The 2013 Youth Scholarship application deadline was April 1, 2013.
Each year, we award Youth Scholarships for the cost of tuition and housing in any of our programs to a number of promising young musicians and dancers. Several of these scholarships are memorial scholarships awarded during Celtic Week in memory of Tony Cuffe, and Regis Malady, during Old-Time Week in memory of Ralph Blizard, and during Contemporary Folk/Fiddle or Traditional Song Weeks in memory of Freyda Epstein, our dear friends and long-time staff members.
Applicants should be under the age of 22 and should submit by April 1 a completed application, a selfwritten letter of request for the specific week desired, giving background and contact information, including the applicant's age, prior musical experience and stating why (s)he should receive a scholarship, plus a letter of recommendation from a mentor or other individual knowledgeable in the applicant's area of folk music or dance. Please do not send recordings. Priority will be given to those who have not received a scholarship before. An application fee is not required. Scholarships are merit-based, limited and competitive. Please send your application to: The Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, PO Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815-9000 or fax it to: 828-298-3434
The Doug & Darcy Orr Music Fund is an endowment fund established to provide long-term financial support for the work of the Swannanoa Gathering now, and for decades to come. Originally established with a generous gift from one of our workshop participants, interest from the fund provides financial support for the program where it is most needed. Tax-free contributions to to the Doug & Darcy Orr Music Fund and/or for our Youth Scholarship fund are welcome and may be made online on the donation form.
A number of our scholarships are sponsored by private organizations or individuals. Are you interested in sponsoring a scholarship? Please contact our office for more information.
2013 Youth Scholars
Tosco Music Party Scholarships are awarded to:
Mason Schmitt: attending Contemporary Folk Week
Lee Landess: attending Mando & Banjo Week
Charlotte Folk Society Scholarships are awarded to:
Lando Pieroni: awarded the Marilyn Meacham Price Youth Scholarship and attending Guitar Week
David A. Fee Jr.: awarded the Spencer-Bryant Adult Scholarship and attending Mando & Banjo Week
Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society's Duncan-Eilliott Scholarship is awarded to:
Josie Hoggard: attending Old-Time Music & Dance Week
Blue Ridge Irish Music School Scholarships are awarded to:
Leah Marshall: awarded the Susan Fletcher Tansey Youth Scholarship and attending Celtic Week
Chloe Hellerman: awarded the Susan Fletcher Tansey Youth Scholarship and attending Celtic Week
Austin Friends of Traditional Music scholarships are awarded to:
Joshua Logan-Moore: attending Mando & Banjo Week
Isaiah Sibi-Hackney:attending Old-Time Music & Dance Week
The Kerrville Folk Festival scholarship is awarded to:
The Shepard Posse Youth Scholarship is awarded to:
Indigo De Souza: attending Contemporary Folk Week
The Tom Bond Memorial Youth Scholarship is awarded to:
David A Fee III: attending Guitar Week
Also, several of the Gathering's own Youth Scholarships are sponsored by the Robert Woodfin Foundation and Dream Guitars.
Swannanoa Gathering Youth Scholarships are awarded to:
TRADITIONAL SONG WEEK:
Edith & Glenn Sigler (shared scholarship)
CONTEMPORARY FOLK WEEK:
MANDO & BANJO WEEK:
Evan Snoey (sharing scholarship with Elise Snoey)
Carly Mae Bucker
Elise Snoey (sharing scholarship with Evan Snoey)