We had a fabulous concert on December 7! Here is a recording made of it.
“We Need a Little Christmas” is the theme for our 2021 holiday concert. Join us for some joy and celebration of the holiday season.
The Aiken Singers will begin a new season of rehearsals on September 7th, at 6:45 PM, at the Hillview Baptist Church, located on the Aiken-Augusta highway across from Bobby’s BBQ.
To ensure a safe singing environment, returning members and those interested in becoming new members must be fully vaccinated to participate.
The Aiken Singers have selected a new Music and Artistic Director to lead their musical organization. The selection of Mr. Josh Edwards was chosen from a group of local choral leaders with experience in conducting adult choral groups to replace their founding artistic director, Diane Haslam.
Josh has a Bachelor of Music degree from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee and a master’s degree from Anderson University. He presently serves as Worship and Administrative Pastor at Hillview Baptist Church in Graniteville. While he has had extensive choral directing experience at several churches, he has also applied his piano accompanying skills at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theater for the Augusta Players and other local musical productions. “It is an honor and a privilege to be the next Artistic Director of the Aiken Singers. My desire is to build upon the solid foundation of singing already put in place. I’m looking forward to many wonderful seasons ahead.“
We are pleased to announce that Ella Rescigno is the winner of the 2021 Diane Haslam Vocal Performance Scholarship. Congratulations, Ella!
Here is a copy of an article published in the Aiken Standard.
Our founder, leader, director, and inspiration is leaving us. Diane is returning to her roots, in England, to be with her mum and begin a new phase in her life. We wish her well and best wishes for her new journey.
We put together a virtual farewell card. You may watch the video here.
Aiken Singers Announces the Winners of the 2019 Diane Haslam Vocal Music Scholarships
The Aiken Singers is pleased to announce the winners of its 2019 vocal music scholarships. The winner of the $1500 Diane Haslam Vocal Performance Scholarship is Caroline Visbisky.
Miss Visbisky studied voice with Diane Haslam for the past four years and sang with Belles Cantos for several semesters. She was the winner of the Aiken Singer’s music camp scholarship in 2018 and used that scholarship to attend the Musical Theater Camp at Charleston Southern University. For the past three years, she has been a member of Midland Valley High School’s mixed Honors Choir and the Women’s Honor Choir. She also attended American Choral Directors Association Honors Choir weekend for the past two years performing at Southern Wesleyan University in 2017 and College of Charleston in 2018. Caroline will use her scholarship to study vocal performance at Anderson University.
Kyah Bodiford was the winner of the 2018 Diane Haslam Vocal Performance Scholarship and has had her scholarship renewed for 2019 in the amount of $1000. Last year Kyah used her 2018 scholarship to study voice at USCA under professor Florence Hechtel. In addition to her studies at USCA, Kyah has performed as a featured soloist at St Mary’s Church in Aiken, and has participated in other performance occasions in Augusta, and Columbia. In 2016 Kyah was the winner of the Aiken Singer’s summer camp scholarship which she used to attend a Furman University vocal summer camp.
Aiken Singers established the Diane Haslam Vocal Music Scholarship in 2010 as a vocal performance scholarship for graduating senior high school students studying in local high schools. In 2016 an additional scholarship, known as the Summer Music Camp Scholarship was added to the program to encourage local junior high school students to explore vocal music as a possible career choice. Since 2010 the Aiken Singers has awarded seven vocal performance scholarships and two summer music camp awards.
Caroline Visbisky [center] winner of the 2019 Diane Haslam Vocal Performance award pictured with Aiken Singer’s music director Diane Haslam [right] and Jim Pierce Chairman of Aiken Singer’s scholarship committee
Kyah Bodiford performs at the Aiken Singer’s Friends & Family concert May 28th, 2019 where she was presented with the renewal of her 2018 Diane Haslam Vocal Performance Scholarship award for 2019.