Voices of Naples is a community chorus founded in 2002 with the mission of providing scholarships to deserving high school seniors in Collier and Lee Counties who wish to study vocal music and related studies in college. The 70-member auditioned group is led by Artistic Director, Dr. Doug Renfroe of Ft. Myers. To date VON has awarded $35,500. Donations to the scholarship fund or sponsorships of any of the eight concerts given in season are welcome. For further information, visit the website at: www.voicesofnaples.org.
Bryanna Walker, daughter of Karyn Walker of Ft. Myers, is the recipient of our first-place award ($2000). Bryanna graduated from Cypress Lakes High School Center for the Performing Arts and will attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. in the fall where she will pursue a Vocal Performance Degree with a focus in classical and opera. She envisions graduate studies- utimately obtaining a doctorate in her field. In addition to performing, she intends to share her love for music with those most in need of it. Her plan is to initiate a program to bring music to underprivileged schools (particularly elementary level) where funding has been cut. Naming it"Project Music Outreach- Play it Forward", she expects to begin it once she enters college, allowing college-aged students to reach out into their communities and serve as positive role models to young children.
Voices of Naples 2nd place scholarship winner is Christian Koller, son of Matt and Christy Koller of Cape Coral. Christian graduated from Ft. Myers High School where both of his parents are music instructors in the Lee County Schools. He will be attending Westminister Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. as a Music Education and Voice Performance double major for the fall of 2016. Christian says he has been singing for as long as he can remember, having participated in All-State choirs, All-County choirs and National Honor choirs. At Westminister Choir College he attended the Vocal Institute (three summers) where he was selected to conduct a piece in concert, and performed solos.
Voices of Naples
is committed to encouraging young people who express an interest in pursuing vocal music as a career. Shortly after our own beginning, we established a scholarship fund for the purpose of assisting talented graduating seniors intending to pursue a college major associated with vocal music. Our continuing commitment to young vocalists is made possible by the generosity of our patrons, which has enabled us to award more than $35,500 in scholarships in just eleven years.
Again this year, our winners have been invited to perform at our Feb.26, 2017 concert. Don’t miss it!
For information about the
Voices of Naples Vocal Music Scholarship,
To see a list of Previous Scholarship Winners please visit the page to the right..