Dr. Steven Thomas Memorial Fund
Continuing the artistic and educational legacy of our beloved Music Director, mentor and friend.
Arcadia Chorale congratulates the recipients of our
Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 Dr. Steven Thomas Memorial Scholarships:
Hannah Eastman and John Kear
Learn more about Hannah and John
The Dr. Steven Thomas Memorial Fund exists to continue the artistic and educational legacy of Dr. Steven Thomas, Arcadia Chorale's Music Director from 2004-2020.
The primary purpose of the Memorial Fund is to award a biannual scholarship to a deserving student who sings with the Chorale, with preference given to undergraduate students.
At the discretion of the Memorial Fund Committee and with the approval of Arcadia Chorale's Board of Directors, the Dr. Steven Thomas Memorial Fund may also contribute to the Chorale's special projects, including, but not limited to: commissions, engaging guest artists, community outreach, recordings and large-scale performances.
In all cases, contributions from the Fund will serve to enhance the ensemble's knowledge of the choral repertoire, support performances of the highest caliber and add to the cultural life of the wider community.
The Dr. Steven Thomas Memorial Scholarship will be awarded twice each season to students who sing with Arcadia Chorale and who best demonstrate the commitment to musicianship and continued learning that is central to Dr. Thomas's legacy. Recipients must be current members of the Chorale in good standing and must meet all eligibility requirements set forth by the Memorial Fund Committee.
The application for the Fall 2023 scholarship is now closed. For questions regarding future applications, contact the Memorial Fund Committee: email@example.com
The singers and Board members of Arcadia Chorale established the Dr. Steven Thomas Memorial Fund at the beginning of our 2020-2021 season, following Dr. Thomas's untimely passing in July 2020.
Dr. Thomas had been on medical leave during our 2019-2020 concert season, after having been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome just days before our 2019 Pops Concert. Unfortunately, within months, his illness progressed to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Though we knew he was very ill, we were still stunned at his passing. In the days after, separated for safety during the pandemic, we virtually discussed several ways to honor our cherished friend, who had been our Music Director since 2004.
Throughout his time with the Chorale, Dr. Thomas was also the Director of Choral Activities at Wilkes University. As part of his dedication to the development of young singers, Dr. Thomas frequently programmed collaborations between Wilkes choral ensembles and the Chorale, and a select few of his Wilkes singers joined us as full members. We are fortunate to count several of Dr. Thomas's alumni among our roster today.
Dr. Thomas influenced all of us who had the pleasure of singing for him, but those who had the additional privilege of working with him in their college years all speak of Dr. Thomas's formative encouragement of their musical development. In addition to dedicating the 2020-2021 season to Dr. Thomas, we decided an appropriate, lasting tribute would be to award a scholarship in his name to students who sing with the Chorale.
This scholarship, which will be awarded from the Memorial Fund, acknowledges the combination of artistry and education that in many ways defined our experiences with Dr. Thomas. Though we deeply mourn his loss, we are committed to honoring him in our work and in our music. We awarded the inaugural Dr. Steven Thomas Scholarship during our 2021-2022 season.
Due to the overwhelming success of our Summer 2021 campaign and the support of donors over the 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 seasons, the Chorale raised the initial principal to endow the Memorial Fund. In November 2021, we officially partnered with the Scranton Area Community Foundation to establish the Dr. Steven Thomas Memorial Fund for Arcadia Chorale, an endowed fund that will ensure we can support the Chorale's student singers and special projects for many years to come.
Support for the Memorial Fund comes from individual donations, which are accepted year-round. Donations can be made through the Chorale's website, or by sending a check made payable to "Arcadia Chorale" with "Memorial Fund" in the memo line:
We gratefully acknowledge the contributions we receive in honor of Dr. Thomas, who touched many lives during his time with the Chorale. Our donors include members of the ensemble, the Board and our audiences; community supporters; alumni and colleagues from Wilkes University; and family and friends, all of whom are committed to furthering Dr. Thomas' legacy.
Current season donors to the Memorial Fund are listed in our concert programs. We hope you'll join us so we may thank you in person!
We also extend our gratitude to our Founding Donors, whose contributions to the Memorial Fund during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons allowed us to endow the Fund with the Scranton Area Community Foundation.
Applications for the Fall 2023 Dr. Steven Thomas Memorial Scholarship are now being accepted.
Current student singers of the Chorale are encouraged to apply.
For access to the application or for more information, interested applicants may contact the Memorial Fund Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the overwhelming success of our Summer 2021 campaign and the support of donors during our past two seasons, the Chorale has raised the initial principal to endow the Memorial Fund! In November 2021, we officially partnered with the Scranton Area Community Foundation to establish an endowed fund that will ensure we can support the Chorale's student singers and special projects in Steven's name for many years to come.
2023 - 2024 Memorial Fund Committee
Susan Minsavage, chair