The Southern Delaware Chorale recently announced it has awarded music scholarships to five local high school students. The Lee Mitchell Scholarship provides membership in the chorale, concert music and attire, and voice lessons for the 2017-18 school year. The scholarships are valued at $1,000 each. All sophomore and junior high school students in Sussex County were invited to audition in the spring.
The recipients are:
• Sarah Aleman, a junior at St. Thomas More Academy where she participates in choir and liturgical choir, and is a member of The National Honor Society. She was chosen to perform with the National High School Honors Performance Series Choir at Carnegie Hall and also performs with the Possum Point Players.
• Ryan Bradley, a junior who attends Sussex Technical High School. He has been in band, concert choir, chamber ensemble and All-State Chorus. Ryan is also an accomplished drummer.
• Sequoi Eley, a senior at Sussex Central High School who has been singing his whole life in both church and school choirs. He also sang with SDC last year.
• Abbey Ruark, a junior at Sussex Central High School. She has participated in All-State Chorus and Junior All-State Chorus. Abbey performs in musicals with Possum Point Players, Second Street Players and Clear Space.
• Hannah Wolk, a junior at Sussex Technical High School where she participates in concert choir, chamber ensemble, Bella Voce and drama club. She has also been chosen for All-State Chorus and Junior All-State Chorus, and she sang with SDC last spring.
The Lee Mitchell Scholarship program was made possible by an endowment from the family of the late Lee Mitchell, an internationally renowned pianist and composer. The scholarship was initiated to advance the cause of music and arts among high school students. Through fundraising efforts and contributions, the chorale has been able to offer five scholarships this year. For more information, go to www.southerndelawarechorale.org.