Scholarship opportunity for aspiring singers

Teens who love to belt out the newest Ed Sheeran or Selena Gomez tune might want to apply for a scholarship from the Williamsburg Women's Chorus.

The Phyllis M. Varner Memorial scholarships are open to any women entering grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 who live in James City County, Williamsburg and those parts of York County with a Williamsburg address.

Applications are due April 28. The $300 prize, awarded to two applicants, is paid to a voice coach to cover lesson fees.

Prior lessons or experience isn't required. One grant will go to a student with established vocal talent, and the other to someone with potential to develop her skills, according to the application guidelines.

The application requires a personal letter, recommendation from a music teacher and a five-minute recording of two styles of music — one classical and one Broadway or jazz. Applicants will be judged on their musical interest, any previous study or acceptance into lessons and vocal ability, according to the application.

The 2017 winners will be announced in May, according to the application. Abigail Carter and Emily Rosenberger, the two 2016 winners, are scheduled to perform with the chorus at their spring concert May 16.

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-345-2341.

To apply:

Visit bit.ly/2opLNNe to apply online or send application materials to Williamsburg Women's Chorus C/O Kim Storms, Scholarship Chair P.O. Box 685 Williamsburg, VA 23187

Spring Concert: 7:30 p.m. May 16 at Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Road

Visit bit.ly/2oSnhbh for tickets.

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