The judges at the Bennington County Choral Society Scholarship auditions — Joe Schaaf, Lucille Croscup, and Bruce Lee-Clark — had a tough job on May 13 as four talented and hard-working student musicians competed for two $400 scholarships. Although there were six applicants originally, two backed out before audition day.
The audience at Second Congregational Church in Bennington had an opportunity to hear wonderful performances by the four who auditioned.
The winners were Patrick James Staples, piano, a sophomore at Long Trail School, and Colby Masse, guitar, a senior at Mt. Greylock Regional High School. They each received $400 to help further their musical educations.
Both young talents will also get to perform at the next Bennington County Choral Society concert, in December.
Many, many thanks to Paul Lambert who managed the scholarship program this year, and to Suzanne Jones, Amber Leavitt, Diane Morris, and John and Pat VanVoorhis for providing refreshments.