Lillian Quackenbush, D.M.A., Artistic Director, Sandlapper Singers
Founder and Artistic Director, Retired Professor and Chairman of the Department of Music, Columbia College, Faculty Chair 2006-2007; Director of Music Ministry, Shandon Presbyterian Church since 1991; Degrees: D.M.A. University of South Carolina, Choral Conducting; M. M. University of South Carolina, Vocal Performance; B.M.E. Florida State University. Recipient of Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, 2012. Dr. Quackenbush serves as guest choral clinician in a variety of settings, including all grade-levels of public and private schools, church choirs, and district and state honor choirs. Her collegiate choir performed nationally and internationally including performances in Austria, England, Brazil, Italy, and Spain. She has served as guest conductor of the Columbia community's "Sing-Along" performance of Handel's Messiah for the past nine years and as guest conductor of the Columbia Choral Society for their recent performances of Messiah and Poulenc's Gloria. Dr. Quackenbush says: “I wanted to create a choir dedicated to musical and artistic excellence; an ensemble that would make choral music as much fun for the audience as it is for the singers.”
Lucinda Shields enjoys making music in recitals, operas, choral concerts and church services with many talented musicians in South Carolina. She has a degree in English Literature from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Frank Glazer. After moving to Columbia in 2003 she accompanied operas at Columbia College and USC. She has served Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC as its organist and pianist for three years and she owns and performs on a Richard Kingston harpsichord. As the accompanist for the Hammond School Select Ensemble since 2007 Lucinda has played for several of their European tours and many special events throughout the Midlands. She has recently played two recitals with oboist Petrea Warneck at Furman University. Concurrent with her musical work Mrs. Shields has had a 30 year career in finance and has earned a black belt in karate.