A highlight of MNC's October 4th A Cappella Cafe was Kim Wonders presenting the 2014 Vickie Wonders Foltz Memorial Scholarship to two talented young women: Ellen Sudarshan (Ravenwood High School) and Maddie Sampson (Father Ryan High School). These high school seniors have invested in their vocal skills and musical education, and both plan to pursue music majors. In their own words:
"Music brings people together in a way that not much else can. I would love to travel with a group and perform for schools of kids, especially since the arts are a dying form of academia in public education. I want kids to know that choral music, or a cappella pop covers, or jazz, or world music, anything, is amazing, just like every kid is incredibly unique and should be accepted." ~Ellen
"My dream ever since I was a little girl was to perform. I wanted to touch people’s lives with my passion for music. . . I honestly do not know what I want to be yet, but I am positive that music will be a huge part of my life." ~Maddie
During her life, Vickie was dedicated to helping young people experience the arts and follow their dreams. MNC is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her legacy with an annual scholarship. The deadline for the 2015 scholarship will be October 1st. Information can be found on our site, www.metronashvillechorus.org/VWFscholarship.
About the Vickie Wonders Foltz Memorial Scholarship
A talented performer as well as a gifted coach and teacher, Vickie Wonders Foltz was a member of the Sweet Adeline International Faculty and the Artistic Director for Metro Nashville Chorus. The impact of her approach to barbershop showmanship and characterization can be seen and heard in choruses across the United States and as far away as Sweden and New Zealand. A teacher by profession and avocation, Vickie loved to work with young voices and help them bring their talents to new audiences. After her unexpected passing in 2008, friends and family from around the world who had been touched by Vickie, donated in her memory. Metro Nashville Chorus created the Vickie Wonders Foltz Memorial Fund to support young women who pursue music education and performance. MNC has established the $500 non-need-based Vickie Wonders Foltz Memorial Scholarship in her honor.