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Upscale Singers award scholarships to 13 students


NORTH VALLEY – The Upscale Singers, a north valley musical group, has awarded vocal scholarships to 13 local students.

Since 2007, the Upscale Singers have annually awarded 13 local students with vocal scholarships, ranging from $100 to $500. The 2016-17 winners represent seven different schools from the north valley and are an amazingly talented group.

This year’s senior division winner is Jacob Soulliere, an aspiring opera singer and an 11th grader from Boulder Creek High School. Junior division winner is 9th grader Erin Burgard, a vocalist and a pianist, also from Boulder Creek High School. 

Other senior division recipients are 2nd place Ally Lane, Boulder Creek High School; 3rd place Jayda Mendiola, Arizona School for the Arts; 4th place Kira Billard, Cactus Shadow High School; 5th place Griffin LeBlanc, Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics; and Honorable Mentions Chance McLaughlin and Halle Abadi from Cactus Shadows High School. 

Junior division winners are 2nd place Savannah Foy, Anthem Prep; 3rd place Sophia Humbert, Boulder Creek High School; 4th place Mia Brito, Cactus Shadow High School; and Honorable Mentions Christopher Poulios, Diamond Canyon School, and Faith Rosky, Sonoran Trails Middle School.

Upscale Singers, under the direction of Margaret Watson, has a dual mission: To have fun while performing great music, and then to pass on to the next generation their joy and musical wisdom. In addition to youth scholarships, the singers support the Arizona Magic of Music and Dance Camp for physically challenged youth, award grants to area music educators, and perform regularly with a group of local talented young people.

Help support the outreach of the Upscale Singers by attending their upcoming dinner show, A Night on the Town, opening on March 31, at Desert Mountain Club, in Carefree. A social hour will be held at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m., with the show to follow. The show will have additional run dates on April 7 and 8 at The Silver Spur Event Patio in Cave Creek and on April 22 at St. Patrick’s Parish, Shea at 84th St. 

For ticket information or more detail on the Upscale Singers, go online to or call (480) 575-0188.