Following a vigorous screening process, Choral Society of the Hamptons has revealed the four South Fork high school seniors that they have chosen as the 2014 recipients of their annual scholarships for voice training.
Scholarship winners include Jacqueline Minogue, a senior at Southampton High School, who auditioned with “O Mio Babbino Caro” by Giacomo Puccini; Rebecca Dwoskin, a senior at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor, who sung “The Next Best Thing to Love” from A Class Act; Oree Livni, also a Pierson senior, who auditioned with “Libera Me,” a baritone aria from Gabriel Faure’s Requiem; and Megan Beedenbender, another Pierson senior and a member of the Choral Society, who auditioned with “Widmung” by Robert Schumann, in German.
Minogue, Dwoskin, Livni, and Beedenbender were vetted for the scholarship through a competitive series of auditions featuring a two-page questionnaire, sealed evaluations from a teacher rating them on 13 musical skills, and the presentation of an audition piece, with the musical accompaniment of Thomas Bohlert, the Society’s principal accompanist.
The scholarship program, which was founded over two decades ago, has awarded scholarships to several dozen students, many of whom have gone on to professional careers in music or active participation in amateur musical organizations.
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