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Rosen-Schaffel Competition

for Young and Emerging Artists

Coronavirus Information

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to postpone the 10th Annual Rosen-Schaffel Competition to July 2021. All applications submitted during the spring of 2020 will be honored for the 2021 competition, with the option for applicants to resubmit with updated materials. The eligibility will also be extended to 3-years post graduate to accommodate any applicants that planned to enter this year, but would otherwise have been ineligible in 2021.

Details regarding applications, timeline and eligibility to be posted here soon.


Founders of An Appalachian Summer Festival, Arnold and Muriel Rosen

2016 Rosen-Schaffel Competition winners and donors: (left to right) Christopher “Hunter” Bockes, Neil and Nancy Schaffel, Avital Mazor, and Stephen Mulvahill.

The Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists, established in July 2011, is a program of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the university’s annual summer festival of the performing and visual arts. The competition is co-presented with the university’s highly acclaimed Hayes School of Music, and is named in honor of Mrs. Muriel Rosen and two of Mrs. Rosen’s family members, Nancy and Neil Schaffel. Arnold and Muriel Rosen’s vision and generosity led to the founding of An Appalachian Summer Festival in 1983. Central to the festival’s founding principles is a belief in the importance of supporting young American artists, and promoting the professional endeavors of young artists pursuing careers in the fine arts. This belief, championed by the Rosens and their family, remains an integral component of the festival’s mission and identity, and is clearly reflected in this remarkable program.