Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award

The Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award extends H+H’s support to an outstanding senior who has participated for at least two years in the Vocal Arts Program (High School Soloists, Young Men’s Chorus, Young Women’s Chorus).

The award was named in the memory of Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer in 2001. A member of the Handel and Haydn Society Board starting in 1993, Candace was a member of the Education Committee, where she voiced passionate opinions about the Society’s responsibility to the community and children in particular. We miss her quiet yet persuasive leadership, her unfailing support for H+H and its mission, and her enduring vision for our future.


 

Winners of the Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award

2014
JESSICA TOUPIN

Dracut High School, 2014

2013
CONNOR VIGEANT

Attending The Boston Conservatory majoring in vocal performance

2012
LYNEA GERMAN

Berklee School of Music, BM Vocal Performance candidate
Mount Wachusett Community College, AA liberal arts and science studies, 2012
Pathways Early College Innovation School, 2012

RACHEL STEINBERG

Boston University, BM vocal performance candidate
Beaver Country Day School, 2012


2011
GIA GREENE

Berklee School of Music, BM vocal performance candidate
Medford High School, 2011


2010
LISA BARONE

Manhattan School of Music, BM vocal performance candidate
Methuen High School, 2010


2009
DEMEYER LAUTURE JR.

Berklee College of Music, BM music candidate
Brockton High School, 2009

REBEKAH PRIESTLY

Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, BM performance candidate
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, 2009


2008
EVANGELYNA ETIENNE

Attended Gordon College, BM music education candidate, 2008–2011 (passed away 9/11/11)
Saugus High School, 2008

DEBORAH PIERRE

Berklee College of Music, BM vocal performance and composition candidate
Lynn Classical High School, 2008


2007
WENQIAN WANG

Vienna Conservatory, MM vocal performance candidate
New England Conservatory, BM vocal performance, 2012
Harvard University, AB sociology, 2011
Boston Latin School, 2007


2006
KELSEY NAGEL

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2010
Melrose High School, 2006


2005
MEREDITH LUSTIG

The Juilliard School, MM vocal performance, 2011
The Juilliard School, BM vocal performance, 2009
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, 2005


2004
JENETTE (PERSENAIRE) BOURCKEL

Wheaton College (IL), BM vocal performance, 2008
Lynn Classical High School, 2004


2003
TAMAR AYRIKYAN

Harvard University, AB government, 2007
Lynn Classical High School, 2003

JONATHAN MARENCO

Attended University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Melrose High School, 2003


2002
SARAH MAWN

University of Southern Maine/Gorham, MM vocal performance, 2008
University of Southern Maine/Gorham, BM vocal performance and music education, 2006
Apponequet High School, 2002


2001
CHRISTINE DUNCAN

Longy School of Music, MM vocal performance, 2010
Connecticut College, BM music, 2005
Parker Charter School, 2001

Evangelyna Etienne Award

“H+H has given me so much that it’s hard to put into words, and I know that it has shaped me not only as a musician but as a person.”–EVANGELYNA ETIENNE

The Evangelyna Etienne Award extends a $500 award to a current or former VAP student between the ages of 16 and 24 who plans to continue vocal training at the college level.

This award is named in memory of Handel and Haydn Society VAP alumna Evangelyna Etienne who passed away in September 2011 after battling a terminal illness. She joined H+H Singers at age 10 and progressed through Youth Chorus and Young Women’s Chorus; as a High School Soloist, she studied voice with Barbara Winchester at the New England Conservatory and piano with Bert Yocom. A graduate of Saugus High School, Ms. Etienne was a Music Education major at Gordon College from 2008–2011, studying voice with Susan Brooks. She was the 2008 co-recipient of H+H’s Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award and the 2011 recipient of the Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence. Through her commitment and passion for vocal music, Evangelyna displayed a generosity of spirit and an ability to inspire others as a music educator and performer at the highest levels of musical excellence.


 

Winners of the Evangelyna Etienne Award

2014
ANDREW MILNE

State University of New York at Fredonia, 2015

2013
MICHAEL MALONEY

University of Massachusetts at Boston, 2013

2012
SAMUEL FEINSTEIN

Peabody High School, 2014

Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence

The Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence extends H+H’s support to an outstanding VAP alumnus with a cash award of $2,000 given to a high school graduate who intends to continue professional vocal instruction.

This award is named in honor of Handel and Haydn Society Governor Barbara E. Maze, who was instrumental in creating VAP. Ms. Maze was Chair of H+H’s Cultural Diversity Committee and a member of the Handel and Haydn Educational Outreach Committee. She worked as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Boston University where, for nearly 40 years, she influenced many students in their pursuit of a professional music career. Ms. Maze was the National Chairperson for the Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition and President of Project STEP.

 


 

Winners of the Barbara E. Maze Award

2011
EVANGELYNA ETIENNE

Attended Gordon College, BM music education candidate, 2008–2011 (passed away 9/11/11)
Saugus High School, 2008


2010
ASHLEY BUCKHOUT

McGill University, BM vocal performance, 2012
Haverhill High School, 2007


2009
MEREDITH LUSTIG

The Juilliard School, MM vocal performance, 2011
The Juilliard School, BM vocal performance, 2009
Walnut Hill School for the Arts, 2005


2008
WENQIAN WANG

Vienna Conservatory, MM vocal performance candidate
New England Conservatory, BM vocal performance, 2012
Harvard University, AB sociology, 2011
Boston Latin School, 2007


2006
SHEREE DUNWELL

Carnegie Mellon University, BFA vocal performance, 2007
Lynn Classical High School, 2003

KORIANA (LEWIS) BRADFORD

Berklee School of Music, BM education and music business management, 2006
Boston Latin School, 2002


2005
CHRISTINE DUNCAN

Longy School of Music, MM vocal performance, 2010
Connecticut College, BM music, 2005
Parker Charter School, 2001


2004
SARAH MAWN

University of Southern Maine/Gorham, MM vocal performance, 2008
University of Southern Maine/Gorham, BM vocal performance and music education, 2006
Apponequet High School, 2002


2002
JOSEPH HOLMES

New England Conservatory, MM vocal performance, 2005
Oberlin Conservatory, BM vocal performance, 2003
Wakefield High School, 1999


2001
ELAINE ALLARD

University of Pennsylvania, PhD in educational linguistics candidate
University of Pennsylvania, MEd in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), 2009
Swarthmore College, BA English literature, 2001
Brockton High School, 1997

SARAH MATTEUCCI

Barnard College, BM music, 2003
Melrose High School, 1997


2000
KELLY GRAEBER

The Boston Conservatory, MM music education, 2006
University of Southern Maine, BM vocal performance, 2001
North Quincy High School, 1997


1999
TRIANA CHEZ

Attended Suffolk University, BA hospitality
Lynn Classical High School, 1999


1998
NICOLE (AMEDURI) GONUL

Attended Boston University Opera Institute
Peabody Conservatory, MM vocal performance, 2002
Boston University, BM vocal performance (1999)
Brockton High School, 1995