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 $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.

The application deadline for 2019 scholarship consideration is Monday, April 15, 2019.  This application form and instructions can be obtained at this link.  Presentation of the 2019 award(s) will be made during the Young Artist Scholarship concert on Saturday, May 18, 2019, 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 from music instructors at local and regional high schools by March 15, 2019.

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
Sydney Hoel 2018
Eugene Keem 2018
Jessica Rose 2018
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.