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Coker College Hosts 2016 Darlington All-County Music Festival

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Hartsville, S.C. – March 7, 2016 – Coker College's Music Program is hosting the 2016 All-County Music Festival on Thursday, March 10. This annual event will see more than 120 high school intermediate and advanced music students from the Darlington County School District, along with their music teachers, descending upon the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center and Coker College.

"We will celebrate the extraordinary musical talent being cultivated right here in Darlington County,” said Serena Hill-LaRoche, associate professor of music and site coordinator of the event. “These young musicians will have the opportunity to work with guest clinicians who are passionate about music education in our schools. The Coker College campus and Elizabeth Boatwright Performing Arts Center are the perfect backdrop and the ideal environment for these gifted students to be inspired and challenged."

The festival includes a day of clinics with guest clinicians for chorus, band and strings, and it will culminate in a performance that evening at 6:00 p.m. in the Watson Theater. The performance is free and open to the public.

"The purpose of the All-County Music Festival is to broaden the music education of Darlington County students and to provide opportunities for more advanced training in instrumental and vocal music through clinical study and performance,” said Marisa Johnson, arts and innovative programs coordinator for the Darlington County School District. “This annual festival gives our students a chance to receive in-depth music instruction from guest clinicians who are experts in their chosen music field. Students are nominated by school music instructors based on their musical knowledge, showmanship and overall talent in the field. This festival highlighting our talented students is a proud event for the Darlington County School System, and we are so very thankful to Coker College for continuing to host and increase their partnership with our district and students."

Guest clinicians for the event will be Stacy N. Coker of Hilton Head High School and Francis Sinclair of Coastal Carolina University. Participating young musicians will include students from Darlington High, Hartsville High, Lamar High and Mayo High schools.

For more information, please contact Serena Hill-LaRoche at shill@coker.edu or (843) 383-8061.

Release written by associate professor of music Serena Hill-LaRoche.

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Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as No. 5 for value among colleges in the Southeast region.

 

For more information, contact Kyle Saverance, Vice President for Institutional Identity & Information Technology
Email: ksaverance@coker.edu  /  Office: 843-383-8017

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ABOUT COKER COLLEGE

Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.