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  • Recent Chesapeake High graduate Elisabeth Engelmeyer performed in high school, as a member of all-county and all-state choruses, as a soloist in a jazz quartet, and at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.
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    Recent Chesapeake High graduate Elisabeth Engelmeyer performed in high school, as a member of all-county and all-state choruses, as a soloist in a jazz quartet, and at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.

CHS Student Awarded Tim King Scholarship

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June 12, 2018

It was a celebratory week for recently minted Chesapeake High School graduate Elisabeth Engelmeyer. Engelmeyer not only graduated from Chesapeake High School on May 30 but also received a $5,000 scholarship check five days later from the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians, Inc. (AMFM), a nonprofit organization that supports professional Annapolis musicians.

“When they called me to tell me I had won, I actually cried,” recalled Engelmeyer. “I was so excited and so honored for being selected from the entire Annapolis area.”

Engelmeyer was AMFM’s first recipient of the new scholarship, which is named after Tim King, a beloved local musician, playwright, actor, entertainer and teacher who passed away from an illness in 2011.

A friend of Engelmeyer’s mother first saw the scholarship announcement on Facebook and encouraged Engelmeyer to apply. She quickly filled out the application and sent a video of her singing.

Applicants were evaluated on several criteria — including their participation during high school in music performance groups, volunteer music opportunities in their communities, and private lessons — to assess their commitment to pursing music academically.

Engelmeyer had exemplary accomplishments in all three areas. She performed in high school, all-county and all-state choruses, as a soloist in a jazz quartet, and at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore. She taught voice lessons to elementary school students and sang as a volunteer for the infirmed in retirement homes and hospitals.

“Elisabeth really just stood out,” said Matt McConville, founder and president of AMFM. “She was a clear winner and a very talented young woman.”

At Chesapeake High, Engelmeyer was one of the founding members of Evolve, the school’s contemporary a cappella group. “It was such a difficult group,” she said. “It was very fast-paced and you really needed to know your stuff.”

During her years working as a nanny, Engelmeyer mentored two girls she watched, giving them singing and music advice for their upcoming performances in their school musicals. “I was just teaching something I loved,” she said.

When her great-grandfather was hospitalized with cancer, Engelmeyer provided ad hoc solo performances for the enjoyment of the patients.

This fall, Engelmeyer plans to continue her musical pursuits and will enroll as a freshman at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music performance but also is considering an eventual switch to commercial voice. Engelmeyer has even thought about her pursuits after college. “I want to keep performing and maybe work as a performer on Broadway,” she added.

Nashville will be an ideal environment to allow Engelmeyer to learn all about the different genres of music. Although typically well known as a country music town, “Nashville has every type of music imaginable: country, R&B, pop, everything,” said Engelmeyer, who is planning to visit Nashville this summer before staring at Belmont. She was grateful to AMFM for selecting her as the first winner of the Tim King Music Scholarship.

AMFM was created to provide temporary financial relief to professional Annapolis musicians who cannot work due to sickness, injury or any other circumstance leaving them unable to perform. The organization raises funds through donations and music events such as the AMFM Christmas show.


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