The Handel and Haydn Society Education Program Announces Three Scholarship Winners
This year’s winners will perform alongside members of the High School Soloists program on Wednesday, June 3 at New England Conservatory’s Williams Hall.
Past award recipients have gone on to many of the nation’s leading conservatories, including the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, and New England Conservatory.
The concert begins at 7.30pm on Thursday, June 18 at Symphony Hall
May 15, 2015 (Boston, MA) — The Handel and Haydn Society’s Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program is proud to announce the winners of this year’s scholarship awards. Each spring, H+H presents three prizes to local high school and college students. This year’s winners are Irene Benites of Westborough, MA; Elizabeth George of Boston, MA; and Lisa Barone of Methuen, MA. This announcement comes as H+H celebrates its Bicentennial as the oldest continuous performing arts organization in the United States.
Irene Benites and Elizabeth George receive Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award
The Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award of $1,500 is presented to graduating high school students who intend to continue their musical studies in college. The award was established in 2001 in loving memory of Candace Achtmeyer, a member of the Handel and Haydn Society Board from 1993–2001 and a member of the Education Committee, where she voiced passionate opinions about H+H’s responsibility to the community and children.
Irene Benites is currently in her senior year at Westborough High School. She sings soprano in H+H’s Young Women’s Chorus and has been enrolled in the Vocal Arts Program (VAP) High School Soloists Program since the beginning of her junior year in high school. Of her H+H experience, Irene says, “I have been granted so many more opportunities to sing and to learn about music than I ever expected, and I credit what I have learned in my short time to Handel and Haydn. I have gained the inspiration to continue music in college from my peers, mentors, and conductors in this program.” In the fall, Irene plans on enrolling at New York University in a dual major program in which she will study vocal performance and music education. Her career goals include becoming a professional singer and music educator.
Elizabeth George attends the Boston Latin School, where she is currently a senior. She has been enrolled in VAP since age 10. Between her experiences at Boston Latin School and H+H, Elizabeth has immersed herself in music and singing. “I absolutely love singing and love Baroque and Classical music, and that is in large part due to my involvement with H+H. I have grown immensely, both as a performer and as a person, due to VAP. I really would never have fully realized my potential and drive for singing if it were not for H+H; for that, I’m incredibly grateful.” Elizabeth will study at the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, double majoring in vocal performance and physics.
Lisa Barone receives Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence
The Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence extends H+H’s support to an outstanding High School Soloist alumnus/a who has pursued further musical studies and professional performance with an award of $2,000. The award is named in honor of Handel and Haydn Society Governor Barbara E. Maze, who served on the board from 1993–2009 and was instrumental in creating the VAP. For 40 years, she was an assistant dean of student affairs at Boston University where she influenced many students in their pursuit of professional music careers.
Lisa attends the Manhattan School of Music, where she is enrolled in the Master of Music degree program in classical vocal performance. Lisa has already gained recognition in her performances at the Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Theatre, where she was cast in featured roles in Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Lisa also sings in the school’s Contemporary Opera Ensemble. This past spring she performed a recital of operatic repertoire by Benjamin Britten, Susan Botti, Jonathan Dove, and Domenick Argento. In addition to her work at the Manhattan School of Music, she is a Choral Scholar at the Oratorio Society of New York City where she was the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Creation at Carnegie Hall.
Lisa says, “The Vocal Arts Program was the foundation of my musical training, and I consider my time in VAP to be one of the most important musical opportunities I have received. The master classes, piano lessons, performance opportunities and, of course, private voice instruction provided a solid musical foundation that would otherwise not have been available to me. It was the reason I was prepared to study at conservatory level when I graduated from high school. VAP provided instruction and exposure to music that enhanced my commitment to my art. Intensive study of classical song made me realize that singing this music is what I was meant to do.”
UPCOMING EVENTS AT A GLANCE
Vocal Arts Program High School Soloists Spring Recital and Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 7.30pm
Williams Hall at New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston
Auditions for VAP High School Soloists
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10.30am–2pm
New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston
Arrange auditions online at handelandhaydn.org/education/vap.
Handel + Haydn Sings
Thursday, June 18, 2015, 7.30pm
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston
H+H Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus
Vocal Arts Program choruses
Handel Coronation Anthem No. 1, Zadok the Priest
VAP choirs (repertoire TBD)
Palestrina Vineam meam non custodivi
MacMillan O Radiant Dawn
Palestrina Pulchrae sunt genae tuae
J.S. Bach Singet dem Herrn
Gabriela Lena Frank My Angel, His Name is Freedom (with introduction and narration by David Rockefeller, Jr.)
Pärt The Deer’s Cry
Handel Part the Third from Messiah
VAP Vienna–Prague Concert Tour
June 26–July 3, 2015
Young Men’s Chorus and Young Women’s Chorus
Chapel at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
Melk Abbey, Melk, Austria
Church of St. Havel, Prague, Czech Republic
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Sunday, July 26, 2015, 12.30pm
Copley Square, Boston
Ian Watson, conductor
Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus
Harvard Summer Chorus
Vocal Arts Program Choruses
Auditions for VAP choruses
Saturday, August 29, 2015, 9.30am–1.30pm and Saturday, September 12, 2015, 12.30-3.30pm
Boston Latin School, 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
Arrange auditions online at handelandhaydn.org/education/vap.
THE KAREN S. AND GEORGE D. LEVY EDUCATION PROGRAM
Established in 1985, the program provides a comprehensive, active vocal music education to 10,000 children annually in Greater Boston and beyond. In 1994, H+H started the Vocal Arts Program (VAP) with Youth Chorus (ages 10–14) and the High School Soloists pre-professional program, held at New England Conservatory. Later, VAP reached younger students with H+H Singers (ages 8–11) and high school students with its Young Men’s (ages 14–18) and Young Women’s (ages 15–18) Choruses, so that students could grow with the program for several years, increasing their individual sense of accomplishment as they passed through each level. The Young Women’s Chorus celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2013. Students enrolled in VAP learn music theory and receive performance opportunities throughout each season. VAP classes take place in the state-of-the-art music division wing of the Boston Latin School, located in one of the most culturally accessible neighborhoods of Boston, next to Massachusetts College of Art; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
ABOUT THE HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY
Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) is considered America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization. It will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015 with a series of special concerts and initiatives to honor 200 years of music making. Its Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus are internationally recognized in the field of Historically Informed Performance, using the instruments and techniques of the composer’s time. Under Artistic Director Harry Christophers’ leadership, H+H’s mission is to enrich life and influence culture by performing Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence, and by providing engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education and training activities. H+H is widely known through its concert series, tours, 99.5 WCRB, NPR, and American Public Media broadcasts and recordings. Its nine-program series, held at Symphony and Jordan Halls in Boston and Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, reaches nearly 3,000 subscribers and over 18,000 single ticket attendees from throughout New England and beyond.
H+H’s esteemed tradition of innovation and excellence began in the 19th century with the US premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s Creation (1819), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). As a 21st-century performing arts organization, H+H’s primary roles are to perform and educate, and to serve as a community partner and resource center. Its Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, established in 1985, reaches 10,000 children each year through public school visits and chorus partnerships, in-school music instruction, five youth choruses, and pre-professional vocal training. The Handel and Haydn Society is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.