Board of Directors
Layne Clemenz, Chair
Beth Moore, Secretary
David Watkins, Treasurer
Dr. Dustin Ousley is the newly appointed Director of Choral Activities at Charleston Southern where he conducts the Concert Singers and Singing Buccaneers. He was born and raised in upstate South Carolina (Fountain Inn/Simpsonville). He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina in August 2015 where he served as the conductor of the USC Women’s Chorus (2013-2015). Prior to moving to the Charleston area, Dustin served as both Adjunct Instructor and Director of Choral Activities at Coker College in Hartsville, SC. For seven years, Dustin was the choral director at Fred T. Foard High School in Newton, North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Arts in music from Furman University in 2003 and a Masters degree in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005. At the college level, he has taught classes in ear training, music theory, music appreciation, conducting, music education methods, rhythmic analysis, and applied voice. He is also serving in his second year as Artistic Director of the Sandlapper Singers, a semi-professional choir based in Columbia, SC. He most recently served as choir director at Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC.
Dustin is in frequent demand as a choral clinician on both the middle and high school levels, having conducted nearly thirty county and district wide honor choruses in the Carolinas. He has enjoyed preparing and/or conducting several major works over the years including Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” Schubert’s “Mass in G,” Faure’s “Requiem,” Howells “Sir Patrick Spens,,” Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem,” Rutter’s “Requiem,” and Handel’s “Messiah.” Dustin also has extensive experience in stage performance and as a vocal soloist, having performed in over fifty musicals/operas over the years; most recently, he played the title role in “Candide” for Opera at USC. He has served as tenor/baritone soloists for USC Summer Chorus, Shandon United Methodist Church, and Florence Masterworks Choir. This season, he will serve as the tenor soloist for the Singers of Summerville performance of “Requiem” by Dan Forrest. He enjoys being married to Lee Ousley of Florence, South Carolina–an accomplished classical singer and voice teacher—and being father to their two-year-old son, Brooks and ten-year-old poodle, Addy.
Sandlapper Singers warmly welcome Emily Brown as the organization’s new General Manager. Emily is a trained musician, arts administrator and advocate, and Carolina native. Since 2009, Emily’s creativity and leadership skills have contributed to the success of many arts and culture organizations across the Southeast, including the Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee, Tallahassee Community Chorus, Brevard Music Center (Brevard, NC), and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts (Greenville, SC).
Emily recently relocated to Columbia from Tallahassee, FL where she served as the Executive Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus. Alongside Artistic Director André Thomas, Emily managed all operations, development, and marketing efforts of the 250+ voice choir, ensuring three sold-out performances, annually.
In addition to her work with the Sandlapper Singers, Emily owns and operates her own creative consulting business, Carolina Roots Creative, LLC, where she works with nonprofit and small business clients all over the country to help them develop their marketing efforts to better tell their stories through graphic design and web design. She also volunteers at Washington Street United Methodist Church and is the Board Vice President for Marketing/Communications for Patrons and Friends of the Arts at Ebenezer, Inc.
Emily has a B.M. in Music Education from Furman University and a M.A. in Arts Administration from Florida State University.
Eddie Huss is Minister of Music and Arts at Shandon United Methodist Church in Columbia. He previously served United Methodist Churches in North Carolina and Georgia before moving to Columbia in 2011. He holds the Masters of Music degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and the Bachelor of Music degree from Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has performed as a pianist and organist, both as solo performer and collaborator. Since moving to Columbia, Eddie has served as President of the South Carolina Chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Worship Arts and a Board Member of the Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. As a vocalist, he performed for five years with the Robert Shaw Workshop Choruses at New York’s Carnegie Hall.