For several years the Decatur Choral Society has offered music scholarships to Macon County high school students. We currently provide four awards to talented singers who wish to develop their vocal skills. Students receive voice lessons for one semester at Millikin University’s School of Music Preparatory Department.
After the scholarship recipients audition, they will be assigned to a voice teacher by Andrea Pope, a member of the Decatur Choral Society’s Board of Directors, and teacher on Millikin’s voice faculty. The students are taught technical skills, ear training, music theory, phonation, and performance techniques. Many scholarship recipients are asked to perform a piece at an Opus 24 concert.
Following their auditions, a panel of judges selected four students for the 2015 scholarships. The judges were Cheryl Frye, Kelsie Gallegos, Elizabeth Merrill, Andrew Gallegos, and Milt Scott. Lynn Mallard volunteered to accompany each singer, a much appreciated serendipity. The winners are Lindsay Basil, Michael Maddox, and Isaac Cothern, who are all students at MacArthur High School, and Hannah Lightner who will be a senior at Argenta-Oreana High School.
The Decatur Choral Society will offer scholarships again next year. If you know a Macon County student who enjoys vocal music activities and will be a high school student next year, please suggest to them that they watch for a announcement on the http://decaturopus.com web site.
Decatur Choral Society