The Suzanne and Charles Wells Choral Scholarship

The Handel Week Festival Board of Directors in 2008 established the Suzanne and Charles Wells Choral Scholarship for high school students, in honor of Handel Week Festival founder Charles Chauncey Wells and his wife Suzanne.

Under the direction of Dr. Dennis Northway, the recipient of the Wells Choral Scholarship will get an insider's perspective on the life of a professional musician, joining the critically acclaimed Handel Week ensemble for rehearsals and the performance of a single masterwork by George Frideric Handel during the Handel Week Festival. "This scholarship is a fantastic way both to express our gratitude to one of our organization's founders and to recognize the talented young musicians in our community who are the future of classical music," said Northway. The Handel Week Festival is committed to the nuturing of young classical music vocalists.

To be eligible for the scholarship competition, candidates must be in their sophomore, junior or senior year in high school, recommended by their choral director, music teacher or another professional musician and be in good academic standing. Candidates should have also basic musical skills, such as the ability to sightread, and have some experience in choral singing. Further information will be provided prior to the audition.

Scholarship rules and application form are available here.