Chorale schedules scholarship concert
CHAMPAIGN — The Chorale will present its 2013 Young Artist Scholarship Concert, "World Class," at 7 p.m. next Sunday at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave.
The two top award winners and the three winners of partial scholarships this year are all female vocalists.
The top winners — each will receive a $1,000 scholarship — are:
— Caitlin Richardson of Mahomet, daughter of Rebecca and Verlin Richardson and a senior at Mahomet-Seymour High School.
— Celia Williams of Homer, daughter of Judith and Keith Williams and a student at St. Joseph-Ogden High.
At least one of them will perform at the Young Artist Scholarship Concert, with the other to perform at a future concert. There is no admission charge, but the Chorale will accept donations for its scholarship fund.
The partial scholarships will go to:
— Samantha Wells, daughter of Anthony and Melinda Wells and a senior at Centennial High.
— Kathleen Myers, a senior at Champaign Central High and a daughter of Suzanne Lee and Jerry Myers.
— Emily Margevich of Hoopeston, daughter of Kathleen and Stevan Margevich.
"This was an unusual year, presenting us with several qualified female voices," Chorale director Julie Beyler said in a release. "We really had to stretch our scholarship dollars to offer assistance to these five young ladies. We deliberated long and hard and are thrilled to present these young women to the audience at our concert."
Since 1993, the Chorale has given scholarships to 43 high school students who plan to pursue music in college and as a career.
Among the previous scholarship winners are two who will return to perform at the May 12 concert: soprano Elizabeth "Amy" Treat, a 1994 winner, and tenor Davion Williams, a 2004 winner.
Treat recently starred in the U.S. premiere of Gaetano Donizetti's comedy, "Olivy e Pasquale," with the Amore Opera in New York, conducted by Metropolitan Opera conductor Gregory Buchalter. This was her sixth principal role with the company. This year she will join the Opera Camerata of Washington, D.C. as Queen of the Night in "Die Zauberflote." At the Chorale concert, she will perform Philine's aria from "Mignon" by Ambroise Thomas.
Williams, a music performance graduate of Central State University who is now pursuing a master's degree in music at the University of Illinois, where he studies with Barrington Coleman, will perform Jules Massenet's "En Fermant Les Yeus" from "Manon" as well as "Ride on King Jesus" from John Carter's "Cantata."
Williams has performed both nationally and internationally as a member and soloist in the CSE Chorus and performed in the Dayton Opera's production of "Porgy and Bess." He won first place in the senior men's division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Ohio Buckeye Chapter competition.
In keeping with the concert theme of "World Class," the Chorale will perform with a small orchestra John Rutter's arrangement of Gabriel Faure's "Requiem." Soloists for the "Requiem" will be Treat as well as The Chorale's Regie Ford.
The concert also will include "Rejoice, O Virgin," No. 6 of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "All Night Vigil" Opus 37, composed in 1915. Other shorter pieces on the program will be Maurice Durufle's "Ubi Caritas," Op. 10; Eugene Butler's "The White Moon"; and Lucy Hirt's arrangement of "Abide with Me."
The Chorale is a volunteer, nonauditioned community chorus that has sung locally and in Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. The 70-voice chorus represents 14 communities in East Central Illinois and presents three major concerts per year.
This coming summer, members of The Chorale and Beyler, at the invitation of Craig Jessop, will join the American Festival Chorus in Logan, Utah, to perform Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" at Utah State University in Logan and at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City.