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 print the donation form, please click on this link: Memorial Fund Donation Form.

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.

Donations to this fund are welcomed and are tax deductible. To make a donation to the Marjorie Vandervoort Award, please go to the Donations page, or simply click on this link: Annual Fund Donation Form. Acknowledgements 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.

Award Application

The 2022 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award ($2,000) The Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award ($1,000) Winners have been announced. Please check back in February 2023 for the next application period. 

 

Current Award Winner

CURRENT MUSIC AWARD WINNERS

Ridgewood High School Students Awarded Ridgewood Choral Scholarships

The Ridgewood Choral is pleased to announce Calvin Harper, trombonist of Ridgewood, NJ as the winner of the 2022 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award of for excellence in instrumental or vocal performance. Margot Jerkovich, soprano of Ridgewood, NJ is this year’s winner of the Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award.

Mr. Harper and Ms. Jerkovich performed at the Ridgewood Choral Annual Spring Concert on Saturday, April 9, 2021 at West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood.

This 92nd Spring Concert was a special one as it was Marjorie Vandervoort’s final concert as our Music Director. She retired after 29 years of leading the Choral. The program featured classical, folk and popular selections representing the unique mix that has been a hallmark of Ms. Vandervoort’s direction.

  • 2022 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award. Calvin Harper, trombonist of Ridgewood, NJ has been awarded the 2022 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award.

    Calvin Harper, trombonist of Ridgewood, NJ, Winner of the 2022 Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award

    Calvin Harper, a Ridgewood High School senior, will pursue a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education this fall. He has been playing the Trombone for nearly seven years. For the past four years, he’s been studying with Henry Heyzer. Calvin participates in many of the instrumental groups offered at Ridgewood High School including, the Wind Ensemble, Big Band, Pit Orchestra, Marching Band and Brass Ensemble. Calvin is also involved in the Music Mentoring program at RHS. His musical awards include Honors in Music Performance with Distinction from RHS. He has also been selected as a member of the Bergen County Band and the John Phillip Sousa National Honor Band. Calvin’s hobbies include camping, canoeing, and biking.

  • 2022 Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award. Vocalist Margot Jerkovich, soprano of Ridgewood, NJ is this year’s winner of the Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award.

    Vocalist Margot Jerkovich, soprano of Ridgewood, NJ is the winner of the 2022 Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award

    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.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.

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

2021 Aleksi Zaretsky (violin), Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award. Please click these links to watch and listen to Mr. Zaretsky play Sibelius Concerto 1, (first movement): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnjiNVx9EK8; Subito: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nVAzvxAeQY; and J.S. Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G Minor (I. Adagio): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-qdj_MKX-4.

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

2020 Bruce Xu (organist), Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award Winner. To watch and listen to Bruce Xu, here at age 16, play the mighty work by impressionist composer Maurice Duruflé at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine, Florida, please click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4cn6W5Y2gY

2020 Caitlin O’Brien (vocalist), Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award Winner. To watch and listen to Caitlin O’Brien sing “Un moto di gioia” K579 from Le Nozze Di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, please click this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jswsKP2UHBAa-Ntai7I66zBmxMKbpBA-/view

2019 Laura Cardona (vocalist, soprano), Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award Winner https://sites.google.com/view/njvac-2020/the-artists#h.ktoefnqvnv1

2019 Joseph Bucci (tenor), Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award Winner https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/hackensack/lifestyle/mahwah-wayne-vocalists-awarded-thousands-in-scholarships-from-ridgewood-choral/749391/

2018 Isaac Ketter (alto saxaphonist), Florence Reinauer Memorial Music Award Winner  https://www.tapinto.net/towns/fair-lawn-slash-glen-rock/articles/fair-lawn-high-school-student-wins-ridgewood-chor

2018 Tiffani Amber Rivera, Marjorie Vandervoort Vocal Award Winner

2017 Andrew Hughes (violist). (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh_bp6soINU) (https://www.heifetzinstitute.org/2018/06/welcome-to-the-heifetz-class-of-2018/) (https://www.pmf.or.jp/en/academy/2019/andrew-hughes.html)

2016 Marina Sakellakis (saxophonist) https://theridgewoodconservatory.org/about-us/news-events/marina-sakellakis-wins-reinauer-scholarship-and-acceptance-to-8-college-music-programs/

2015 Davis C. Badaszewski (organist) (https://patch.com/new-jersey/ridgewood/bergen-county-organist-wins-ridgewood-choral-scholarship)

2014 1st Place Winner Tiffany Sun (flutist)  https://music.williams.edu/events/tiffany-sun-18-flute/http://jmedia.juilliard.edu/digital/collection/p16995coll3/id/2209/

2014 2nd Place Winner Mark Serkin (cellist) https://serkincello.com/bio

2013 Samantha Park (Soprano) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzA4MFpAcznJ3wH_oJsuNQA

2012 Dana Ramirez (violin) https://www.nyys.org/community/student-alumni-profiles.html/title/piavioclarello?page=13

2011 Ruriko Terada (harp) (https://www.rurikoterada.com)

2010 Beata Safari (pianist)https://patch.com/new-jersey/ridgewood/ev–the-ridgewood-choral-women-in-song-and-service

2009 Renata Kapilevich (vocalist) (https://www.linkedin.com/in/renata-kapilevich-73987ab9)

2008 $1000 Winner Emma Schmiedecke (cellist) (https://vimeo.com/studiomisha/emmaschmiedecke-annawong-brahms) (https://www.youtube.com/user/KatyaSuggia) 

2008 $500 Winner Jessica Eucker (vocalist) (https://encoremusicians.com/Jessica-Eucker)

2007 Kristen McGuire (flutist) (https://www.kristenmcguire.com)

2006 Robert Farruggia (vocalist) (https://www.robertfarruggia.com)

2005 Andrea Mumm (harpist) (http://www.andreamumm.com)

2004 Carl Patrick Bolleia (pianist) (https://www.carlpatrickbolleia.com/)

2003 Patrick Laird (cellist) (http://www.patricklaird.com/)

2002 Peter Folliard (euphonium) (https://peterjfolliard.com)

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