N.U. Choir Boosters award $7K in scholarships | TheUnion.com

N.U. Choir Boosters award $7K in scholarships

Page Whittle (right) accepts his NU Choir Booster Club award from Lisa Alcantara.
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The Nevada Union High School Choir Booster Club is awarding five scholarships to recent NU graduates as well as committed alumni.

The awards are given to students who demonstrate excellence in their education of vocal and instrumental musical performance.

“We are proud to provide funds for exceptional undergraduate and graduate students and are extremely pleased to help these individual students in their pursuit of their music educational goals,” said Erin Pardini, NU Choir Booster President.

This year’s recipients include:

— 2016 Nevada Union High School graduates: Delphine Griffith, Grace Vieaux and Page Whittle.

— Dedicated NU Choir alumni who are continuing their studies in music: Kali Hardwick (Cal State Long Beach, Vocal Performance, Opera Emphasis); and Sarah Saturnino (UCLA, Vocal Performance).

More on the awardees:

Page Whittle has been a member of the NU Choir for four years, as well as a soloist with the Chamber Choir the past two years. He became deeply involved with the Nevada County Performing Arts Guild in junior high.

He has taken voice lessons with Beverly Marks in preparation for joining the choir. Page plans to attend Chico State University as a music/music production major, with a minor in biology.

Grace Vieaux started private voice lessons at age 8; by age 9, she was a member of the Foothills Children’s Choir. By the eighth grade, she could sing pieces in 11 different languages. She has been in the NU Choir for all four years. Grace also composed two pieces in the Music in the Mountains’ Young Composer’s Project her junior year. Grace will be attending Seattle University, majoring in art history, with a double minor in music and medieval studies.

Delphine Griffith has been the harpist of the String Sisters, a local prodigy Celtic band, since its inception, and has been a yearly attendee of Alisdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp since she was very young. She has been a member of the choir for four Delphine will be attending Sarah Lawrence College in New York in the fall, concentrating on environmental studies and music. Delphine aspires to write and perform songs that influence the future of the planet, raising awareness of important global issues.

Kali Hardwick is a 2011 graduate of Nevada Union and is currently in her junior year at Cal State Long Beach, with a vocal performance major, at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Kali plans to travel with her college Chamber Choir to Wales and England, to compete for “Choir of the World.” When she completes her undergraduate degree, she plans to apply to graduate school to pursue her singing career.

Sarah Saturnino is a 2012 Nevada Union graduate who will be graduating in June from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, with a major in vocal performance and a minor in music industry. She was recently accepted into the Yale Opera Center Master of Music program, including a full academic scholarship.

The scholarships and programs provided by the NU Choir Booster Club would not be possible without the generosity of our community. Because the NU Choral program receives less than 30 percent of its annual budget from the high school district, donations are critical in keeping this high-quality program vibrant. The contributions of individuals, businesses and corporations are helping expand the level of awards and positively impact all participating choir students.

For more information on how to support the Nevada Union High School Choir, please visit http://www.NUChoir.org or call (530) 802-0992.

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