Rehearsals Resume for Fall 2022

We will resume rehearsals for our Fall season on Tuesday, August 23 at Hillview Baptist Church. Rehearsals begin at 6:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm. Please note that proof of Covid vaccination is no longer required, but you are urged to stay home if you are not feeling well.

Ella Rescigno Scholarship Renewal

The Aiken Singer’s Scholarship Committee is very pleased to announce the
renewal of Ella Rescigno’s vocal music scholarship for 2022. Ella has
reported on all of the opportunities our 2021 scholarship helped her to
participate in this year!

  • She was the only freshman accepted to be a member of the Harvard
    College Opera Company (HCO). They put on a fully staged version of
    Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Ella was in the chorus and was also cast
    as the understudy for Susanna. She also participated in HCO’s first year
    recital in April.
  • She became a member of the Radcliffe Choral Society [RCS] (Harvard’s
    all treble voice choir) and sang in five concerts, including one at a local
    Cambridge church in which they sang the World Premiere of a commission
    by Lisa Bielawa. She also participated with the Choral Society in the
    “Harvard’s Arts First Program” which showcases all of the musical and
    visual art happenings at the college! She was a member of the executive
    committee for RCS and served as the technology manager last semester.
  • Ella was part of the Holden Voice Program (HVP) that allowed her to take
    weekly voice lessons at Harvard. She studied with Elena Snow who
    received her Master’s in vocal performance from the New England
    Conservatory. Through this program she was also able to sing in an end of
    semester recital in the Sanders Theater.
  • Finally, she was a part of Harvard’s First Year Musical: “7 Sacrilege
    Street”. This first-year musical or “froshical”, is entirely written,
    orchestrated, directed, produced, and performed by first year students. She
    was casted as Sister Olivia!

Ella will use her scholarship renewal to help her continue with her musical
studies at Harvard in the fall of 2022. The Aiken Singers is proud to support
students like Ella and wishes her success in all her future endeavors.

Jim Pierce
Chair Aiken Singer’s Scholarship Committee

Announcing New Artistic Director

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.“

2019 Scholarship Winners

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.