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Kayla BaudreeKayla Baudree - Our 2019 winner, student at Salem Academy Christian School, takes a demanding course load of honor and college classes and is looking forward to graduation in 2020. Kayla’s goal is to become a math teacher, so she is taking advanced math classes. Kayla was inducted into the National Honors Society last year. She also held a position as a class representative for two years to help give her class a stronger voice. In preparation for a future position a worship coordinator, she is in choir. She is so dedicated, that when a class schedule conflict left her unable to take choir, she arranged to learn all the music through independent study so that she could still be part of the choral group.  The Salem Community Chorus is pleased to award the Kayla Baudree the Riesland Vocal Instruction Memorial Scholarship for 2019 ! A good candidate for both academic and music scholarships in being active in several school and community activities including Choir, has achieved several honors.
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.
DelfinoDelfino Cervantes Our 2017 winner. In addition to being a member of McKay High’s Scotsapella, concert choir and men’s chorus, Cervantes played the lead role in the school’s production of High School Musical.  He also was a member of the All-State Chorus and ACDA Nationals.  Cervantes is an active volunteer including his church worship team, stints at Union Gospel Mission and LA Dream Center.  An all-around musician, he plays the drums, guitar and piano to complement his vocal talents.
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