The West Hartford Women’s Chorale has been awarding scholarships for 19 years, and this year two local students were chosen to each receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Each year the West Hartford Women’s Chorale awards scholarships to student musicians in Greater Hartford. The students represent the ideals of the Chorale by being active participants in their high school music program who plan to continue with music in some capacity in college. This year, due to generous donations, the Chorale has awarded two $1,500 scholarships to outstanding student musicians.
Kayla Rosinsky, Conard H. S.
Kayla Rosinsky, a senior at Conard High School in West Hartford, has been selected to receive a $1,500 West Hartford Women’s Chorale Scholarship this year. Kayla stood out as a committed and talented musician, an excellent student, and a young woman who has an extensive resume in music, volunteer work, sports, and leadership in her school community. Her Choral Director, Sam Eurich, said, “Her dedication helped many of her peers work their way through the pandemic as. Emerging out of the pandemic restrictions, Kayla has truly blossomed into a leader in the school and in the choir program. From a young age, music has been an important part of her life from singing and acting to writing music. She has two songs on Spotify!”
In Kayla’s words, “Music has given me my voice and the confidence I have today. … [A]s I got older; I realized that music is more than notes on a sheet of paper. Every note has some sort of meaning and if you recognize that then you can truly make your audience feel something.”
Kayla has some difficult decision-making ahead between Berklee College of Music in Boston and other great liberal arts colleges.
Sophia Murrihy, Wethersfield H. S.
Sophia Murrihy, a senior at Wethersfield High School, also received a $1,500 award. Chosen among very strong competition, Sophia has a resume that reflects commitment and passion for music from a very young age. Her multi-musical talents include playing flute, fife, and piano as well as singing and acting. She has given much of her time to the music groups at her school, as well as the Chester Drum & Fife Corp.
In addition to her accomplishments in music, the WHWC scholarship committee was especially impressed with the breadth of her talent in academics and other extracurricular activities. Her piano teacher Alyse Marion states, “Sophia will be an excellent music teacher, sharing her passion for flute, fife, piano, vocal studies, and all things music with future musicians. She is extremely sincere in her interpersonal relationships, and her passion for learning is evident.”
We think Sophia holds every characteristic that is required to become the future music educator she aspires to be. Sophia has been accepted to the Western Connecticut State College Kathwari Honors Program and is a candidate for a bachelor of science in music education.
The WHWC is proud to support these young musicians as part of its mission to support music education in our community. For more information about the chorale and the WHWC Scholarship Fund, go to www.whwchorale.org.
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