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Salem Community Chorus Scholarship Recipients

Riesland Vocal Memorial Scholarship

SCC awards the Riesland Memorial Scholarship each school year to a high school junior in the Mid-Willamette Valley. The scholarship pays for instruction with a voice teacher of the recipient's choice during the student's senior year.


Kayla Baudree Ellie Lucas, 2023 Award - I am a senior at South Saelm and I have been in choir since elementary school. I was involved in theater, choir, and orchestra at Howard Street Charter School in middle school, and am involved in theater, choir, and debate, and art at South Salem High School. I began taking voice lessons last year through a scholarship at my school. I am a member of South Salem High School's Symphonic Choir, and we placed first at State this past school year. Apart from choir, I enoy mountain biking, art, and playing guitar! After high school I want to go into law and hopefully become a prosecutor, and I want to continue my involvement in choir throughout my time in college as well.
Kayla Baudree Naomi Warren, 2023 Award - is a Senior at McKay high school. She is involved with Concert Choir and Scots-Appella, and she has traveled and competed with these groups in Oregon, Washington, California, and New York. Naomi performed with Concert Choir when they won second place in the state, sang in McKay's advanced jazz band which won first place in the state, and was a featured soloist in Scots-Appella which won second in the nation competing in ICHSA, an International Acappella competition. Apart from McKay, Naomi participated in All-State Choir, and won first place in district solo and ensemble for mezzo voice! Naomi hopes to pursue music throughout college and double major in Music Education and Vocal Performance in hopes of becoming a college choir professor! She has been studying voice under Beth Eck for the last year.
Phoebe Jade Allen Our 2018 winner, a gifted South Salem High School student. Jade attended Howard Street Charter School, where she was a dedicated competitive gymnast. Gymnastics involves commitment and poise in front of an audience, characteristics that serve her well now as she pursues excellence in vocals and theater. She further challenges herself by participating in cross country and track at school, and through Crossfit and dance lessons. In her work at CET (Children's Educational Theater) she has honed her skills as a singer, dancer and actor. Director Robert Salberg observes "one of Jade's strongest characteristics is that she gives 110% to everything she does, that's inherent in who she is." We at Salem Community Chorus look forward to helping Jade as she continues to develop as a vocalist.
Phoebe  Phoebe Jacobs Our 2017 winner. Besides capturing numerous lead roles in West Salem High, Pentacle and Enlightened Theatrics musical productions, Jacobs has won three OSAA State Solo Championships—2015 Alto, 2016 Alto and 2017 Mezzo.  As a dedicated theater, dance and music student, she has shared her talents with local middle school students teaching and mentoring weekly.  Jacobs has also performed locally at many public and private events including singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow “ to Gerry Frank on his 93rd birthday.  Additionally, she has learned American Sign Language and enjoys visiting with the deaf community.