Catholic student receives Youth Choir camp scholarship

From local reports

PARKERSBURG — A student at Parkersburg Catholic High School has received a Bishop Scholarship to assist singers who attended the nine-day National Catholic Youth Choir camp and concert tour.

Paul Benedict Takeshi Teltscher, a sophomore at Parkersburg Catholic also is a parishioner at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Parkersburg. The Bishop Scholarship was donated by Archbishop William E. Lori, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

The Youth Choir camp was held July 6-14 at St. John’s Abbey and University at Collegeville, Minn. Daily rehearsals of the unified choir were held under the direction of Andre Heywood, St. John’s Boys’ Choir conductor.

Teltscher sang as a Tenor II. The choir began its midwest concert tour on July 11 at the Cathedral of Christ the King at Superior, Wis.

“Camp has been a great experience because of a great sense of community and many chances to make magnificent music. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to sing for such an appreciative audience during our short concert tour,” Teltscher “I wish camp would have been longer and hope to be able to participate next year again. I am looking forward to going home to West Virginia and sharing my experience with my school and parish.”

Teltscher was born in Konstanz, Germany. His family immigrated to West Virginia when he was 2 and later moved to Parkersburg so that he and his younger sister could receive a Catholic education. Besides singing in the Smoot Theatre Boys Chorus, Teltscher enjoys bicycling, kayaking and soccer.

His favorite subjects in school are mathematics and natural sciences.

In 2016, Teltscher participated in the West Virginia Music Educators Association All-State Conference as Alto I. In the summer of 2018, he was invited to the Governor’s Academy of Science at Green Bank.

This past spring, Teltscher was invited to the Rotary Youth Leadership Camp at Jackson Mill, W.Va., and has already been invited to attend next year.

“The Parkersburg Catholic Schools family celebrates Paul’s accomplishments and applauds his contributions to the extensive and diverse culture of our school community. Paul is ambitious in his aspirations and dedicated to his success and the success of others in collaboration,” said John Golebiewski, president and principal of Parkersburg Catholic Schools.