Key Chorale Student Scholar Program
Winner of Chorus America’s 2020 Award for Education and Community Engagement
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
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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2019-2020 Key Chorale Student Scholars
Carmen Lesser is a Senior at Sarasota High School and is a second year Student Scholar. Her passion for music began at a very young age. She has been singing in school choir since she was in third grade at Lakeview Elementary. Her favorite choral piece is “That Ever I Saw” by Ambassadors of Harmony. She 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 of singing in Madison Square Garden one day.
Zion Thompson is a senior at Booker High School and is a second year Student Scholar. He has been singing in the school choir for six years. The most amazing experience he has had was performing in the Candlelight Processional at Disney World. His favorite musical piece is “You” from Dear Evan Hansen. Zion wants to pursue the performing arts, especially musical theatre, in college. He doesn’t see singing as a talent, but as a chance to make people happy doing what he loves.
Aleah Williams is a second year Student Scholar. She is a Senior at Booker High School and has been singing in choir since the sixth grade. Her favorite choral piece is the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. She hopes to one day sing on a Broadway stage or tour around the world. She wants to be a Student Scholar so that she can improve individually, gain real professional experience and eventually pass down her knowledge and love for musical expression to others.
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 the State Solo and Ensemble competition with the Riverview Chorus. His favorite choral piece is “Searching Love” by Kim André Arnesen. He wants to pursue the performing arts in college so that he can share his love for music with others. His dream is to sing professionally. Thomas is a second year Student Scholar.
Isabella Garland is a senior at Riverview High School and has been in choir for seven years. As a first year 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 to sing at the Grammys one day. She also plays the piano and guitar and looks forward to learning more about songwriting.
Traven Vogt is a Junior 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 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. Traven’s dream is 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 singing in choir since fourth grade. 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 “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem and “Windham”, arranged by Brad Holmes. After graduation, Josie wants to attend college and pursue music, singing or the performing arts and share music and the arts with people from 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 loves to play jazz on the tenor saxophone and dreams of singing as a solo performing artist.
Isabella Richmond is a Junior at Riverview High School and has been in choir for seven years. She is excited to be a first year Student Scholar and looks forward to learning challenging musical pieces and making new friends with similar interests. After high school, Isabella plans to pursue the performing arts and singing. Her dream is to write music and to be a singer in a band.
Morgan Deveney is a Junior at Booker High School and is a first 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.
Madison Campbell is a Junior at Venice High School and has been in chorus for eight years. “Come to the Music” by Joseph Martin is one of her favorite musical pieces. She is very interested in music theory and dreams of singing on Broadway. She is a first year Student Scholar and is excited to be a part of Key Chorale where others share her love and dedication to music.
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. Her favorite choral piece is “Refuge” by Elaine Hagenberg. When she goes to college, she wants to pursue music and performing arts because it’s her passion and she hopes to impact the lives of others through the gift of music.
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. She is a second year Student Scholar. Being a Student Scholar affords Alexis many wonderful opportunities to sing spectacular music with amazing people. Alexis dreams of singing at Carnegie Hall or Madison Square Garden one day. 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 the Australian Institute of Music and earn a master’s degree in contemporary performance, recording, and mastering.
LaShaughn Waiters is a Senior at Booker High School and has been in choir since third grade. Her best choral experience has been performing in the Candlelight Processional at Disney World. LaShaughn’s favorite musical piece is “Ballade to the Moon” by Daniel Elder. She is very excited to be a Student Scholar with Key Chorale because it gives her a chance to put her musical knowledge into practice in a professional setting. LaShaughn hopes to one day perform “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre. LaShaughn believes that music is the only thing that makes her content and she wants to pursue a musical career.
Zachary Kronenwetter is a Sophomore 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