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Alexandra Whyte Cedolin

“Through music, we find our souls and ourselves.”

1987 winner of the GCS Natalie Rutherford Scholarship Alexandra Whyte Cedolin writes that music has always been an important part of her life.  At age seven Alexandra told her mother, “When I sing, it makes my soul sing.”

 “As a child I was very withdrawn due to a tumultuous home life, and music drew me out of myself. After getting more serious about music at Greenwich Academy, I was granted a vocal scholarship singing throughout college and went on to have a small career performing with regional Opera companies and Symphony groups. During the brief periods when I was not singing, I felt a weight that was literally physical, as if someone were pressing down on me. The only thing that relieved the pressure was singing regularly again.  

Now singing is routinely part of my life, and I sing whenever I can. I perform at area concerts and churches and periodically give recitals. I also give masterclasses on the Healing Nature of Music, and recently sang in The New England Tenors’ Concert at the historic Methuen Memorial Music Hall. Interested parties may learn about my current activities at www.acedolin.com.

 I am truly thankful to the music department at Greenwich Academy and those in The Greenwich Choral Society who believed in me so long ago.”


Madeleine Snow

Madeleine Snow, 2016 winner, and currently a Harvard University student —is an avid choral and opera singer. Madeleine has sung with the Harvard University Choir for two years, including in concerts of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (Ninfa), Handel's L'Allegro, Haydn's The Creation, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Barbarina), Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer (Aline), and in the longest-running Christmas carols service in the country. 

Madeleine currently serves as the Development and Events Coordinator of Harvard College Opera and has produced biannual recitals as well as the company's production of Die Fledermaus. She has also assistant directed Carmen with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and sits on the boards of the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club and Harvard College Musical Theater.

Madeleine has studied in the Studio Artist program at SongFest in Los Angeles and the Young Artists Vocal Program at Boston University Tanglewood Institute.  She thanks the Greenwich Choral Society “for their generous scholarship which funded a year's worth of voice lessons and has allowed me to accomplish my goals in choral and operatic music at Harvard.”