Elijah Cineas is the recipient of a $500 scholarship presented by the Canyon Lake Choraleers. The Choraleers presented him with the scholarship during their spring concert, “Best of Big Band,” on May 20 at the lodge. Both Elijah and his mother, Kathryn Smith, performed in the concert. Elijah entertained the audience with his rendition of “Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway.
The scholarship was open to a graduating senior who resides in Canyon Lake, is related to a resident of Canyon Lake, or related to a member of the Choraleers and who is pursuing a higher education in a field related to music, music education, theater, dance, media arts or performing arts.
Elijah, a senior at Elsinore High School, is a member of the school’s choir and band. He played the lead in the school’s spring musical.
Earlier this year, Elijah won first place in the vocal division of the Wildomar Rotary’s music competition for his performances of “Somewhere” from West Side Story and “The Vagabond” by Ralph Vaughn Williams.
After graduation, the 17-year-old plans to attend Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, the school of music at California State University, Long Beach. He plans to study music education and vocal performance. His futures plans are to work as a high school music teacher and continue with his performance career.
“I’d like to thank the Choraleers for the opportunity to perform with them this season and for the scholarship,” said Elijah.