MUSIC AWARDS

Music Awards

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

The Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award. The Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award for excellence in vocal or instrumental performance is given annually to a high school senior intending to continue his or her musical education at a school of higher learning.

The Ridgewood Choral Scholarship Fund was instituted by the Choral in 1967, and five years later, B. Franklin Reinauer endowed the fund as a memorial to his wife, Florence. The current award to the winner is $2,500.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Florence Reinauer Memorial Fund to ensure that young musicians will have the support they need to continue their musical studies. Donations are often made in the memory of a deceased loved one, to celebrate a joyous occasion, or even to honor a special event. To contribute to this award, please go to Donate.

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.

In naming the award, we thought to honor our beloved director of 29 years, Marjorie Vandervoort. We hope that the Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award inspires young singers to pursue their passion for performing for many years to come.

To contribute to this award, please go to Donate.  Acknowledgments of donations to either Award will be sent, and both the donor and honoree will be listed in the latest spring concert program. The Ridgewood Choral thanks you in advance for your support of our Awards, and the young and talented musicians they support.

The 2024 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award ($2,500) & The Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award ($1,200) Winners have been announced.
Please check back in February 2025 for the next application period.

CURRENT MUSIC AWARD WINNERS

Ridgewood Choral Awards Student Scholarships

he Ridgewood Choral is pleased to announce Isabella Jung as the winner of the 2024 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award of $2500 for excellence in instrumental or vocal performance. The award is open to a high school senior who intends to continue his or her musical education at an institute of higher learning.  Instituted in 1967, the fund was later endowed by Franklin Reinauer as a memorial to his wife Florence. 

 

The Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award in the amount of $1200 was instituted in 2018 in honor of Marjorie Vandervoort’s 25 years as Music Director. Soprano Cecilia Soheily is this year’s winner. To date the Choral has awarded more than $58,000 to encourage talented young musicians. The awards are won via live auditions with a three judge panel.

 

Ms. Jung and Ms. Soheily will perform at the Ridgewood Choral Annual Spring Concert on Saturday, April 20 at 3:00 pm at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood.

 

2024 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award – Isabella Jung, violinist of Leonia, NJ is this year’s winner of the  Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award.

 

Isabella Jung is a senior at  Leonia High School. She has been playing the violin for 12 years and is currently studying with Dr. Yu Jeong Lee.  She is a prize winner of multiple competitions including American Protege, International Young Artists Competition, Manhattan International Competition, and IGMC Competition. In 2022 and 2023, Isabella was part of the Echo Quartet, which won numerous local competitions including the 2023 Vivo International Competition and the 2023 New York Youth Virtuoso Competition, and was a semifinalist in the 10th Annual Coltman Chamber Competition junior division. 

 

Since middle school, she has also participated in both Regional and All-State Orchestras and has been a part of the Grammy-winning New York Youth Symphony Orchestra since 2021. During the summer of 2023, Isabella attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute as a member of the Young Artists Orchestra. She performed at Seiji Ozawa Hall as principal violinist under the baton of Alexander Jiménez and performed in a masterclass with violinist Julianne Lee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She also played in community concerts in the greater Berkshires community. Isabella attended the Saarburg International Music Festival & School in Germany, the Echo Summer Music Festival, and the NJ Arco Youth Orchestra as concertmaster during past summers. In her free time, Isabella enjoys playing volleyball and traveling with her friends and family.

 

 

2024 Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award – Cecilia Soheily, soprano of North Haledon, NJ is this year’s winner of the Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award.

Soprano Cecilia Soheily is a senior at Hawthorne Christian Academy.  She currently studies Vocal Performance at Juillard’s Pre-College with Ms. Lorraine Nubar. She began her studies in vocal performance at age 8 and in piano at age 12.

 

In high school, Cecilia performed as a soprano in the select and All-State choirs and earned top marks at solo and ensemble competitions all four years. She successfully completed four years of Honors Voice Juries and earned a 5 on the College Board AP Music Theory Exam. Cecilia has participated in master classes with Latonia Moore, Rachel Calloway, Veronica Miller and Marcus Jefferson among others. Other recent highlights include touring Scotland and England with her high school choir where she performed at Wells Cathedral among other venues, and singing with contemporary hymn writers Keith & Kristyn Getty at Carnegie Hall. In 2023, Cecilia attended the Juilliard Summer Voice Intensive program, and in the fall of that year was awarded 1st place and scholarship monies at the Schmidt Vocal Competition at Montclair State University. After completing her BM in Music, Cecilia plans to pursue graduate study in vocal performance, working toward a career as an opera singer. Cecilia also enjoys practicing Taekwondo, learning languages, and traveling in her free time.

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Margaret Jerkovich is a senior at Ridgewood High School. She has studied under Marlene Whittemore for 8 years learning classical and contemporary music. For 3 years, Margot was a part of the all-female acapella group, the Aca-Bellas, and was chosen this year to be the Assistant Musical Director. Margot is currently a part of the RHS Treble choir. She also acts as the manager and lead singer of the band “Mystery Flavor,” which was formed in June of 2020. Margot is actively involved in her school’s theatre company, RHS New Players. She was recently cast as Judy Bernly in their upcoming show 9-5. Margot has also attended the Stella Adler Teen Conservatory. In September of 2021, Margot was selected to be a part of the All-State Treble Choir.

PAST MUSIC AWARD WINNERS

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2023        Lucas Wang (bassoon), Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award.

2023     Tyler Kriney (vocalist ,baritone), Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award.

2022 Calvin Harper (trombone) Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award.

2022 Margot Jerkovich (vocalist), Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award Winner.

2021 Aleksi Zaretsky (violin), Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award.

2021 Emanuel Singletary (vocalist), Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award Winner.

2020 Bruce Xu (organist), Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award Winner.

2020 Caitlin O’Brien (vocalist), Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award Winner.

2019 Laura Cardona (vocalist, soprano), Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award Winner

2019 Joseph Bucci (tenor), Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award Winner

2018 Isaac Ketter (alto saxaphonist), Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award Winner

2018 Tiffani Amber Rivera, Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award Winner

2017 Andrew Hughes (violist).

2016 Marina Sakellakis (saxophonist)

2015 Davis C. Badaszewski (organist)

2014 1st Place Winner Tiffany Sun (flutist)

2014 2nd Place Winner Mark Serkin (cellist)

2013 Samantha Park (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 Brownback

Margaret Jerkovich is a senior at Ridgewood High School. She has studied under Marlene Whittemore for 8 years learning classical and contemporary music. For 3 years, Margot was a part of the all-female acapella group, the Aca-Bellas, and was chosen this year to be the Assistant Musical Director. Margot is currently a part of the RHS Treble choir. She also acts as the manager and lead singer of the band “Mystery Flavor,” which was formed in June of 2020. Margot is actively involved in her school’s theatre company, RHS New Players. She was recently cast as Judy Bernly in their upcoming show 9-5. Margot has also attended the Stella Adler Teen Conservatory. In September of 2021, Margot was selected to be a part of the All-State Treble Choir.