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 H+H Youth Choruses (HHYC) High School Seniors

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.

2020 Helen Peppler

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 Mernco

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.

2020 Rebecca Pringle

2019 Victoria Andrews

2018 Grace Skehan

2017 Marie Levandier

2016 Precious Perez

2014 Andrew Milne

2013 Michael Maloney

2012 Samuel Feinstein

“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


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 the 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.

2020 Kerrigan Bigelow and Seyquan Mack

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


The H+H Youth Choruses are part of the
Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program.

The Handel and Haydn Society is grateful for generous support provided by New England Conservatory and Boston Latin School.

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