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South Carolina State University President Alexander Conyers recently awarded the university’s Concert Choir $50,000 for recurring scholarships.
“These scholarships give us the opportunity to attract top-level music and voice majors to our nationally accredited music program,” said Dr. M. Evelyn Fields, Acting Dean of College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences. “We appreciate President Conyers’ commitment to the arts.”
As the university’s premier choir and lead vocal ensemble for SC State’s music programs, the Concert Choir is made up of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who may or may not be majors. in music.
The president dedicated the scholarship money from the Ready All to Do and Dare capital campaign in honor of SC State’s 125th anniversary in 2021.
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“Under the direction of Dr. Rosetta Dingle, the Concert Choir is among our most distinguished ambassadors for excellence at SC State,” said Conyers. “These voices lift our spirits on campus and help set the mood for our launch ceremonies, Founders’ Day celebrations, and other important occasions.
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“I hope these funds will help the music faculty grow, retain and ultimately train more performing arts students, continuing the meritorious tradition for which the choir is known,” Conyers said.
The Concert Choir is the venue through which students learn the vocal performance skills and techniques necessary to teach music and perform in the music industry, as required by the National Association of Schools of Music, l national accrediting body for music programs.
Accordingly, students perform music from a variety of vocal genres – cantatas, operas, arias, musicals and more – and styles such as classical, jazz, gospel and contemporary music. These performances are given in the form of fall and spring concerts presented each semester on and off campus.
Additionally, the Concert Choir participates in sponsored events that may be requested by choir alumni or other sponsored entities.
The SC State Concert Choir has a rich heritage of performing music locally, nationally and internationally. The Concert Choir has performed in various venues from the east coast to the west coast of the United States in states such as New York, Illinois, California and Florida. Concert Choir performances have also been presented internationally in Canada, Mexico, Paris, London and elsewhere.
This scholarship will help students acquire the required vocal skills and enable the Concert Choir to continue its rich heritage of performing choral music, with excellence, around the world.
The SC State Concert Choir is an academic ensemble in the music programs of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences.
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All potential members must audition to join the choir. Soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices are welcome to audition. Students interested in joining the Concert Choir for the fall 2022 semester should contact the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at 803-536-7101 by August 15, 2022.