SHREWSBURY, NJ – The Monmouth Civic Chorus awarded a total of $1700 to the winners of its 2013 scholarships for vocally talented New Jersey high school seniors. The First Place winner was bass/baritone Andrew Moore, Point Pleasant, who was awarded $1200. The Second Place winner was mezzo-soprano Kelly Koerwer, Shrewsbury, who was awarded $500.

Andrew Moore attends Point Pleasant Borough High School, where he has performed in honors choir, show choir, competition band, and jazz band. He has also served as class officer, student ambassador, student council representative and member of the Italian club, chemistry club, science league and National Honor Society. He has sung with All-Shore and All-State Chorus, Algonquin Theatre Arts, and Chatham Suburban Music Society, and volunteered with church food pantries, beach sweeps, Read Across America and Relay for Life. He plans to attend Mason Gross School of the Arts at  Rutgers University.

Kelly Koerwer attends Red Bank Catholic High School, where she sings in the choir and chamber choir and performs in musical theater. She also sings with Holy Cross Parish Choir and studies voice, music theory and acting. She plans to attend the University of Notre Dame.

Judges for the scholarship competition were Ryan Brandau, Artistic Director, Monmouth Civic Chorus; Reid Masters, Artistic Director, New Jersey Chamber Singers; and Katherine Harris, Professor of Voice, Kean University.


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Since 1970, the Monmouth Civic Chorus has awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships to New Jersey high school seniors of outstanding vocal promise. For more information or to donate to the scholarship fund, call 732-933-9333 or visit

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