PROVIDED BY THE
LIVONIA CIVIC CHORUS
For many years, the Livonia Civic Chorus has provided scholarships to deserving vocal music students enrolled in educational institutions within the City of Livonia. Since 1970 when the Livonia Civic Chorus Scholarship Program was created, we have awarded scholarships to at least 97 Livonia middle school, high school, or college students to further their music studies.
Livonia Civic Chorus Scholarship Program Continues with a Donation from the Robert Hardies Family Trust
The Members of the Livonia Civic Chorus have long been supportive of future vocalists through an annual scholarship award to a student from Madonna University's Vocal Performance Program. As a result of a recent major donation from the Robert Hardies Family Trust, we have been able to reinstate such an award for December 2022.
JOHN NICODEMO named
Robert Hardies-Livonia Civic Chorus
Scholarship Winner for 2022
Tenor John (Jack) Nicodemo is a senior vocal performance major at Madonna University. He has been performing for nine years, during which he sang with The Canton Concert Band, The Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra as a Madonna Chorale member, and has been involved in over forty theatrical productions. Most recent performances with MU Lyric Theatre include Urinetown: The Musical, Here's A How-de-do, and Into the Woods as The Baker. He would like to thank Andrew Palmer in video taping his performance and to the Livonia Civic Chorus for this opportunity in receiving the scholarship.
Click HERE to hear John singing "The First Noel" accompanied by Lynette Popoff-Parks
(left to right) Peggy Gaskill, LCC President, Sharon Krol, Chair, Scholarship Committee, Kathryn Linzmaier, recipient.
KATHRYN LINZMAIER, Madonna University
Each year, the Chorus provides one scholarship to a Madonna University vocal music student. For 2017, this scholarship is being awarded to KATHRYN LINZMAIER.
Katie has been a part of various choirs and stage productions since she was nine years old. During high school, she studied musical theatre repertoire with Kimberly Swan. She is currently studying opera and art song with Barbara Wiltsie at Madonna University.
She graduated in Spring 2018 from Madonna University with a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance and a minor in Broadcast and Cinema Arts.
MIKAYLA WOODCOX, Holmes Middle School
The Livonia Civic Chorus has also partnered for a number of years with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, MI, to support camp attendance by a Livonia student. This year’s recipient is Mikayla Woodcox, currently a seventh grader at Holmes Middle School. She will attend the 2018 summer vocal music camp.
The LCC Scholarship Committee and Board decided to support two Livonia-based arts organizations who work with young people in both music and theatrical productions. Each were provided $400 to be able to support young people who are Livonia residents and attend a school in the City of Livonia and want to become involved in programs offered by these organizations.
(left to right) Peggy Gaskill, LCC President, Mikayla Woodcox, recipient, and Sharon Krol, Chair, Scholarship Committee.
Click pictures for program websites!!
They are Motor City Youth Theatre (founded in 1990 and directed by Nancy Florkowski)
SECOND SCHOLARSHIP FOR DON STROMBERG
Livonia Music Teacher, Don Stromberg, at left, received another scholarship, 38 years from his first one, for his continued contribution to Livonia's music programs. From right to left are three LCC members who enjoyed working with Don throughout his life: Kurt Meyer from Bentley High School, Matt Godbout from Churchill High School, and Ann Waker from Grant Elementary School. CLICK HERE TO READ DON'S STORY.
Livonia Community Theatre (founded in 2011 and directed by Pat Hutchison).
Shacai recieves her scholarship award
from Sharon Krol, Chair of the LCC Scholarship Committee.
The Livonia Civic Chorus has partnered for a number of years with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, MI, to support choral camp attendance by Livonia middle and high school students. This year we were able to provide four partial vocal camp scholarships for Livonia students. The students are Meghan Mastenbrook, Anna Myers, Kaytlin Prush, and Caroline Ronayne. All four attended Frost Middle School, Livonia.
We also provided a small grant to the Livonia Youth Choir for their program advancing the vocal skills of young singers.
SHACAI PITTMAN, Madonna University
Each year, the Chorus provides one scholarship to a Madonna University vocal music student. For 2018, this scholarship was awarded to SHACAI PITTMAN.
Shacai Pittman, born in Detroit, MI, is the youngest of five children from a military family. She is an award-winning vocalist, a third-year student in Madonna's vocal performance program studying under the instruction of Barbra Wiltsie. She will also complete a musical theater certificate at Madonna University. As a 2016 graduate of the Arts Academy in the Woods Performing Arts High School, she was selected as the school's top vocalist.
Shacai, a direct descendant of Mahalia Jackson, has a soulful vocal prowess. Recently she has been a part of musical theater as a Doo-Wop girl, Dionne, in "Little Shop of Horrors," and Marmee March in “Little Women”.
Unfortunately, Natalie had a conflict with a performance at Madonna University and was unable to attend our Concert. She attended our rehearsal on Tuesday, November 19th so the Chorus could meet her and present her with her scholarship check and certificate.
Scholarship Recipient Natalie Aguirre, center, with Chorus President Peggy Gaskill (left), and Chorus Scholarship Chairperson Sharon Krol (right).
NATALIE AGUIRRE, Madonna University
Each year, the Chorus provides one scholarship to a Madonna University vocal music student. For 2019, this scholarship was awarded to NATALIE AGUIRRE.
Natalie Aguirre is a senior vocal performance major at Madonna University. She has performed frequently with the Madonna Chorale and Lyric Theatre for the past four years. She is so grateful to be a recipient of the Livonia Civic Chorus Scholarship. After graduation she plans to attend grad school for either opera or music therapy.
Thank you to our partners in the Music Department of Madonna University, Barbara Wiltsie, Chair, for working with the Livonia Civic Chorus’ Scholarship Committee, chaired by Sharon Krol, to identify candidates for our scholarship awards.