The Lou Sawyer Memorial

Scholarship in Music

The Virginia Beach Chorale is pleased to present the annual Lou Sawyer Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Sawyer was our director for many years and this scholarship has been made available by the many friends he made through his musical contributions to the community of Hampton Roads. The scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating high school senior from the Hampton Roads area who has been accepted by a college or university and plans to major in music. Your contribution allows us to continue Mr. Sawyer's legacy in music education.

Applicant Information

Interested students can find the scholarship information packet and application by clicking the links below.
 

The 2022 application will open in late 2021. Questions can be sent to scholarship@virginiabeachchorale.org.

2021 LOU SAWYER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN MUSIC RECIPIENT

 
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Emily Coyle, Vocalist
Windsor High School, Isle of Wight, VA, Governor's School for the Arts, Norfolk, VA

Emily is a student who continues to grow and develop artistically and hopes to continue her development in her undergraduate program next year at East Carolina University.
 

Attending 2 separate high schools is quite demanding. A student must be organized, focused, extremely disciplined and able to manage his/her time. Emily's use of those skills have enabled her to maintain a 4.0 grade point average at Windsor High School and a 3.4 grade point average in her vocal music studies at the Governor's School for the Arts.
 

As a Mezzo Soprano Emily has performed Mahler Symphony Two during a side-by-side performance with James Madison University, The Messiah, Dido and Aneaus and The Marriage of Figaro. Furthermore, she has competed in several talent and vocal competitions receiving recognitions for her vocal abilities. 

 

Additionally, Emily exhibits the characteristics of a servant leader through her volunteer work with multiple organizations, including Sentara Obici Hospital as a Junior Volunteer, the Girl N Gowns program with All The Rage Gown Store, which is a campaign to promote positive self-esteem in high school-aged females, and through WHS's chapter of BETA, which engages in many opportunities to support the Special Olympics and other local needs each year she has been a student at Windsor High School. Emily also partnered with Isle of Wight County Public Schools this past spring when they were in need of volunteers to hand out food for families in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

David Thom

Viola

2010

Madison Bunch
 

Flute

2011

Christina Calantropo

Violin

2012

Ryan Tolentino

Violin

2014

Brooke Anne Sweeney

Piano

2015

Ayush Joshi

Violin

2016

Stacey Sharpe

Violin

2017

Opera Singer

Mayona Smith

Vocal

2017

Kenneth Rodman, III

Piano

2018

Opera Singer

Clara Synowiec

Vocal

2019

Margaret Jordan

Violin

2020

Opera Singer

Jamie Lynn Cruz
 

Vocal

2020

Opera Singer

Emily Coyle
 

Vocal

2021

Grand Piano

TBD
 

TBD

2022

TBD
 

TBD

2023

Opera Singer

TBD
 

TBD

2024