The Suzanne and Charles Wells Choral Scholarship

The Suzanne and Charles Wells Choral Scholarship The Handel Week family is delighted to announce that Bradley Reichardt is the Charles and Sue Wells Choral Scholar for the 2023 Festival Season! Here is a little about him:

Bradley Reichardt, 17, is a senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School. He has sung in the Schola and Madrigal choirs at Grace Episcopal church in Oak park since he was 6. Bradley also plays the clarinet, and has played in the OPRF marching Huskies, concert band, and symphonic band.

Bradley is planning on studying math and science as well as continuing his study of music in college.

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.

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