Alexander Ruggieri Memorial Music Scholarship Seeks Applicants and Donors

scoops_logo_200Alexander Ruggieri Memorial Music Scholarship Seeks Applicants and Donors for Third Annual Award

The Ruggieri Scholarship Committee, under the fiscal sponsorship of the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company (SGVCC), is looking forward to awarding the third annual Alexander Ruggieri Memorial Music Scholarship this spring. This award was established to honor Mr. Ruggieri—conductor, composer, and vocalist—who contributed so much to Southern California’s musical culture before his passing in 2012.

This $250 scholarship will be awarded to a college undergraduate music student who lives in and/or attends school in Southern California. Please note that high school seniors are also eligible to apply if they intend to enter college in the fall of 2015. In addition, vocal musicians who are also composers are welcome to apply and submit a manuscript. Applications will be accepted through April 24.

To obtain an application, please contact the Ruggieri Scholarship Committee at or 626-579-2433. Information for donating to the scholarship fund is provided, below.
Since the fund was established, four scholarships have been awarded to students from Glen A Wilson High School (followed by the Berklee College of Music), California State University Long Beach (two winners), and Glendale Community College.

At the time of his passing, Alexander Ruggieri (1952-2012) was the Music Director of the famed Gilbert and Sullivan repertory company Opera A La Carte, the University Campus Choir in Westwood, and the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company. For five years he was the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Bach Festival and for seventeen years he was Artistic Director of the Cambridge Singers. He frequently did Russian language coaching for, and occasionally sang with, the Los Angeles Master Chorale. He conducted numerous church choirs in the Los Angeles area, Wichita Falls, TX, and Detroit, MI, over his extensive career. Mr. Ruggieri’s composition, Madrigals, was awarded first prize in the South Bay Master Chorale’s National Composition Competition in 1998. In 1995, he appeared along with his ensemble, The Cambridge Singers, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the nationally broadcast program Music and the Spoken Word. He was also a noted expert on Russian sacred music.

Donations to the fund can be made online or by check. Checks should be made out to “San Gabriel Valley Choral Company” and mailed to SGVCC, Attn: Scholarship, 101 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016.

If you’d like to make an online donation, please click on this link.
Note that you do not have to have a PayPal account. The lower left portion of the screen shows a link to pay by credit card. Please use the “Special Instructions to the Seller” function on the final page to enter “Scholarship.”

We look forward to being able to support more young, talented musicians.

Thank you for your consideration,
Ruggieri Scholarship Committee

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