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SCC Memorial Scholarships

SCC sponsors two scholarships for young vocalists:

Riesland Vocal Instruction Memorial Scholarship

This is a yearly scholarship for a qualifying high school senior. It provides $750 towards private vocal instruction with the student's teacher of choice. Its purpose is to assist the student in obtaining private voice lessons, thus increasing the student's eligibility for college scholarships.

The application deadline is April 15th. Download the application form (PDF).

The Riesland Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 in memory of William "Bill" Riesland, who was a vital member of the Salem Community Chorus for many years. He loved music and loved being part of the chorus. Each week, Bill came early to rehearsals to set up the chairs. He also transported the risers to and from concert venues. This was always done willingly and with a smile.

In addition to chorus activities, Bill delivered for Meals on Wheels. Professionally, he was a landscape architect and a tax preparer. Always generous, he frequently donated his expertise to those who needed help with their taxes.

Lynn Knauss Memorial Student Fees Scholarship

This scholarship covers one year of choir fees for eligible middle school or high school students.

Retired State Command Sergeant Major Lynn Knauss joined Salem Community Chorus in 2001. He was an active and esteemed member of the chorus, well-known for his quick wit and winning personality. His wife, Kathleen, accompanied the chorus on piano for 13 years. The scholarship was established in 2010 to honor the Knauss's contribution to the chorus.