Charleston Men’s Chorus announces 2013-2014 scholarship recipients

  • Monday, September 30, 2013

The Charleston Men’s Chorus is a nonprofit 70-man ensemble devoted to entertaining the tri-county area with the striking harmonies of its male choral music. The group sings under the direction of Ricard Bordas and is accompanied by Pamela Nelson on piano.

Using proceeds from its annual concerts, the Charleston Men’s Chorus (CMC) awards a total of $10,000 in music scholarships each year to students pursuing a degree in vocal music or choral conducting at the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University.

The following students are recipients of this year’s Charleston Men’s Chorus Scholarships:

Joseph Tan of Spartanburg is a freshman Vocal Performance major at College of Charleston. He completed his senior year of high school at the Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities in Greenville where he performed as a soloist and choral singer. At The College of Charleston, he sings baritone with the Concert Choir and the College of Charleston Opera. In addition to the Charleston Men’s Chorus Scholarship, he is a recipient of the Isabella Mebane Scholarship in Music.

Josh Avant of Walterboro is a sophomore Vocal Performance major at the College of Charleston. As a freshman student, he performed the role of Antonio in the College of Charleston Opera production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” in February 2013. He was a featured soloist for a concert for the Charleston Music Club. He was an honors winner at the S.C. Student Auditions competition sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing, held at the University of South Carolina. He then went on to be an honors winner at the five-state Mid-Atlantic Regional level of the same competition. Avant is a tenor member of the College of Charleston Concert Choir, toured with them in South Carolina and Atlanta, Ga., and performed during Piccolo Spoleto 2013 with the choir on the Young Artists Series. After a summer spent as a summer missionary in Florida, he will continue in his vocal studies at the College of Charleston.

Jay Hartley of Gilbert is a sophomore Choral Music Education major at Charleston Southern University. He is a vocal primary and sings tenor in Concert Singers and the Singing Buccaneers. In high school, he sang with the award winning Gilbert Chorale under the direction of Miki Kiesler. During his freshmen 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 performing in various cathedrals and churches in Barcelona and throughout the surrounding areas.

Kermit Hudson of Walterboro is a sophomore Choral Music Education major at Charleston Southern University. He is a vocal primary and sings baritone in Concert Singers and the Singing Buccaneers. As a distinguished high school chorus student, he has performed in several concerts and events. In March of 2010, he traveled to New York City and sang Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore with several other choirs throughout the country. Before coming to Charleston Southern, Hudson was the assistant to Stephanie S. Drawdy, the choral director for Colleton County High School. This allowed him to experience and begin to understand what he is now pursuing as his major. 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 Ricard Bordas.

For more information about the Charleston Men’s Chorus, call 843-720-8505 or visit www.cmchorus.com.

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