Deadline Looms for Hastings Smith Vocal Scholarship

SDCC News:

The mailing deadline of April 8 is fast approaching for college-bound high school seniors who will graduate this spring and want to apply for a $500 scholarship awarded to students dedicated to singing. 

The Hastings Smith Memorial Vocal Scholarship is among the musical education opportunities offered by the Santa Fe-based Sangre de Cristo Chorale to enrich the lives of young people in the region.

The Chorale, now in its 35th year, awards the scholarship to two applicants per year who want to excel in singing. 

Strong candidates will demonstrate a strong past achievement and future interest in singing, although intent to major in vocal music is not necessary. 

The award is based on strength of application and is intended to encourage continuing pursuit of vocal music. 

To be considered, graduating seniors must submit a letter of application describing their:

  • Musical experience and accomplishments;
  • Goals in pursuing further study of vocal music; and
  • Plans in using the award to assist in vocal music progress.

Applicants should also include their own name, grade, age, phone number, address, current musical mentor and their phone number to contact as a reference in discussing the student’s application. 

All applications must be mailed or emailed no later than April 8.

The mailing address is: Sangre de Cristo Chorale, Post Office Box 4462, Santa Fe, NM 87502, Attention: Scholarship or to

Sangre de Cristo Chorale was formed in 1978 as a group of committed volunteer singers who support each other in the joy of shared musical excellence. 

The group strives to touch the hearts of listeners, educate and inspire young people, and connect with the community.

With a goal of encouraging New Mexico’s young singers, in 1993 the Chorale expanded its program to include youth development.

Today, the SDCC youth program supports an apprentice program for high school students, awards higher-education scholarships to outstanding graduating high school music students, and promotes education via an annual community engagement program for high school choirs. 

Begun in 1996, the Hastings Smith Memorial Vocal Scholarship was established in memory of Hastings Smith, a Sangre de Cristo Chorale singer. To date, it has been awarded to 32 recipients pursuing vocal music excellence.

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