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Help the chorale continue its mission to bring great choral music to the Wlmington community!
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Scholarship Donation
This scholarship goes to a high school senior who expects to continue their vocal experience in college or university.
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The Dave Hardee Scholarship for
Vocal Performing Arts or Music Education

Our scholarship is named to honor the memory of Dave Hardee, who was, for many years, the President of the chorale, and a wonderful friend to us all.  At its inception, the scholarship was called the Ralph Robbins Scholarship, but was renamed upon the death of Mr. Hardee.

The Wilmington Choral Society is pleased to offer the Dave Hardee Scholarship Award to a graduating high school senior in New Hanover, Pender or Brunswick county who is an active participant in a vocal performing arts program (choir, ensemble, church choir, chorus, etc.), and who plans on continuing their vocal or music education studies at the post-secondary level.  The 2023 scholarship is in the amount of $1,000.00

Applicants need not plan to major in music but they must plan to continue their study of voice or participate in the choral activities of a post-secondary institution.  An audition DVD of at least two minutes in length to showcase range and ability is required.

In addition, please submit a copy of your High School transcript and a picture of yourself - this may be used to promote both this Scholarship Program, as well as the Wilmington Choral Society.

Click on the PDF at right to read the Guidelines and print the complete application.   


Email Kathy Horsmon at:

or regular mail at:

Wilmington Choral Society

c/o Kathy Horsmon

Post Office Box 3772
Wilmington, NC  28406

Previous Scholarship Award Winners 


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Trinity Cottle

Trinity Cottle, the 2022 Winner of The Dave Hardee Scholarship for Vocal Performing Arts or Music Education, graduated from South Brunswick High School in Southport.  For four years, she was enrolled in the Vocal Music Honors program there, under the direction of her chorus teacher, Ms. Lee Thomas.  Trinity was the leader of the Brunswick Bellas, an a capella group.  She also studies with Shannon Dooley, a very accomplished opera soloist and voice teacher at Coastal Carolina University.

After a long competitive process of applications and auditions, Trinity was accepted into the North Carolina Governor's School, which is a summer residential program for gifted and talented students.  In 2019, she was invited to attend the Governor's School Choral Program, however COVID prevented her from participating.  She persevered with vocal and academic studies and was again accepted in the summer of 2021.  Her five-week experience there provided a unique opportunity to share her passion and talent with others like herself, who were also creative and driven.

Trinity will attend Wingate University in the fall of 2022, where she has been accepted as a Music Education major. 


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Abigale Hawkins

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Nora Jean Mark


Lucy Baker


Abigail Schilchmann

Suzette Hartsfield


Algernon J. Robinson

Madeline Lane Lillich


Katheryn Clair Nabel


Quentin Lovette

Congratulations to all of our winners!

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