2019 Scholarship Winners
The Columbia Choral Society (CCS) held its annual Guthrie Darr Young Artist Scholarship competition on Monday, March 11, 2019. This year’s winner, Joseph Williams-Bibiloni, received a $500 scholarship to be used for private voice lessons. Joseph is home schooled and takes voice lessons from Tom Brunson. He performed works by Mozart and R. Vaughan Williams. Joseph currently sings with the Church of the Good Shepherd choir.
Dr. Elizabeth Mears, the director of the Columbia Choral Society, Allison Hilbish, the choral society’s accompanist, and four members of the Columbia Choral Society (Jonathan Bock, Melinda Crenshaw, Richard Schulz and Phil Hope) served as the jury for the competition.,
The Columbia Choral Society decided to award a second scholarship this year. Abigail Heath received a $250 scholarship. Ms. Heath attends the Ben Lippen School and is in the 11th grade. She performed works by Faure in French and Durante in Italian. She currently studies voice with Alison Branham who teaches at Columbia International University.
Guthrie Darr Scholarship
The Columbia Choral Society would like to announce the 2020 Columbia Choral Society Guthrie Darr Young Artist Scholarship for students.
The Columbia Choral Society Guthrie Darr Young Artist Scholarship is available to students who reside in Richland or Lexington Counties and are currently enrolled in high school in grades 10-12 or in an equivalent home-schooled program. The scholarship exists to encourage and support young local artists who are interested in studying voice privately. Previous study with a voice teacher is not required but any scholarship awarded must be used for this purpose.
The scholarship will be awarded through a juried competition to be held in the spring of 2020. A specific date and location will be announced in January of 2020. The judges will award one scholarship of $500.00.
The winner will be offered the opportunity of performing as a guest artist at one the Columbia Choral Society’s concerts.
Please join us in helping to encourage our local young artists by informing them of this new opportunity. If any students express interest in this scholarship, please have them complete an application and send it to the address provided below. The deadline for applying is Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
Please review the guidelines and scholarship application for additional details.
2017 Scholarship Winner
The Columbia Choral Society held its annual Guthrie Darr Young Artist Scholarship competition on Saturday, February 11, 2017. This year’s winner, Michael Ntwa, received a $500 scholarship to be used for private voice lessons. Mr. Ntwa, a student at Irmo High School, who performed works by Vaughn Williams and Schubert. He has sung in choirs since a young age, including the prestigious Vienna Boys Choir, and currently sings with the Trinity Choir and the Irmo High School Chorus. Dr. Elizabeth Mears, the director of the Columbia Choral Society, Dr. Lillian Quackenbush, professor emeritus of Columbia College, and Dr. Diana Amos, professor at Columbia College, served as the jury for the competition.
In addition to the scholarship, Mr. Ntwa performed at the Columbia Choral Society’s spring concert on March 26, 2017 at the Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia. This concert also featured singers and musicians from Ridge View and Richland North East High Schools.