The Performing Arts League announces the recipients of their 2020 Grants and
Scholarships awards totaling $17,000 to support youth involvement in the performing arts. This
year, PAL received 11 applications from area organizations and awarded eight grants to
encourage the expansion and development of youth arts programs that recruit, develop or train
young students. Scholarships were awarded to 16 young performers to encourage their
further development and training.
Greg Miller, president of the Performing Arts League, said, “The mission of the
Performing Arts League is to promote youth involvement in the Performing Arts. We do this by
supporting important projects and opportunities for young performing artists both individually
and as part of a group experience. Over the years, we have been blessed to witness how these
opportunities can change lives and impact our community in such positive ways. We consider
our support for these students essential to the growth and well-being of our community, and
we hope to continue this role in the future.”
2020 Grant Recipients: Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestra, Central High School
Piano Lab, String Theory (Music); Chattanooga Boys Choir, East Lake Expression Engine Youth
Interns & Music Program, Alpine Crest Music Club (Vocal); Chattanooga Theatre Centre Youth
Theatre and Christian Family Theater Youth Theater(Theater).
2020 Scholarship Recipients: Louise Howard (Instrumental); Elisa Giles, Kelsey Holland, Karissa
Wells, Emily Sapere and Shelby Williams (Dance)
2019-20 Scholarships awarded to students in the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth
Orchestra for private music lessons: Jordan Austin, Olivia Buyno, Katie Gregory, Elise Hayen,
Parker Hayen, Melinda Jubea, Sreesha Kisambi, Elizabeth Lindley, Leah Tudor and Harrison Wells.
Between 2014 and May 2020, the Performing Arts League awarded over $150,000 in
Scholarships and Grants to individuals and to support youth arts programs in the greater
Chattanooga area. Among the individuals and organizations who have received funds from the
Performing Arts League are: Chattanooga Ballet, Chattanooga Theatre Centre (Youth Theatre),
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras, Ballet Tennessee, Chattanooga Girls Choir,
Chattanooga Boys Choir (Only Men Aloud), Chattanooga Clarinet Choir (Concerto Competition),
The Howard School Band, String Theory, East Lake Expression Engine, Unity Performing Arts,
Christian Family Theater and the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga (Musical Playground).