ABOUT US

The Virginia Beach Chorale is recognized as one of southeastern Virginia’s longest-tenured performing arts ensemble. 

Founded in 1958, it's rich history includes performances with the United States Atlantic Fleet Band, Symphonicity, The Tenors, and Kenny Rogers.

HELP OUR CAUSE

The Virginia Beach Chorale is a non-profit organization that relies on the generous donations of people, businesses, and organizations to complete it's musical mission.  Find out how you can help.

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This project is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Financial statements are available from the State Division of Consumer Affairs, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, P. O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218

© 2017-2019 by Virginia Beach Chorale. All Rights Reserved.

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.

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be made available in January 2020. 

2019 LOU SAWYER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN MUSIC RECIPIENT

Clara Synowiec, Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School

Clara Synowiec lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Throughout her childhood, she was part of many music organizations. When she was eleven years old, she performed in "Anchors Away" and in "Opsail" in 2012 for the Hurrah Players. She also took vocal and guitar lessons at the age of twelve through the Virginia Beach Music Academy. At fourteen she became a part of the Virginia Children’s Chorus and performed with other choirs, such as The Virginia Beach Chorale at the Sandler Center. Clara is currently a senior at Salem High School for the Visual and Performing Arts Academy for the vocal strand. Through the academy, she has performed at the International Tattoo Festival at the Norfolk Scope Arena, with the Virginia Beach Chorale at the Sandler Center, and at Epcot in Disney World for the candlelight processional. After high school, she plans on attending Tidewater Community College to obtain her core class and then pursue her dream of musical theater at Christopher Newport University.

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

Mayona Smith

Vocal

2017

Kenneth Rodman, III

Piano

2018

Clara Synowiec

Vocal

2019

TBD Spring '20

TBD

2020

TBD Spring '21
 

TBD

2021