SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - We have a wealth of talented young musicians here on the Suncoast. But it's tough to become a professional Musician, and expensive.
There are all the lessons, especially private lessons, and the things you can't buy like getting an inspirational mentor, and training in auditioning and the business side of music.
But now Suncoast youngsters have a unique opportunity that can change their lives and open up careers for them.
Key Chorale Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins tells us about their Student Scholarship Program. Joseph says, "Key Chorale is just beginning it's 34th season as the Suncoast's Premiere Symphonic Chorus . The Chorus is made up of 110 singers."
He says, "We have an amazing student scholarship program . The new Key Chorale Student Scholar Program provides high school students intending to pursue music beyond high school with the opportunity to perform with Key Chorale, private voice lessons and mentoring on every aspect of professional musicianship, from auditions to resume-building. Students also participate in rehearsals and performances of 4 major programs with professional orchestra under the directorship of our professional conductor, and attend workshops and master classes."
To get chosen for the program, Students must have the required minimum high school gpa of 3.0 to encourage academic commitment along with musical commitment.
Student Scholars are recommended by their Choir Director and selected through competitive auditions.
There is a luncheon coming up to benefit the scholarship program and other outreach programs by Key Chorale.
It is called "The Perfect Pitch Luncheon. It's Monday, November 12, at the Sarasota Yacht Club.
Scholarship students Jillian Steffens and Dahlia Martinez sing on Suncoast View.
You can learn more about the scholarships and the luncheon at keychorale.org