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 2021 recipient 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.

Kathleen Taylor is a graduating senior at Century High School as a valedictorian of her high school class. Kathleen plans to attend Miami University-Oxford in Ohio to major in vocal performance with a co-major in neuroscience. She has been singing for as long as she can remember, but started at her church choir in 3rd grade. She sang in Hillsboro Community Youth Choir for many years starting in 5th grade and has been taking private voice lessons since 7th grade. She first became interested in opera at age ten when she saw her first Portland Opera To Go production, “The Magic Flute.” Her ultimate dream is to sing the Queen of the Night aria on the Metropolitan Opera stage. She has also taken private piano lessons since kindergarten. Her most recent accomplishments include placing 5th in the NATS Musical Theatre and NATS Classical Northwest Regional Competitions and is now competing nationally. Outside of singing and piano, she enjoys and participates in Girl Scouts, ballet, jazz, band, theatre, choir, and outdoor activities.

Previous Winners



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