The Newburyport Choral Society is pleased to announce that Newburyport High School Senior Andrew Moreland has won Newburyport Choral Society’s annual $1,000 Betty Gillette Scholarship. Named for founding chorus member Betty Gillette who sang with the chorus from 1934 to 2009, the scholarship is presented each year to a local high school senior planning to major in music in college. 

“As a member of the Choral Society for the past two years, I know how beloved Betty Gillette was, and winning this scholarship as a member of the same organization makes it even more special,” Andrew said upon learning that he was selected.

“Andrew Moreland was chosen because of his extensive range of vocal and instrumental musical activities both in and outside of the school curriculum,” said NCS President Solomon Berman. “In addition to maintaining a stellar academic record, Andrew demonstrated great performance and leadership skills in a wide range of Community Service activities.”

Throughout high school, Andrew focused on both instrumental and vocal music performance.  “Andrew is a dedicated student musician who takes the time and effort to learn and hone many skills,” according to Steven Cohen, Newburyport High School’s Band, Orchestra and Music Technology teacher. “Outside of class, he has taken lessons in both clarinet and voice, demonstrating his commitment to the musical arts and overall desire to learn.”

In addition to his school music activities and his private lessons, Andrew has had extensive experience putting his vocal skills to practical use in both Newburyport and in Boston. For the past two years, Andrew has performed as a Baritone in the Newburyport Choral Society, singing everything from Mozart’s Requiem to more modern composers such as Copland and Bernstein. He has also interned with the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival.

Andrew also recently performed the Mozart Requiem at Symphony Hall in Boston with the Handel and Haydn Society, as part of their Young Men’s Chorus. “It was incredible that I had the opportunity to sing with professional musicians in front of hundreds of people in a hall that is world famous—it was a life changing experience.”

Andrew’s parents, Maryellen and John Moreland, who are also Newburyport Choral Society singers, take great pride in Andrew’s musical progress and his future aspirations.

“It has been fun sharing this experience with Andrew,“ said John Moreland. “We’ve loved seeing him share his musicianship in the Bass section.”

As for his future plans, Andrew was recently accepted into the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, which he will be attending in July and August. In the fall of 2019, he will be attending the University of Connecticut, where he will major in both vocal performance and mathematics. “UConn is the perfect school for me, as it will allow me to pursue both of my main passions in life: music and math,” says Andrew

Group including Music Director George Case, Andrew Moreland, with parents, Maryellen and John Moreland.
Left to Right: Music Director, George Case, Scholarship recipient, Andrew Moreland, Maryellen Moreland, and John Moreland

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