The Leokadja Dombroska
Polish Singers Alliance of America Scholarship
Who is Leokadja Dombroska?
Born in Bydgoszcz, Poland and living in South Brooklyn for most of her life, Leokadja Dombroska bequeathed monies to the P.S.A.A. for a scholarship fund, having been a dedicated member of the Jutrzenka Singing Society #226 and serving as their librarian for many years. A person of great joy throughout her 98 years, she had the privilege of meeting Ignacy Paderewski as a young woman. He requested that she sing for him having heard that she had a lovely voice.
Too shy to do so, she, nonetheless, dared to ask if he would play for her. He honored her request, specifically for the Moonlight Sonata!
Haley Brunstad is entering her sophomore year as a vocal performance major at Nazareth College, a private institution located in Rochester, New York. Recent works she has been featured in include Clara, My Love, an art song musical by Heather Nicole Winter and Lauridsen’s Lux Aterna, performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She performed in Glenn McClure’s Caribbean Mass For Steel Drums and Choir with Nazareth College’s Chamber Singers under the direction of Mark Zeigler. Prior to studying at Nazareth, Haley was a student at Lancaster Central High School where she was heavily involved with the music department, including Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins and in the international tour of Rocktopia at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. She performed in the Scholarship Fund concert run by District IX in March 2018 at St. Michael Church.
2016 Winner – Districkt IX: Jakub Jozef Orlinski who participated in the October 2015 Festival of Youth hosted by District IX. He also was a featured soloist at the 1050th Anniversary of Christianity held at St. Patrick Cathedral and coordinated by the Polish Consulate in New York City at which District VII performs. Most notably, he was one of the five awardees of the Metropolitan Opera Competition. Prior to winning the Metropolitan Opera award, the most prestigious vocal competition in the United States, Mr. Orlinski received the 2015 Marcella Kochanska Sembrich International Voice Competition, the Oratorio Society of New York’s 2016 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-
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2015 Winner – District IX: Michael Hawk, a voice major at SUNY Fredonia, has performed with the Nickel City Opera in its world premier performance of the opera, Shot, about the assassination of William McKinley and in Amahl and the Night Visitors. He has also performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, the Rocky Ridge YAS Orchestra, SUNY Fredonia College Symphony Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and Linquae Canto, a vocal and language study program in Italy. Michael Hawk is also working on his Masters at Rice University. As a note, Michael’s grandfather changed their name to Hawk from Kozlowski.
2013 Winner – District IX: Artur Kapron is a gifted accompanist who graduated from McMaster University, received his Masters from University of Western Ontario with a practicum in choral techniques, where he is currently a PhD candidate. He has served as accompanist for Symfonia Choir and is fluent in Polish.
2014 Winner – District IX: Emily Helenbrook, a graduate of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, has made her mark in the music world having performed with the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics, the Ars Nova Chamber Musicians, the Cheektowaga Symphony, the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, the Livermore-
Requirements for Application
District Officials may nominate individuals for the Leokadja Dombroska/Polish Singers Alliance of America Scholarship to the Central Office for review. Preference is given to candidates in vocal, choral or accompaniment studies at the undergraduate or graduate level who have been active in the Polish community or in promoting Polish music. An award of $1000 is offered to each district.
To donate towards the Scholarship Fund please mail to the following:
20 Brookfield Lane #4, Cheektowaga, NY 14227.