WEST HARTFORD — Although it has been an unusual spring of no concerts or performances, the West Hartford Women’s Chorale announces the recipient of its 2020 scholarship, Erin Goodridge, from Glastonbury High School.
In its 11th year, the WHWC scholarship has expanded beyond West Hartford to the Greater Hartford Region. Eligible students have been active participants in their high school music program throughout their time in school and plan to continue with music in some capacity in college.
Erin was chosen from a strong field of applicants. The recommendation from her music director, Dr. Ethan Nash, states that “Erin is an outstanding Soprano I with a beautiful voice, a wide range, a strong ear and good reading ability… In her leadership [as a section leader in choir], she is clear and methodical, effectively diagnosing issues and expressing to the group the simplest ways to fix things.”
Outside of her high school, she has earned accolades and honors at state and regional vocal festivals. Erin is also an active volunteer in her community, a Black Belt in Martial Arts and an “A” student in her academics.
The importance of music throughout her life came through in Erin’s own words. “Wherever I found music, I found joy. So, I found my calling. I know I want to help other musicians by teaching them or managing them. I know I want to help others by giving music to them as it was given to me. I want to teach, to sing, to love, to help, to spread music. … Music gave me everything and I intend to return the favor.”
She will attend The University of Connecticut in the fall and plans to major in either music management or music education.
The scholarship is made possible every year through revenue from donors, advertisers and concert tickets. Due to present circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, the WHWC will not be able to honor Erin in person, but are very pleased to offer her a $1,000 scholarship to support her pursuits.
For more information about the WHWC go to www.whwchorale.org or access the West Hartford Women’s Chorale on Facebook.