RCS 2018 Scholarship Opportunity

RCS Scholarship Letter                                                                   Spring 2018



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 2, 2018).  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 2018 • 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  Monday, April 2 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 4 PM at St. Peter’s 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 teachread3@aol.com .


Linda Atwell Reiersen

Scholarship Committee Chair

Application deadline-April 2, 2018




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:  teachread3@aol.com


This application along with all enclosures must be received by Monday, April 2, 2018.

Check out RCS’s 2017-2018 Season!



Holiday with Brass — featuring the works of Daniel Pinkham and Alan Hovhaness, some holiday selections and RCS’s traditional sing along.

Saturday, December 16 , 2017, 8 PM

Church of St. Clare

110 Nelson Ave., 10308



Northern Lights — featuring the works of Scandinavian composers Ola Gjeilo and Otto Olsson; and the RCS 2018 scholarship winner.

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 4 PM

Venue TBA





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.