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 one, if not several, $1,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors 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.
The application deadline for 2018 scholarship consideration is Saturday, March 31, 2018. The application form and instructions can be obtained at this link.
Presentation of the 2018 award(s) will be made during the Young Artist Scholarship concert on Saturday, May 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m. The concert will be held at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave, Champaign, IL.
Applications will also be available at local and regional high schools in late January 2018.
2018 Scholarship Winners
Sydney Hoel is a senior at Tuscola High School and the daughter of Drew and Christy Hoel. She has participated in numerous activities and groups including Concert Choir, Honors Choir, District V Concert Choir, District V Vocal Jazz Ensemble Member, All State Vocal Jazz Ensemble Member, TUMC Praise Band, All State IHSA National Anthem Finalist, National Anthem Singer, Northern Illinois University Theatre Camp, opened for Josh Wilson at Sparks in the Park, Solo and Ensemble 1st Rating and Best of Day, plus played lead roles in Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods and The Sound of Music.
She is interested in many different career paths, including back-up singing, music theatre, opera, studio, and concert work. She plans to obtain her degree in vocal performance from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign or Indiana University in Bloomington.
Eugene Keem is a senior at Dunlap High School and the son of Chee Hyeon Choi and Doe-Hyung Kim. He has received the following honors: Best of the Day award at Solo and Ensemble; Runner-Up at Central Illinois Youth Symphony Concerto Competition; Second Place Young Artists Baroque Competition 2015 and Third Place in 2016.
He serves as principal cellist at the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra and won the state competition of the Illinois State Music Teachers’ Association at the junior level. He is busy with Tae-Kwon Do, Red Cross Club, Youth Symphony, ECIYO Honor Quartet and ECIYO Principal Cellist.
He plans to become a music educator to help students understand the depth of music and help them understand how music can contribute to the greater society. He plans to attend either Illinois State University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Western Illinois University, or Bradley University.
Jessica Rose is a senior at Villa Grove High School and the daughter of Richard and Amy Rose. She has received the following honors: ILMEA All State Honors Choir, ILMEA District V Honors Choir, Best of Day and perfect score at IHSA Solo and ensemble, National Anthem at state events.
She is busy with dance, volleyball, softball, band, choir, Student Council, Interact Club, Science Club, FCA, Class Officer, and NHA. She will be attending Illinois State University plans to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy with voice as her primary instrument with a goal to help patients of all ages with a variety of physical and mental disabilities.
All Young Artist Scholarship Winners
|Name||Year of Award|
|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.