The Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Competition holds an annual Scholarship Competition for talented high school juniors and seniors who are pursuing vocal or instrumental studies.  To date, we have awarded over $170,000 in cash scholarships! 

Since the Competition’s start in 2001, The Williams Chorale and our primary benefactor, Bacardi Fallon Foundation, continue to meet the program’s objective of providing educational opportunities for talented young performing arts musicians!

Approximately $12,000 in scholarships will be awarded each year:

$5000 1st Prize

$2000 2nd Prize

$1000 3rd Prize

$500 Director’s Choice Award

Twelve to 14 Finalists will be selected from all received applications.  All Finalists who do not place will receive a $250 award for their selection and competition participation.

Scholarship Competition Location

First United Methodist Church

20 Hoppin Hill Avenue

North Attleboro, MA 02760

To apply for the Scholarship, download the application > HERE

Scholarship Competition Application Submission Deadline: March 5, 2018

The Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Performing Arts Competition

DATE: Saturday April 21, 2018  8 AM – 4 PM

To view Frequently Asked Questions, click HERE

Scholarship Judges

Peter J. Williams

Stephen J. Fallon

Michael Noonan

Michael G. Noonan holds a B.S. and M.S. in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT.  He received a Certificate of Study in 1985 from the Royal School of Church Music in Croydon, England after completing a summer study in church music.  M. Noonan has taught vocal and instrumental music since 1985 in Stonington, CT, Lyme-Old Lyme, CT and Preston, CT public schools.  He also owned and operated MGN Music Studio in North Stonington, CT, teaching piano until 1998.  He was Director of Bands for the elementary, middle, and high schools starting in 1999, in the North Stonington Public Schools, and is currently director of the elementary choral music program.

Mr. Noonan was a percussionist with the Noank-Mystic (CT) Community Band and various regional ensembles for many years.  Since 1987, he has been the Director of Music and Organist at the North Stonington Congregational Church (UCC), where he directs the Senior, Youth/Junior and Hand Bell Choirs.  Mr. Noonan accompanies various church music festivals in southeastern Connecticut and has sung with various choral groups, participating on multiple CD recordings.

He has been an adjudicator for the Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Competition since its inception in 2002 and has been the organist/pianist for the Williams Chorale since 2003.

Mr. Noonan’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Connecticut Music Educators Association, The American Guild of Organists, and Handbells.

Earl Raney

Earl Raney is Artistic Director and Solo Trumpeter of the Epic Brass Quintet. Raney has given over 2000 performances in the U.S. at venues including the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall and Carnegie Hall, as well as internationally throughout Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and the Far East, and has recorded eight CDs. Raney has performed with several New England area orchestras and as principal trumpet with the Taipei Festival Orchestra in Taiwan, R.O.C.

Raney directs the annual EBQ Summer Institute for Brass Players, and has performed as clinician at colleges and high schools throughout the country and abroad.

Raney is Assistant Professor of Music in Performance at Wheaton College where he serves as conductor of the Southeastern Massachusetts Wind Symphony. He is also Adjunct Professor of Music at Atlantic Union College where he conducts the Atlantic Wind Symphony. Raney has served as conductor of several orchestras in New England and abroad, and is currently the Director of the Thayer Performing Arts Center and Community Music School in South Lancaster, MA.