Theresa Pothier Vocal Scholarship

Ms.Pothier's Story

The Theresa Pothier Scholarship Fund is an annual scholarship to assist a student of music (high school or university) living in the Niagara region in their pursuit of musical education.

 

Theresa Pothier attended Dalhousie University for her Bachelor of Music degree, Julliard in New York City, and the University of Toronto for her teaching certification. She taught at the St. Catharines Collegiate in St. Catharines for 20 years where she developed a choral music program. Her choirs and ensembles won many awards at Kiwanis Music Festivals in Niagara and Toronto,  and winning a provincial championship for her women’s choir. She also produced musicals such as The Mikado and Oklahoma, and organized choir trips across Canada and the U.S.

 

Ms. Pothier sang with the St. Catharines Symphony, the Madrigal Singers, Chorus Niagara, and the Fred Willett band as well as at hundreds of weddings. She also played the organ, was pianist at the Oban Inn and Riverbend, and was choir director at several churches, and taught private piano and voice students until she was 90 years old. Her private students often competed in the Kiwanis festival, receiving many awards and accolades. 

 

Theresa had a significant soloist career in the Niagara Region including performing as a soloist in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with Maureen Foster. Her family wished to continue this legacy and established this fund through Chorus Niagara, upon her passing in the Spring of 2021, to support a promising young soloist in their pursuit of vocal training.

For the 2021/2022, Chorus Niagara is proud to announce Isabella Milano as the first recipient of this award! Isabella will be attending the University of Toronto for Vocal Performance in September. 

The Theresa Pothier Scholarship recipient is chosen on an annual basis by Chorus Niagara's Artistic Director. There is no formal application. To inquire about eligibility or any other inquiries, please click the button below. 

How to Donate to the Theresa Pothier Scholarship Fund

Donations in Theresa's memory to the scholarship fund can be made by: