The Huntsville Community Chorus accepts applications for the Albert Lane and Kenneth Turvey Scholarship awards annually at the beginning of May. Named in honor of the late Albert H. Lane, who was prominent in Huntsville musical and artistic life for many years, and Kenneth V. Turvey, Director of Community Chorus for 40 years, the scholarship was established to reward achievement and encourage excellence in vocal music.

Two $500 scholarships are awarded; the Turvey Scholarship for a graduating high school senior and the Lane Scholarship for a post high school student. In addition to the monetary awards, recipients are given the opportunity to perform with the Chorus during its season following scholarship award.

Applicants must be residents of Madison County or members of a vocal performing group in this county. Selection is by audition, with two pieces selected from an HCC-specified repertoire and one from the applicant’s choice. In addition, applicants are expected to demonstrate intentions of pursuing a serious course of vocal music study, meeting the approval of the HCCA Scholarship Committee.

Detailed information and an application form may be downloaded here: 
Scholarship Requirements Email Cover Letter Scholarship Application

For more information, contact the Chorus Office at 256-533-6606; or email: achelekis@att.net.

 Our 2016 scholarship winners!

The Kenneth Turvey Scholarship goes to Abigayle Williams.

Abigayle Williams, a graduate of James Clemens High School, entered the University of Alabama in Fall 2016 as a vocal performance major in the opera program as well as the Honors College. You may have seen her in her role as Chava in HCC’s Summer 2016 production of Fiddler on the Roof. Abigayle first discovered her passion for singing in the sixth grade, gaining acceptance into All-State Choir five years in a row and participating in musical theatre productions. Abigayle believes she never would have realized her full potential if not for her voice teacher, Martha Brouse, with whom she studied since her sophomore year. In those three years, Abigayle was a finalist in both the state and regional National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions, received superior ratings at solo and ensemble competitions, was awarded the title of Outstanding Female Choral Student of District 5. She also attended the Vann Vocal Institute, a pre-professional opera workshop, where she received coaching from internationally acclaimed artists David Cangelosi, Mary Phillips, and Maureen McKay, and where she twice received the Young Artist’s Encouragement Award. Abigayle has performed in numerous recitals, most recently her senior recital with Belle Voce Studio. Abigayle’s musical theatre roles include Grace Ferrell in Annie Jr., Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof Jr., Ensemble in Little Shop of Horrors, and Mrs. Potts in James Clemens Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast. She is thankful to receive HCCA’s Kenneth Turvey Scholarship and looking forward to performing with the Chorus!


The Albert Lane Scholarship goes to Angelica Reidy.

Angelica Reidy is in her final year of study at the University of Alabama in Huntsville as a vocal performance major. She sings under the tutelage of her instructor, soprano Karen Young. In May 2016, Angelica competed in the Classical Singer Competition, advancing to the second round in Boston, Massachusetts, where she performed for judges and recruitment teams. She has had the pleasure of performing with the Huntsville Community Chorus's collaborations with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, serving as the rehearsal soprano soloist for Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony last September. In October 2016, Angelica will be performing in UAH Opera Workshop’s production of Gian Carlo Menotti's opera The Medium in the lead role of Monica. She is also looking forward to her Graduating Senior Recital in Spring 2017. Angelica is overjoyed with the generosity of the Huntsville Community Chorus and the Albert Lane Scholarship team, and she is looking forward to another great year at UAH!

Congratulations to Abigayle and Angelica!