Handel Week Engages young musicians with Scholarship Award Programs!
Our mission is, above all, to encourage musicians and audience members alike to enjoy Handel's works. To that end, we always want to introduce our favorite composer to new people. Two of the ways we do that are our scholarship programs for high school choral students and for recent college graduates pursuing a musical career that includes conducting.
Suzanne and Charles Wells Choral Scholarship
The Handel Week Festival Board of Directors in 2008 established the Suzanne and Charles Wells Choral Scholarship for high school students, in honor of Handel Week Festival founder Charles Chauncey Wells and his wife Suzanne. Every year we invite high school students with some choral experience and an interest in expanding their repertoire to apply for the scholarship. Each awardee becomes a regular member of the Handel Week Festival Chorus and has a full experience of preparing and performing with a professional ensemble. For information about our latest awardee and about how to apply for next season's Choral Scholar Award, please go HERE
The Mark and Randi Ravitts Woodworth Award for Young Conductors
In 2021 the board established The Mark and Randi Ravitts Woodworth Award for Young Conductors. The award is designed to focus on upcoming conducting musical talent. The program will give the Handel Week Festival podium to a young conductor who will gain professional experience working with a world-class ensemble in making fine musical offerings. The awardee will receive support and mentorship from Dr. Northway and from our world-class orchestral musicians and will conduct the performance of one of our concerts. For information about our latest awardee and about how to apply for next season's Young Conductors Award, please go HERE