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Our mission is to promote an arts education for local high school students by…inviting students to participate in master classes with FORUM performers and awarding scholarships for college level study in the arts.

Master Classes offer young musicians an opportunity to work with an experienced performer and receive feedback and support.

For the 2016–17 season, the Forum sponsored two master classes by the Donald Sinta Quartet at First Flight Middle School for about 20 students, plus a performance for all 550 students. Another endeavor for youth included coordination of performances of an ensemble of four Virginia Symphony Orchestra musicians for 1500 students at First Flight Elementary, Nags Head Elementary and Manteo Elementary, funded by local parent teacher organizations. In a new initiative, area high school youth were invited to participate in the annual art competition for the cover of the Forum’s Playbill, a partnership of the Forum and the Dare County Arts Council. One high school student from Manteo High School entered and was recognized.

Scholarships are awarded each year to local high school graduates who are planning college majors in a subject related to the arts. These $1,000 awards are competitive, with winners selected on their academic achievement, participation in the arts and the strength of their personal recommendatio

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 scholarship winners:

Emma Alter Manteo High School, who will attend East Carolina, Greenville, NC to study music education.

Jasmine Roller Cape Hatteras Secondary School, who will attend University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to minor in art.