MGLS Competition 2018

Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria (SOLA) Scholarship

Now in its 42nd year, the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition encourages young performing artists in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. In the 1980s, Mary Graham Lasley was a major figure in the musical world of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and was active on the boards of the Washington Opera Guild, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony Guild, predecessor of today’s Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria, Inc., known as SOLA. In tribute to her contributions, her family and friends established a trust in her memory upon her death in 1984. The Trust and SOLA support the annual Competition.


The MGL competition will take place on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus – in the new Center for Design, Media and the Arts, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22302
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. Performance time is limited to 15 minutes or less for each contestant. The composition must be performed from memory. Concert dress is required.
The competition is limited to fifteen students, based upon date of receipt of application. The deadline for applications is March 9, 2018.

The competition is limited to fifteen (15) students, based upon date of receipt of application. The deadline for applications is March 9, 2018  

If you have questions, email Sharon Walker at

Purpose To encourage and foster the development of student performing artists in the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Columbia and State of Maryland.

Awards Cash prizes of $2,500, $2,000 and $1,500 will 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. Winners will be announced at the close of the competition, and applicants are encouraged to stay for awards ceremony photos.

Fee A nonrefundable entry fee of $25 payable to “SOLA” must accompany the application form. Send applications to MGL Scholarship, SOLA, P. O. Box 25993, Alexandria, VA 22313 or submit on-line: Please note that students and teachers must complete the printed application. On-line applications will receive an e-mail to verify submission. This will be accepted as a digital signature. On-line applicants should be able to present their Social Security number if they win an award.

Eligibility 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 may not be accepted for the competition. Contestants may not be more than 25 years of age as of March 18, 2018.

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

1. Composition must be performed from memory.
2. Applicant must provide 3 copies of full score sheet music for judges. Name of competitor, teacher or school may not appear on copies.
3. Contestant must provide his/her own accompanist. Rehearsal rooms will be available prior to performing.
4. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 9, 2018.

Click here to download the application, print it and mail it in.