Music Scholarship Program

In keeping with our stated purpose to encourage the arts and music in our community and engage the singers of tomorrow, the Lompoc Valley Master Chorale offers scholarships to graduating high school students to pursue their musical education. A recommendation from a music teacher is required, and the applicant must have aspirations to study music in college. Applications are available at the High School counselor’s offices. To be considered the applicant must submit an application by February of the graduation year. For more information contact Stacey Gray from the Master Chorale at

2017 Scholarship Recipients
2017 Scholarship Winners
(left to right) Carrie Petterson, Erin Warfield, Dennis Burns

Erin Warfield was first introduced to performing arts when she was just eight years old, when her mother signed her up for Lompoc Youth Theatre to get her out of the house. Since then, being involved in music and theatre has been the driving force in her life. Erin has been studying piano for nine years and is currently a student of the Lompoc School of Music, where she has been focusing on music theory for the past couple years. She has also been training under Joyce Michaels at The Voice Studio for three years. Erin has performed in eight summer productions with the Lompoc Youth Theatre, as well as four fall plays and two spring musicals at Cabrillo High School with multiple leading roles on her resume. At present, she is the Student Director of the Cabrillo High School Madrigal Singers and President of Cabrillo High School’s International Thespian Society Troupe#1319, all while maintaining a 3.8 G PA. Erin is thrilled to be attending California State University, Fullerton in the fall, where she plans to audition for their highly competitive music and theatre programs. As for the future after college, Erin’s idea of success is to be paid to do what she loves, whether that be in performing, teaching, or something else she has yet to discover.

Carrie Petterson has enjoyed singing ever since she was a little girl and never stopped. She is a senior at Cabrillo High School and feels fortunate to have been involved with various choirs since 2010 including a seven-year membership in the soprano section of the First United Methodist Church Choir of Lompoc, the Cabrillo Choir her freshman year, and the Cabrillo Concert Choir these last three years. An extreme highlight for her chorally was singing in a 1000 voiced choir under the direction of British composer, John Rutter, last February in Los Angeles. Most recently, she happily joined the Lompoc Master Chorale and has really enjoyed the experience. Apart from her choir experiences, she has been taking private voice lessons with Joyce Michaels in Mesa Oaks since 2014 and through her guidance and program has performed solos at five voice recitals at the Lompoc Elks Lodge and has been excited to perform solos on the outdoor stage at two Flower Festivals and one Spring Arts Festival in Lompoc. Carrie had the incredible opportunity to perform solos at Cabrillo during their choir concerts and has performed solos in her church. She has been actively involved with Lompoc’s Youth Theater productions during the last three summers and anticipates being involved in a great show this summer. During these summer theater productions, she has been a member of the musical ensembles and has sung a solo as part of a character role. After graduating from Cabrillo this June, she will attend Allan Hancock College and pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. Carrie would like to thank her family and friends for always supporting and believing in her. She would also like to thank the Lompoc Master Chorale for selecting her as one of their scholarship recipients this year.

Dennis Burns has been studying saxophone ever since he began seventh grade. He is currently in the Cabrillo High School Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and he is also in the Concert Band learning to play the trombone. He also plays in the Atascadero Community Band, was a pit orchestra member of this year's musical at Cabrillo High School, “Curtains” and has also played alto and baritone saxophone in the Allan Hancock College Jazz Band for three semesters. Dennis has received scholarships to attend the Sacramento Jazz Camp and the San Luis Obispo Jazz Camp from the Basin Street Regulars. He also received the Louis Armstrong Award, Outstanding Jazz Soloist, and Best Section Award two years in a row. Dennis plans to attend Allan Hancock College and continue playing with the AHC Jazz Band, audition for the AHC Concert Band, and study music theory. He also hopes to start a jazz combo band and help the Cabrillo High School Jazz Band to expand and develop their sound. But most importantly, he plans to continue with music for the rest of his life, as it is a creative medium that lets him express his inner self and he also wants inspire others to do the same.