The Horton School of Music has earned a reputation for excellence in the greater Charleston area, evidenced in performance and professionalism of both faculty and students. Now celebrating its 20th year of the support of the Horton Endowment, the growth is clearly evident in the size and scope of the Fall Concert schedule.
The programmed events are diverse with traditional fare including seasonal favorites such as Carols in the Round and new offerings like the debut of the Steel Band. The schedule of events also features several piano offerings in the rotation, indicating a larger presence by the piano faculty and students to complement the well-established and respected vocal and instrumental areas. Events are offered on campus and at local and regional venues.
The season kicks off on Thursday, September 21 at 2 p.m. in Lightsey Chapel, when the Horton School of Music Faculty presents a recital of instrumental and vocal chamber music. This program is free and open to the public and will highlight the strong vocal, instrumental and piano performance faculty. This concert is the kickoff event for the Monthly Recital series. Subsequent Monthly Recitals will feature CSU students selected for excellence in performance and will be October 19 and November 16, both at 2 pm.
Several special piano recitals are also slated for the fall to highlight this growing program. Dr. Brad Parker, associate professor and head of the piano area, will team up with flutist Regina Helcher Yost to present a recital of solo and chamber works on September 25. In October, Dr. Myungsook Stoudenmire and Eugene Koester will present a joint piano recital on the 17th, and in November, CSU welcomes guest pianist and clinician Dr. Sarah Chan for a master class and recital.
The piano faculty will also join the vocal faculty for the Vocal and Piano Arts Festival scheduled for October 2. High school students and their teachers/directors from the region will be on campus for clinics, master classes, lessons, and choral rehearsals culminating in a concert at the end of the day. This is the second year the voice and piano faculty have collaborated on this event. This is not the only event bringing the community together at CSU. The Lowcountry Invitational HS Marching Band Competition will be hosted by the CSU Bands in October, and the Lowcountry Percussion Festival returns to campus in November.
November also marks the debut of Charleston Southern’s first Steel Band directed by Dr. Michael Haldeman. Dr. Haldeman will also be leading the CSU Percussion Ensemble in concert in November. This program will include a performance of Blake Tyson’s The Surface of the Sky. Several percussion ensembles in the country will be performing this piece as it was written to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine courageous African-American students initially denied access to attend Little Rock Central High School in 1957.
The Wind Ensemble directed by Dr. Marshall Forrester will perform concerts in September and October. The October concert will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Reformation Day when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. The CSU Jazz Band directed by Mark Sterbank will present a program in October.
Elevate Worship will travel around the state and region this fall serving as guests leading worship in a number of churches. Elevate Worship is a contemporary worship team directed by Matthew McCall who also heads the Music and Worship Leadership program. This degree combines ministry with music and trains graduates to be leaders of traditional and contemporary worship in churches. Updated listings of Elevate Worship can be found on the HSM website.
Charleston Southern welcomes Dr. Dustin Ousley to the faculty as the new Director of Choral Activities. Ousley and Ricard Bordas will lead the choral ensembles in several programs including Ousley’s debut performance on September 29. The favorite Carols in the Round held in the Science building will be on November 27, and CSU will join with East Cooper Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant in December for a Christmas Concert titled “My Eternal King,” presented over multiple days. Concert Singers will also join the Charleston Symphony Orchestra chorus and the College of Charleston chorus for a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony scheduled for October as part of the CSO Masterworks series. Other vocal offerings include the Lyric Theater production in October in the Black Box Theatre.
The complete HSM Fall Calendar is available at: charlestonsouthern.edu/music/events/index.php. Concert events are free unless otherwise indicated. For more information about events or programs, please contact our music office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-863-7966.