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From left: Violist Mercer Greenwald and Vocalist Nicole Jones both of Williamstown, Mass., were each awarded a 500 music scholarship. Vocalist Garrett Derosia, of Bennington, was awarded a special recognition award from the Bennington County Choral Society Scholarship Competition held on May 16.

Bennington >> The Bennington County Choral Society is pleased to announce that three musicians from area high schools received awards at its 2016 Music Scholarship Auditions, May 16, at the Second Congregational Church.

• Nicole Jones, a senior from Mt. Greylock Regional School in Williamstown, Mass., received a $500 scholarship for her vocal performance of Aaron Copland's "Long Time Ago" and Stephen Sondheim's "Children Will Listen."

• Junior Mercer Greenwald, also from Mt. Greylock Regional School, was awarded a $500 scholarship for her viola solo of Jules Massenet's "Meditation de Thais" and "Courante" from JS .

• Vocalist Garrett Derosia, a senior from Mount Anthony Union High School, performed Leonard Bernstein's "Simple Song" and Gabriel Faure's "Les Berceaux." He was presented with a $100 special recognition award. This year's audience was also treated to highly-talented vocal and instrumental performances from Sebastian Durfee and Kevin Gorry of Mount Anthony Union High School, Patrick Staples of the Long Trail School in Dorset; Emily Williams from Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, and Danielle St. Hilaire and Renee St. Hilaire of the Hoosick Falls Central School in New York. 2017 will mark the Bennington County Choral Society's 40th anniversary. BCCS scholarships encourage future artists by providing financial support for the continued study of music.


Nearly $27,000 has been awarded to 91 aspiring high school musicians from Bennington County or the neighboring communities of Cambridge, N.Y. Hoosick, N.Y., Hoosick Falls, N.Y., North Adams, Mass., Petersburgh, N.Y., White Creek, N.Y., and Williamstown, Mass. since 1977.