Brown music scholarship applications open

Online applications are available for the 2017 Anna Newell Brown Awards for Vocal Excellence and the Betty F. Brown Award for Instrumental Excellence.

Both programs are administered by The Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.

The competitions are scheduled for Feb. 11 at First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St.

High school seniors who are Bartholomew County residents are eligible to compete in the competitions for college scholarships. The first-place performer in each senior competition will receive a $3,500 award and may be invited to perform with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.

High school sophomores and juniors who are residents of Bartholomew County may compete for music lessons or camps.

Independent judges from area colleges and universities will critique participants’ technique, interpretation and general musicianship.

Students may apply at Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Dec. 2.

The Anna Newell Brown Awards for Vocal Excellence were established through the Heritage Fund in 1985 by Robert and Betty Brown to honor Mr. Brown’s mother, Anna Newell Brown.

She was a distinguished vocalist and contributed greatly to the cultural life of the Bartholomew County community.

The Betty F. Brown Awards for Instrumental Excellence were established by Robert N. Brown in memory of Betty.

She was a well-known and highly-respected advocate and arts patron, locally and statewide.

The scholarships are aimed to encourage formal vocal and music education for Bartholomew County students.

For more information: 812-376-7772.