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Student Scholar Music & Leadership Program

The Key Chorale Student Scholar Music & Leadership Program is designed to prepare gifted high-school students 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

Guest artists are invited each year to work with our talented Student Scholars in preparation for their group and solo pieces at the end of the season. Stage Presence Workshops teach the students ways to feel more confident in front of a group, tips for auditions, and so much more! It’s 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.”

– Zachary Kronenwetter, Key Chorale Student Scholar 2019-2022

Learn more about Key Chorale’s Student Scholar program through the eyes of current scholars, scholar alumni and the Key Chorale education committee

“…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

2023-2024 Key Chorale Student Scholars

Key Chorale Member

Makenna Mamazza

Key Chorale Member

Evelyn Ortega

Key Chorale Member

Caden Vogt

Key Chorale Member

Alexandra Guiler

Key Chorale Member

Bryce Warshany

Key Chorale Member

Gianna Pimienta

Key Chorale Member

Hannah Williamson

Key Chorale Member

Jacob Gardner

Key Chorale Member

Lauren Haggard

Key Chorale Member

Lorin Daniluck

Key Chorale Member

Mathew Crawford

Key Chorale Member

Skylar Jandula

“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 2016-2018

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