Please contact the Department of Music at the University of West Georgia to schedule an audition.
The Charles Wadsworth Music Scholarship was established in 1990 by a citizens group from Newnan, Georgia, to honor internationally renowned musician and native son Charles Wadsworth who has been instrumental in helping launch the performance careers of numerous talented young artists. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming University of West Georgia music major who demonstrates artistic excellence and potential as an instrumentalist or vocalist. This $2,000-per-year scholarship, renewable by audition for up to four years, is awarded to the winning instrumentalist or vocalist in a performance competition.
The following competition rules are observed:
- Auditionees must be incoming pianists, organists, singers, or wind, brass, or percussion instrumentalists.
- Auditionees must submit an Audition Application Form two weeks prior to the audition.
- Piano and voice contestants must have works memorized.
- Entrants prepare three compositions contrasting in styles and historical periods from the standard classical literature. The MTNA High School Competition requirements may serve as a guideline for appropriate literature. Singers or instrumentalists with a particular interest in folk, popular, or jazz literature may perform a composition in one of these areas.
- All works requiring an accompaniment must be performed with an accompanist. Contestants needing a pianist are encouraged to bring their own. A staff accompanist will be available for a $40.00 fee if the accompaniments are received two weeks prior to the competition. Recorded accompaniments are not permitted.
- Contestants must provide one published score of each work to be performed for use of the judging panel.
- The decision of the judges is final. Judges have the prerogative to declare no winner.
All auditionees will be considered for other Music Scholarships.
Charles Wadsworth is a classical pianist, musical promoter, alumni of the University of Georgia, and native son of Newnan, GA. He is a world renowned leader in chamber music and has been Artistic Director for many chamber music societies and festivals. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of South Carolina, Converse College, and Connecticut College. He tours annually with several artists and headlines his own tour, “Charles Wadsworth & Friends.” He has also introduced many young artists, among them Yo-Yo Ma and Jessye Norman. He has received many awards and honors for his talent and involvement in the promotion of music in the U.S. and abroad. He has been invited to perform at the White House for Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan. The Art Deco municipal auditorium in Newnan, GA was renovated and renamed the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium in his honor. He has performed there annually since 1990.