Since 2010, the Virginia Choral Society (VCS) has awarded one or more scholarships to graduating high school or home school seniors planning to study vocal music education, vocal performance or musical theater in university or conservatory programs. As much as we are committed to presenting high quality programs to our communities, VCS is equally committed to promoting the choral arts by assisting students in their study of vocal music.
Step One: Submit
The deadline to submit applications for 2024 scholarship awards is midnight, Wednesday, March 13th.
VCS has 3 scholarships available in 2024, two for $2500.00 each and one for at least $2000.00
Submit no later than midnight on March 13, 2024. Please contact Nancy McLaulin at (757) 288 - 6034 (call or text) if you are experiencing any technical difficulties with your email submission. All submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt.
Step Two: Interview
The committee will contact the top applicants and set up a short interview, either virtually or in person. The panel will ask several questions in order to get a sense of your experience and commitment to study music.
All applicants will be notified of the results shortly after the interview. If you are not chosen to audition, you will also be notified.
Step Three: Recognition
Scholarship award winners are typically recognized on our website, or by other means such as press-releases in local media. You will be asked to provide a head shot photo to include in these communications (you must approve for release).
We also love to showcase our winners at one of our performances, although this is not a requirement to receive the award.
Caroline Hines, Ronald D. Darone Memorial Scholarship
Caroline Hines is honored to receive this award. Recent Virginia Musical Theatre productions include Catch Me If You Can (Brenda Strong), School of Rock (Mrs. Gordon, Ensemble), Grease (Sandy), Mamma Mia (Ensemble), and Over the Rainbow (Ensemble). Offstage she’s a coffeedrinking, wave-chasing senior at First Colonial High School and the Governor’s School for the Arts. Last year, she starred in the Governor’s School’s Urinetown, (Little Sally) and Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), and later this month you can catch her as the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods! Other credits include Little Theatre of Virginia Beach’s Hairspray! (Penny), and The Children’s Hour (Evelyn) and several Hurrah Players productions. Caroline is incredibly grateful for the amazing teachers, family, and friends who have encouraged, inspired, and helped her believe in herself. She will continue her Musical Theatre education at Savannah College of Art and Design
Charlotte Scalzi, Virginia Choral Society Scholarship
Charlotte Scalzi is a graduating senior at Kellam High School, where she dedicates many hours to the drama and chorus departments, in both performances and leadership roles.
Recently, she played the role of Alice in Kellam’s production of The Addams Family. She was the music librarian, recruitment officer, and is now the vice president of the chorus department, as well as the student director for the Knightingales senior ensemble.
Charlotte has served as the treasurer and is now the vice president of her
school’s drama department. She is a thespian at Kellam and is also a
Virginia State Thespian serving as Hospitality Chair. She is a member of numerous honor societies. Charlotte has been recognized by the administration as a Kellam Castle Keeper, representing the pillars of leadership, integrity and unity.
Recently, she was recognized for academic excellence and selected as a Brickell Scholar at Kellam. Charlotte is active in the community, coordinating volunteer events for The Reach Out Crew and working with her Girl Scout troop. She is a regular contributor to her local neighborhood magazine, serving as a journalist for over 9 years. Music is and always has been a big part of her life. She was a member of the Virginia Children’s Chorus for five years and worked her way up to being a Chamber Singer. Charlotte aspires to combine her love for music and for helping others in pursuing a degree in music therapy.