In 1996 a group of local singers sought to begin a community chorus in Beaufort, South Carolina. By February 1997 the Lowcountry Chorale was established under the leadership of Dr. Dwight Dunbar and accompanied by Jane Dunbar. The fledgling chorus rehearsed diligently each Tuesday evening in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church Educational Building. The 43 member group, accompanied by five instrumentalists offered its first concert at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Performing Arts Center on Mother's Day, May 11, 1997. The audience attending this initial performance heard John Rutter's 'Requiem' followed by light and traditional American music honoring the theme of motherhood. Subsequent performances have included a rich blend of classical and lighter music ranging from Handle's 'Messiah' to folk songs from around the world. The Chorale has performed in various venues including the Baptist Church of Beaufort and Sea Island Presbyterian Church
In the fall of 2007, after the retirement of Dr. Dunbar and his wife, Jane, Cliff Kosier became the second musical director of the Chorale and Gloria Bockelman took over as accompanist. At the same time, rehearsals and performances moved to St. John's Lutheran Church. In November, 2010 the Chorale began their popular 'dessert' concerts, adding refreshments in a "cafe'" type setting.
In September 2012 with the departure of Cliff, the Chorale welcomed Alan Lathan to our musical family. During Alan's tenure the chorale continued with their rehearsals and performances at St. John's Lutheran Church. The Chorale continued with their 'dessert' concerts. September 2017, with the departure of Alan Lathan, the Chorale welcomes Jordan Plair to our musical family. The concert series for the Fall is a 20th Anniversary concert utilizing pieces that have been performed by the Chorale for the past two decades.
The Chorale is supported through seasonal dues (curently $35), Friends of the Lowcountry Chorale, advertising by local businesses in the concert program and performance ticket sales.
The Chorale meets at St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive, Tuesday evenings from 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm. St John's also serves as the site for Chorale performances. Rehearsals are now under way for the Friday, May 11, 2018 and Saturday, May 12, 2018 concerts.
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