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The "Susan Mayfield Memorial Emerging Young Artist Award," 2017

The MCSB is proud to present the annual music scholarship award for a young, talented musician located in the Jackson Metro area.

The purpose of this award is to seek out and encourage potential musical leaders of the future who demonstrate exemplary skills and sensitivity to the art of music.

The goal is to help finance private music lessons, music workshop, summer music camp, or be applied   toward the study of music at the secondary level. The amount of the award will be $500.

The application deadline is April 24, 2017.


Applicants must submit a completed application form to:
   Betsy Landers
   109 Rhapsody Circle
   Brandon, MS 39047

To download the application, click here. To apply online, click here.

Auditions will be held by appointment on April 29, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Ridgeland HS band room (directions here). We will let all applicants know of their appointment in plenty of time.

Winners will be announced to all applicants not later than May 6, 2017, and the award will be presented at the MCSB concert on May 21, 2017. Winners must attend this concert to receive their award.


Contestants will be scored in the following areas:


Tone: characteristic to instrument, beauty, in ranges   

Major Scales: knowledge of key signatures, octaves appropriate to your instrument, speed, smoothness

Chromatic Scale: range, speed, smoothness

Prepared Etude: correctness of rhythms and tempos; play the MUSIC, not just the notes. To download your etude, click the appropriate link below:

Flute/Piccolo          Oboe (lower C instruments)

Clarinets, Saxes, Trumpets, Horns, Baritone T.C.

Trombone, Baritone B.C., Bassoon, String Bass


Percussion (includes drums and mallet/keyboard percussion)

At this time, we only offer this award to instrumentalists who play an instrument appropriate to a wind band. We do not offer this award to vocalists, or to players of strings, piano, organ, harp, or other non-band instruments.

PREPARED SOLO:  (Does not have to be self-taught)   



Contact information:

Betsy Landers, auditions, betsylcdl@aol.com
Ted Burns, auditions tburns.burnhamet@yahoo.com


The winner of our 2016 award was Lauren Slay, Clarinet - Ridgeland HS - $500.

The winners of our 2015 award were:

The winner of our 2014 award was Lauren Slay, Clarinet - Ridgeland HS - $500.

The winners of our 2013 award were: