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Katie Quackenbush Scholarship

Vocal Scholarship Opportunity

An annual competition is held each spring to encourage the vocal development of high school singers. A cash award is given to provide lessons with a vocal instructor, and winners perform as guest soloists in the Sandlapper Singers' concert. Students must be enrolled in a high school, grades 10-12, or an equivalent home-schooled program. Prior private vocal study is not required, but any financial award must be used to that end.

2016 Scholarship Auditions
Saturday, April 16, 2016
, 10am-12pm, Shandon Presbyterian Church
Application Deadline is April 10.


2016 Scholarship Recipient

Elizabeth Joy SmithElizabeth Joy Smith (Soprano) is a student of Dr. David Parker and Dr. Tina Stallard. She has had a love for beautiful music from her earliest years. Elizabeth is a senior at Grace Christian School and will graduate with honors in May 2016.
In addition to being a vocalist, Elizabeth is an accomplished pianist, violinist and violist. She is very active in the music ministry of Grace Baptist Church where she plays in the orchestra, is a vocal and instrumental soloist, as well as an accompanist.

Elizabeth has competed and placed in the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools Fine Arts Competitions in choral, vocal solo, and instrumental divisions annually beginning in the 4th grade and in the American Association of Christian Schools Nationals Competition beginning in the 9th grade. She has also competed in the Bob Jones University Fine Arts Festival.

In the winter of 2015, Elizabeth had the wonderful opportunity to travel to India to provide music at several Gospel conferences. The summer of 2016 she will be an intern at First Baptist Church of Coconut Creek, Florida, she will be assisting the church with their music program. Elizabeth has been accepted into the Vocal Performance Program at Bob Jones University where she plans to attend beginning in the fall of 2016.

Elizabeth is the recipient of the 2016 Afternoon and Eau Claire Music Clubs Senior Vocal Scholarship as well as the 2016 Gingery-Mack Music Scholarship. She is thrilled and honored to receive the 2016 Katie Quakenbush Scholarship and wishes to thank all who made it possible.

2015 Scholarship Recipient

Stephanie LangfordStephanie Langford (Soprano) has studied voice with Dr. Rhoda Paschal for 5 years. She is a member of the Lexington County Choral Society under the direction of Mr. Harold McIntosh and has studied voice with him for 4 years. As a senior at Lexington High School, she participates in several choirs under the direction of Mr. Gary Calloway and has participated in the South Carolina All State Choir. Stephanie has been the recipient of several scholarships and awards including the 2012 H. T. Lorick, Jr. Vocal Scholarship. She has performed in several community theater productions in the Columbia Metropolitan Area and as one of the lead roles in USC Opera's production of Aaron Copland's "The Second Hurricane". At the University of South Carolina, she has attended the Drama Conservatory, the Carolina Music Conservatory, and the Opera Camp along with the Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Academy Summer Program for Drama. In addition, Stephanie has performed in community events and fund raisers in Greenville, Columbia, Spartanburg, Lexington and Charleston. In the fall of 2015, she plans on majoring in voice performance and music education at the University of South Carolina. Stephanie would like to thank the Sandlapper Singers and those who support the Katie Quackenbush Scholarship for giving her this wonderful opportunity.

2014 Scholarship Recipient

Savannah JohnsonSavannah Johnson recently graduated from McBee High School where she participated in music theory, choir, and the Spirit of McBee High School Marching Band, all under the direction of Matthew Crawley. During high school, Ms. Johnson earned many band and vocal awards among them the Fred Waring Choir award and the Jim Heffner Band award. Most recently, she was awarded a vocal scholarship to attend North Greenville University. Upon where, she plans to major in music education. Miss Johnson has been a voice student of Dr. Serena Hill-LaRoche of Coker College since 2012.

2013 Scholarship Recipient

Sarah FloydSarah Floyd is currently a senior at Hartsville High School where she studies in the International Baccalaureate programme. She is also very involved in her school's music program where she has been a member of the Advanced Choir for three years under the direction of Dr. James Beaumier. Sarah has been taking voice lessons with Dr. Serena Hill-LaRoche of Coker College since 2011 through the PULSE program. Sarah has received multiple awards, scholarships and opportunities in her High School Career. In college she plans to major in Vocal Performance and study Musical Theatre as well.

2012 Scholarship Recipient

David LaTorreDavid LaTorre is a Senior at Brookland Cayce High School, where he is in the Honors Choir directed by Wendi Humphries. He is currently studying voice with Tom Brunson. David has received numerous awards and recognitions in vocal competitions thoughout his high school career. While involved in chorus events at BC, he keeps himself busy with theatre as well. David plans to attend the University of South Carolina to study Broadcast Journalism and Music.

Brittany Chapman: “I recently graduated as an honors graduate from Gilbert High School. In the fall I will attend The University of South Carolina Columbia. I will be majoring in International Business and minoring in vocal performance. In March, the USC School of Music awarded me a $3,000 vocal scholarship that can be renewed every year.”

Jacquelyn StuckerJacquelyn Stucker: A native of Irmo, South Carolina, Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano, is a graduate student of the Bard College Conservatory Vocal Arts Program. She graduated with honors from Furman University with a Bachelor's degree in Music in Vocal Performance and studied with Dr. William Thomas, Jr. She was featured as a young artist in the 2009 Lyrique-en-Mer/Festival de Belle-Île under the artistic direction of American bass-baritone Richard Cowan, and had her international operatic debut as Kate Pinkerton in the festival's production of "Madama Butterfly". Jacquelyn performed frequently with Furman University's Opera Theatre program, most recently as Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni". Equally at home in concert repertoire, Jacquelyn was frequently featured as a soloist with the Furman Singers, the Furman Symphony Orchestra, and the Furman Chamber Choir in the university's performances of J.S. Bach's "Mass in B minor", Brahms's "Ein Deutches Requiem", and Mendelssohn's "Hear My Prayer". Jacque writes, “Having a professional relationship with you and the Sandlappers has given me a lot of wonderful experiences as a musician.”

Sam Grosby: “Since receiving the Quackenbush scholarship, I graduated from Hammond School and decided to move far away for my secondary education. I am now a rising Sophomore at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, New York, majoring in Vocal Performance, studying under Robert Swensen. Currently, I am working at the Jewish Community Center in Rochester and continuing my musical training over the summer.”

Donation Levels

YSLS Scholarship (one semester) - $180
YSLS Scholarship (annual) - $360
Katie Q Scholarship - $600

Scholarship Donation