middle school (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-11) and students college bound, currently a senior in high-school (grade 12.)
The five different instrumental categories in which awards are presented in each divisioninclude woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, piano/keyboard, harp/classical guitar and non-classical/wild card, which opens the competition to instruments not covered by the other four categories.
There’s plenty of time to get your musically gifted child into the scholarship competition; simply ask the child’s instructor for a letter of recommendation, complete this application and send those with an audition CD in MP3 format. The submissions are due February 17, 2015 for middle and high school and March 24, 2015 for college-bound students. You must mail or hand deliver your completed application, letter of recommendation and CD to:
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.
For more information,visit the Symphony website here.