March concert and Armeling Competition Canceled

Unfortunately, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Steiner Chorale has canceled its Armeling Vocal Scholarship competition originally scheduled for March 15th. The Steiner Chorale has also decided to postpone its March 13th concert featuring the Bach Magnificat and the John Rutter Requiem. A new date and time is yet to be determined. All of this is unfortunate but a necessary step to help prevent the spread of the virus.

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Vocal competition dates announced for 2020; registration open

Registration is now open for the Ethel J. Armeling Vocal Scholarship Competition for High School students. The Ethel J. Armeling Vocal Scholarship Competition is open to any junior or senior in high school. Winners of the final round receive money awards to assist them to further future vocal studies. Focus of the literature presented is mainly on art song. To register, click here.

Preliminary Auditions: February 29, 2020, 9am to 3pm – Molly Grove Chapel, First Presbyterian Church, Lansing, MI

Finalist Gala Recital: March 15, 2020, 6pm – Cook Recital Hall, MSU campus

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Registration now open for Vocal Competition

Registration is now open for the Ethel J. Armeling Vocal Scholarship Competition. For the past six years, the Steiner Chorale has provided an opportunity to aspiring young people by sponsoring an annual Vocal Scholarship Competition. This event draws high school-aged students from music programs from all school districts across the state of Michigan and both recognizes and financially rewards the most talented among them.  Students are required to sing three selections: one American Art song, one in a foreign language and another piece of their choosing.  The vocal competition is for junior and senior high school students and are critiqued by reputable judges with distinguished careers in the vocal arts.  The top ten students are selected after the Preliminary Auditions and are asked to return to compete during the Finalist Gala Recital.

The registration fee is $40 and prizes will be awarded to the top three students in the competition at the Finals event on March 17th on the campus at Michigan State University.

Register your student for the competition at

Preliminary Auditions: March 2, 2019, 9am to 3pm – Molly Grove Chapel, First Presbyterian Church, Lansing, MI

Finalist Gala Recital: March 17, 2019, 6pm – Cook Recital Hall, MSU campus

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Scholarship recipients announced!

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 Ethel Armeling vocal scholarship finalists for their stunning performances this past Sunday, 3/18/18. We are very proud of your accomplishment, and would strongly urge you to keep up your excellent work in your vocal studies. From the following ten finalists, Elise Albaro, Ryan Blankenburg, Emma Clark, Natalie Corrigan, Mackenzie Jacobs, Benjamin Leeka, Hannah Long, Emma Pischea, Emily Thomas, and Kaitlyn Wiegand, the judges had the difficult task to choose three. The three 2018 scholarship recipients chosen are Ryan Blankenburg (1st place), Emma Pischea (2nd place), and Natalie Corrigan (3rd place). Thank you all for your participation and we hope to see you again next year!




Finalists Announced for Vocal Competition

Ten finalists were selected from a pool of competitors at the Semi-finals of the Ethel Armeling Vocal Scholarship Competition on Saturday and will be performing Sunday, March 18, at 6 pm on the stage of Cook Recital Hall in the MSU Music Building for the final round of competition.  Three place holders will be selected.

finalist from 2017 competition

The finalists are listed here in alphabetical order:
Elise Corrine Alvaro
Ryan Mackenzie Blankenburg
Emma Camille Clark
Natalie Kay Corrigan
Mackenzie Elizabeth Jacobs
Benjamin Leeka
Hannah Mary Long
Emma Jean Pischea
Emily Sue Thomas
Kaytlin Rebecca Wiegand

Registration now open for vocal scholarship competition

Registration for the 2018 Ethel J. Armeling Vocal Scholarship Competition is now open online at The competition is for high school juniors and seniors.  We hope to see you and hear you on Saturday, March 3rd.  For more information before you register, click here.  The preliminary round is scheduled for March 3rd with the finals culminating on March 18th at Cook Recital Hall on the campus of Michigan State University.





2018 Armeling Competition Dates announced

Plan early to join our competition event in 2018, by marking your calendar! The preliminary auditions will be on Saturday, March 3rd. The final round will be held on Sunday, March 18. The venues will be the same as in this past competition, the beautiful Molly Grove Chapel (First Presbyterian Church of downtown Lansing), and state-of-the-art Cook Recital Hall (MSU, College of Music), respectively. Hope to see you then!

Scholarship Competition page

Semi-finalists Announced

Ethel J. Armeling

Congratulations to all thirty-one singers that performed yesterday in the Ethel J Armeling Vocal Scholarship Competition first round, at the Molly Grove Chapel in downtown Lansing.  Eleven performers qualified to continue on to the final round which takes place at MSU’s Cook Recital Hall on March 19th.

In alphabetic order the eleven students are: Elise Alvaro, Tyler Bouque, Emma Clark, Anna Griewahn, Sean Holland, Mekhi Holloway, Mackenzie Jacobs, ShayLynn Lotter, Emma Pischea, Tyler Roberts, and Jennie Rupp.


Registration now open for Armeling Competition


scholarship-ad_rev-2016-17_fbRegistration is now open for Juniors and Seniors in High School for the Ethel J. Armeling Vocal Scholarship Competition.  Competitors are for those students who live in the state of Michigan.  An online application can be filled out here.

Application Deadline: February 25, 2017

Participation Fee: $30

Preliminary Auditions: March 4 @ First Presbyterian Church; Molly Grove Chapel, Lansing, Michigan

Finalist Gala Recital: March 19 @ Michigan State University, Cook Recital Hall

2016 Scholarship Finalists

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