Members of the 1991 Charleston Men's Chorus
Members of the 1991 Charleston Men’s Chorus

Charleston Men’s Chorus was founded in 1990 when Alfred Pinckney convinced some fellow Rotarians and their friends there was a place in the Lowcountry arts community for the distinctive harmonies of a male chorus. Now an independent nonprofit organization, it has grown steadily and has about 70 members. The chorus is best known for its annual Christmas Concert held at the Sottile Theatre, and performances in Piccolo Spoleto, especially the Memorial Day concert, enthusiastically received by a full house at St. Philip’s Church.

Also, since 2000 the Charleston Men’s Chorus Spring Concert at the Sottile Theatre has served as a fund raiser for music scholarships at local colleges. The goal is to promote choral music awareness in the lowcountry — both for amateurs and those preparing for a musical profession. Originally there was a four year, vocal performance music scholarship at the College of Charleston. In 2004, the program was increased to two scholarships. And, in May of 2005, the chorus announced two additional scholarships at Charleston Southern University’s Horton School of Music. The chorus appreciates the support of our audiences and supporters that make these scholarships possible.

The group responds well to the efforts of its professional staff. Artistic Director Ricard Bordas gets more musical expression from the singers than they thought possible, and the men are convinced they look better, sound better, and have more fun, because of Pam Nelson’s talent and charm.