Lasley Scholarship Competition

The 2015 Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus
Tyler Building – 3001 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22302
Sharon Walker and Jacque Knight, Scholarship Competition Co-Chairs

*Applications must be postmarked no later than March 12, 2015*
Download application here [PDF]: 2015 Mary Graham Lasley Brochure – Printable

Send completed applications and entry fee via mail to:
Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition
c/o Mrs. Sharon Walker
5413 Grist Mill Woods Way
Alexandria, VA 22309

For more information, email Competition Co-Chair Sharon
Walker( or Jacque Knight (

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For strings, winds, piano, and percussion – each contestant must perform a significant movement of a concerto or work of equal difficulty composed for solo instrument and orchestra accompaniment. Fifteen minutes maximum is allowed for each contestant. The composition must be performed from memory. The competition is limited to twenty-five students, based upon date of receipt of application. Concert dress is required.

Cash prizes of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000, may be awarded with the opportunity for one of the winners to be invited to solo with the orchestra or a chamber group at the discretion of the Music Director. Judges will have the option of naming one, two or three winners.

Entry fee of $25 (non-refundable) payable to “SOLA” must accompany completed application forms.

Any current full-time graduate or undergraduate student of music who either: attends any college, university or conservatory in the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Columbia or State of Maryland OR is a legal resident of Virginia, D.C. or Maryland currently studying elsewhere is eligible. Previous competitors, except first place winners, are eligible. Students whose résumé does not reflect sufficient performing experience my not be accepted for the competition. Contestants may not be more than 25 years of age as of March 22, 2015.

To be selected by the SOLA Scholarship Committee. Judges’ decisions will be final.

1. Composition must be performed from memory.
2. Applicant must provide three (3) copies of full score sheet music for judges. Name of competitor, teacher and/or school may not appear on copies.
3. Contestant must provide his or her own accompanist. Rehearsal rooms will be available prior to performing.
4. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 12, 2015.

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Now in its 39th year in 2015, the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition, co-sponsored by the Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria (SOLA) and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, encourages college-level musicians to pursue classical music careers. Previous winners of the Mary Graham Lasley (MGL) Competition have gone on to perform internationally and to professional concert and teaching careers. Winners are often featured soloists with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra on its regular concerts. Past judges have been international concert performers, orchestra directors and university professors.

In the 1980s, Mary Graham Lasley was a major figure in the musical world of Metropolitan Washington, DC, and was active on the boards of the Washington Opera Guild, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony Guild, predecessor of SOLA. Her friends and family established a trust in tribute to her many contributions.

The Competition typically occurs each spring, and updated information, as well as the sign up form, will be posted here for teachers and students.

For more information, email Competition Co-Chair Sharon
Walker ( or Jacque Knight ( 

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Complete competition history and results can be found here [PDF].