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KCMA announces scholarship winners

Posted: March 13, 2017 5:49 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Rick Karesh Guitar Scholarship was awarded to Robert Keel

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The Kershaw County Music Association (KCMA,) an affiliate of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) has announced the winners of the 2017 Music Scholarships.

The competition, held in February at the FAC, featured seven Kershaw County music students who competed for several music scholarships funded by the KCMA and the FAC. Four awards were given this year: the Junior Scholarship, Senior Scholarship, the Brevard Music Camp Scholarship, as well as the new Rick Karesh Guitar Scholarship. The Brevard Music Camp Scholarship provides full tuition to the six-week program at The Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC. The Brevard Music Center stands as one of this country's premier summer training programs. Each of these scholarships were created to help music students further their individual music studies.

This year's scholarship winners are: ·         Junior Music Scholarship: Joanna Ni (piano, Becky Tafel, instructor) 

·         Senior Music Scholarship: Jimmie Moran (piano, Becky Tafel, instructor)

·         Brevard Music Camp Scholarship: Clinton James Washington (percussion-marimba, Glenn Price, instructor) 

Doug Graham, Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina School of Music, was the judge for the Feb.11 competition. There were six participants--three piano students, a trombonist, an alto saxophonist, and a percussion player.

In a separate competition, the Rick Karesh Guitar Scholarship was awarded to Robert Keel, student of Danny Riddick, who teaches private guitar lessons at the FAC. This scholarship was established by Bert Karesh and her family in memory of her son Rick. Cheryl Black and Mary Ellen Jordan, members of KCMA, judged for the guitar audition. 

"Kershaw County has a wealth of talented young musicians who will now be able to continue their quest for excellence in the arts," said Mary Ellen Jordan. "The Kershaw County Music Association thanks the tireless efforts of their instructors."

For more information about the KCMA or the competition, contact Mary Ellen Jordan at 803-432-7274 or the FAC at 803-425-7676.


The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 6 p.m.


The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.


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