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KCMA Scholarship winners announced
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2016 Scholarship participants shown from left are Dr. Benjamin Woods, Elsa Compton, Kirkland Moranos, Sarah Gustafson, Isabel Tarte, Alexander Thompson, Sara Hendrix, Jimmie Moran, Juliana Altieri and Clinton Washington. Junior Scholarship winner Juliana Altieri will use her scholarship to pursue additional piano instruction. Senior Scholarship winner Kirkland Moraos will use her scholarship to pursue further flute studies.


The Kershaw County Music Association (KCMA) and the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) announce the winners of the 2016 KCMA Music Scholarship Competition. Nine talented Kershaw County music students participated in the Kershaw County Music Association’s Scholarship Competition on February 20. The distinguished judge for the competition was Dr. Benjamin Woods, music professor emeritus at Francis Marion University in Florence. He has been a guest soloist with the Florence Symphony Orchestra, the Florence Masterworks Chorus, and Orchestra, with members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra.

Scholarship competitors were Elsa Compton, flute; Kirkland Moranos, flute; Sarah Gustafson, piano; Isabel Tarte, piano; Alexander Thompson, violin; Sara Hendrix, piano; Jimmie Moran, piano; Juliana Altieri, piano and Clinton Washington, marimba. Kirkland Moranos won the Senior Scholarship of $500 to be used for future flute study. Juliana Altieri won the Junior Scholarship of $200 for additional piano instruction.

"After the competition, the competitors entertained parents and friends with a recital," KCMA member Cheryl Black said. "The audience was delighted with the excellent performances."

KCMA is an affiliate of the FAC and one of its founding member clubs. It was formed to encourage, support and promote young musicians and to foster knowledge and appreciation of quality music in Kershaw County. In addition to the coordination of the competition and recital, the KCMA performs both a fall and spring Choral Showcase, as well as a Member/Guest Showcase in the spring. The KCMA also provides other opportunities for students and adults to perform; assists with the FAC’s School Arts Performance Series, the FAC Chamber Music concerts and the Chamber Choir of Kershaw County concerts.

For more information, please call KCMA PresidentBarbara James at 432-4968, or the FAC at 425-7676. The FAC is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.

The FAC 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 provided by Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.