Chorale Competition

The RB Chorale’s 41st Anniversary Show, “RBC Goes to Broadway,” was not only a chance for audiences to take a trip through showstopper history but also an opportunity for the chorale’s scholarship finalists to compete for the top prize. “These six graduating high school seniors from across San Diego County were chosen from a slate of 22 deserving and multitalented teens,” said RBC Second Vice President Debbie Honeycutt.

Three students performed on Friday and three performed on Saturday; first place, second place, and third place winners were chosen each night, and they received $3,000, $2,000, and $1,500 respectively. The six finalists were chosen by the RBC, but the final winners were selected based on audience votes. “Besides being musicians of great promise, all six have achieved many significant honors and awards during the school years, and are active volunteers in their local communities,” said Debbie.

On Friday night, Jonathan Sussman took the top prize. Jonathan is a flutist from Scripps Ranch High School who is attending University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music this fall. Vocalist Jonathan Norwood from Classical Academy High School came in second; he’ll be attending Carnegie Mellon University. Rancho Bernardo High School graduate and vocalist Denise Neumerkel, who will study musical theater at the University of Northern Colorado, won third.

Saturday’s winner was John Michel, a vocalist from West Hills High School. John is enrolled in Grossmont College’s new honors program. Jake Boring, a saxophonist from Mira Mesa High School, took second place. He plans to study music at UCLA. Finally, flutist Omar Gaidarov from Torrey Pines High School won third place; Omar will be attending Northwestern University.

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