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 has passed. The application for the 2020-2021 school year will be posted towards the end of 2020. Please check back for next year's application.


Margaret Jordan
Margaret Jordan, Granby High School, Norfolk, VA

Maggie Jordan, 18, is beyond grateful to be named a 2020 Lou Memorial Scholarship winner. She is currently a senior in Granby High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Program in Norfolk, Virginia. As a four year member of the Strolling Silver Strings and Granby’s orchestra, she owes many thanks to her orchestra director and favorite teacher, Mr. Jay Larkin. Additionally, Maggie is a 2020 National Merit Finalist and she is very appreciative of her Granby counselors, Mrs. Kirby and Mrs. Gardner, for helping her through the process.

Outside of school, Maggie likes to solve Rubik’s Cubes; she can solve them in the traditional two-handed fashion, one-handed, and even blindfolded. In cooperation with Old Dominion University and the World Cube Association, she founded and organized the first Rubik’s Cube competition in the South Hampton Roads area. Nine competitions later, she has raised over $10,000 for ODU’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Student Chapter; the funds have been used to complete engineering projects in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

Maggie began playing the violin at age four. She is in her tenth year with the Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia where she is a member of the Symphony Orchestra. By placing in their concerto competitions, Maggie has performed solos with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic. Additionally, Maggie has won First Place in the High School Instrumental Optimist Music Awards Competition for the past three years and performed in masterclasses for Sandy Cameron and the Arianna String Quartet. Representing Granby High School, she has participated in Senior Regional Orchestra, Virginia All-State Orchestra, and NAfME All-National Symphony Orchestra. She has attended numerous summer festivals including the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, and Madeline Island Chamber Music. In the fall, Maggie will be attending Northwestern University as a violin performance major under the tutelage of Professor Ribeiro. To those of the Virginia Beach Chorale, she says thank you!

See Margaret perform here:

Jamie Lynn Cruz
Jamie Lynn Cruz, Salem High School, Virginia Beach, VA

Jamie Lynn Cruz lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Throughout her childhood, she enjoyed singing. At nine, joined her church choir. She founded the church rock band in middle school with several of her peers. She attended Bayside High School her freshman year, through which she performed at the Virginia International Tattoo and in the one-act play, “Convalescence” as a supporting actress. Last summer, she participated in the Summer Residential Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts and Humanities as a voice student.

This past fall, she could be seen in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” with Virginia Musical Theatre. Jamie Lynn 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 Sandler Center with Ballet Virginia and at Epcot in Disney World for the Candlelight Processional. Jamie Lynn also sings soprano with the Virginia Beach Chorale. After high school, she plans on attending Tidewater Community College to obtain her prerequisites then transfer to George Mason University to pursue her dream of musical theatre.

See Jamie Lynn perform here:


David Thom



Madison Bunch



Christina Calantropo



Ryan Tolentino



Brooke Anne Sweeney



Ayush Joshi



Stacey Sharpe



Mayona Smith



Kenneth Rodman, III



Clara Synowiec



Margaret Jordan



Jamie Lynn Cruz




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.


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.


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

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