Key Chorale Student Scholar Program

The Key Chorale Student Scholar Program is a music 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. There is a 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. This program has grown from 4 students in 2017-18 to more than 15 each year, with all experiences being 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

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.

Morgan Deveney is a Senior at Booker High School and is a second year Student Scholar. She has been in a choir for nine years. Her most amazing choral experience was participating in the Candlelight Processional at Disney World. 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. Her dream is to sing at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland one day.

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. 

“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