The Huntsville Community Chorus is now accepting applications for the Albert Lane and Kenneth Turvey Scholarship awards. Named in honor of the late Albert H. Lane, who was prominent in Huntsville musical and artistic life for many years, and Kenneth V. Turvey, Director of Community Chorus for 40 years, the scholarship was established to reward achievement and encourage excellence in vocal music.

Two $500 scholarships will be awarded; the Turvey Scholarship for a graduating high school senior and the Lane Scholarship for a college student. In addition to the monetary awards, recipients are given the opportunity to perform with The Chorus during its 2018-2019 season.

Auditions will be held Sunday, May 6, 2018, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Bailey Cove Road. Deadline for return of applications is April 20, 2018.

Applicants must be residents of Madison County or members of a vocal performing group in this county. Selection is by audition, with two pieces selected from an HCCA-specified repertoire and one from the applicant’s choice. In addition, applicants are expected to demonstrate intentions of pursuing a serious course of vocal music study, meeting the approval of the HCCA Scholarship Committee.

Application forms and guidelines may be obtained by contacting Anne Chelekis at (256) 603-6688, or downloaded here: 
Scholarship Requirements Email Cover Letter Scholarship Application

For more information, contact the Chorus Office at 256-533-6606; or email: achelekis@att.net.

Presenting our 2017 scholarship winners!

The Kenneth Turvey Scholarship goes to Janie Clasgens.

Janie is a 2017 graduate of Grissom High School. She began her studies at the University of North Alabama in fall 2017, and is majoring in Choral Music Education. She would like to be a choir teacher in the Huntsville area. She just finished her seventh year singing with HCCA's Youth Chorale, and she sang with the Children's Chorale for two years before that. Janie loves to do musical theatre, and was recently seen as Cinderella in HCCA's Into the Woods. Other roles include Belle in Grissom's Beauty and the Beast, Fruma Sarah in HCCA's Fiddler on the Roof, and Jane Porter in Grissom's Tarzan. She was president of the Grissom High School Choir, and sang in the All State and All City choirs for multiple years. She has loved being involved with HCCA, and is so grateful to be the 2017 Kenneth Turvey Scholarship recipient!

The Albert Lane Scholarship goes to Audree Sisk.

Audree is a student at UAH studying Vocal Music Education. She hopes to go on to teach choir at the high school level somewhere in the Huntsville area. Audree is the recipient of awards such as the Madison County Outstanding Choral Student 2015, AMEA Music Educators Award 2015, Covenant Presbyterian Singer Scholarship, and a semi-finalist in the Alabama National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has participated in the music of Huntsville and Alabama for six years in programs such as the Madison County Honor Choir, Alabama All-State Choir, UAH’s Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, and solo recitals. She also had a role as Mrs. Nolan in UAH’s production of the opera The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti. Audree is currently the choral librarian for UAH, and is taking voice lessons from the studio of Martha Brouse. She is very passionate about choir and the change that it can evoke in a person’s life and she cannot wait to have students of her own to nurture and teach! She is very honored to have been chosen as the 2017 Albert Lane Scholarship recipient.

Congratulations to Janie and Audree!


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