Nashville Symphony Now Accepting Applications for Annual Curb Concerto Competition

Nashville Symphony Now Accepting Applications for Annual Curb Concerto Competition

Scholarship Program Open to Aspiring Tennessee Musicians Ages 14-18

Nashville, TN – The Nashville Symphony has opened the application process for its Curb Concerto Competition, taking place on February 24-25, 2018, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. One of the most prestigious student competitions in the state, this annual event showcases gifted high school-age students from Tennessee and distributes $4,000 in scholarship money.

An important component of the Nashville Symphony’s mission to promote and support young musicians statewide, the Curb Concerto Competition is open to classically trained, instrumental music students ages 14-18 who have not yet graduated high school. Students who play woodwind, brass, string, piano and percussion instruments are eligible to apply.

The first round of adjudication will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Schermerhorn, with each student performing for a panel of judges. Finalists will perform for a second panel the following day before winners are announced.

The Grand Prize winner of the competition receives $2,500 and two season ticket subscriptions for the Nashville Symphony’s Aegis Sciences Classical Series, and will be considered for a solo performance during the Nashville Symphony’s free Side-by-Side Concert next spring. First runner-up receives $1,000 and two partial Classical Series season ticket packages, and second runner-up receives $500 and a pair of tickets to a Nashville Symphony Classical Series concert. All entrants receive a certificate of participation.This year’s Curb Concerto Competition will be capped at 24 contestants. After 24 qualifying applications are received, entry to the competition will be closed and no more submissions will be accepted. For the best possibility of acceptance into the competition, prospective students are encouraged to complete their applications as early as possible.

All submissions are due by Friday, January 26, 2018, or until all audition spots have been filled. Interested students can visit theNashville Symphony website for a

full rundown of competition guidelines and eligibility requirements, and to begin the application process by filling out the online registration form.

For additional information or questions, contact the Nashville Symphony Education Department at 615.687.6398


The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. The Nashville Symphony has released 28 recordings on Naxos, which have received 20 GRAMMY® nominations and 11 GRAMMY® Awards, making it one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. The orchestra has also released recordings on Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and New West Records, among other labels. With more than 140 performances annually, the orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, while its extensive education and community engagement programs reach 60,000 children and adults each year.




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