Scholarship recipient Ben Biggers

Scholarship recipient Ben Biggers

Ben Biggers, the Michiana Male Chorus scholarship recipient for four years has now graduated from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater.   He began his association with the Chorus as a youngster of just 11 when he was the horrible roller skating Grinch in our Christmas program.  He is now off to New York City to pursue further acting and singing engagements and we wish him nothing but success in those endeavors.

The Chorus is now looking for another individual to award an annual $1,000.00 scholarship to who is primarily studying music and in particular vocal music.  Any interested student may solicit the scholarship by preparing a personal bio and sending it to the “Contact” address on the home page of our website here.

The Michiana Male Chorus Scholarship Fund is now officially named the John Chenoweth Scholarship fund in honor of our long time member who passed away in January 2017.  There is a page regarding John and his dedication and influence at another place on the website.

More about Ben since we are so proud of him:
Benhad been active in the community theatre of South Bend Indiana since the age of twelve, and was accepted into the Clay High School Performing Arts Magnet Program. There he performed throughout his high school career leading roles such as Billy Flynn in Chicago, Adolpho in Drowsy Chaperone, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Joseph in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Leading Player in Pippin, Ren McCormick in Footloose, and Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. After his time at Clay Highschool, Ben was awarded The Raymond J Hinsey Summer Theatre Award, The Clay HS Oustanding Dramatic Performance Award and Certificate of Academic Distinction.  Ben spent the summers of 2010 and 2011 at Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Workshops with a concentration in Musical Theatre. There he was awarded the Barrett Foa Scholarship for Musical Theatre.

Ben was cast as a freshman as Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors and Governor John Slaton in Parade. He was awarded the Cope Award at the end of his freshman year.  During the summer, Ben was thrilled  to perform “Soliloquey” from Carousel at the Great Lakes Male Chorus Association’s Big Sing. Later he honed his skills at The Atlantic Acting Company at the Summer Intensive in New York City.  As a sophomore at CCM, Ben performed the leading role of Billy Nolan in Carrie the Musical and was thrilled to be cast in the role of Enjolras, the leader of the French revolutionaries in Les Miserables.  In the summer of 2015 he played the lead role of Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees at the Tulane Lyric Theatre in New Orleans.

Ben states “I believe my studies at CCM have enabled me to become the best prepared vocalist and performing artist I can be. The values that this program placed on every aspect of training in preparation for many professional venues was exciting and challenging. I am so very grateful to the Michiana Male Chorus and Great Lakes Male Chorus Association for their consideration, encouragement and generous scholarship. Thank you so very much!”