A Cappella Scholarship Festival

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May 30, 2017 - 4:03pm -- admin

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:

Middle Schools:

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

High Schools:

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


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Thank you for your interest in the Verdugo Hills Chorus. Please feel free to contact us.

Guests are always welcome at our Rehearsals!  Wednesdays at 7pm.

First United Methodist Church of Glendale
Education Building, Room 340
134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale, CA 91206
(Parking - corner of Wilson and Kenwood) 

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