2017 Winner - Andrew Hughes

2017 Winner – Andrew Hughes

The Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award and The Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award

The Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award for excellence in vocal or instrumental performance. Instituted in 1967, the fund was later endowed by Franklin Reinauer as a memorial to his wife Florence. In 2013 the award was increased to $2,500 and since its inception, over $42,500 has been awarded to encourage talented young musicians.

The Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award in the amount of $1,200 was instituted during the 90th Anniversary Season (2017-2018) in honor of Marjorie Vandervoort’s 25 years of service as our Music Director. This award is intended solely for excellence in vocal performance.

Donations to underwrite these awards are welcomed and are tax deductible. To make a donation to either Award, please go to the Donations page. The Ridgewood Choral thanks you in advance for your support of our Awards. Donors and honorees are listed in the annual concert program.

To apply, please fill out the award application


2017 Andrew Hughes (violist) ( Andrew Hughes is 18 years of age from Old Tappan, NJ, currently attends Northern Valley Regional High School of Old Tappan, and intends to pursue a degree in viola performance. Andrew also has been attending the Juilliard Pre-College Division for 3 years since 2014 for viola, studying music theory and ear training as well as taking part in orchestral and chamber music programs. Andrew has previously studied in a similar program at the Mannes Preparatory Division learning violin initially, but switching to viola at the age of 12. After being admitted in to the pre-college program at Juilliard, Andrew took part in the New York Youth Symphony’s 2014-15 season, and has been playing with their group, the Firefly Quartet, in New York Youth Symphony’s Chamber Division since 2015. The Firefly Quartet also received First Place in the International Grande Music Competition and has performed at venues such as the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in New York City, Metropolitan Club for the New York Youth Symphony’s annual Benefit Concert, and Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. Andrew’s love of chamber music was influenced by the Greenwood Music Camp in Cummington, MA. Andrew began attending the Greenwood Junior Division in 2010, at the age of 11, and was accepted into the Senior Division in 2013 at the age of 14. In the summer of 2016, Andrew was accepted in to the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a summer program run and paid for by Carnegie Hall, to play with conductor Christoph Eschenbach and pianist Emanuel Ax at Carnegie Hall and tour Europe with conductor Valery Gergiev and pianist Denis Matsuev. Andrew was seated as principal violist in the orchestra’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto with Denis Matsuev, and was seated assistant principal violist on Debussy’s Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun and Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. In Europe, they performed at venues such as Smetana Hall in Prague, and The Concertgebouw, in Amsterdam. Andrew was invited by Carnegie Hall again to tour with the National Youth Orchestra on their Latin America tour with Marin Alsop this coming summer. This year, Andrew also received recognition from YoungArts and received an Honorable Mention in viola performance. Andrew currently studies with violist Sophie Arbuckle at the Juilliard Pre-College Division, and has previously studied with teachers Talia Kravitz and Jonathan Rossi on violin. Though Andrew takes part in many esteemed programs, they also participate in community service programs through New York Youth Symphony, performing outreach concerts for youth, senior citizen homes, and LGBTQ housing centers. In addition to playing viola, Andrew enjoys visual art through sketching and makeup artistry. Andrew finds that art is a powerful medium through which interpretation of music and emotions can be expressed, and takes many inspirations from impressionist period artists, such as Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Mary Cassatt, as well as composers such as Maurice Ravel, Rebecca Clarke, and Claude Debussy.

2017 Honorable Mention Jimin Park (soprano) is in her third year of the Juilliard Pre-College Voice Division, where she studies with Lorraine Nubar and Sooyeon Kim. She has won many international competitions including: The Yewon Competition (2011), The Crescendo International Music Competition (2014) and The New York International Music Competition (2014). Jimin has had the chance to perform with The Professional Orchestra of Ukraine in South Korea, and has performed twice at Carnegie Hall. The past three summers Jimin has spent in Nice, France attending The Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice Program and The Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She is currently a high school senior at Northern Valley Regional High School, a school in Demarest, NJ.


2017 Andrew Hughes (violist)

2016 Marina Sakellakis (saxophonist)

2016 Honorable Mention Molly Ferguson (soprano)

2015 Davis C. Badaszewski (organist) (

2015 Honorable Mentions – Marcus Jefferson (tenor) and Katy Wong (harpist) (

2014 1st Place Winner Tiffany Sun (flutist) (

2014 2nd Place Winner Mark Serkin (cellist) (

2013 Samantha Park (Soprano)

2013 Honorable Mention Rebecca Lipstein (soprano)

2012 Dana Ramirez (violin)

2011 Ruriko Terada (harp)

2010 Beata Safari (pianist)

2009 Renata Kapilevich (vocalist) (

2008 $1000 Winner Emma Schmiedecke (cellist) (

2008 $500 Winner Jessica Eucker (vocalist) (

2007 Kristen McGuire (flutist) (

2006 Robert Farruggia (vocalist) (

2005 Andrea Mumm (harpist) (

2004 Carl Patrick Bolleia (pianist) (

2003 Patrick Laird (cellist) (

2002 Peter Folliard (euphonium) (

2001 Daniel Munm (cellist)

2000 Richard J. Hicks, III (cellist)

1999 Elizabeth Lowry (vocalist)

1998 Samantha Friedrich (vocalist)

1997 Maria Clara Mallonga (pianist)

1996 John Williams (tuba player)

1995 Sarah Anne Lewis (vocalist)

1994 Jennifer Cho (vocalist)

1993 Viera Effler (pianist)

1992 Stephanie Ferrari (vocalist)

1991 Minako Imada (pianist)

1990 Elizabeth Cassidy (vocalist)

1989 Lisa Yaeger (vocalist)

1988 Yasuko Masaki (pianist)

1987 Margaret Topken (clarinetist)

1986 Marissa Regni (violinist)

1985 Miyako Sakai (pianist)

1984 Wendy Margo (pianist)

1983 Jody Lichtig (vocalist)

1982 Micahel Joseph Maraz (vocalist)

1981 Sarah Janick (pianist)

1980 Claire Benacerraf (vocalist)

1979 Margaret Bethke

1978 Susan Willen

1977 Elizabeth Foerster

1976 Ruthanne Wiley

1975 Jeffrey Good

1974 Dennis O’Shea

1973 David Boeddinhause

1972 Nicholas Schidlovsky

1971 Donald L. Appert

1970 James Rile

1969 Joy E. Buhler

1968 Janice Weber

1967 Denise Brown


The Richard Lane Memorial Composition Award


Winner Andrei Foca-Rodi receiving his award from benefactors Lil and Len Rubin

Lil and Len Rubin, of Maywood, (center and right) are shown presenting the $1000 award they endowed to Andrei Foca-Rodi, of Fort Lee, formerly of Hackensack. The presentation was made at the Richard Lane Memorial Composition Award Concert On October 14, 2006, hosted by The Ridgewood Choral, of which Lil Rubin is a long-standing member. In addition to music composed or arranged by Richard Lane, former accompanist of the Choral who died in 2004,  the piano compositions of three finalists were performed at this concert, including Musical Moments, the selected  winning piece by Mr. Foca-Rodi, a student at New Jersey City University.

Richard Lane, an internationally recognized composer and accompanist for the Ridgewood Choral for over 35 years, wrote a wealth of music for instrument and voice. His talents were given to the Choral in the many choral/vocal pieces he wrote or arranged expressly for this women’s chorus. The Ridgewood Choral premiered “A Spring Bouquet,” written for us to celebrate our 75th anniversary, in 2003. And, in honor of the 90th Anniversary, the Ridgewood Choral will again perform “A Spring Bouquet” at its 90th Annual Spring Concert. Richard Lane was a teacher of piano and music composition, and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. He was a member of ASCAP and Music Educators Association.