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The Dudley Birder Chorale at St. Norbert College Announces Bush Scholarship Award

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From St. Norbert College, March 11, 2022
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

The Dudley Birder Chorale of St. Norbert College has selected Isabella Cerdan of St. Francis Xavier High School as this year’s winner of the Bush Scholarship Award for Vocal Excellence. Cerdan, as well as her choir teacher Anna Van Eperen, each will receive a cash prize. St. Francis Xavier High School will receive $500 for its music library.

The Dudley Birder Chorale also awarded a second-place cash prize to Dalena Pakalske of Southern Door High School. The scholarship is supported by the Robert & Carol Bush Vocal Music Fund at St. Norbert College. Isabella and Dalena will both perform their winning pieces at this year’s Choral Masterworks concert, April 5 at 7 p.m., at the Weidner Center for Performing Arts. The Choral Masterworks concert is also supported, in part, by the Robert and Carol Bush Vocal Music Fund.

The chorale received many letters of recommendation from area high-school choir directors. Students auditioned by submitting videos showcasing their performance of a classical piece with accompaniment. The audition videos were then viewed by a panel of judges of current or past music instructors from throughout the area.

The Bush Scholarship Award for Vocal Excellence has been awarded for the past 19 years. Started by Robert and Carol Bush in 2003 through an endowed gift through the Dudley Birder Chorale, the award continues to promote, encourage and support music in our schools by providing funds to outstanding students, vocal teachers and high-school music programs.

For more information about the Dudley Birder Chorale or the Bush Scholarship Award for Vocal Excellence, contact the chorale at 920-403-3432 or

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