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. Key Chorale instructors give more than 140 hours of private instruction each season
  • 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 preparation 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 2019-2022

Jeffery Kin presented our student scholars with two “Stage Presence” Workshops before their final Soiree. The students learned ways to feel more confident in front of a group, tips for auditions, and so much more!

jeffery kin stage presence workshop
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2021-2022 Key Chorale Student Scholars

Student Scholars “I Dreamed a Dream” Performance 2021

“…But what impressed me most of all, is the love, care and support our students get! Be it a quick hug or a chat on the phone,  recommendations for college, assistance with finding scholarships or time to record audition material – you guys are ALWAYS there and go out of your way to make things happen.” 

Heike Brown, Student Scholar Parent

Chiaralis Brown is a Senior in the IB program at Riverview High School and a second year Student Scholar. Chiaralis feels that the Student Scholar program is a very supportive yet collaborative environment in which to learn and she appreciates having a mentor and dedicated voice teacher to help her grow as a singer and performer. 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.  

Janice Creighton is a Junior at Pine View School and a first year Student Scholar. So far, she has found Key Chorale fast paced and more enjoyable than a school choir. Music makes Janice feel less stressed and likes that it evokes so many good emotions in people. When she finishes high school Janice hopes to go to University to pursue an astrophysics degree and, of course, to keep singing!

Zachary Kronenwetter is a Senior at State College of Florida Collegiate School and a third year Student Scholar. He has enjoyed challenging himself through music and has formed many connections with the amazing singers and musicians at Key Chorale. “Music makes me unstoppable. I have never felt more free when I’m belting out songs in the car.” Zachary aspires to attend the University of Florida and earn a degree in electrical engineering.


Madelyn Schuth is a Senior at Venice High School and a first year Student Scholar. Madelyn looks forward to expanding herself and her musical horizons outside of school and enjoys meeting new, more experienced people in the chorale. After high school, Madelyn plans to attend SCF to complete her AA degree and continue her musical experiences with Key Chorale and the SCF Music Program.

Ashley Spadfora is a senior at Pine View School and is a second year Student Scholar. Ashley loves being able to work with incredible musicians every rehearsal, to have a fabulous mentor who helps every step of the way, and receive voice lessons from Maestro Caulkins. Her favorite musical experience so far was singing with Josh Groban. Ashley aspires to continue making music through writing music for film, composing choral works using poems, and work with Disney/Pixar to compose original works.  

Katie Starr is a junior at Venice High School and is a first-year Student Scholar. Katie is excited about the opportunities with Key Chorale – learning different music, meeting new people, and the personalized voice lessons. Music makes Katie happy and she loves the joy and feeling of perfectly harmonizing. She also plays piano and hopes to pursue a career in music.

Caden Vogt is a freshman at Venice High School and a first year Student Scholar, following in his brother’s footsteps. Caden loves music because he can express himself in a meaningful way and connect with others. Auditioning with Key Chorale was his first real experience of singing in front of others and he is very excited for this experience with Key Chorale.

Lorelei Vogt is a senior at Venice High School and a first year Student Scholar. Lorelei is excited to part of the program because she loves singing and the happiness that it can bring. Her favorite musical experience so far is auditioning and being accepted into Key Chorale with my her younger brother Caden. Lorelei plans to become a veterinarian, after serving a mission for her church.

“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