LaGrange Symphony announces winners of 2014 SCALA Competition

Contributed by LSO staff

April 19, 2014

The Board of Directors of the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra has announced the winners of the annual SCALA Competition held recently at Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia.

Hannah Culbreth, playing horn, won first place. Miss Culbreth, a 10th grade student at Newnan High School, studies with Anna Dodd and Marianne Van Lear.

Competition judges praised Culbreth’s performance of Richard Strauss’ “Horn Concerto No. 1” as warm with nice brilliance and artistry. As first-place winner, Culbreth will receive The Kathryn Mercer Merrill Award for Wind Instrument Performance and a $300 cash prize.

The Barbara Malis Award was won by Duncan Lord for his performance of Galliard’s “Sonata No. 3” on trombone. He was described by the judges as having a very nice style and sound with nice phrasing and dynamic contrast.

Lord, who has been playing the trombone since sixth grade, participated in the 2013 Governor’s Honors music program. Following his graduation from Troup High School in May, Duncan plans to attend the University of Georgia in the fall where he will major in music education.

This competition was open to participants in grades eight to 12 from Troup, Meriwether, Coweta, Heard and Harris counties. Additional information about the LaGrange Symphony’s annual SCALA Competition is available online at