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Scholarship Winners Say Thanks!

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Emma James, Olivia Martin and Laura Rabell were this year's winners of Tosco Music's scholarships to The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College.

Above, Olivia Martin is pictured performing at the student open mic night that closed Contemporary Folk Week. 

Next, Tosco Music's first ever adult scholarship winner Laura Rabell shares her talent at one of many late night song circles.

Both youth scholarship winners, Olivia and Emma are pictured together before the Contemporary Folk Week student open mic.

Lastly, Tosco Music represented well at the 25th anniversary of The Swannanoa Gathering! From top left clockwise: Laura Rabell, John Tosco, Tosco Music Volunteer Coordinator Diana Wade, Tosco Music Member DeWitt Crosby and Tosco Music Choir Member Julie Dean.

"I enjoyed not only the brilliance of the teachers and curriculum but even more importantly the welcoming and joyful spirit of the entire community. The exuberant sing-alongs and jam sessions were definitely reminiscent of the Tosco Music Party and cultivated the purest form of human connection and camaraderie through a shared love of music. ... I cannot possibly thank you enough for this wonderful scholarship and for all that you do for the music community in Charlotte and beyond!" ~ Laura Rabell

"If I could use three words to describe my time at the Swannanoa Gathering, they would be eye-opening, impactful, and unforgettable. The teachers were incredibly supportive and I gained an invaluable amount of knowledge.  I learned more about myself and expanded my horizons as a musician through other artists' helpful critiques and  perspectives.  I am forever thankful to John Tosco and Tosco Music Parties for giving me this experience of a lifetime." ~ Olivia Martin

"Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity to go to the Swannanoa Gathering and participate in Contemporary Folk Week! I truly had an enriching time and learned tons from my teachers and classmates. Always grateful for what y'all do!" ~ Emma James