Executive Director of Richmond Choral Society (RCS) and general manager of RCS Youth Chorus (RCSYC) Cantor at St. Teresa's Church, Staten Island, NY

RCS 2017 Scholarship Opportunity

RCS Scholarship Letter                                                                   Spring 2017



Dear Music Educator: 


On behalf of Richmond Choral Society (RCS), I am writing to inform you of RCS’s Scholarship Program and to ask for your assistance in recommending students for our consideration.

Our Board feels that it is important to encourage young Staten Islanders, who are already active in singing in their schools, to continue their interest in singing.  To this end, we have awarded vocal scholarships, up to $1000, to graduating high school seniors since 1996. 

We invite you to recommend a candidate for consideration this year (application deadline April 22, 2017).  Here are the eligibility requirements.  The candidate must be: 

  • A resident of Staten Island • A senior in good academic standing who has applied to and plans to attend an institute of higher education in the fall of 2017 • A participant in their school’s vocal music program: Chorus, soloist with an instrumental ensemble, SING, theater performance, or, realizing that some schools are not able to have these programs, a known participant in community theater or church/synagogue choir.

We require that your candidate(s) complete the application form and submit a resume along with a copy of their musical selection.  All further contact will be between the candidate and our selection committee.  We will require an interview and an informal audition on Wednesday, April 26 at a location and time to be announced.  In addition, the award winner will be offered the opportunity to perform at the RCS spring concert on May 20 at 8 PM at Zion Lutheran Church. 

Richmond Choral Society was founded in 1951 by Dr. Anders Emile to provide Staten Island singers an opportunity to rehearse and to perform classical and contemporary choral works.  In addition to presenting two concerts a year, we have performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and at numerous official Staten Island events. 

Thank you for your assistance in helping RCS offer this opportunity to our graduating seniors.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 718-273-7130, or email at .


Linda Atwell Reiersen

Scholarship Committee Chair

Application deadline-April 22, 2017

Auditions–April 26, 2017     



Home Phone ________________________    Email ______________________________  

High School ___________________________   Cell Phone ________________________  

College You Plan to Attend in the Fall of 2017


Signature of Candidate: 

Signature of Parent: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­     


Signature of Voice Teacher, Choir master, etc.


Vocal Training and Voice Experience (Please attach resume) 


For Audition:

  • The candidate will perform a selection from the classical vocal repertoire (opera, operetta, art songs, oratorio, Gilbert and Sullivan).
  • A copy of the musical selection must be submitted with this application for our accompanist.
  • Audition date–Wednesday, April 26
  • Applicants will be notified for their audition location and time

Send To:    Ms. Linda Reiersen,  3 Vine Street,  Staten Island,  New York 10301

                Phone:  718- 273-7130  cell: 917 301. 3620  e-mail:


This application along with all enclosures must be received by Saturday, April 22.

Check out RCS’s 2016-2017 Season!



SAVE THE DATE for RCS's Spring Concert


Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8 PM —  RCS will take a jazzy turn with their “Bach to Broadway” program on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8 PM., which will feature choral adaptations of two J.S. Bach compositions.  The contemporary portion will feature choral settings of music from pop songs (e.g., some Beatles, John Denver) to Broadway hits from Porgy & Bess, the Sound of Music, West Side Story, and Fiddler on the Roof, to name a few.  RCS will announce its 2017 scholarship winner, who will perform and be presented with his/her, award.   The venue  will be Zion Lutheran Church, 505 Watchogue Road in Westerleigh.


Rehearsals for the spring session begin on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Noble Museum.


RCS will keep you posted here on the website.  We'll be in touch by mail and email.  If you are not on our list, call (718) 448-3656 or email: with your contact information. 


Go to "Events" to purchase tickets (with PayPal or a major credit card) for these performances.  You may pick them up on the day of the concert.


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2017 Scholarship






Click “Scholarship Opportunity” on the side panel for information on RCS’s annual program for graduating high school seniors who reside in Staten Island and will go on to study vocal music.