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 2023 scholarship awards is midnight, Wednesday, March 22nd.
Submit a complete application ELECTRONICALLY, VIA EMAIL ONLY.
VCS typically provides two scholarship awards of $2,000 each, but amounts may vary.
A complete application consists of:
High school or home-school
Home Address | Phone | email
Statement of your career aspirations and motivation for studying music. Consider the following when preparing your statement (no more than 2 pages):
What does the study of music mean to me and to the world?
Why do I plan to study music in the next phase of my education?
What type of degree or program am I seeking to enter, and why?
What special qualities or experience do I have which will make me the best candidate for the scholarship?
Official High school or home-school transcript(s), showing courses taken and grades
At least one, but no more than three, letters of recommendation, written by someone familiar with your skills and talents. Recommendation letters can be from one of the following:
Vocal coach or instructor
High school choir or group ensemble director or teacher
Church choir director
Other entity such as a music camp or special program director
Be sure that all documents submitted have your name affixed.
Please attach all information in one email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org and submit no later than midnight on March 22, 2023. 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: Audition
The committee will contact the top applicants to schedule an audition, which consists of two parts. First, finalists must submit a video of an individual vocal performance, which should be of a quality typically be required by a college program admission process. No particular genre is required; you may submit anything that best showcases your talents. Please be prepared to provide access to your videos via a cloud drive or other available source, since media files tend to be too large to attach to email.
Secondly, after the video files have been received and reviewed, the panel will contact you 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 audition. 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. This year’s performances are scheduled for May 6th and 7th, 2023.
Past Award Winners
2010: Ms. Janie Darone, Tabb High School
2011: Ms. Kelsey Nunn, York High School
2012: Ms. Sara Martin, Grafton High School
2013: Ms. Katie Campbell, York High School
2014: Mr. Raiquan Thomas, Churchland High School
2015: Ms. Amelia Dobbs, The Governor’s School for the Arts and Maury High School
2016: Ms. Haley Griffith, Warhill High School
2017: Ms. Mariah K. Hanson, Poquoson High School
2018: Ms. Shannon Crowley, Governor’s School for the Arts
2018: Mr. Colin Freeman, Poquoson High School
2019: Ms. Claire Scott Gordon (Scottie), York High School
2019: Ms. Jacqueline Joy Magpoc Burroughs, Governor’s School of the Arts
2020: Ms. Serena Olson, Grafton High School
2020: Mr. James Seufzer, Grafton High School
2021: Mr. Devonte Garcia, Gloucester High School
2021: Ms. Kailyn Wynn, Western Branch High School