Founded in 1996, the Sandlapper Singers, South Carolina's premier professional choral ensemble, presents American choral music in a uniquely entertaining and engaging style to audiences throughout the state and beyond. The 30-voice auditioned ensemble performs an annual subscription series of three concerts in the Dreher High School Performing Arts Center in Columbia. Directed and founded by Dr. Lillian Quackenbush, the Singers specialize in the works of American composers, past and present, offering a delightful mix of both familiar and new music. In addition to beautiful and inspiring singing, the Sandlapper concerts include a variety of the other arts, visual, dance, theater, and insightful commentary.
The mission of the Sandlapper Singers is to present American choral music in a uniquely entertaining, inspiring, and engaging style and to provide educational opportunities for young singers.
Benefits to Sponsors
Supporting the Sandlapper Singers enhances a business's public image, builds recognition and fosters good will. We recognize sponsors in our advertising, in our publicity, in our web site, in our concert programs, and verbally at the beginning of each concert. Partnering with us enhances the cultural life of the Midlands and South Carolina, making it a better place to live and work. Enhancing our sponsors image beginning with the 2012/13 season, a portion of our ticket sales will be donated to local public middle or high school choral programs where funding continues to be a challenge.
Benefits to the Community
We provide performance opportunities for Columbia's skilled singers and instrumental musicians. We develop fresh talent, raise the standard of choral singing in our community and across the state, and give audiences the chance to hear wonderful music “made in the USA.” We have increased our emphasis on education, inviting children and youth to participate in our programs and establishing a parallel youth choir, the Young Sandlapper Singers.
Dr. Lillian Quackenbush, awarded the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award from the Governors office and the South Carolina Arts Commission for Life Time Achievement and retired chairman of the music department at Columbia College, Is co-founder of the Sandlapper Singers and serves as our artistic director and conductor.
We offer a yearly series of three concerts in Columbia. Admission is $20 for a single ticket, season ticket $50; $15 for military, season ticket $40; $10 for children & students, season ticket $25. We also travel to present concerts throughout South Carolina and neighboring states.
Audience surveys have shown that our listeners are above average in education and income and most are above the age of 35. With an increased educational emphasis, many younger people and their parents are populating our audience.
We perform music composed or arranged by American composers, offering a delightful mix of the familiar and the new. We commission and premier works by South Carolina composers. Our Multimedia concerts combine sumptuous singing and staging with other performing art forms, visual art, and insightful commentary by Dr. Quackenbush that both entertains and enlightens.
We hold competitive auditions and select only singers of superior quality. We produce a beautiful vocal sound in an entertaining and inspiring style.
Among the organizations that have endorsed and funded the Sandlapper Singers, we are proud to list The State newspaper, the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, the City of Columbia, the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the South Carolina Humanities Council, the Southern Arts Alliance, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Firms that have sponsored concerts in recent years include Blue Cross of South Carolina, First Citizens Bank, Publix Supermarket Charities, Abacus Planning Group, AllSouth Federal Credit Union, Quackenbush Architects, Carolina First Bank, and Columbia Heart Clinic to name a few.
The Sandlapper Singers hold auditions year-round.
Interested persons should contact the Artistic Director, Lillian Quackenbush, at 803-790-4423.