News Release: 3/29/2017

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March 29, 2017
Burnt Hills Oratorio Society Announces 2017 Vocal Scholarship Winners
The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society (BHOS) hosted its 20th Annual Vocal Scholarship competition at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on March 4th.   Seniors from high schools across the Greater Capital Region had been invited to compete.  Of the six applicants performing selections from the standard song repertoire, Marissa Scotti, on the left, from Guilderland High School and runner-up Alicia Esposito, on the right, of Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake High School won $900 and $600 scholarships respectively.  Both young women plan to pursue careers in music.  They have taken voice lessons with area teachers Rae Jean Teeter, Corine Salon, and Lesley O'Donnell.
Ms. Scotti, a participant in her high school Chamber Choir and the Tri-M Honors Music Society, has sung Maria in "West Side Story" in CR Kids Production at The Egg and, among many other honors, scored first place in the Novice Division of the Mendelssohn Classical Singers’ competition.  In addition, she has sung in the NAFME All-Nationals Mixed Chorus and the NATS Art Song Festival at the University at Albany.  Ms. Scotti is interested in studying music in a cross-disciplinary fashion in college with an eye toward taking music to “areas where musical studies may not be within the budget.”
Ms. Esposito, a member of the National Honor Society, has participated in the 2016 NYSSMA Conference All-State, World Strides Heritage Camp, and Select Jazz Choir, among other entities, and served as president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.  She is active in Community Theater and in her school’s drama club, having been secretary in her junior year.  She will pursue her goal in college to become a music educator and music therapist.
Jane Rose
(518) 877-7863