In 1990, Mr. John Hench and his wife formed the John C. Hench Foundation exclusively to fund charitable, scientific, literary, religious, or educational projects.
Mr. John Hench was a Senior Vice President at Walt Disney Imagineering and was an important member of the Disney creative team for nearly 65 years. John worked on landmark Disney films such as Peter Pan and Fantasia. In addition, his designs are an integral part of every one of the Disney theme parks.
One of the projects funded by the John C. Hench Foundation is the A Cappella Scholarship Festival. During this Festival, held each year, participating high school and middle school choirs perform and are evaluated by judges. Each participating group received a cash prize for its school’s music programs.
This year marks the 13th anniversary that Verdugo Hills Chorus has sponsored the A Cappella Scholarship Festival, which was held on May 13, 2017 at Glendale High School in Glendale, CA. This year’s Festival was only possible through the generous $85,000 grant from the John C. Hench Foundation.
Cash awards presented during the 2017 A Cappella Scholarship Festival:
David Star Jordan Middle School, Madrigals ... $6,000
Director: Christine DeMore
Walter Reed Middle School, Chordially Yours ... $5,000
Director: Lisa Smith
Immaculate Heart of Mary Middle School, IHOMS Choir ... $4,500
Director: Cristopher Avendano
John Muir Middle School, Imaginations ... $4,500
Director: Lydia Lee
Valencia High School, Valencia High School Chamber ... $7,500
Director: Christine Tavares-Mocha
Irvine High School, Irvine Singers ... $6,500
Director: Tina Glander Peterson
John Burroughs High School, Powerhouse ... $6,000
Director: Brendan Jennings
Canyon High School, Madrigals ... $5,500
Director: Mary Purdy
Chatsworth Charter High School, Chatsworth Charter High School Choir ... $5,000
Director: Michael Turner
Glendale High School, Women’s Ensemble ... $4,500
Director: Grace Sheldon-Williams
Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts, Women’s Chorus ... $4,000
Director: Drew Lewis
Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, SOCES Singers ... $3,500
Director: Linda Escobar
Eagle Rock Jr./Sr. High School, Vocal Ensemble ... $3,500
Director: Michael Turnblom