VANCOUVER USA SINGERS AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP TO BROOKE MOLTRUM
The Vancouver USA Singers have awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Brooke Moltrum, an 18-year-old senior at Camas High School. Brooke, the daughter of Susie and Casey Moltrum, has performed as part of her school’s Select Vocal Ensemble for two years, and has been a member of the Camas Drama Department for four. During that time, she has participated in 11 productions, a record for the department.
In 2016, Brooke was awarded Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, for her portrayal of Fiona from Brigadoon at the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Awards. The receipt of this award afforded her the chance to attend the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (better known as the Jimmy Awards) held in New York City, where she had the opportunity to perform on a Broadway stage. The experience solidified her desire to become a musical theater artist. After graduation this spring, she will be studying Musical Theater at one of two universities who have offered her generous scholarships. Ms. Moltrum says, “I have always been passionate about music. Along with many things in life, I believe that the voice is a gift. It can be used as a form of healing through song.”
Brooke performed before a panel of six judges to win the Vancouver USA Singers’ scholarship. Her selection, “I’m Not Afraid of Anything” by Jason Robert Brown, is from the abstract musical Songs for a New World. She describes the song as “dear to my heart.” Joel Thoreson accompanied her. Scholarship candidates submitted an audio recording of the piece they wished to present at the competition. The scholarship committee, chaired by Dr. Claire Smith, invited eleven finalists to compete. Brooke will perform her winning mezzo soprano solo during the Vancouver USA Singers’ upcoming concerts. All You Need Is Love will be held on Saturday, May 20th at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, May 21st at 3:00 at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main Street in Vancouver.
VUSAS plans to offer a similar scholarship during the 2017-2018 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.