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Saxophonist Kieran Corcoran, of Ridgewood, Awarded 2020 Roland L. Meyer Scholarship

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Ridgewood NJ, Kieran Corcoran, a saxophonist from Ridgewood, New Jersey, has been named as the recipient of the 2020 Roland L. Meyer Scholarship Award by the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus (Orpheus).

Corcoran, a senior at Ridgewood High School, is the woodwind captain of the school’s marching band, and president of the band council. He has played in the concert band, wind ensemble, big band, saxophone ensemble, and pit orchestra at the school. He also has served as a music mentor and district band member.

Corcoran has won numerous musical honors, including Region 1 and All-State Wind Ensembles as a junior and senior, and Music Educators of Bergen County Inc. (MEBCI) honors for six straight years. In November 2019 he played principal 1st Chair alto saxophone in the All-National Honor Ensemble Concert Band of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He has been on the honor roll or high honor roll for all four years of high school.

Jeffrey G. Haas, Director of Bands at Ridgewood High School,  called Corcoran “an outstanding musician, a quality leader, and a mature, responsible young man whom I have learned to trust, respect, and value greatly.“ Corcoran is passionate about music study, practice, and performance, and has mentored younger, less experienced saxophonists, Haas wrote in a letter of recommendation.

A student at The Ridgewood Conservatory School for the Performing Arts, Corcoran has been studying both alto and tenor saxophone exclusively with the conservatory’s Director, Lou Caimano, for more than eight years. “Kieran is the naturally gifted student-musician that only comes along once in a lifetime,” Caimano said. “He is a remarkable young man, and an absolute pleasure to teach.”

Corcoran can be heard performing a saxophone solo from the Courante movement of Henry Eccles’ Sonata, in clips available on this page (audio and video).

He plans to attend the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he’ll study music. He also hopes to play with

the jazz and wind ensembles at Holy Cross. The Orpheus scholarship includes a $2,000 award toward his college studies.

The Roland L. Meyer Scholarship winner traditionally performs at Orpheus’ spring concerts. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Orpheus’ spring concerts have been canceled for 2020.

John J. Palatucci, Music Director of Orpheus, said he was impressed with Corcoran’s musicianship and well-roundedness. “The scholarship committee every year has the joyful yet difficult task of picking a winner among many qualified young musicians,” Palatucci said. “Kieran’s musical and leadership achievements made him stand out.”

Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus is a singing voice for good throughout the greater New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. It comprises men who love to sing, enjoy the company of like-minded men, and perform with a sense of service to the larger community. In 2020, Orpheus was named as a semi-finalist in two categories of The American Prize: The American Prize in Choral Performance, community division (one of 12 semi-finalists and the only one in New Jersey) and The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, community ensemble division (one of 11 semi-finalists).

Orpheus was founded in 1909 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and has performed continually since then, with major annual concerts in April and December. Orpheus is led by music director John J. Palatucci, pianist/assistant director Ron Levy, and president Vernon Reed.

Roland L. Meyer was a former president of Orpheus who bequeathed funds to Orpheus for the scholarship program named after him.

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  1. Congrats Kieran! Very Well Deserved

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