WINDHAM – The Richard Nickerson Scholarship Concert will be held at Windham Performing Arts Center in Windham High School on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults and $8 seniors/students at the door only.

The concert features Windham High School alumni vocalists and musicians performing to fund an annual $1,000 college scholarship for an exceptional Windham High School senior pursuing studies that include choral music.

The Nickerson Scholarship was established in 1997 by local parents of student Windham Chamber Singers who were named “world champions” when they won the Prize of Vienna in Austria in 1996. Those parents named the scholarship after WHS Choral Director Dr. Richard Nickerson in honor and appreciation of his exceptional work with Windham students.

The Richard Nickerson Scholarship Committee, still made up of mostly parents of WHS performing arts students and alumni, continues to manage the scholarship fund and produce the annual concert. WHS Class of 2011 recipients of Richard Nickerson Scholarships were Christopher Frost, who is attending Ithaca College, and Molly Keane-Dreyer, who is attending the Boston Conservatory of Music. Applicant information for the 2012 scholarship will be available March 1 from Student Services at Windham High School.

This year’s concert theme is “Old Hollywood.” Nick Place is accompanist, and Catherine Ryder is host. Performers include Annelyse Atkinson, Michael Atkinson, Logan Burns, Emily Davis, Grant Dodge, Kate Harmon, Janelle LoSciuto, Marc Mailhot, Sarah McLaughlin, Lorik Morgan, blue grass band Northern Appalachia, Juliann Perron, Mia Perron, Lee Pidacks, Angela Pillsbury, Nick Place, Iman Richards, Matthew Ryder, Rachel Scala, acappella group The Side Notes, Maria Talbot, Jessica Thompson, Jean Thornton, Laura Toppi, Casey Turner, and Chelsea Williams.

Laura Toppi, Ben Toppi and Grant Dodge, right, perform at last
year’s Richard Nickerson Scholarship Concert. This year’s
performance takes place Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Windham High
School. Tickets are available at the door. (Courtesy photo)


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