Talented high school students brought joy to McLean residents, staff and patients at the Third Annual Ensign Darling Vocal Fellowship Holiday Performance. The Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship at The Bushnell was created by Bob Darling, a long-time Simsbury resident, to provide vocal scholarships to talented high school students. The Fellowship provides monthly Master Classes taught by vocal professionals offering instruction in Classical, Musical Theater and Cabaret repertoire, and weekly private instructions. Blending together two of Bob’s favorite charities, the Holiday Concert is now held at McLean in December, and the final performance at The Bushnell in June. Sharing in the family legacy were also Terry and Elizabeth Darling, Bob’s son and daughter-in-law, and Mary Darling, Bob’s widow.
McLean is very grateful to the Darling family for their special gifts over many years including the Virginia Darling Warm Water Therapy Pool. This concert is something dear to the residents.
Photo - from left to right: Brenda Lopez, Program Director, Ensign Darling Vocal Fellowship (EDVS); Nicholas Bayer, South Windsor; Joanne Scattergood, Artistic Director, EDVF; Jessa Sahl, Avon; Miles Wilson-Toliver, Meriden; David Chrzanowski, seated, EDVF Accompanist; Katie Walsh, Manchester; Reagan Henke, Avon; Julianne Daly, Burlington