Saturday, February 1st 2014
The Municipal Band of Charlottesville, Inc. is sponsoring its fourth annual James W. Simmons Solo Competition & Dr. Genevieve Murphy Scholarship. This program gives local students the chance to receive both a $1,000 college scholarship and an opportunity to perform as a featured soloist with the Municipal Band of Charlottesville on the April 13, Spring 2014 concert. The competition is scheduled for Saturday, February 1.
The competition is named for the 6th director of the Charlottesville Municipal Band, Mr. James W. Simmons, who began playing in the band in 1946 and was appointed its Music Director in 1980. During his 26-year tenure, the band increased in both membership and musicianship, playing many concerts in Charlottesville and in surrounding communities and across the state, attracting overflow audiences everywhere it played. He retired on December 31, 2006, and conducted his final program on April 24, 2007.
The scholarship is named in honor of its benefactor and Municipal Band of Charlottesville supporter, the Reverend Dr. Genevieve Murphy, whose generous donation underwrites this annual tradition that showcases the finest young musicians and encourages them to pursue higher education in the arts.
For more information, please visit the band’s website www.cvilleband.org or call 295-9850.