Published Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Choirs from two BCSD schools known for molding talented singers will offer a special performance on Tuesday, January 22.
The show, billed as a preview of SCEMA conference performances, will feature the Cane Bay High Ladies Honor Choir and the Berkeley Center for the Arts Chamber Choir.
SCEMA is the acronym for South Carolina Music Educators Association. Being selected to perform at the association’s annual conference is a unique honor for any program chosen to perform. It’s something both programs accomplished, and it’s something they each want to celebrate with the community.
“We have competitions throughout the year where we sing on stage and you get three judges’ opinions of two songs on a random Tuesday afternoon in April. But, when you apply for a conference performance, they are not just judging the recordings you send. They want to hear more,” said Berkeley Center for the Arts (BCA) Choral Director Jordan Boyd.
Selection for a SCEMA conference performance is special, Boyd said, because judges want to hear an entire 25-minute program.
“They want us to showcase what we can do as an ensemble,” he said.
There’s no cost of admission for the January preview concert in the Harry D. Calvert Auditorium at Goose Creek High. It will begin at 7 p.m. and is expected to last about an hour.
The BCA set will include a piece written by Boyd specifically for his chamber choir. Cane Bay’s set will include some instrumental accompaniment.
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