Thank you to those who have already sent in a nomination for the 2018 Viola Awards. If you want to add someone for consideration, you have until December 1, 2017 to send us your recommendations.

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In case you are wondering how nominees and winners are selected, keep reading or watch the video below…

The process for our staff and volunteers is a huge undertaking. All submissions that are sent to us are thoroughly researched so that we can present complete information about projects and potential finalists to a group of panelists, made up of artists, educators, experts and past Viola winners. The Panels (different people serve on different panels, by category) review all of the compiled information. They meet, discuss the merits of each potential project or individual, and ultimately decide who will be official finalists. We seek to have between three to five finalists in each category. So, it is important to note that not all community nomination submissions become official finalists.

Finally, the Panel meets again after nominees have been announced and discusses the merits of the finalists. In what is often an agonizing decision due to the quality and talent , they choose a winner. All the winners are then announced for the first time at the Gala event in March.


The Viola Awards Gala is set for Saturday, March 3, 2018. Get your tickets now!

The Official Nominees for the 2017 Viola Awards will be announced here on or website on January 4, 2018. Stay tuned!