College-bound musicians compete for $50K – JH News & Guide

Attention Jackson Hole student musicians: The application period for the 2024 Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition is open, with a May 6 deadline to submit a video online for a chance to compete for $50,000 in scholarship funds.

The competition is open to high school seniors from Wyoming, Idaho and Montana who are planning to pursue a music degree in performance or education at an accredited four-year college or conservatory.

“The Music Festival is as much about music education as it is about presenting the finest classical music with the finest musicians, soloists and conductors,” Sir Donald Runnicles, GTMF’s music director for whom the competition was named, said in 2019. “Many young students who seek to do what we do don’t have the means, the financial means, to complete their studies or to go to places to take their artistry and talent to the next level. This is what the scholarship is all about.”

Judges will review submitted videos, and musicians will learn by June 3 whether they made it to the semifinals group of six. In July, semifinalists will gather at Walk Festival Hall to perform live for the judges and the audience, with the final three ranked the following day. The top prize is $25,000, with $15,000 for the second-place artist and $10,000 for the third.

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