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Monday, December 5, 2011

First Congregational Church Announces Choral Scholar

The Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church announces its 2011 Choral Scholar, Rachel DeShone.

The scholarship program was initiated earlier in 2011 to offer male and female students, who obtain admission to one of the colleges or universities in the Saginaw vicinity and for whom it would otherwise be a hardship to acquire a higher education, the opportunity to achieve financial assistance and to take part in the choral services and Chancel Choir rehearsals at First Congregational Church.  Thus, choral scholars are provided the opportunity to develop technically and share in a positive experience of fellowship and community service.  

Rachel DeShone is a vocal major studying Music Education at Saginaw Valley State University.  She has studied privately for two years with Dr. Rachel Andrews.  DeShone has been active in choirs for many years including the women’s choir at Dr. Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education.  She was a part of the recent opera production Dido and Aeneas at SVSU and participated in musicals while in high school.  Rachel is a proud mother of three children, Samantha (9), Seth (7), and Solomon (3).

The church’s music department anticipates offering four $750 Choral Scholarships in September 2012. Preference will be given to those qualified applicants who pursue music; it is emphasized that funds enable a student to commence an education. Scholarships only remain secured on the condition that the holder retains his or her academic place for the duration of the scholarship. Candidates are advised to check in advance with the Director of Music Ministries for possible vacancies in their particular vocal range.

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