Singing Sensations

The RB Chorale recently awarded its annual scholarships to six young musicians. The chorale, led by founder and director Pat Bean, offers scholarships to local high school graduates who are seeking to further their musical education in college. The scholarship fund relies on community donations, and the scholarship committee selects six finalists every spring. Those finalists have the opportunity to perform at the RB Chorale’s annual two-night summer showcase, Best of Broadway, where the audience votes on the final rankings for each night. The Saturday and Sunday first-place winners were awarded $4,200, second-place winners received $2,500, and third-place winners received $1,700.

Violinist Erica Hwang won the first night. She graduated from Torrey Pines High School and will study violin performance and business at Stanford University. Second place went to Ellie Barret, a vocalist and graduate of San Marcos High School. She’s starting at Arizona State University this fall, after which she intends to be a professional entertainer. The third finalist on Saturday was Ryan Zhou, who performed on piano and also plays the viola. He graduated from Torrey Pines High School and will attend Yale University this fall.

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The second night of performances ended with Eduardo Pintado winning first place. Eduardo is a vocalist and graduate of Chula Vista Senior High School. He’s heading to University of California San Diego. Cameron Lincoln placed second for his piano performance; he graduated from Eastlake High School and will attend Stanford University. Third place was vocalist John Lettang, a Poway High School graduate who plans to study music performance and audio engineering at University of Colorado Boulder.

Learn more about RB Chorale at www.rbchorale.org.