Scholarships and Awards

The Handel and Haydn Society presents annual awards to high school and college students and graduates. The Candace Macmillen Achtmeyer Award, the Evangelyna Etienne Award, and the Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence are awarded to H+H students and alumni who have demonstrated a high degree of achievement in and commitment to the vocal arts.


Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award (for high school seniors in HHYC)

This $2,000 award is given to a senior who demonstrates musical excellence and plans to continue vocal training in college or by private study. Applicants must have sung with the H+H  Youth Choruses for at least two seasons.

To apply for the award:

  1. Sing an audition on January 8, 2020 at New England Conservatory. Your audition should include one song from the Baroque or Classical period and one contrasting song. A pianist will be provided for you. To schedule your audition, return the Audition Reservation form by Friday, January 3, 2020. 
  2. Respond to the questions on the Personal Statement by Monday, March 2, 2020. 
  3. Secure a recommendation from your current voice or music teacher, submitted to H+H by Monday, March 2, 2020.

Winners of the Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award

2019
KERRIGAN BIGELOW

2018
KELSEY MOISAN

2017
JOHANNA GEREMIA

2016
HANNAH KLEIN

2015
IRENE BENITES
ELIZABETH GEORGE

2014
JESSICA TOUPIN

 2013
CONNOR VIGEANT

 2012
LYNEA GERMAN

2011

RACHEL STEINBERG

GIA GREENE

2010
LISA BARONE

2009
DEMEYER LAUTURE JR.
REBEKAH PRIESTLY

2008
EVANGELYNA ETIENNE
DEBORAH PIERRE

2007
WENQIAN WANG

2006
KELSEY NAGEL

2005
MEREDITH LUSTIG

2004
JENETTE (PERSENAIRE) BOURCKEL

2003
TAMAR AYRIKYAN
JONATHAN MARENCO

2002
SARAH MAWN

2001
CHRISTINE DUNCAN

Evangelyna Etienne Scholarship Award (for HHYC students and alumni ages 16–24)

This award extends a $1,000 scholarship to a current or former H+H student between the ages of 16 and 24 who demonstrates commitment to serving their community through music. Applicants must have sung with the H+H Youth Choruses for two or more years.    

To apply for the award:

  • Respond to the questions on the Personal Statement by Monday, March 2, 2020.
  • Secure a recommendation from an adult who is well-acquainted with your work in the community, submitted to H+H by March 2, 2020.

Recipients are notified in early April and winners are expected to attend the High School Soloists Spring Recital at New England Conservatory on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to receive recognition. The Achtmeyer and Maze Award winners are invited to perform on this concert.

This award is named in memory of Handel and Haydn Society Youth Choruses alumna Evangelyna Etienne who passed away in September 2011 after battling a terminal illness. She joined H+H at age 10 and progressed through the youth choral ensembles through her high school graduation. 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 Scholarship Award

2019
VICTORIA ANDREWS

2018
GRACE SKEHAN

2017
MARIE LEVANDIER

2016
PRECIOUS PEREZ

2014
ANDREW MILNE

2013
MICHAEL MALONEY

2012
SAMUEL FEINSTEIN

Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence (for HHYC alumni)

This award, in the amount of $3,000, is given to an individual who demonstrates musical excellence and wishes to continue professional music instruction. Applicants must have sung with the H+H Youth Choruses for at least one year. 

To apply for the award:

  1. Sing an audition on January 8, 2020 at New England Conservatory. Your audition should include one song from the Baroque or Classical period and one contrasting song. A pianist will be provided for you. To schedule your audition, return the Audition Reservation form by Friday, January 3, 2020. 
  2. Respond to the questions on the Personal Statement by Monday, March 2, 2020. 
  3. Secure a recommendation from your current voice teacher, submitted to H+H by Monday, March 2, 2020.

This award is named in honor of Handel and Haydn Society Governor Barbara E. Maze, who was instrumental in creating HHYC. 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

2019
ANNINA HSIEH

2017
HANNAH KLEIN

2016
JESSICA TOUPIN

2015
LISA BARONE

2014
JENNA LORUSSO

2013
REBECCA PRIESTLY

2011
EVANGELYNA ETIENNE

2010
ASHLEY BUCKHOUT

2009
MEREDITH LUSTIG

2008
WENQIAN WANG

2006
SHEREE DUNWELL
KORIANA (LEWIS) BRADFORD

2005
CHRISTINE DUNCAN

2004
SARAH MAWN

2002
JOSEPH HOLMES

2001
ELAINE ALLARD
SARAH MATTEUCCI

2000
KELLY GRAEBER

1999
TRIANA CHEZ

1998
NICOLE (AMEDURI) GONUL