Garden State Chorale Scholarship Application Information
Garden State Chorale, Inc. is a singing group with a history of more than 80 years of performing in various venues across South Jersey. The group’s annual performances include holiday concerts in early December, and an additional concert in May showcasing popular music and show tunes. The Chorale also takes music into area retirement communities and nursing homes, has performed on the Battleship New Jersey on Veteran's Day, Ocean City's Music Pier, and performs at other patriotic events celebrating the greatest country on earth!
As part of its mission in supporting the future of the arts, the Garden State Chorale awards an annual scholarship designed to assist a talented student in preparing for a career in vocal music. The Chorale has been awarding this scholarship annually since 1964 to students pursuing their education at schools including Boston College, Temple University, Westminster, Julliard, and the Curtis School of Music.
The recipient of this year’s award will be selected by the end of March. We are pleased to announce that the amount of the scholarship is $2,500, half presented during the spring, following the selection of the winner, and the other half presented by the end of December.
Eligibility Requirements For The Student:
High school senior living in Camden County NJ, Burlington County NJ or Gloucester County, NJ
High school senior with a record of superior vocal and academic achievement.
(Vocal skills are the primary criteria. A statement of need is not required.)
A specific plan to further his or her musical education in college.
A fully completed application package (enclosed) submitted by the deadline noted.
The Application Package Includes:
Application form -- completed and signed
A full transcript of the applicant’s grades and activities
A letter of recommendation from the school’s music teacher and, if appropriate, from a private music teacher with whom the student is studying.
An audiocassette or CD demonstrating the applicant’s versatility in various styles. The tape/CD must have two (2) songs, no longer than 4 minutes each. Suitable accompaniment is recommended for audition tapes.
Important - March 31st.
Applications, with all the accompanying materials, must be received no later than March 31st. Please note: A fully completed package is required or the applicant cannot be considered and evaluated.
Applications Should Be Sent To The Following Address:
Garden State Chorale, Inc.
Attn: Scholarship Committee
P O Box 2837
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034Should you have any questions regarding the requirements of the scholarship or other information about Garden State Chorale, Inc., please contact Susie Johnson at 856-685-7509 or via the Chorale’s email at info@GSChorale.org. For a PDF of the instructional letter and application please click below:
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2015 Garden State Chorale Scholarship Winner
The winner of the Garden State Chorale 2015 Musical Scholarship is Patricia Irwin. Patricia is the daughter of Robert and Penny Irwin. She lives with her family in Cherry Hill.
Garden State Chorale 2015 Scholarship Winner: Patricia Erwin
Patricia is a student at Cherry Hill High School East. She has held leads in all of the musicals at CHE during her years there. She has been a member of several All State programs since 9th grade. She is a member of Belles of East, this year serving as director. Patricia has also participated in many musical activities outside of school.
A quote from her music teacher Laurie Lausi: “Throughout her years in high school, Patricia has excelled both academically and musically. In choir she has shown herself to be a leader in her section since her freshman year. She consistently places high in All-South Jersey and All-State Chorus. Last year she was also selected to perform with the ACDA Honor Choir at the Eastern Division Conference. Patricia possesses a high musical aptitude and learns very quickly. Her incredible range and tone quality make her a frequent soloist in choir.”
Patricia will begin her pursuit of a musical degree this fall. She is still making her decision on which university to attend. The Chorale wishes her all the best in her future studies wherever they may be.
2014 Garden State Chorale Scholarship Winner
The winner of the Garden State Chorale 2014 Musical Scholarship is Julia Nigro. She is the daughter of Donald and Patricia Nigro. She lives in Collingswood, New Jersey with her parents and a younger sister.
Garden State Chorale 2014 Scholarship Winner: Julia Nigro
She is a student at Collingswood Sr. High School. She has held major leads in both the High School and as a pianist for the Community Theater. She has been part of the Women’s Choir, High School Choir, and Madrigal Singers at Collingswood. She was part of Children’s Song, a group based in Haddonfield, New Jersey. She also sang in the New Jersey All-state Women’s Choir.
A quote from her Music Teacher Cristin Charlton: “I am Julia’s choir teacher and theater director. I get to see her in a different light than her other teachers; doing something she loves which is performing and singing. Julia spends her summers honing her craft by attending summer musical camps. She takes private singing and piano lessons throughout the year.”
Julia will be continuing to pursue her musical degree in Music this fall. She has been accepted at Westminster Choir College of Rider University to get her degree in music performance. The Choral wishes her all the best in her future studies. Julia, we are proud to have you as our 2014 Scholarship winner.
2013 Garden State Chorale Scholarship Winner
The winner of the Garden State Chorale 2013 Musical Scholarship is Tyler Cesario. Tyler is the son of Rose and Robert Cesario. He lives in Sicklerville with his parents his younger brother.
Garden State Chorale 2013 Scholarship Winner: Tyler Cesario
Tyler is a student at Winslow Township High School. He has held major leads in both the High School and Community Theater. He has received Academic Awards in All South Jersey Chorus for four years, All State Chorus for three years, All Eastern Chorus two years and All National Chorus for one year.
A quote from his Music teacher, Michael Doheny: "I have had the pleasure of working with Tyler in the Chamber Choir and Drama Club. His talent, combined with his motivational and leadership abilities, have made him an integral member of all of these groups. Tyler's musical successes are matched in his academic and community activities. He has held a Renaissance Card for excellence in academics throughout high school, and is very active in church and service projects."
Tyler is very intent on making music his personal career choice. He is very adept in classical vocal music as well as choral and musical theater. His favorite period in Music is the Baroque. He composes as well as sings. He has written two solos for piano as well as piano parts for a musical.
He has volunteered at Berlin Baptist Bible Church's vacation Bible school for four years as well as at Garden Lake Bible Church in Camden.
Tyler will be continuing to pursue his musical degree in Music Education this fall. He has been accepted at Westminster Choir College of Rider University to get his degree in music education. The Chorale wishes him all the best in his future studies. Tyler, we proud to have as our 2013 Scholarship winner.