Despite the restrictions imposed on us by the Covid-19 virus, we are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Diane Haslam Vocal Performance Scholarship. Full details and an application form can be found by following the “Scholarship Info” tab at the top of the page.
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.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19, Aiken Singers will not be holding weekly rehearsals for several weeks. We will continue to evaluate the situation and may have to cancel scheduled performances.
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.