Higher Educational Opportunities
Young Musicians Scholarship – Applications DUE April 10, 2020
Music in the Somerset Hills is committed to supporting an exceptional level of historically-informed and masterful performance, as well as to expanding the scope and variety of performance opportunities for professional and amateur musicians. To that end, we offer scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors who are pursuing music as a major at an accredited college or university. Two $1000 scholarships will be offered: one to a student who resides in the Somerset Hills, and one to a student who resides in another area of New Jersey. Application, letters of recommendation, essay and song files must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application materials MUST be submitted as Word or PDF documents. Song files MUST be submitted as MP3 files or direct links (YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.)
Since starting her formal training in 2012, Madelin Morales has dedicated her heart and soul to music, spending weekends at voice competitions, months at rehearsals, and summers at music programs. Just in the last year, Madelin was named a 2019 YoungArts Finalist in Classical Voice, placed 1st at the 2018 Classical Singer Competition in Boston, and made her Carnegie Hall solo debut. She was also recently recognized as a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
As a high school student, Madelin was the principal Violist of her school's orchestra, the president of the Spanish Club, and an active member of the National Honors Society. She was also in numerous productions with the drama club, most recently performing as 'Sandy' in Grease.
This fall, Madelin will be attending Eastman School of Music, where she will study vocal performance and minor in business.
Emma has been in love with making music ever since her piano teacher assigned her the theme from Peanuts, "Linus and Lucy," in first grade. Emma participated in the choral program throughout her four years at Bernards High School, as a member of Freshman Chorus and Concert Choir, as a section leader in Madrigals, and as a student accompanist. In Madrigals, she had the opportunities to perform at Princeton University Chapel, Carnegie Hall, the White House, and more. She was just awarded the National School Choral Award, and she has won the Best Accompanist Award at Music in the Parks both years Bernards Choir performed there (2016 and 2018). Emma has also played the keyboard part for two BHS musical productions: Once On This Island (2016) and The Addams Family (2018). During her summers in high school, Emma attended Interlochen Arts Camp (2016), Westminster Solo Pianist Week (2017-2019), and NYU Summer Piano Intensive (2018).
Emma tries to find ways to bring music to her community in whatever way possible. She sings in the choir at Lamington Church in Bedminster every Sunday during the school year, and frequently plays piano or subs for the music director there, too. She sings the national anthem for games at the high school and for community events in Peapack, including the 9/11 memorial service this year. In 2016, she started the Bernards Chamber Players, a chamber music group that has played for church fundraisers and for the music therapy group at the Matheny School in Peapack. In 2018, Emma music directed, co-organized, and performed in Cabaret, a musical theatre showcase that raised over $1500 to benefit Heartworks. She also enjoys teaching piano lessons to beginner and intermediate students of all ages.
In the fall, Emma will continue her musical studies as a music major at the University of Pennsylvania. She will focus on growing as a vocal and instrumental musician, but she is also looking forward to exploring her other interests--physics, environmental science, art history, and architecture, to name a few.
Emma has performed with the Somerset Hills Community Chorus twice now, once through BHS choir, and once with her mom. Both times were memorable experiences and inspired her to strive to bring music to her community, wherever that may be. Emma is extremely grateful to MISH for selecting her for this honor, and she thanks them for their generosity!