Vocal Performance Competition 2017 Winner & Runners-up


The Chester County Choral Society expresses its heartfelt thanks and gratefully recognizes The Honorable Charles B. Smith for his generous and longstanding support of our 25th Annual Excellence in Vocal Performance Competition.

The 2017 the winner and runners-up are:

Thomas Lock, tenorThomas Lock

"When First My Old, Old Love I Knew" from Trial By Jury composed by Arthur Sullivan
"Emma" from Emma composed by Paul Gordon

First Place - $1000 Award

Thomas Lock, tenor, is a senior at Great Valley High School. He has extensive performing experiences including a leading role, “The Courier,” in The Media Theatre’s production of 1776. He was the Second Place winner in the 2014 Vocalist Competition. Tommy was selected, after a competitive audition, for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s District and Regional Chorus Festivals. Other leading musical theater roles include Aladdin in Aladdin, and Warner in Legally Blonde. He studies voice with Kim Russell, acting with Mary Lisbeth Bartlett, and dance at The Rock School West. Tommy will attend Penn State University to major in Musical Theater next fall.

Tommy would like to thank his family and friends for their unending support!


Samantha Castleton, sopranoSamantha Castleton

"Home" from Beauty and the Beast composed by Alan Menken

Runner-up - $500 Award

Samantha Castleton, soprano, is a senior who attends Kennett High School. She has participated in all the choral ensembles and has held supporting and leading roles in her school musicals each year. In addition, Sami has enjoyed a long-time membership in her church choirs. Samantha has auditioned for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 Competition, where she secured a place in the festival chorus. She studies voice with Patricia Mancuso and next fall plans to attend The Eccles School of Performing Arts at Snow College to major in vocal performance.




Skyler Shields, baritoneSkyler Shields

Runner-up - $500 Award

Skyler Shields, baritone, is a senior at Bishop Shanahan High School. Beginning with his 2nd grade role as Pinnochio, Skyler has been singing and acting his whole life. Since then he has starred in Anything Goes twice, once at Bishop Shanahan, and again with the Barley Sheaf Players. Skyler has played Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods and Phil Davis in White Christmas. At Shanahan, he has been a four-year member of the mixed chorus, chorale ensemble, and select choir. Skyler will be attending Temple University to attain a BFA in Musical Theater next year. He is grateful to his parents, siblings, friends, and teachers for their unending love and support.