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2014 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 1965 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 in March 2014. We are pleased to announce that the amount of the 2014 scholarship is $2,000, half presented during the spring of 2014, following the selection of the winner, and the other $1,000 presented by 12/31/2014.

Eligibility Requirements For The Student:

The Application Package Includes:

      Application Deadline Important - March 31, 2014

      Applications Should Be Sent To The Following Address:

      Garden State Chorale, Inc.
      Attn: Scholarship Committee
      P O Box 2837
      Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
      Should 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 For a PDF of the instructional letter and application please click below:

      Music Note Scholarship Instructions Scholarship Application                 MusicNote for Image Release Form Image Release Form

      2014 Garden State Chorale Scholarship Winner

      Garden State Chorale 2014 Scholarship Winner:  Julia Nigro

      Garden State Chorale 2014 Scholarship Winner: Julia Nigro

      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.

      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

      Garden State Chorale 2013 Scholarship Winner:  Tyler Cesario

      Garden State Chorale 2013 Scholarship Winner: Tyler Cesario

      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.

      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.

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