Key Chorale Student Scholar Program
The Key Chorale Student Scholar Program is a music-in-education outreach program for qualified high school choral members from Sarasota and Manatee County high schools who sing with Key Chorale during its performance season. This experience is designed for students with an exceptional aptitude for music, who plan to further their musical studies after high school.
- Student participation in rehearsals and performances of 4 major programs with professional orchestra and world-class soloists
- Exposure to music styles from Classical Masterworks to Contemporary to the Circus!
- Opportunity to rehearse and perform under the baton of our professional conductor
- Opportunity to take vocal lessons from an approved professional voice teacher (up to seven 30 or 60 minute lessons)
- Coaching by our professionals on the business side of music, including audition coaching, resume writing, appearance, preparation, etc.
- Workshops and master classes on topics relevant to preparing high school students for college level music school enrollment and success
- Required minimum high school GPA of 3.0 to encourage academic commitment along with musical commitment
- Student Scholars are recommended by their choir director and selected through competitive auditions
- Inspire a lifelong love and even career in vocal music
- Build good citizens as well as good musicians
- Provide tools and experiences beyond the scope of what public school music programs can offer
“The collaboration between Maestro Caulkins and the Key Chorale with the Sarasota County schools is a unique and valuable resource. It is a relationship that fosters excellence and builds a connection that enables choir members from both groups and the community to experience a love of the many aspects of choral music. From the annual “Tomorrow Voices Today” festival to Cirque des Voix, the relationship is masterfully coordinated and motivated by Maestro Caulkins. He genuinely supports and encourages the high school directors in their individual choral programs and brings the groups together to provide unique musical experiences.”
Kirby Sanders, Sarasota High School Choral Director
If you would like to make a donation to our Student Scholar Program please click here
2019-2020 Key Chorale Student Scholars
Carmen Lesser is a Senior at Sarasota High School. She has had a passion for music from a very young age and has been singing in school choir since 3rd grade at Lakeview Elementary. Her favorite choral piece is “That Ever I Saw” by Ambassadors of Harmony, and wants to pursue music in college so that she can give back to her community and send meaningful messages through singing. She writes her own music and recorded a song at Baysound Recording Studio which she performed live at the Music Compound talent show. Carmen dreams one day of singing in Madison Square Garden.
Zion Thompson is a senior at Booker High School. He has been in the school choir for about 6 years and the most amazing experience he had was when he and his choir performed at Disney’s “Candlelight at Disney.” His favorite musical piece is “You” from “Dear Evan Hansen.” Zion is a second year Student Scholar and wants to pursue the performing arts, mostly in musical theatre, in college. He doesn’t see singing as a talent, rather as a chance to make people happy just doing what he loves.
Aleah Williams is a Senior at Booker High School and has been singing in choir since the 6th grade. Her favorite choral piece is the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah. She hopes to one day sing on a Broadway stage or tour around the world, and wants to be a Student Scholar so that she can improve individually and gain real professional experience and eventually pass down her knowledge and love for musical expression to others. Aleah is a second year Student Scholar.
Kobe Hills is a junior at Booker High School and has been a member of a chorus for 4 years and is a first year Student Scholar. He watches what fun his high school choral director has teaching them songs and he would like to do the same one day. He was born by the river at a Black History Month event and he moves everyone in the crowd by the way that he sings.
Thomas Thai is a Senior at Riverview High School and has been singing in choir since middle school. One of his favorite choral memories was attending State Solo and Ensemble competition with the Riverview Chorus, and his favorite choral piece is “Searching Love” by Kim André Arnesen. He wants to pursue the performing arts in college to be able to share his love for music with others, and has a dream to sing as a career. Thomas is a second year Student Scholar.
Isabella Garland is a senior at Riverview High School and has been in choir for 7 years. As a Student Scholar she is excited to learn new vocal techniques, sing with talented people, and learn from everyone in the chorale. Isabella wants to be a songwriter and connect with the world through music. She has a dream one day to sing at the Grammys. She also plays the piano and guitar and look forward to learning more about songwriting.
Traven Vogt is a Junior at Venice High School and has been singing in chorus since the 4th grade. His favorite musical piece is “Hunchback of Notre Dame, Out There.” Traven is a first year Student Scholar and considers it an honor and privilege to sit at the feet of great musicians in Key Chorale and learn from them. Traven wants to share his gift of music with others because music remembers when…. One day, Traven has the dream to sing with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square (formerly the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).
Josie Filipanits is a Senior at Pine View School and is a first year Student Scholar. She has been in a choir since fourth grade and her most amazing choral experience was performing at the Florida All State Convention for the first time and being there with so many talented people. Her favorite musical pieces are Mozart’s “Lacrimosa” (Requiem) and “Windham” arranged by Brad Holmes. After high graduation, Josie wants to attend college and pursue music, singing, or the performing art and share music and the arts with people around the world.
Colin Leonard is a Junior at Booker High School and is a first year Student Scholar. “Come Along” by Cosmo Sheldrake is his favorite musical piece. Colin wants to continue to pursue music as he gets older and wants to inspire audiences and society through music. He has a dream to sing as a solo performing artist and also loves to play jazz on the tenor saxophone.
Isabella Richmond is a first year Student Scholar, a junior at Riverview High School and has been in choir for 7 years. She is excited to be a Student Scholar and looks forward to learning more challenging musical pieces and making new friends with similar interests. After high school, Isabella plans on pursuing the performing arts and singing. Her dream one day is to write music and be a singer in a band.
Morgan Deveney is a junior at Booker High School and has been in a choir for 9 years. Her most amazing choral experience was participating in Disney’s Candlelight performance. She plans to go to college to pursue music, singing or the performing arts because music is a huge part of her life and brings her so much joy. One day she has a dream to sing at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland.
Madison Campbell is a Junior at Venice High School and has been in chorus for 8 years and Venice High School’s Madrigal is always such a fun and rewarding experience. She is a first year Student Scholar and excited to be in an environment such as the Key Chorale where others share my love and dedication to music. Madison is very interested in Music Theory and hearing the sheet music she’s reading. She dreams of one day to sing on Broadway.
Lucas Maxwell is a first year Student Scholar and Senior at Sarasota High School. When he goes to college, he wishes to pursue singing because it is his passion. He dreams of one day to sing classic Italian songs and arias at respected opera houses. His interest in singing stems from a passion for classical music and the longing for an ability to sing pieces professionally.
Alexa Moghina is a Junior at Venice High School and has been performing in a chorus for 3 years. Alexa’s favorite choral piece is “Song of Miriam” by Elaine Hagenberg. As a first year Student Scholar, Alexa is glad to be a part of the Key Chorale because working with a professional choir should really help her in advancing her musical skills. When she goes to college, Alexa wants to pursue music because it has been her passion since she was little, and she wants to learn even more. She has a dream one day to sing “Never Enough” from the Greatest Showman.
Kaela Coye is a junior at Venice High School and a first year Student Scholar. Her most amazing musical experience was singing at Carnegie Hall last summer. When she goes to college, she wants to pursue music and performing arts because it’s her passion and she wants to be able to impact other people’s lives with the gift of music. Kaela has a dream to sing under the conducting of Elaine Hagenberg and to be able to sing all of her pieces.
Alexis Fretz attended Booker High School and will be a freshman this year at Southeastern University. The song, “Homeward Bound” is her favorite musical piece and holds a special place in her heart. Being a Key Chorale Student Scholar affords Alexis many wonderful opportunities to sing spectacular music with amazing people. Alexis has a dream one day to sing at Carnegie Hall or Madison Square Garden. She will major in Science of Worship Ministries at Southeastern University and will be part of a leadership program that is designed to help her grow in her faith. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree, Alexis plans to attend Australian Institute of Music and earn a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Performance, Recording, and Mastering.
“Being in Key Chorale has given me so much opportunity for individual growth in my singing, as well as the ability to interact with others at various points in their musical lives. These experiences give me knowledge I can pass on to the students I work with in my school choir, where I am an active leader.”
Madison Martin, Key Chorale Student Scholar Alumni