Bernie Kuehn Scholarship Program


In recognition of founding director Bernie Kuehn’s 30 years of service and contribution to the community, the Oregon Chorale has established an endowed scholarship with the Hillsboro Community Foundation. This ongoing, perpetual award will be for high school and eventually university students wishing to pursue a career in music, and particularly, conducting. If you would like to be a part of this special tribute to Bernie, please contact Cindy Uecker at or 503-319-4234.




We are pleased to announce the 2022 recipients of the Bernie Kuehn Music Scholarship! In partnership with the Hillsboro Community Foundation, the Oregon Chorale began this scholarship when Bernie retired to honor his legacy and interest in seniors pursuing their music education.


Laurel Brown is a graduating senior at Glencoe High School. She will be attending Oregon State University and plans to major in Biology with a minor in Music. Since beginning piano lessons at age 7, Laurel has studied guitar, clarinet, oboe, and saxophone which is currently her main instrument. At Glencoe, she plays in the marching band, pep band, parade band, jazz band, wind ensemble, pit orchestra, chamber winds, and winter percussion while serving in leadership as band captain. Her most recent accomplishments include helping the Glencoe band program see the highest scores in the school’s history in jazz band, wind ensemble, and marching band. She has qualified for the OSAA/OMEA state solo and ensemble competition for two years in a row and won the John Philip Sousa Award. Laurel’s musical goal would be to play in a professional band after college, whether that be orchestral or jazz. Outside of band, she enjoys volunteering within the community, playing softball through the Hillsboro Girls Softball Association, studying health sciences, and crocheting for her Etsy business.


Jonathan Mohlman is a senior at Hillsboro High School, graduating as a valedictorian and National Merit Scholar. Jonathan received a full-tuition scholarship to Brigham Young University, majoring in Finance with a minor in Music. An avid singer and pianist, Jonathan has sung for years in his congregation at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where he volunteers as an organist and choir director. He is active with the Hillsboro High School choir program, where he is the choir president and bass section leader. He has also played trumpet in the Westside Community Youth Orchestra since 6th grade. His most recent accomplishments include placing 4th at the 2022 OSAA/OMEA state solo and ensemble competition (after placing 1st in his district, competing in the bass voice category) and participating in the All-State Mixed Choir for 3 years. He hopes to create and direct his own youth choir to give the joy singing has brought him back to the community. Outside of singing and piano, he enjoys and participates in ballroom dance, chess competitions and coaching, track and field, and cycling.


Previous Winners



Kathleen Taylor

Century High School




Layna Beale

Century High School




Lucas Blevins

Century High School




Hannah Burke

Liberty High School





Irisa Murphy

Liberty High School




Kaela Burke

Liberty High School