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Scholarship Competition

The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. invites you to apply for the 2023 Scholarship Competition for Strings. Contestants will first compete on the local then the regional level. Based on these competitions, each region will send its winning contestant to compete at the national level of the competition to be held during the 2023 National Convention in Dallas, TX. The required repertoire embraces the works of European and American composers while highlighting the contributions of Black composers.





Applications, along with the $50 application fee and copy of photo identification, are due by 11:59 PM (CST) on January 27, 2023. Once you have applied, please email a copy of your government-issued ID to Please reference the document above for competition rules, repertoire requirements, and other eligibility information.​

Please direct all inquiries to the scholarship chair, Nicole Davis:


National First Prize


National Second Prize


National Third Prize


Encouragement Prizes


Regional Scholarship Chairs

Dr. Walter McLean, Central Region Scholarship Chair

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

Dr. Brandon Boyd, Eastern Region Scholarship Chair

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey,

New York, Pennsylvannia, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Levone Tobin Scott, Southeastern Region Scholarship Chair

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia

Barron Coleman, Southwestern Region Scholarship Chair

Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Texas

Joyce Norfleet and Byron J. Smith, Western Region Scholarship Co-Chairs

Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

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