The James W. Simmons Solo Competition
&
The Rev. Dr. Genevieve Murphy Scholarship
for Young Musicians

2017 Winner
Charlotte MacDonald
Charlotte MacDonald 2017 Winner photoCharlotte MacDonald is honored to perform with the Charlottesville Municipal Band. She has played clarinet since she was 10 years old, and has studied at the private studio of Christine Willard since entering the sixth grade. She is currently a junior at Charlottesville High School, where she performs with the Charlottesville High School Wind Ensemble. She also performs with the YOCVA Youth Symphony under the direction of Dr. Charles West.

Charlotte has been selected for District 13’s Honor Bands for the last six years, and has been placed in the top performing ensemble every year in her high school career. She has qualified for All State Band auditions every year, and she placed 7th in the state this winter.

At Walker Upper Elementary school, Charlotte played with the concert band and earned a musicianship award. While she was at Buford Middle School, she played in the concert band and received the Director’s Award for Band at the end of her eighth grade year. She also played with the YOCVA Evans Orchestra, serving as principal during her eighth grade year.

Upon entering high school, Charlotte began playing with the YOCVA clarinet ensemble, with which she played for two seasons before moving into the Youth Symphony. She is an active member of the Marching Knights, has played in the pit orchestras for CHS productions such as Hairspray and Into The Woods, and has participated in the school’s winter guard and indoor drumline.

Charlotte spent the summers of her middle school years at the Mid Atlantic Band Camp at Sweet Briar College, where she was principal clarinet during her 7th grade summer. Following her 2014 summer season with the Charlottesville Municipal Band, she attended the Summer Residential Virginia Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts and the Humanities, where she was a music major. She has also participated in a number of chamber music festivals around the state of Virginia, and this summer plans to continue her studies at the Interlochen Summer Clarinet Institute.

Outside of her musical pursuits, Charlotte enjoys studying history, writing, and drinking copious amounts of coffee. She hopes to continue her studies in college as a music major.


The Charlottesville Municipal Band Spring Concert on April 23 will feature the 2017 winner of the James W. Simmons Solo Competition and Rev. Dr. Genevieve Murphy Scholarship for Young Musicians performing as a soloist.

Past Winners

Maggie Archer 2016
2016 Winner
Maggie Archer
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Chris Hays 2015
2015 Winner
Chris Hays
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Geneva Knight 2014
2014 Winner
Geneva Knight
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Marie_Fernandez_2012
2012 Winner
Marie Fernandez
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Samantha Marshall
2011 Winner
Samantha Marshall
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Anthony Poehailos
2010 Winner
Anthony Poehailos
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