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After Lynn’s passing in April 2020, his cello was packed up and stored away in his family’s home.

However, in his absence was a deafening quiet in a house that had known the daily practice and music that Lynn brought. His family realized that the cello was his voice and personality, and it shouldn’t be silenced.

The Board of the newly founded Lynn Harrell Foundation started discussions on what to do. Together they decided to start the Harrell Dungey Cello Loan Competition to find a deserving young cellist to loan the instrument.

Through this competition, the foundation and the family hope that the cello will continue to bring joy not only to the lucky cellist who receives it but to audiences that have not heard from it in several years.

The winner of the competition will be rewarded with the loan of the Harrell Dungey cello for a 2-year period with a possible 1-year extension. 

Applications will be open as of January 30, 2022 and close April 1, 2022.

There is a $50 application fee for each submission. This fee covers our costs of running this competition.  Acceptd has a Fee Waiver application for those that meet specific qualifications to receive $30 off. 

If you have any questions in completing any phase of the application process, contact the Lynn Harrell Foundation through the messaging tool in your online application or via email at

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