Key Chorale Student Scholar Program

The Key Chorale Student Scholar Program is designed to prepare gifted juniors and seniors for college-level success in music. This experience is designed for students with an exceptional aptitude for music, who plan to further their musical studies after high school. There is a required minimum high school GPA of 3.0, to encourage academic commitment along with musical commitment. Student Scholars are first recommended by their choir director and then selected through personal interviews and competitive auditions. Student Scholars sing a full performance season with Key Chorale as well as part of several other performance opportunities and master classes held throughout the season. All experiences are made available at no cost to the selected participants.

Program Highlights:

  • Private voice lessons with Key Chorale approved instructors. For the 2019-20 season, Key Chorale instructors gave more than 140 hours of private instruction
  • Each scholar is assigned a Key Chorale mentor for the season
  • Coaching and preparation for college auditions
  • Student participation in rehearsals and performances of four major programs with professional orchestra and world-class soloists
  • Opportunity to rehearse and perform under the baton of our professional conductor
  • Coaching by our professionals on the business side of music, including auditions, resume writing, appearance, preparation, etc.
  • Workshops and master classes with Key Chorale guest artists
  • Participation in a “Soirée and Recital” showcasing solos and group numbers as the students perform in front of an intimate audience of Key Chorale supporters and other singers
  • Free sheet music, gas cards for travel, waived administrative fee, performance apparel, music folder, name badge, and 2 season tickets for parents/family


  • 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

Student Scholar Masterclasses
Haydn’s Creation guest artists Kyle Ferrill and Mary Wilson work with our talented Student Scholars in preperation for their group and solo pieces at Tomorrow’s Voices Tonight. Always a great learning experience for all of those involved.

“ It is truly awe-inspiring to stand next to great talent and experience a total transformation of the voice based on a quick note or a simple physical demonstration. This is the experience I shared with my Key Chorale Voice Teacher Joe Caulkins during our voice lessons over the past few months and was reinforced and accelerated in the Masterclass with Mary Wilson and Kyle Ferrill. Kyle Ferrill emphasized the value of a good breath, as well as his teaching on the role of articulation and stylization in a musical piece. This spoke volumes to me. The brilliance of Kyle Ferrill’s voice lessons were that they were applicable not just to singing, but to life in general. Kyle’s idea that we would all strive to be “good divas” in our daily lives is something that will stick with me well beyond the realm of music. The Masterclass was a wonderful opportunity and I plan to continue to grow and learn from those around me throughout my life. I am grateful to Key Chorale, Kyle Ferrill, and Mary Wilson for the great opportunity I had to participate this past week in the Masterclass.”

Zachary Kronenwetter, Key Chorale Student Scholar 2019-2020

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2020-2021 Key Chorale Student Scholars

Student Scholars “I Dreamed a Dream” Performance 2021

Traven Vogt is a Senior at Venice High School and has been singing in chorus since the fourth grade. His favorite musical piece is “Out There” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Traven is a second 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. Traven’s dream is to sing with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square (formerly the Mormon Tabernacle Choir). 

Colin Leonard is a Senior at Booker High School and is a second 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 loves to play jazz on the tenor saxophone and dreams of singing as a solo performing artist.

Alexa Moghina is a Senior at Venice High School and a second year student scholar. 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.

Zachary Kronenwetter is a Junior at State College of Florida Collegiate School and a first year Student Scholar. His favorite musical piece is “I’ll See You In My Dreams” by Joe Brown. He is ready to challenge himself through music and form connections with the amazing singers and musicians at Key Chorale. He aspires to continue on with singing for the rest of his life and maybe even form a high school band. 


Ashley Spadafora is a junior at Pine View School and is a first year student scholar. Her musical experiences include singing with Josh Groban; with Sarasota Youth Opera; at the Crossover Festival; All State; at Carnegie Hall and Candlelight vigil at Epcot with her school’s choir; performing at Music Compound student showcases; recording an original song at Jump Dog Studios; and participating in her school’s Variety Shows. Ashley has been accepted into the Tri-Music Honor Society at her school.  Ashley is passionate about music and plans to pursue music composition and vocal performance after high school. She would love to compose musical pieces for ensembles and films. She also is a singer-songwriter and has her own YouTube Channel called ‘A Spad’.

Evie Cantalamessa is a sophomore at Riverview High School and is a first year student scholar.  She has performed in number of productions. Some of them are: The Bullfrog in Honk Jr.; The Flounder in The Little Mermaid; and 101 Dalmatians.  She also performed in the ensembles in Narnia and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  In addition to singing, Evie plays the alto saxophone, oboe, and ukelele.  Music is Evie’s passion and it is an wonderful outlet for her creativity.  Evie plans to pursue music in college with hopes to become an actor or singer. 

Chiaralis Brown is a junior at Riverview High School in the International Baccalaureate Program and is a first-year student scholar. She has been singing in her school and church choirs since the third grade. Chiaralis has enjoyed participating in Broadway Revues and has performed alongside Ricky Skaggs and Mark Wills. At thirteen years old, she directed a first-grade choir for a year. She plays the clarinet and piano. In addition, she is fluent in German and speaks French. Chiaralis plans on integrating her passion for singing into her college studies and beyond.  

“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

Winner of Chorus America’s 2020 Award for Education and Community Engagement