Scholarships and Awards

The Handel and Haydn Society presents annual awards to singers in the H+H Youth Choruses and recent graduates. The Candace Macmillen Achtmeyer Award, the Evangelyna Etienne Scholarship 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 and service to the community.


Young white female student singing

Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award

For H+H Youth Choruses (HHYC) High School Seniors

The Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award is named in memory of H+H trustee Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer. Candace, a member of the Education Committee from 1993–2001, was a passionate supporter of young vocal talent which might otherwise be overlooked. It was her mission to ensure that HHYC participants received every possible encouragement.

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. The Education Committee seeks to distribute this award to an individual for whom it will make a significant difference in furthering their vocal music studies. It is our hope that the award recipient will serve as a role model for students in the H+H Youth Choruses. Applicants must have sung with the H+H  Youth Choruses for at least two seasons.

2021 Samuel Higgins

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

The Evangelyna Etienne Scholarship Award was established by the Handel and Haydn Society in 2012 to honor the memory of a former student, Evangelyna Etienne, and to assist current or former students in H+H’s Youth Choruses for whom the financial award would make a significant difference in furthering their vocal music studies. With her passion for and commitment to vocal music, her energy, and her generosity of spirit, Evangelyna was an inspiration to other students. She was genuinely devoted to serving others and volunteered wherever she could in her school, her church, and her community, using music to connect with her community and improve the lives of those around her.

2021 Somin Virmani

2020 Rebecca Pringle

2019 Victoria Andrews

2018 Grace Skehan

2017 Marie Levandier

2016 Precious Perez

2014 Andrew Milne

2013 Michael Maloney

2012 Samuel Feinstein

Young white female student singing with a pianist

“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


Young Black male student singing

Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence

For HHYC Alumni

The Barbara E. Maze Award for Musical Excellence is named in memory of Handel and Haydn Society trustee Barbara E. Maze, whose support and expertise were instrumental in establishing the H+H Youth Choruses.

This $3,000 award is given to students majoring in classical music, as well as non-music majors or high school graduates not currently in college, who wish to continue professional music instruction. The H+H Education Committee is interested in making this award to an individual for whom it will make a significant difference in furthering their vocal music studies. It is our hope that the award recipient will serve as a role model for students in the H+H Youth Choruses.  Applicants must have sung with the H+H Youth Choruses for at least one year.

2021 Helen Peppler

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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