Best of Broadway

Recent Scripps Ranch High School graduate Sophia Liu Su won the top prize of $3,500 on the first night of the 2017 RB Chorale Scholarship competition, held at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts in June. Sophia and five other finalists showcased their talent by performing popular numbers from Broadway musicals for the “Best of Broadway, Yesterday and Today” show over the two nights of the competition. The Chorale awarded a total of $15,000 to the finalists, who will all be attending college to continue their musical education.

Debbie Honeycutt, second vice president and marketing and publicity director for the RB Chorale, shared that Sophia’s piano performance was a hit with the audience. Sophia is starting her studies at University of California Los Angeles this fall to major in piano performance.

Other winners were Poway High graduate Derrick Martin Jr., who plans to attend San Diego State University to study in the music business and entrepreneurship program. Poway High graduate Austin Thatcher performed Jersey Boys’ “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and will be attending Palomar College. Mt. Carmel High School’s Garrett Caelan Weir sang “Sunset Boulevard” and is starting at Texas Christian University this fall. Carlsbad High School’s Proma Dewanjee is an accomplished pianist who will be attending Mount Holyoke College. Poway High graduate Katherine Thorvick won the top prize on the second night, and is heading to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

The RB Chorale is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to bring the gift of song to the community, entertain audiences, and help aspiring young musicians pursue their dreams. The Chorale has been awarding scholarships to deserving San Diego County high school graduating students for 44 years. Learn more about the Chorale and next year’s scholarships at