Lift Up Our Voices Scholarship Announces Inaugural 2020 Recipient

Lakeland, Florida (July 15, 2020) – The Adjudication Committee for the Lift Up Our Voices Scholarship for Underrepresented Composers is pleased to announce that the inaugural scholarship is awarded to KiMani Bridges. Ms. Bridges is a 2020 graduate of duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky, and will be majoring in music composition at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington in the fall.

The Lift Up Our Voices Adjudication Committee is comprised of a diverse group of world-renowned composers, conductors, and music educators, all of whom are committed to the mission of the scholarship: to increase the representation of female-identifying students and students of color in the field of music composition. The committee members include Kaitlin Bove, Carol Brittin Chambers, Rodney Dorsey, Jennifer Jolley, Yukiko Nishimura, David Samuel and Daniel Schmidt.

The committee was extremely impressed with KiMani’s application, her achievements in music thus far, and the maturity displayed in her compositions. Adjudication committee members shared these words: “Highly creative and gifted.” “KiMani's main strengths lie in her fantastic timbral choices and textural decisions.” “She has a mature sense of her music, possibly making a difference in the community. I think we need that broad outlook in our world right now.” KiMani’s musical accomplishments are exemplary, and Lift Up Our Voices is delighted to award her the inaugural scholarship. We eagerly anticipate the impact she will have on the musical world in the coming years!

The talent of the scholarship applicants in this first year exceeded our expectations! We look forward to continued growth of the scholarship offerings in the future.


Lift Up Our Voices, Inc. is a non-profit corporation whose sole purpose is to provide scholarship money for high school students who are female-identifying, or are a person of color, and are planning to study music composition in college. Potential applicants for next year’s scholarship offerings can find more information at our website