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FDTC choir granted funds for formal attire

on Tuesday, 19 November 2019. Posted in News, Arts & Culture, Education, Local News

FDTC choir granted funds for formal attire
Instructor of Music Rebecca Hunter, left, leads the FDTC Student Choir during rehearsal for Monday’s Christmas Concert at Francis Marion University.

Florence-Darlington Technical College’s first student choir will have tuxedos and gowns thanks to a $2,500 grant.

The funds to buy the dress clothes came from the Florence Regional Arts Alliance and arrived just in time for two big performances for the choir, the first at FDTC in more than 30 years. The grant helped the choir purchase 10 formal black tuxedos and 10 formal black gowns. It also helped choir members purchase branded apparel from the bookstore on campus.

The FDTC Student Choir performed patriotic songs at the Florence Veteran’s Day ceremony at the Veterans Park.

The students will wear their new clothes at the Christmas Concert at the Francis Marion University (FMU) Performing Arts Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m. FDTC’s choir will join groups from FMU and Morris College as well as the FMU String Ensemble. FDTC Music Instructor, Rebecca Hunter, who leads the FDTC Student Choir, has been rehearsing the classic, Oratorio de Noël by Camille Saint-Saëns.

The choir was organized earlier this year by Hunter. The participating students are enrolled in her Music 101 class. In addition to local performances, she has also secured the choir an invitation to sing at the National Memorial Day Celebration at the Washington, D.C. Kennedy Center in May, 2020.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to learn from and hear other great musicians!” said Hunter.

Hundreds of students from choirs around the country are invited to the three-day celebration of the 2020 Memorial Day event in the nation’s capital. The show will broadcast to American armed forces and their families serving around the world.

Hunter is applying for other grants to help pay for the FDTC Student Choir’s expenses to the nation’s capital.

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