Young Artist Scholarship

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.

2017 Scholarship Winners

Matthew Reeder is a junior at University Laboratory High School (Uni) in Urbana. He has had success in many competitions, most recently Sinfonia da Camera’s
concerto competition in 2015 and the concerto competition for Birch Creek Music Performance Center, where he played a concerto with the orchestra in the
summer of 2015. Previous competition successes include second place in Eastern Illinois University Flute Festival’s High School Soloist Competition in 2014 and second place in the Flute Society of Kentucky’s High School Soloist Competition in January of 2015.

Matthew has spent the past two summers at the Illinois Summer Youth Music flute camp where he studied with Jonathan Keeble and the Birch Creek Music Performance Center’s summer camp where he studied with the Kansas City Symphony’s associate principal flute, Shannon Finney. At Birch Creek, he had the opportunity to play music alongside professionals for two weeks. After being the runner up for both the concerto competition and the Outstanding Woodwind Award in 2014, Matthew won both accolades at the 2015 camp. During the school year, Matthew plays with the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra and the St. Patrick’s Youth Orchestra. Furthermore, Matthew was a member of the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) All-State Honors Orchestra in 2016 and 2017.

In addition to playing the flute, Matthew sang with the Atlanta Boy Choir and the Central Illinois Children’s Chorus. He has sung for four years with the Uni High Madrigals. Trying his hand at composition, his piece, Le pont Mirabeau, won first prize at the ILMEA All-State Composition Contest. He studies with Dr. Rebecca Johnson, flute professor at EIU.


Isaac Henry, a senior at Champaign Centennial High School, is the son of Tiffani and David Henry. Isaac’s early music years found him in the high school band where he played French horn and saxophone. Finally, having studied viola privately for eight years, he decided to make the switch from band to orchestra and focus all his time and attention on the viola.

He has many musical distinctions to his name including East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra concerto competition winner, Young Baroque Artists Competition, ISYM scholarship, and first prize in the U of I’s FAA Discover competition. Much of his viola early learning has been self-taught, but Isaac has presently studied with Aaron Jacobs since 2013. Other activities include National Honor Society, being an English tutor, Key Club, Peer Coach and Liberty in North Korea.

In his personal statement, Isaac states, “The ability to listen to beautiful music is a privilege, but having the ability to create beautiful music for people is a responsibility. I must do my duty as a musician to bring music to the people, and I could not be more honored to do so.”



2017 partial Scholarship Winners

Vincent Beard, a senior at Rantoul Township High School, is the son of Todd and Stephanie Beard. A euphonium player, Vincent has had experiences playing in the pit bands of musicals, playing in the marching band at IMEA District Jazz and concert bands. He was a member of Macy’s Great American Marching Band and the Principle in the OVC Honors Band. He also led the Rantoul Marching Band as its Drum Major.

Vincent is a member of the National Honor Society, marching band, concert band, jazz band and theater pit bands. He intends to be a euphonium performance major. His interest in classical music was the result of a single performance and hearing a recording of that performance. ”On paper, it seemed so plain and simple, but performed as the composer intended; it created such an absolute beauty that cannot be put into words. This experience let me to become a performer at a higher level and to share my love and passion for music with others.”



Alexander Frazzetto, a senior at Central High School in Champaign, is the son of Charles and Janet Frazzetto.
He began his musical journey on tuba when he was first introduced to it and given a chance to try to get a sound as a second grader. He started lessons in fifth grade and still loves to play regularly today. He carries his love of tuba to the marching band field on sousaphone and also uses it when needed for a jazz tune in the “Dixie Band” style. In sixth grade he learned to play the double bass for strings class and jazz band. He has continued playing bass in both disciplines in orchestra and jazz band / combo at Champaign Central High School. He will be attending the Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University on jazz bass as he received a full tuition scholarship while at the North Shore Jazz Festival his junior year. He greatly appreciate being recognized by the Chorale in this Young Artist Scholarship Competition and will put their generous gift toward his required student housing and meal cost. He has also been working very hard over the years to be able to pay for a better quality bass, something that could take him through college and beyond.




All Young Artist Scholarship Winners
Name Year of Award
Matthew Reeder 2017
Isaac Henry 2017
Vincent Beard 2017
Alexander Frazzetto 2017
Chandler Dorjahn 2016
Noah Larson 2016
Jack Reeder 2015
Corinne Fombelle 2015
Crystal Bragg* 2015
Elizabeth Kim* 2015
Matthew Frazzetto* 2015
Jack Wright* 2015
Kathryn Craft 2014
Blake Miller 2014
Adam Owens 2014
Caitlin Richardson 2013
Celia Williams, 2013
Emily Margevich* 2013
Kathleen Myers* 2013
Samantha Wells* 2013
Kathy Qui 2012
Caitlin Caruso-Dobbs 2012
Sidney Megeff 2012
Crofton Coleman* 2012
Saint-John the Baptist Kelly 2011
Jeremy Loui 2011
Nicholas Beckett 2011
Brenna Pfeifer 2011
Katherine Floess 2011
Daniel Cheng 2010
Chris Holman 2010
Aaron Schwartz 2010
Rachel Koblyakov 2009
Eric Kobel 2009
Benjamin King* 2009
Christina Radi* 2009
Emelinda Escobar 2008
Derek Maninfior 2008
Jennifer Roloff 2008
Peter Deal* 2008
Bernadette Wagner* 2008
Alex Chin 2007
Alex Cahill* 2007
Molly Netter 2006
Tyler Rivera Stein 2005
Andrea Hunsinger* 2005
Chris Whittaker* 2005
Davion Williams 2004
Stephanie Lee* 2004
Tom Siders 2003
Katrina Kappas* 2002
Andreas Stoltzfus 2002
Adelaide Muir 2001
Jim Siders 2000
Hilary Nieman 2000
Grace Xu 1999
Leslie Eldridge 1998
Mark McLane 1997
Bill Rank 1996
Julie Buck* 1996
Amy Treat 1995
Charles Butts 1994
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.