Lillian Quackenbush, D.M.A., Artistic Director, Sandlapper Singers
Founder and Artistic Director, Retired Professor and Chairman of the Department of Music, Columbia College, Faculty Chair 2006-2007; Director of Music Ministry, Shandon Presbyterian Church since 1991; Degrees: D.M.A. University of South Carolina, Choral Conducting; M. M. University of South Carolina, Vocal Performance; B.M.E. Florida State University. Recipient of Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, 2012. Dr. Quackenbush serves as guest choral clinician in a variety of settings, including all grade-levels of public and private schools, church choirs, and district and state honor choirs. Her collegiate choir performed nationally and internationally including performances in Austria, England, Brazil, Italy, and Spain. She has served as guest conductor of the Columbia community's "Sing-Along" performance of Handel's Messiah for the past nine years and as guest conductor of the Columbia Choral Society for their recent performances of Messiah and Poulenc's Gloria. Dr. Quackenbush says: “I wanted to create a choir dedicated to musical and artistic excellence; an ensemble that would make choral music as much fun for the audience as it is for the singers.”
Karen Kester Areheart
Karen, accompanist for the Sandlapper Singers since its founding in 1996, is a Columbia, South Carolina native and recent transplant to Asheville, North Carolina. Since relocating, Karen has served as Cantor at the Lutheran Church of the Nativity, in Arden, North Carolina. Karen holds a BM in Piano Performance from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, a MM in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina, and a BA in Vocal Performance from Columbia College. In addition to piano and voice, Karen also plays the organ. Because of her love of everything Brahms, Karen would like to have lived during the Romantic period, provided there would have been plenty of chocolate available in any form - another of her great loves! Karen is best known for her contagious laughter and always trying to bring a little joy to those around her. With a balanced approach to her personal growth and pursuit of musical excellence, Karen confides, “...my best ever concert experience is my last performance.”
Karen Harmon, Artistic Director, Young Sandlapper Singers. Her experience as a public school music specialist and classroom teacher contribute significantly to her abilities to move students to a higher level of musical understanding and choral performance. Ms. Harmon is currently Music Teacher and Choral Director at Logan Elementary where she founded three new choruses. Under her direction, the choruses are in high demand for performance throughout the Midlands, were featured in segments on SCETV and consistently receive superior ratings at choral festivals. She received degrees in Music Education from Furman University and USC and is a National Board Certified Teacher.