The Winner of the 2016 W. Alan Berg Memorial/R.Gordon Hinners Scholarship is:
Gia Pappas, St Charles East High School
Al Berg was a graduate of St. Charles East High School and very active in the choral program. He went on to become one of the founding members of the Mostly Madrigal Singers, now known as the St. Charles Singers, in 1984 and sang with the group until 1990.
Al loved music and people. He was generous with his talents, his time, his friendship and his dedication to sharing quality music. Although Al was a terrific soloist, he most enjoyed being part of an ensemble. He worked for the benefit of the group rather than the glory of himself.
After Al passed away in September of 1991, his parents, William and Marilyn Berg along with St. Charles Singers, decided to establish a scholarship that would be offered to a student from St. Charles East High School or St. Charles North High School who most exemplified some of the qualities that Al possessed as a member of the fine arts community. We are pleased to offer this award annually and hope that it will enable aspiring students to continue in the study of choral music.
Gordon Hinners was a businessman in the Tri Cities with an avid avocation in music. For 40 years he was the Music Director at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church. From their beginnings, Gordy was involved with the St. Charles Art and Music festival and the St. Charles Singers. When Gordy died in 1995, The Festival began an endowment under his name. In 2004, The Festival closed its doors, and the monies were given to the Singers enabling them to endow scholarships in choral music. The scholarships will be used to aid these young people in their freshman year of college.
Each year the winners of these scholarships will help to secure Gordon’s love of music and education. We thank all of those who contributed to the endowment in the past, allowing the Singers this opportunity to give a legacy to the world of music.
Students from St. Charles East High School or St. Charles North High School interested in applying for this scholarship award may do so by filling out and submitting an application.
Application deadline for submission is April 7, 2017.