Scholarship grants have been awarded in memory of the following people who were very special to the Chorus. Below is information about the lives of each of these people and their connection to the Mayflower Chorus.
Larry Vargo — 1937-1991
Composer, chorus director, performer, Larry Vargo loved his music, dedicating most of his life to the creation and performance of music of all kinds.
His attitude toward music went far beyond the average aficionado. He inspired the people he knew, or even had just met, to enjoy music. He encouraged others to explore music and experiment with their voices. He encouraged the joy and fun inherent in music and created and maintained a Chorus for the people; a place where anyone who was willing to work, follow direction, and be a part of the group could sing without fear of censorship.
With Marty Balin and Bill Collins, he co-founded the Town Criers, playing at night spots and in concerts throughout the western United States, including the "hungry i." And he can occasionally be heard to let his rich Bass "Fall into The Gap"
He created some incredibly haunting and joyous music for the people to enjoy! From his fantasy "Land of Snow" to "Oh, What a Morning" to "Soliloquy" to "Shout, Shout," a rousing gospel number enjoyed by performers as well as audiences, his soulful expression of the human spirit and its love for life comes clearly across to his listeners. It is in this spirit of music for the people, music for the joy of it, that the Mayflower Choral Society has established the scholarship program. With this gift, we hope to encourage the creators, directors, and performers of Larry's art to pursue their muses while maintaining the joy and enjoyment of music.
Bill Mallouk — 1949-1993
Bill Mallouk had a wondrous appreciation of music and the world in general. Children always recognized this quality and flocked to him. Created for these young people, his performance of the "Grinch," a tradition in the Chorus' Christmas Concerts, reflected his sincerity and respect for them.
His innate ability to emote, comically express ideas and characters, and work in harmony, both vocally and mentally, with other professional performers added to his musical ability as a gifted Tenor. He skillfully combined these talents to become a delightful musical comedy performer. He appeared in many productions, including several roles with the Mountain Play, Benny in Guys and Dolls, and Besac in The New Moon. He co-starred in several original musicals, including Ark Row and Hello, Marin, Hello and played the villain to perfection in the melodrama Hearts of the West. He imbued his performance with that wide-eyed caring and warmth which children of all ages quickly noticed and appreciated. The Scholarship Program acknowledges this playfulness in life, empathy with children, and pure joy of singing and performing. We hope to encourage singers and performers to nurture the child in their art and express that wondrous appreciation of the world, so that all ages can be free to enjoy their inner child..
. He performed the Bass part in this commercial for The Gap.
. From the original musical Ark Row; music by Larry Vargo, lyric by Maria Woodward
. From the original musical Hello, Marin, Hello; music by Larry Vargo, lyric by Larry Zee
. Music by Larry Vargo, lyric by Maria Woodward
. Music by Larry Vargo, lyric by Larry Zee
. Book by Lisa Murphy Collins, original music by Bernie Griff
Kristi Kane — 1950-1989
Kristi Kane was a member of the Mayflower Community Chorus at its inception in 1977. She had already crafted her soft alto voice in the barbershop group, the Sweet Adelines, (and later with the Winifred Baker Chorale) and set about refining it in the small groups formed within the Chorus. She often indulged in her musical interests, which ranged from classical to the Irish Rovers. She took great pleasure in sharing her musical knowledge, which was quite extensive, with others.
Frequently a soloist or in a duet for the Chorus, she worked hard, learned her part, and made it uniquely her own. She was earnest in her dedication to music and expected others to join her in that dedication. She had a love of life and of people, which helped to create the spirit, energy, and focus of the Chorus. She embodied its fun and earnestness and was a main instrument in spreading its love of music, people, and life.
The Scholarship Program honors this dedication to music, this concern for people and their joy in music, and hopes to encourage performer dedication to music, entertainment, and others, and to foster love for one another and the beauty and joy that is music.
Ted DuBois — 1949-1981
Ted Dubois' spirit made him a cornerstone in the Mayflower Chorus throughout its early years. He affected every aspect of the Chorus, quite often providing comic relief during rehearsals at just the right time. He occasionally provided his own arrangements for the Chorus, including "The City of New Orleans," and his extensive tastes ran from folk music to '50’s music on through to madrigal. In fact, he was instrumental in forming the Chorus' madrigal group and served as a strong and constant foundation for that group.
He reveled in anything French and this love extended from that basis to support his dedication to the Mennonites in Africa. To further his involvement with this group, he attended a college in Canada at which only French was spoken. He had planned to return to Africa to work when he left us.
Always one for a good joke, Ted frequently played good-natured pranks on others and was as willing to receive as to give. But, he also took his singing quite seriously. His excellent bass voice helped to give body to the Chorus, and his spirit always rallied other singers to increase the energy and life in their singing.
It is to nurture this energy, this camaraderie, and this all encompassing enjoyment in the different ages and nationalities of music that the Scholarship Program honors. We hope to encourage students of music to explore beyond their recent historical and national music, to preserve music's spirit of universal camaraderie, and to always emphasize and encourage the joys of music.