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Tony Beyer with chorus president Marilyn Whelan Tony Beyer (pictured here with chorus president Marilyn Whelan). He is baritone singer and honor student from Blanchet Catholic School in Salem. In addition to performing in many of Blanchet's theater productions, Tony was the 2016 1st place and 2015 2nd place winner in the OSAA State Solo competition. He placed first in Regional's for both years. Beyer is also a soloist with the Salem Catholic Schools Foundation Inspire Ensemble, which toured Austria and the Czech Republic in 2015.

This spring, Tony was one of 30 students from around the country selected to attend the 3-week Washington National Opera Summer Program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Tony was one of two students out of 30 who were chosen to sing in the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage performance. View part of his performance at the Kennedy Center in August (3:31 min. on YouTube).

Previous Riesland Scholars

Since 2008, the following students have been awarded the Riesland Vocal Memorial Scholarship:

  • 2015-16: Hannah Boyack, Central High School, Mezzo Soprano
  • 2014-15: George Zaichenko, Silverton High School, Tenor
  • 2013-14: Zachary Williams, McKay High School, Tenor
  • 2012-13: Trevor Mink, McNary High School, Bass
  • 2011-12: Sasha Siclait, North Salem High School, Alto;
    and Tamsin Stubbs, McKay High School, Soprano
  • 2010-11: Kyle Ludwig, North Salem High School, Tenor
  • 2009-10: Brandon Busciglio, McNary High School, Tenor
  • 2008-09: Elisheba (Ellie) Folia, West Salem High School, Soprano
Dylan edited Dylan Lewis He is a tenor singer and academic all-star from Central High School. As a member of the Central jazz choir and co-chair of the Thespian Society, Dylan has performed in numerous school productions. In addition, he placed 1st at the OSAA Regional Solo competition. He also was a finalist in the Oregon Thespians Regional solo musical theatre competition. This summer, Lewis was selected to attend and solo with the Oregon Bach Festival's Strangeland Family Youth Choral Academy.