The CHORALE promotes the study of music and continued participation in music organizations during and beyond college through our Young Artist Scholarship. Each spring we award $1,000 scholarship(s) to outstanding high school senior(s) planning to study music at the college or university level. It is your support and encouragement for this program that allows us to continue to recognize these talented young people.
2019 Scholarship Winners
Sarah Grosse Perdekamp is a senior at University Laboratory High School and the daughter of Matthias and Maria Grosse Perdekamp. A soprano, she has participated in Honorable Mention in the Central National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition: High School Classical Women Category 2018; Illinois All-State and District Choir 2014-19 (2018-19 Honors Chorus); First place in 12th Young Baroque Artists Competition, vocal duet with Lukas Grosse Perdekamp (2017); Second place in the 11th YBAC Competition, solo 2016. She is also active with Central Illinois Children’s Choir, University Laboratory High School Choir, Madrigal Choir, Uni High Fiddle Club, St. Patrick’s Adult Choir, Conductor of the St. Patrick’s Youth Orchestra, St. Patrick’s Cantor, Leader of Teen Choir and Assistant for Children’s Choir. She plans to study a dual degree of vocal performance and political science, pursuing a career in vocal performance. She will be attending the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Fall 2019.
Jessica Dolan is a senior at Tri-Valley High School and the daughter of John and Laura Dolan. A mezzo soprano, she has participated in BYAC Third Place March 2019, All-State Honors Choir January 2019, Millikin Vocal Fest Semi-Finalist September 2017 and 2018, NATS Classical Semi-Finalist 2018, Classical Finalist 2017, NATS MT Finalist 2017 and 2018. She is also active in Art Club, Student Council, Voice Lessons, Community Players, and Prairie Fire Theater. In addition to music, she has a passion for theatre, math and science. She will be attending Illinois Wesleyan University in Fall 2019.
Nathaniel Waterson is a senior at Paxton Buckley Loda High School and the son of William and Sara Waterson. A baritone, he has participated in ILMEA District 3 Choir (2015-16-17-18), ILMEA All State Honors Choir (2017-18-19), IHSA National Anthem Audition Selectee (2018), IHSA National Anthem Finalist (2019), and IHSA National Anthem Singer (2019). He is also active with Choir, Madrigals, Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, NHS, Boy Scouts, Community Service Club, Math Team and Student Council. He plans to major in music education, concentrating in choral music, and may pursue a double major including voice performance. He would like to teach but also wants to be active in performance. He hopes to study abroad and to be able to tell his grandkids how he performed in the great performance halls of Europe or taught underprivileged children in third world countries. He will be attending the University of Illinois in Fall 2019.
All Young Artist Scholarship Winners
|Name||Year of Award|
|Sarah Grosse Perdekamp||2019|
|Saint-John the Baptist Kelly||2011|
|Tyler Rivera Stein||2005|
|Ian Sean Tatum||1993|
* indicates an honorable mention.
The CHORALE is very proud of the accomplishments of this group of inspired students. Each year we are impressed with the incredible level of musicianship that these young people have achieved. We sincerely hope the best for them in their musical endeavors.