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2022 Swannanoa Gathering Scholarships

Tosco Music and Charlotte Folk Society together award youth and adult scholarships to The Swannanoa Gathering, in partnership with Warren Wilson College.

2022 Swannanoa Gathering Dates:
Mando/Banjo Week and Fiddle Week, June 26-July 2
Traditional Song Week, July 3-9
Celtic Week, July 10-16
Old-Time Week, July 17-23
Guitar Week and Contemporary Folk Week, July 24-30

Specific information about the scholarship opportunity and application process is available in the 2022 Scholarship Guidelines below. Also below are fillable .pdf forms to complete and email back (please allow time for files to load):

2022 Scholarship Guidelines

2022 Scholarship Application

2022 Release Form (required)

2022 Scholarship Judging Guidelines


Become a member of Tosco Music or Charlotte Folk Society, if you are not already
• Apply online here (this is the preferred method)
- or request applicant material via email at or via phone at (704) 568-9685
• Write a letter describing your interest in acoustic music, reasons why you would like to receive the scholarship, and ways you hope to benefit from attending The Swannanoa Gathering; supporting materials are accepted but not required (examples: letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor, brief history of music involvement, etc.)
• Complete the liability release form (signature of a parent or guardian is required for applicants younger than age 18 to indicate permission and release of liability)
• Submit completed application materials no later than January 23, 2022; applicants will receive confirmation by email once a completed application is received. Applications received after January 23, 2022, will not be accepted.
• Attend an audition and interview on Sunday, January 30, 2022
- Assigned audition times will begin at 2:00 PM. Applicants will be emailed their assigned time
- No exceptions are made to the time and place of auditions and interviews
- Each audition is limited to 5 minutes and may include 1 or 2 songs
- Applicants may have one accompanist join them during their audition

Scholarship winners will be announced at the conclusion of auditions. Scholarship winners may be given an opportunity to perform at a Tosco Music Party or Charlotte Folk Society event following their participation in The Swannanoa Gathering.

*APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, January 23, 2022

VIRTUAL AUDITIONS & INTERVIEWS: Sunday, January 30, 2022

For information about other youth music scholarship opportunities, learn about the Jacob Titus Youth Music Scholarship here.

Quilt is titled "Gatherings" by Stephanie Wild, Wilds Fabrications