Dr. Elizabeth M. Mears
Dr. Elizabeth M. Mears became the Artistic Director of the Columbia Choral Society in 2016. Dr. Mears received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Furman University. She also holds a Master of Music Education and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. An educator since 1983, Dr. Mears has worked with choirs of all ages. Her groups have performed in festivals at the state, national and international levels, and have consistently received superior ratings. Currently, she is the Choral Director at Richland Northeast High School, where she is an instructor for the Palmetto Center for the Arts Magnet Program. Dr. Mears is also the Director of Music at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church. A Columbia native, Dr. Mears has participated in many aspects of the musical life of the city. She has been a voice teacher, an adjudicator, and a clinician. She has sung with Colla Voce, and has been a singer and soloist for Sandlapper Singers, and well as the Columbia Choral Society. Dr. Mears is excited and honored to pick up the baton and lead the Columbia Choral Society into its 86th season.
From Our Director
Welcome to the 2017-2018 season of the Columbia Choral Society!
We had an amazing season last year! In October, we performed with the SC Philharmonic and then presented our own fall concert which featured the music of Brahms and Beethoven. Our spring concert, a collaboration with singers and musicians from Ridge View and Richland Northeast High Schools, received high praise from our audience. The young soloists and our Guthrie Darr scholarship winner, Michael N’twa, were truly inspiring examples of the next generation of singers. We concluded the season with a Piccolo Spoleto Festival performance of Jasmine Rhythms, an original piece written by Dick Goodwin, with text by Camden poet, Paddy Bell. Performed with Dick Goodwin’s Big Band to a packed house, this concert was a great success and wonderful way to end the season.
This year, we are looking forward to two concerts. In the fall, we will participate in another choral collaboration with singers from Chapin and Richland Northeast High Schools. Inspired by the solar eclipse, the theme of this concert is Darkness and Light. The program will feature works by twentieth century composers such as Morten Lauridsen, David Childs, Eric Whitacre, and Moses Hogan.
We will have two performances of this repertoire:
November 10 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (7:30)
November 12 at Centennial ARP Church (4:00)
In the spring, we’ll be performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise, featuring guest soloists and instrumentalists. Prior to this concert, we’ll have our 2018 Guthrie Darr scholarship competition and hope to have our winner sing at the spring concert. Please make your plans now to join us on April 15, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for a marvelous afternoon of music.
We have another exciting opportunity this season, as we have been invited to perform Haydn’s Theresienmesse (St. Theresa Mass) with Larry Wyatt in Barcelona in June. There is still time to enroll and take part in this magnificent performance!
It is an exciting time to be part of the Columbia Choral Society! Thank you for your continued support and participation. It’s going to be a great season!
Dr. Elizabeth M. Mears
Columbia Choral Society