The Friends of Music (FOM) Committee approved its commitment to reinstate a Choral Scholars Program, and Vestry approved this reinstatement. Funded by the Friends of Music, the Committee will oversee this program, an outreach to musically talented college students. It will give a professional development opportunity to two young musicians whose career may involve sacred music performance through a stipend position in the St. Paul’s Chancel Choir. This is a one-year trial of this program, which will be evaluated next spring by the Friends of Music Committee and Vestry. Meet the two students selected to participate in this opportunity:
Hello, my name is Bill Burns. I’m writing to introduce myself as one of the incoming choral scholars for this year. Being the son of two musicians, I’ve never been able to escape music. Living in a musical family has given me special opportunities and experiences that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Thanks to music, I’ve done things ranging from singing in PMEA to touring France and England to visit astonishing cathedrals. I’m a Bass 2 and I have experience in singing with the Bach Choir and the Westminster Presbyerian Chancel Choir. Although I’m sad to leave Westminster, I look forward to my new position here. I'm grateful to have been selected for the choral scholar program here at St. Paul’s. I look forward to meeting you all and I can’t wait to make beautiful music with everyone.
Alana Azzaro is 18 years old and has just graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in 2018. Currently she is a music major at The Community College of Allegheny County. In high school she was involved in her school choir along with her schools select ensembles such as The Mount Lebanon Triple Trio and chamber choir. She also was involved in The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and made it to regions. She has never sung in a church choir before but she is excited for this new experience!