Applications open for Brown vocal, instrumental awards

Online applications are available for the 2018 Anna Newell Brown Awards for Vocal Excellence and the Betty F. Brown Awards for Instrumental Excellence.

The awards are administered by the Heritage Fund — the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. The competition will be Feb. 10 at First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St.

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

Students may apply at, with an application deadline of 4 p.m. Dec. 8.

The vocal excellence awards were established in 1985 by Robert and Betty Brown to honor his mother, Anna Newell Brown, a distinguished vocalist who contributed greatly to the local cultural life. The instrumental excellence award was established by Robert Brown in memory of Betty, a well-known and highly respected advocate for the arts.

Information: 812-376-7772

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.