The Concert Choir in the South Carolina School of the Arts is a select ensemble of about 45 members. Many are music majors and most are upperclassmen, but the group is open to any qualified student regardless of major or class. Concert Choir focuses on artistic choral literature and also performs in the university’s seasonal and pops shows. In the annual Choral Masterworks Concert, the group presents major choral works with orchestra. Past presentations include Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, Mozart's Requiem, Rutter’s Requiem, and others. Concert Choir also combines with the University Choir to perform for important campus events.
Concert Choir has been featured at conventions of the South Carolina Music Educators Association and the South Carolina chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. The group was recently engaged to make a demonstration recording for Alfred Music Publishing. In addition to such special opportunities, Concert Choir performs in churches and schools in South Carolina and the surrounding states. On average, this involves just one Sunday and one or two weekdays each semester. Members also have periodic opportunities for national and international performance.
Here are some links to recent performances:
- From the 2014 SC Music Educator's Association Conference
- From the 2014 Choral Masterworks Concert
- From the 2015 Fall Concert
How to join
To be selected for Concert Choir, students must pass an audition that assesses vocal range and quality, sight-reading ability, and previous experience. Concert Choir meets twice each week under the direction of Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Dr. Richard Williamson.
A limited number of scholarships are available for selected students. Incoming students who wish to audition for Concert Choir or for a choral scholarship, please attend one of the South Carolina School of the Arts music audition days the year before you register as a student. If necessary, you may arrange an individual audition time by contacting Dr. Richard A. Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Concert Choir, contact Dr. Williamson at email@example.com or (864) 231-2122.