The 15 voice students of under the tutelage of Sandra Barnhardt will present the culmination of months of vocal coaching lessons in their Spring Recital under the theme of “Singing The Best Of Broadway”. The June 2nd recital will feature performances of popular and well loved classics such as Climb Every Mountain from “The Sound Of Music”, Ease On Down The Road and Over the Rainbow from “The Wiz”, Beauty and The Beast from “Beauty and The Beast”, Tomorrow from “Annie”, as well as Impossible Dream from “Man of LaMancha”, Do-Re-Mi/Supercalifragilistic from “Mary Poppins”, and New Fangled Preacher Man from “Purlie”.
Lift Up Your Voice! continues to offer vocal coaching for Beginners, Intermediates, and Advanced students who invest in taking voice lessons for many different reasons. Several of the students perform with the highly acclaimed and popular community choir Lowcountry Voices, of which Sandra Barnhardt is the Assistant Director and Events Manager. Some voice students aspire to higher callings of producing a CD recording, performing concerts, and becoming confident enough to sing lead solos with their church choirs, or at weddings and funerals. Two of the Advanced Students have similar aspirations – Rev. Dr. Alex Capers, Sr, basso profundo, is in the final stages of producing his CD and is looking to do a CD Release Concert before the end of 2018. Another vocalist from the music studio, Mrs. Rina Lucas, dramatic soprano, will be featured in a solo recital on Friday, June 15th at 7PM. Mrs. Lucas will be performing a varied program of classical music, spirituals, Jazz, and Gospel/Inspirational music. Barnhardt states, “I am so elated over Rina’s commitment to sing in various genres of music and languages. She truly has a special gift to successfully sing Ave Maria, Margaret Bonds’ He’s Got The Whole World, and finish with selections from Duke Ellington and Richard Smallwood, all in the same performance. This promises to be an exciting night of exquisite and electrifying singing”.
Barnhardt, a noted music educator in the public schools of northern New Jersey, who retired from the Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts as Director of Choral Activities, actually taught and interfaced with two talented young people during their eight grade middle school experience – Tisha Campbell and Lauryn Hill, who later became superstars in the recording and TV industries. She is proud of all the thousands of students to which she taught music education and directed nationally acclaimed choirs during her 40 years in education, but beams with pride when she speaks of the students that have followed in her footsteps to become public school music teachers as well as church musicians and choir directors.
Some of Barnhardt’s former voice students from the Gibsong Music Academy have also gone on to pursue their careers in voice. Kyle Taylor is currently acting and singing in a one man highly acclaimed production throughout various states across the southern region entitled, “NO TURNING BACK”, highlighting the life and times of Frederick Douglass. Young students have taken vocal coaching in preparation for auditions to specialty schools for the arts, as well as college auditions, and talent competitions, and all the students that have studied with Barnhardt have been successful in their quests. Most recently, Taurus Huling, bass, and a 10th grade student at Berkeley Center for the Arts, recently competed on a regional level, and has garnered a spot to compete on the national level at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Convention this June in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The recitals will be held at the historic Mt. Zion AME Church on 5 Glebe Street, downtown Charleston on the campus of College of Charleston. Donations are only $5 for the June 2nd Recital at 6PM, and a suggested donation of $10 for the Rina Lucas Solo Recital on June 15th at 7PM. Patrons will be allowed to give their donations on site. The public is invited to come and share in the excitement of these talented voices from Charleston’s newest voice studio – LIFT UP YOUR VOICE! For further information, you may call 843.609.5137 or email T10norlady@aol.com.