LOWCOUNTRY VOICES is seeking new members for their exciting upcoming 7th season, which kicked off with a highly successful Weekend Tour in New Jersey October 11th -14th. Auditions, which are usually held earlier at the beginning of the new season in August, but were delayed due to the preparation for the October NJ Tour and the impending severe weather that was expected from two hurricanes. Auditions will now be held on Monday, November 5th from 5:30 pm – 7:30pm at St. Peters AME Church, 4650 Sanders Avenue in North Charleston.
Singers will be asked to perform a variety of vocal exercises to determine vocal range and tone as well as ability to replicate a played musical phrase. In addition, the applicants will be asked to sing a short piece of their own choosing. The audition may include the singer performing with a small group to assess vocal blend. Ability to read music is not required, but is certainly a plus.
Lowcountry Voices (LCV) is a multicultural and ethnically diverse choir, performing standard choral repertoire with special emphasis on African-American musical traditions. Formed in 2012 by Music Director, Nathan L. Nelson, with the assistance of Sandra Barnhardt, Assistant Director, the new choral group was quickly embraced by the North Charleston, SC Cultural Arts Department. Now entering its seventh season, the choir maintains an active roster of approximately 60 members and continues a robust performance schedule locally and regionally.
During the 2015-2016 season, LCV was invited to be the featured choir at the Homegoing Celebration for the Reverend Senator Clementa Pinckney, performed live at the Colonial Arena in Columbia with the iconic James Taylor, performed in New York at a Global International Conference held at Lincoln Center, performed during the Opening Week for the Re-opening of the new Gaillard Center, and was the featured choir at the Inauguration of Charleston’s new mayor, the Honorable John Tecklenburg.
LCV has performed in New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, and at regional venues such as the Savannah Music Festival. In July 2015, a small ensemble of LCV singers carried the Lowcountry sound to Bermuda on tour, and in 2017, the choir traveled to Toronto, Canada, on a successful week-long tour with a side trip to Niagara Falls. The choir is frequently asked to collaborate with Charleston’s own jazz icon-Charlton Singleton, as well as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the North Charleston Pops Orchestra.
Nathan L. Nelson, Music Director, is a native Charlestonian and has been involved in performing and directing since his early years. By the age of thirteen, he was organizing and directing local gospel and school choirs and his musical career was underway. In 2012, he organized Lowcountry Voices and continues to pursue his passion for preserving the cultural legacy and authenticity of African-American music as it was nurtured and performed in the SC Lowcountry. Mr. Nelson is also the principal at Simmons-Pinckney Middle School, which is a part of the Burke Educational Campus.
Sandra Singleton Barnhardt, Assistant Director, is widely recognized for her excellence as a music educator, church musician, and director. Although she has retired from 40 years public school teaching in New Jersey and South Carolina, she continues to share her knowledge and expertise as a church musician, church choir workshop presenter, and a private vocal coach in the Charleston Tri-County. Mrs. Barnhardt also serves as the Event Manager and Booking Agent for Lowcountry Voices.
To reserve an audition appointment, please contact LCV at [email protected] or contact Linda Malcolm, LCV Auditions Manager at 843-729-5397. The choir is in need of male tenors and basses, but welcomes all voice parts to come and be a part of Lowcountry Voices – A Unique Choral Experience.