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2017 Scholarship Recipients

Omarius Credle is a rising Junior at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where he is working towards his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  He was born in Richmond, Virginia and raised, mostly, in North Carolina.  He has always had a passion for performance and it is often said he would sing himself to sleep as a child.  As Omarius plans for his future, he hopes to become a further refined singer that truly communicates the composer's voice through music to the masses.

Anyeé Farrar is currently an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts (UNCSA), where she studies with Dr. Marilyn Taylor.  She will receive a bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in vocal performance in May of 2018.  During 2010-2014, she attended, performed and graduated from the Governors School for the Arts (GSA) in Norfolk, Virginia and Landstown High School in Virginia Beach.


Over the past six years, Ms. Farrar has performed roles such as, Monica in The Medium, Carmen Ghia in The Stoned Guests, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel and The Spirit of Mercury in Dido and Aeneas.  She has tackled many roles in opera scenes such as, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, Frasquita in Carmen, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Sandman in Hansel und Gretel. In addition to solo roles, she has been a valued chorus member of many A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute productions.  Most recently, she performed the role of Naiad in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and as a soprano soloist for UNCSA Cantata Singers’ performance of Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity at Home Moravian Church under the direction of Dr. Nate Zullinger.  Future performances include the role of Silber and Belinda in Tidewater Opera Institute’s production of The Impressario and Dido and Aeneas in Norfolk, VA in August of 2017.


Ms. Farrar has studied with Shelly Milam-Ratliff at GSA and Wendy Waller in the Istia-Vox Studio di Bel Canto young artist program in Weimar, Germany.  She has been directed and conducted by Alan Fischer, Steve LaCosse, Jamie Albritten, David Effron and Aurelien Eulert.


Past Scholarship Recipients


Flutist, Shaina Rush, is currently perusing a Bachelors degree in Music Performance and the University of Northern Colorado. During her ten years of music making, she has appeared as a soloist with the Pikes Peak Philharmonic and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, as well as venues around the world, to include the Auckland Town Hall, and various venues in Australia. In 2010, she was featured in the student corner of New Zealand’s, Flute Talk magazine.  Shaina is a two time finalist in the University Orchestras Solo Competition and she is in her third year as a flutist and piccoloist in the University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at UNC. She was recently accepted into to the 101st Army National Guard Band in Denver, Colorado and hopes to expand her career as a military musician.

In addition to her musical interests, Shaina is also a McNair Scholar and enjoys doing research in the field of Music therapy. She was a finalist for the Undergraduate Research Excellence award and looks forward to conducting more research in her field.

Shaina currently studies under Dr. James Hall and has attended master classes with Carol Wincenc, Nicole Esposito, Amy Porter, and Christina Jennings.  She would like to thank God for every opportunity she has been given to share music, as well as her parents for all of their love and support, and her former teacher, Debby Blake, for her teaching and encouragement through out high school. She would also like to thank Ms. Shivers and the Shivers Foundation for inviting her to take part in their programs and for their support by selecting her as a Shivers Foundation Grant Recipient.


Justin Woods was born in Washington, Pennsylvania in 1990. He also lived in Birmingham, Alabama, before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1996. Justin attended Sand Creek Elementary and Panorama Middle Schools in Harrison District 2 and graduated from William J. Palmer High School in 2008.


During high school, Justin sang in the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, was Vice President of his school’s mock trial team, and a member of the National Honor Society. Justin currently attends American University where he is double majoring in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism. Justin is a Dean’s List student, a senator in the AU Undergraduate Senate, Director of Open Government, and an AU Ambassador. He is also interning at International Government Relations Group during the Spring 2009 semester.



Joshua Conyers is a multitalented baritone whose repertoire includes opera, oratorio, and art song. Recently Mr. Conyers sang the role Henry Davis in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Bob in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, and The Devil gate Keeper in Dvorak’s The Devil and Kate at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. Other recent roles include Horace Tabor in Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, Dr. Falke in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Antonio and Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at The Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA.

Hailing from Chesapeake, Virginia, Joshua was a student of Robert Brown at The Governor’s School for the Arts. Mr. Conyers is a winner of several voice competitions and the recipient of numerous scholarships including the A.J. Fletcher Scholarship in Music, the Kenan Excellence Award in Music, the Shivers Foundation Scholarship, NATS Award Winner (North Carolina), Bland Competition Winner, and an Omega Psi Phi Competition Winner.

Mr. Conyers has been featured in performances throughout the Tidewater region in Virginia and Winston Salem, NC. He has appeared in the opera chorus of Virginia Opera. Todi Music Festival, and Piedmont Opera, performing such opera’s as Die Fledermaus, Amahl and the Night Visitors, La traviata, Radamisto, Our Town (Rorem), La fille du regiment, Lucia di Lammermoor, Turandot, and Manon Lescaut. He has been a featured soloist for Faure Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Bach’s Magnificat, and Saint Saens Christmas Oratorio. Recently, Joshua participated in Manteo’s Summer Performance Festival, Piedmont Opera’s Educational Outreach Program, Opera Theatre of the Rockies Vocal Arts Symposium, and the Magnolia Baroque Festival.

Joshua Conyers is a student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts pursuing a Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance and is a student of Dr. Marilyn Taylor.



Jonathan Randazzo was born and raised on Long Island, NY. He started playing the trombone when he was nine years old and began to study formally at age ten under the tutelage of Willard Sprague. In high school, Jonathan performed with the New York State All-State Symphony Orchestra and the All-State Jazz Ensemble and was selected for the All-Eastern Symphonic Band. In his senior year, Jonathan was a full-tuition scholarship recipient to the Juilliard Pre-College Program in which he studied under James Markey, bass trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.


Throughout the summers, Jonathan has kept musically engaged attending various festivals, including the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. Currently a sophomore at the New England Conservatory, Jonathan studies with former Boston Symphony Orchestra trombonist, Norman Bolter. As an active member of the Boston music scene, Jonathan performs in several local orchestral venues as well as NEC’s Sinfonietta and Jordan Winds. He has also performed various recitals, solo literature and is an active chamber musician.





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