NHGMC’s $1000 Student Scholarship for 2021
The winning 2021 candidate has been selected!
Congratulations Alisha Golodner, our scholarship recipient 2021
The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus (NHGMC) enthusiastically congratulates Alisha Golodner of Dover, New Hampshire — our NHGMC Performing Arts Scholarship Recipient for 2021. Alisha, who graduated from Dover High School with honors on June 16, 2021, plans to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston beginning this year, with a Major in Music Education and Vocal Performance.
An avid lover of Jazz, Alisha is an outstanding singer. She’s participated in many jazz festivals, and, during her Dover High years, she was the recipient of many academic and performing-arts honors, including the Clark Terry Outstanding Musicianship Award, the Berklee Jazz Festival Judge’s Choice Award, and the Excellence in Drama Award. She was the only Dover High female to make Jazz Allstate, as well as the only Dover High female to make Classical Allstate.
A natural leader, Alisha participated in a plethora of student activities at Dover High, including the Jazz Band and Soundwaves. She also excelled in public speaking, debate, and student government.
Alisha also immersed herself in volunteer work, volunteering for the Dover Parents Music Club and the Dover Band Show. She volunteered for the Seacoast Reparatory Theater as a counselor at Seacoast Rep PAPA camp, where she taught the jazz-scat masterclass and workshop. She’s also volunteered at area soup kitchens.
In addition to her jazz talents, Alisha’s other talents include opera, ukulele, painting, pottery, dance, ballet, lyrical and musical theater.
The performing arts, says Alisha, “have impacted my life in ways I can now repay … such as connecting me to the vast and multicultural world we live in. I want to pursue Music Education to help others heal through music and find strength in the unity of music, which binds all of us together.”
We at the NHGMC wish you the best of luck, Alisha, and we’re honored to help make your performing-arts dreams come true.
Congratulation Faith Carol of Salem- our scholarship recipient for 2020
The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus wishes to congratulate Faith Carol of Salem, New Hampshire — our NHGMC Student Scholarship recipient for 2020. Faith graduated from Salem High School, class of 2020, and she is attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Professional Music, with a focus on vocal performance, songwriting, and music business management. Faith has already amassed an impressive array of performing-arts accomplishments. During her Salem High years, Faith was a member of the band, chorus, and theater arts groups. She also volunteered for the ACE Mentor of New Hampshire Safety Stand-down Day and Mentor Appreciation Dinner, and she participated in MDA and ALS Walks in honor of her uncle. She has also been an active volunteer at Saints Mary and Joseph Parish in Salem.
Congratulations Sara Chemi of Derry — our Scholarship recipient for 2019!
All of us at NHGMC offer our heartfelt Congratulations to Sara Chemi of Derry, New Hampshire, for becoming NHGMC’s 2019 student Scholarship recipient. Sara, who graduates from Pinkerton Academy in Derry on June 10, will attend either the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) or the State University of New York (Potsdam). She will major in Music Education and Vocal Performance – with a minor in Theater and Theater Performance.
At Pinkerton, Sara helped the Pinkerton Players put on performances – both offstage and offstage. She also has volunteered for Pinkerton’s Stockbridge Theater shows, and, as an honor student, has volunteered for the National Honor Society, participating in a variety of activities such as Freshman Orientation as a group leader and mentor.
Throughout her years at Pinkerton, Sara participated in all the Pinkerton choruses and worked in the Chorus Office – and she served as Chorus President during her senior year. She has been a cast member for the Pinkerton Players and served as officer-at-large and design coordinator for the Players Office. She’s been a member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Society since her junior year.
About our 2018 recipient – Molly Plaisted of Nashua
Our 2018 recipient, Molly S. Plaisted of Nashua, New Hampshire, who graduated from Nashua High School South last year, is attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and majoring in Music, with an emphasis on performance ensembles. During her high school years, Molly worked as an intern for Symphony New Hampshire, assisting their music librarian. Molly also volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, helping their percussion ensemble. Through her high school’s Tri-M Music Honor Society, she also mentored percussionists at Nashua’s Elm Street Middle School. Molly was a member of the marching, concert, and jazz bands and was awarded the Overall Band Award during her junior year. She attended the Jazz All-State and voted Best Actor during her freshman year. She was also a member of the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps. Molly is also well-versed in all phases of video and television production — producing, camera operation, script writing, and directing.
About our 2017 recipient – Christian Stewart of Holderness
Our 2017 Student Scholarship recipient, Christian P. Stewart of Holderness NH, graduated with honors from Plymouth Regional High School (PRHS) on June 3, 2017. Christian is attending Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs NY where he majors in Music with career aspirations not only to perform as a musician but also to teach music to students of all ages. An avid saxophonist, Christian’s passion for music began just a few years ago, particularly with his love of jazz and jazz fusion. He was motivated by songs like Joe Zawinul’s Birdland. Christian is also a clarinet, trumpet, and piano player, and he’s also begun to compose music. At PRHS, Christian joined all the available bands and singing groups. (Yes, he sings too!) Last Spring, he received the Outstanding Member of Jazz Band award; he is the band’s captain and section leader. Last year Christian was selected for both the All New England Band and All New England Jazz Festivals. He has also participated in the Lakes Region Music Festival for the past three years.
About our 2016 recipient – Emma Eafrati of Manchester
Our 2016 Scholarship recipient, Emma K. Eafrati of Manchester, graduated from Manchester Memorial High School on June 4, 2016. She is attending the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and majoring in Music Education. Emma plans a career teaching music for elementary- and middle-school children. During her high school years, Emma, an accomplished saxophonist, was a member of many different bands — high school bands and statewide bands — and even served as Drum Major and section leader. An honor student, Emma also exhibited a passion for many different types of volunteer work. Before going to UNH, she also attended many youth musical schools and studied, among other things, music theory, music appreciation, and advanced instrumental studies.
About our 2015 recipient – Heather J. Hunt of Gilmanton
Our 2015 student scholarship recipient, Heather J. Hunt of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, graduated from Gilford High School, class of 2015. Hope is attending Keene State College, majoring in Theater with a focus on Acting and Directing. Heather has already amassed an incredible number of accomplishments. She is an active writer with a goal of writing, casting, and directing her own plays. Before going to Keene, she had already acted in more than 30 musicals and plays and had been involved in all aspects of theater — directing, playwriting, management, set design, costumes, properties, and makeup.
About our 2014 recipient – Hope L. Aubrey of Sandown
Our 2014 student scholarship recipient, Hope L. Aubrey of Sandown, New Hampshire, graduated from Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, New Hampshire, Class of 2014. At Timberlane, Hope ranked fourth academically in her Senior class of 347 students. Hope attends the prestigious, world-renowned Hartt School in Connecticut. The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing-arts conservatory of the University of Hartford, with programs in music, dance, and theatre. Hope planned on majoring in Clarinet Performance. Hope and her proud parents attended our Manchester It’s Showtime! concert on May 18, 2014, at the Derryfield School, where she was introduced to the audience.
About our 2013 recipient – Roland Erik DuBois of Gilford
Our 2013 student scholarship recipient, Roland Erik DuBois of Gilford, New Hampshire, graduated from Gilford High School, Class of 2013, and he is pursuing a career in the Performing Arts with a major in Musical Theatre at Plymouth State University. Throughout his high school years, Roland exhibited tremendous dedication to his interest and passion for music, theatre, achievement, community, and academia.
About our 2012 recipient – Bailie deLacy of Hollis
Bailie deLacy of Hollis, New Hampshire, was the lucky recipient of our 2012 student scholarship! Bailie graduated from Hollis Brookline High School on June 16, 2012. An aspiring actress, she is attending Boston University as a full-time student majoring in the Performing Arts.