Announcing the 2015-2016 CMC Scholars

“As we prepare for our 25th Anniversary season it’s difficult not to reflect back over the years. Donor support has been the cornerstone of our continued growth – and we thank everyone who has supported us over these years. It is interesting to note our first scholarship recipient, William Bennett, is now teaching in the area. Even more interesting, some of his students are now scholarship recipients. I hope we all see this as an excellent return on investment. Again, many thanks from the chorus and many thanks for the students who have been helped along the way.” –Bob Brennan, CMC Board President.

Using proceeds from our annual concerts, CMC awards a total of $10,000 in music scholarships each year to students pursuing a degree in vocal music or choral conducting at the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University. With great pride, we welcome back our four scholars:

David Nagelkirk, of Grand Rapids, MI, is a senior at Charleston Southern University, majoring in Choral Music Education. He sings baritone with the Singing Buccaneers and Concert Singers at CSU under the direction of Mr. Ricard Bordas and Dr. Valerie Bullock. In his time at CSU David has participated in Lyric Theatre, appearing as the Wolf in Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” and as the Aeneas in Henry Purcell’s opera, “Dido and Aeneas.” Before college he was actively involved in musical theatre and band, both concert and marching, at the high school level. David sings and assists in the direction of the children’s choirs at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church and is currently studying voice with Dr. Jill Terhaar Lewis at CSU.

Josh Overby press releaseJosh Overby is a senior at the College of Charleston and is currently working toward his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. Josh studies voice with Mrs. Deanna McBroom, and has studied with Dr. Robert Taylor and Dr. Art Bumgardner. He is a member of the national award winning College of Charleston Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and has performed with the world-renowned Taylor Festival Choir. Josh was a highly decorated high school musician, achieving All-State, All-County, and All-Region honors in choir, orchestra, and band. He intends to pursue a career in choral music and has studied conducting with Mr. William Bennett, one of the first CMC scholars.

Jackson Varner is a sophomore at Charleston Southern University studying choral music education. He is originally from Summerville, SC and is currently a member of the Singing Buccaneers, Concert Singers and Lyric Theatre. He is also a Worship leader and member of the praise and worship team at Bethany United Methodist Church.

Chris Prohaska is a sophomore at the College of Charleston. He has worked under the direction of esteemed conductors such as Simon Carrington, Joe Miller and former CMC scholar, William Bennett. Chris sang with the South Carolina All State Choir for three out of his four years in high school, as well as with the American Choral Directors’ Association Honor Choirs throughout the southeast. In addition, Chris has sung with the Taylor Festival Choir in Charleston for the past year, along with the College of Charleston’s Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers. He received recognition at the regional level of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in the Spring of 2015. Outside of choral music, Chris has studied piano for over ten years, performing at various churches and schools throughout Berkeley County. Chris is also a founding member of the steel drum band, Panjamdrum.

Top photo: (left to right) Andrew York, past CMC board Vice President, Jack Evans, past CMC board President, Chris Prohaska, Jackson Varner, David Nagelkirk, and Ricard Bordas, CMC Director