2016 Scholarship Winner

2016 Scholarship Winner Sunday Manisto-Saari

2016 High School Scholarship Winner
Sunday Manisto-Saari


The Vancouver USA Singers have awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Sunday Manisto-Saari, a sixteen-year-old junior at Mountain View High School. Sunday sings there as a part of the Mountain View Concert Choir and Mountain Express Ensemble, conducted by Jenny Bell.

Ms. Manisto-Saari is the daughter of Steven Saari and Christie Manisto. The family has lived in Chicago, Minnesota, and now in Vancouver. Sunday has performed in several different musicals, including Peter Pan and The Music Man. She took first place in her age bracket in the amateur vocal competition at the Minnesota State Fair in 2014. This past October, she won the vocal competition in her bracket at the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Cascade Chapter Musical Theater competition. She participated in the All State Choir this spring, and is currently working with musician and engineer, Dylan Nau, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are producing a three-song demo of original R & B songs that Nau and Sunday’s father wrote together.

Sunday performed “Disneyland” by Marvin Hamlisch, from the musical “Smile”, before a panel of six judges to win the Vancouver USA Singers scholarship. Cinda Redman accompanied her. Sunday will perform her soprano solo during the Vancouver Singers’ upcoming concerts. The “From the British Isles” performances will be held on Saturday, March 12th at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, March 13th at 3:00 at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main Street in Vancouver.

Congratulations Sunday Manisto-Saari!!


More About the VUSAS High School Scholarship

The scholarship committee, chaired by Dr. Claire Smith, auditioned a number of high school students who applied for the scholarship. Candidates were free to choose any style of music for their recital. VUSAS plans to offer a similar scholarship during the 2016-2017 school year, and encourages high school students, music directors, and vocal music teachers to check their website in the fall for details. The scholarship program is an important part of the organization’s community outreach program.

The winning candidate receives a monetary prize in the amount of $1,000 from the organization, plus an invitation to perform at the choir’s Spring Concert..

Who are the candidates?

  • Students in grades 9 – 12 (public, private or home school) who are residents of Clark County, and who submitted their applications to the VUSAS in December.