2016 scholarship winners (Winners from the 2016 competition)

Back Row: Mark Umberger, Scholarship Chair; Earl Raney, Judge; Michael Noonan, Judge; Stephen Fallon, Judge; Pete  J. Williams, Senior Judge and Director
Front Row: Mitsuru Yonezaki, Director’s Choice; Alan Hlozek, 3rd Place; George Hu, 2nd Place; Kadar Qian, 1st Place

See Calendar for important dates.

The Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Competition holds an annual Scholarship Competition for talented high school juniors and seniors who are pursuing vocal or instrumental studies.  To date, we have awarded over $170,000 in cash scholarships!

Since the Competition’s start in 2001, The Williams Chorale and our primary benefactor, Bacardi Fallon Foundation, continue to meet the program’s objective of providing educational opportunities for talented young performing arts musicians!

Approximately $12,000 in scholarships will be awarded this year:

$5000 1st Prize
$2000 2nd Prize
$1000 3rd Prize
$500 Director’s Choice Award

Twelve to 14 Finalists will be selected from all received applications. All Finalists who do not place will receive a $250 award for their selection and competition participation.

Scholarship Competition Location (Directions)

First United Methodist Church
20 Hoppin Hill Avenue
North Attleboro, MA 02760

To apply for the Scholarship, download the application here .

Scholarship Competition Application Submission Deadline:
March 27, 2017

The Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Performing Arts Competition
April 29, 2017

Scholarship Judges

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Peter J. Williams

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Stephen J. Fallon

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Michael Noonan

Michael G. Noonan holds a B.S. and M.S. in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. He received a Certificate of Study in 1985 from the Royal School of Church Music in Croydon, England after completing a summer study in church music.  M. Noonan has taught vocal and instrumental music since 1985 in Stonington, CT, Lyme-Old Lyme, CT and Preston, CT public schools.  He also owned and operated MGN Music Studio in North Stonington, CT, teaching piano until 1998.  He was Director of Bands for the elementary, middle, and high schools starting in 1999, in the North Stonington Public Schools, and is currently director of the elementary choral music program.

Mr. Noonan was a percussionist with the Noank-Mystic (CT) Community Band and various regional ensembles for many years. Since 1987, he has been the Director of Music and Organist at the North Stonington Congregational Church (UCC), where he directs the Senior, Youth/Junior and Hand Bell Choirs. Mr. Noonan accompanies various church music festivals in southeastern Connecticut and has sung with various choral groups, participating on multiple CD recordings.

He has been an adjudicator for the Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Competition since its inception in 2002 and has been the organist/pianist for the Williams Chorale since 2003.

Mr. Noonan’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Connecticut Music Educators Association, The American Guild of Organists, and Handbells.

Earl Raney

Earl Raney is founder and director of the award winning Epic Brass Quintet. Since founding the Epic Brass in 1983 he has given over 1400 performances in 46 states, with appearances at the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, and Carnegie Hall to name a few. Internationally, Mr. Raney has performed in Canada, Bermuda, Jamaica, US Virgin Islands, England, Scotland, France, Austria, Germany, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, and the Far East.

In addition to his chamber music career, Mr. Raney has performed in several New England area orchestras and as principal trumpet of the Taipei Festival Orchestra in Taipei, Taiwan.

Balancing a dual career as trumpeter and conductor, he is conductor of the Great Woods Chamber Orchestra, Southeastern Massachusetts Wind Symphony, and the Atlantic Wind Symphony. Mr. Raney has also conducted the SMARTS Summer Winds Symphonic Band at the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts. He is an adjunct Professor of Music at Atlantic Union College, and Director of the Thayer Performing Arts Center in South Lancaster, Massachusetts.