“Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!   For praise from the upright is beautiful.  Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.” -- Psalm 33:1-3

Our music department at Shannon Forest Christian School exists for the purpose of training students to use their God-given talents for His glory, singing His praise, and sharing His Word through music and their lives.  Choral performances include, but are not limited to: All School Chapel services, Christmas and Spring Concerts, festivals, tours, as well as performances in the local community. Opportunities for personal accomplishment are available to students in the form of auditions for South Carolina All-State Chorus, ACSI Solo and Ensemble Festival, and SCISA Festival Competitions. 

Churches and community organizations interested in hosting a performance by our fine arts department should contact Ashley King, Director of Fine Arts at aking@shannonforest.com.

Select Women’s Choir Members Chosen For National Youth Choir At Carnegie Hall

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WorldStrides OnStage Programs rewards the most elite music groups in the country with the opportunity to perform at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on the Ronald O. Perelman Stage as part of the National Youth Choir. The Shannon Forest Women’s Choir was invited to perform after receiving a Gold Medal and 1st Place ranking at the Nashville Worldstrides OnStage Festival in the spring. Our women will join with some of the best singers in the country to work with guest conductor Anton Armstrong from March 16 - 19, 2018.  Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, is a graduate of St. Olaf College and earned advanced degrees at the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. The students will enjoy accommodations at the New York Midtown Hilton, attend a Broadway show, and enjoy several sightseeing excursions. The trip will conclude with a performance from the National Youth Choir open to the public on Sunday, March 18, at Carnegie Hall. Students participating in the event are: Liddy Agbomi, Caroline Baughman, Veronika Birkner, Rylee Bryant, Rachel Diemer, Cassie Fischer, Katlyn Goad, Julia Harris, Anna Pereda & Ansley Sanders.

2018-2019 Upper School Choir Events:

  • Thursday, Nov. 1st Peace Center Field Trip, All choir students will attend the “Women of the World” concert.
  • Saturday, Sept 15th. Girl Power: The USC Women’s Choral Clinic (Required for Chamber Choir, Optional for Concert Choir)
  • Friday, Nov. 16th POPS Concert 7pm (1st Home Basketball Game)
  • Friday, Nov. 30th Christmas Tour (during school hours)
  • Thursday, Dec. 6th Christmas Concert 7pm, Eastside Pres. Sanctuary (on SFCS campus)
  • Friday,  Jan. 12th. Singing the National Anthem at the Harlem Globetrotters Show.
  • Tuesday, March 12th. SCISA Music Festival USC School of Music, Columbia.
  • Thursday, March 14th through Monday, March 18th. American Choral Festival, San Francisco, California.
    • The American Choral Festival features…Adjudicated Performances and Full, One-Hour Clinics, World-Class Master Clinicians, Choral Exchanges (Sing for and Interact with Choirs from across the Country), PREMIERE! A Massed Choir Event (with Deke Sharon & Z. Randall Stroope)** During the event, participating choirs will sing for each other, talk about the creative process, and discuss the lyrics / poetry integral to the song, the music and everything else that went into the composition(s) to be performed. Then, in massed choir format, the participating choirs will rehearse the piece, followed by a Massed Choir Recording Session.
  • Saturday, April 6th. Carowinds Festival of Music
  • Thursday, April 11th. Spring Concert 7pm, Eastside Pres. Sanctuary (on SFCS campus)

Awards

Concert Choir / Chamber Choir
  • Chosen as "Esprit de Coprs" overall winner at Music in the Parks. "Our Esprit de Corps Award recognizes the participating organization that displays an exemplary attitude of positive support and outstanding personal behavior throughout the festival weekend. Personal integrity, quality character values, a desire for excellence, and a spirit of cooperation serve as the cornerstone qualities of the Esprit de Corps Award." Gatlinburg, Tennessee (2018)
  • 11 Concert Choir members participated in the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall (2018)
  • Concert Choir, Superior Ratings at SCISA and Music in the Parks, 2nd Place 1A Mixed Choir Division (2018)
  • Chamber Choir, Excellent Ratings at SCISA and Music in the Parks, 1st Place 1A Jazz Choir Division (2018)
  • Gold Rating 1A 1st Place, Women's Choir, Invitation to perform in the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall, NYC, Worldstrides OnStage Competition, Nashville, TN (2017)
  • Gold Rating 1A, Chamber Choir, Worldstrides OnStage Competition, Nashville, TN (2017)
  • Silver Rating 2A 3rd Place, Worldstrides OnStage Competition, Nashville, TN (2017)
  • Junior, Thomas Dotson is chosen from over 700 students to receive Worldstrides OnStage Ovation Award (2017)
  • Superior Rating, SCISA Music Festival (2017)
  • Superior Rating, SCISA Music Festival (2016)
  • Disney Performing Arts, Disney Sings! Workshop Participant (2016)
  • Premiered and recorded Dan Forrest's Nocturne in A Minor, received outstanding scores of 90 and 93 at Choirs of America Festival, Chicago, Il (2015)
  • Awarded Gold Medal at Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival in New York City (2014)
  • Senior, Cameron Massey is chosen from over 500 students to receive WorldStrides Heritage Performance Ovation Award (2014)
  • Performed with world renowned Young Africans Children's Choir (2014)
  • Awarded Gold Medal at Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival in Myrtle Beach, SC (2013)
  • Chosen for Skype in the Classroom event with composer/performer Eric Whitacre (2013)
Middle School Choir
  • Middle School Choir, Superior Ratings SCISA and Music in the Parks, 1st Place 1A Treble Choir Division (2018)
  • 1st Place Overall Winner, Junior High/Middle School Choral Division, Music in the Parks (2017)
  • Best Overall Soloist, Music in the Parks (2017)
  • 1st Place, Superior Rating, 1A Choral Division Music in the Parks (2017)
  • Superior Rating, SCISA Music Festival (2017)
  • Superior Rating, SCISA Music Festival (2016)
  • Disney Performing Arts, Disney Sings! Workshop Participant (2016)
  • Second Place, Mixed Middle School Choir, Music in the Parks, Six Flags Over Georgia (2014)
  • Superior Rating, Carowinds Festival of Music (2013)
  • Excellent Rating, Carowinds Festival of Music (2011, 2012)

Middle School Bucket Drumming (Percussion Ensemble)

  • 1st Place, Superior Rating, 1A Percussion Ensemble, Music in the Parks (2017)
  • Superior Rating, SCISA Music Festival (2017)
  • Superior Rating, SCISA Music Festival (2016)