Charleston Men’s Chorus Announces 2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients
Using proceeds from its annual concerts, the Charleston Men’s Chorus awards a total of $10,000 in music scholarships each year to students pursuing a degree in vocal music or choral conducting at Charleston Southern University and the College of Charleston.
Charleston Southern recipients of this year’s Charleston Men’s Chorus Scholarships:
Jay Hartley of Gilbert, S.C., a sophomore choral music education major, is a vocal primary and sings tenor in Concert Singers and the Singing Buccaneers. During his freshman year as a biology major, he joined the Signing Buccaneers under the direction of Ricard Bordas and decided to change his major the summer before his sophomore year. He auditioned and was accepted as a member of the Concert Singers directed by Dr. Valerie Bullock and currently studies voice with Dr. Jill Terhaar Lewis. In June of 2014, he will be traveling with the Concert Singers to Spain to perform in Barcelona and the surrounding area.
Kermit Hudson of Walterboro, S.C., a sophomore choral music education major, is a vocal primary and sings baritone in Concert Singers and the Singing Buccaneers. Before coming to Charleston Southern, Hudson was the assistant to Stephanie S. Drawdy, the choral director for Colleton County High School. After one year at USC Salkehatchie, he transferred to CSU and is continuing his studies in choral music education singing with the Concert Singers under the direction of Dr. Valerie Bullock and with the Singing Buccaneers under the direction of Bordas.
Two College of Charleston students were awarded scholarships also. The Charleston Men’s Chorus is a nonprofit 70-man ensemble devoted to entertaining with the striking harmonies of its male choral music. The group sings under the direction of Bordas, assistant professor of vocal music at Charleston Southern, and is accompanied by Pamela Nelson on piano.