The Really Spicy Opera Company currently administers the Charles Ray Considine Memorial Scholarship for young opera singers. This award is given biannually to a high school senior from Minnesota who has studied classical voice for a minimum of two years, and is designed to encourage further study and participation in opera. Applicants must be jointly nominated by their voice teacher and an artistic professional, as well as submit a recording and application for consideration. Eight finalists will be invited for the juried live competition round. The winner of the live competition will receive a $400 scholarship and a winner’s recital; all finalists will receive detailed feedback from the panel of judges. Applications for the 2015 cycle will be available on this page on June 1, 2015, and must be submitted electronically no later than 5 PM Central Time on September 15, 2015.
The Charles Ray Considine Memorial Scholarship was created in loving memory of Charles Ray Considine (1918-2010). “Chuck”, as he was known to friends, was among many other things a Minnesota native, a conservatory-educated singer, and a passionate and lifelong opera fan. He was a strong promoter of lifelong learning, and supported the education and artistic interests of many young adults, including RSO founder Basil Considine. Scholarship winners are expected to continue the study of opera and singing during their undergraduate studies, regardless of their primary area of study.