Conerto High School Musicians Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $2,500
Awards Available: 3

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its Concerto Competition for High School Musicians is open for applications. (All materials due Nov. 15, 2021). The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the Marine Chamber Orchestra and receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Second and third-place winners will receive $1,000 and $500 scholarships respectively.


This competition is open to high school musicians (grades 9-12) enrolled during the 2021-2022 academic year. String, piano and harp players are eligible for this year's competition. (Woodwind, brass and percussion players will be able to apply in the 2022-2023 competition.)

NOTE: The next opportunity for string, piano and harp players to apply will be in the 2023-2024 competition.

Previous competition winners and immediate family members of current/former U.S. Marine Band members are not eligible. All applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Application Materials:

The application has three components that must be received/time-stamped no later than Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.

1. Performance Recording:

A) Applicants must select ONE work from the repertoire list and submit an unedited recording of their performance accompanied by piano, band or orchestra.

B) Recordings must be submitted in the form of a YouTube video. The application form cannot be completed without a link to the video.

C) When posting to YouTube, applicants may also designate the video as "unlisted," meaning it is viewable only by people who have the direct link. If desired, the applicant can choose not to be visible in the video.

2. Online Application Form: Fill out and submit all required information on the online application form.

3. Letter of Recommendation: A teacher familiar with your musicianship must provide a letter of recommendation. This letter must be submitted by your teacher directly, via email, to Major Ryan Nowlin at

Final Round:

Based on the application materials, finalists will be selected and invited to Washington, D.C., to compete in a final round performance that is open to the public. All finalists will be notified by Jan. 1, 2022. The finals will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, in the John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C., and will be streamed live at Finalists will perform the same selection submitted with their application materials for an audience and panel of judges consisting of the Marine Band Director, Marine Band Assistant Directors and a guest adjudicator.

The Marine Band will provide a piano accompanist for applicants who advance to the final round, but finalists may bring their own accompanist if desired.

Finalists will have the opportunity to be coached by a member of "The President's Own" during their rehearsal time.

The competition winner will be invited to perform his or her solo selection in concert with the Marine Chamber Orchestra in the Washington, D.C. area, at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2022, and will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Second and third-place winners will receive $1,000 and $500 scholarships respectively.

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