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.
Andrea Elizabeth White, Artistic Director, Young Sandlapper Singers hails from Georgetown, South Carolina, where she began studying music in the Project BEACH Singers in 1998. She then auditioned and was accepted into the Residential Program at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities, where she graduated with an Artists Diploma in 2005. Andrea continued to the College of Charleston, where she completed a BA in Voice Performance in 2009 and a Masters in the Art of Teaching- Choral Conducting subsequently in 2013. While at the College of Charleston, she studied conducting under Dr. Robert Taylor. She has been seen performing as both a soloist and choral musician with the GSO, CSO, Taylor Festival Choir, Charleston Pro Musica, La Belle Musique, College of Charleston Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers, and the College of Charleston Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop productions and scenes of: Le Nozze di Figaro, The Medium, Closer Than Ever, Cabaret, Cosi Fan Tutte, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Mikado, and Gianni Schicchi. Andrea also served as a staff singer at: The French Huguenot, Grace Episcopal, Holy Communion, Second Presbyterian, and St. Philips churches in Charleston, SC, The Director of Children's Music at Second Presbyterian, and the Assistant Director of Children's Music at St. Philips. She is currently teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced chorus and piano at Hopkins Middle School as a part of Richland School District One in Columbia, SC. Andrea recently presented at the NAFME South Carolina Music Educators Conference February 7th, 2014 on the subject of vocal pedagogy for singers, teachers, and students, a field in which she has an extended interest. She resides in Fort Mill, South Carolina with her opera singing husband, Johnathan, and shepherd/husky mix, Cecilia. This is Andrea's first season with the Young Sandlapper Singers, and she is looking forward to the exciting things she knows the group is capable of!