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Fabulous Spring Concert!

We had a wonderful concert on May 12, Mother’s Day!  Everyone seemed to enjoy the music and we have received many, many favorable comments. Thanks to Diane Haslam’s guidance and support, we continue to improve and are looking ahead to even more of the same next season.

Here’s a link to a YouTube playlist of the full recording taken at the performance.  Check out the concert page under the Music tab above to get links to the individual songs.

Our Winter Concert Draws Near!

Join us for a fun filled evening at Trinity United Methodist Church, Aiken on Friday, December 7, 2018 starting at 7 pm. We’ll do a “Winter Serenade” of seasonal tunes plus a few in remembrance of the armistice ending World War I and Peal Harbor. As a special treat, the young boys, all-county choir “Bound To Sing” will help us celebrate the season.

A meet and greet reception will follow. And everything is FREE!

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Sunday at Trinity UMC

Here’s a video of us serving as the choir at Trinity United Methodist Church, Aiken on November 18, 2018.

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Here’s a poster for our upcoming Spring Concert.

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Aiken Civic Orchestra

On March 5 we joined the Aiken Civic Orchestra’s concert for a short program.  We did a couple of numbers on our own, then combined with the Belles Canto and the Augusta Chorus for a spirited “Let There Be Peace on Earth”. The room was packed to overflowing. Here are a few pictures:

Scholarship Concert Newspaper Article

Here’s a link to an article from the Aiken Standard, our hometown newspaper, announcing our fund raising concert. We have an endowed scholarship at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Each year a $1000 grant is awarded to an aspiring music student. We’re always ready to accept donations to this worthy cause.

Scholarship Concert

Our First Public Appearance

On Sunday morning, January 29, 2017 we had our very first public appearance under the leadership of our new Music Director, Diane Haslam. We served as the choir for Trinity United Methodist Church’s Sunday morning service.  Here’s some feedback from a happy camper:

“It was wonderful coming home to Trinity, and the South Boundary Singers were just plain excellent.  Parts, pitch, dynamics, artistry were all there — a beautiful cohesive sound.”

Take a look and listen to how we did.  

Welcome Our New Music Director

We are very pleased to welcome Diane Haslam as our new music director. Diane is an accomplished vocalist and teaches voice at USC Aiken and at her own

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Our Leader – Diane Haslam

studio. She is very well known for her extensive  experience organizing and leading vocal ensembles.  We had a few informal, get acquainted rehearsals last Spring and are now in full rehearsal mode. Our plan is to spend the next several months working under Diane’s direction to add some new techniques and build a repertoire before performing in public. Look for our first live performance in January.

Our New Name

Our Board discussed, and agreed to change, our “South Boundary” name. We will now be known as the “South Boundary Singers”. The main motivation for doing so is to better reflect what we are all about – singing. Nothing else has changed – we are still a fun-loving group that enjoys singing together. We will continue to support our community’s boys choirs and the scholarship program we established at USC Aiken.

Our internet presence is also changing. Instead of southboundary.com we are now southboundarysingers.org.  Please update your records as needed.

A Fond Farewell

Bill RiehlIt was a sad day on November 24, 2015 when we lost our leader and friend, Bill Riehl. Bill passed away from complications following brain surgery. He was the co-founder of our ensemble and our music director. Bill’s legacy includes his extensive work organizing our boys choirs and establishing our endowed scholarship for music students at USC Aiken. We will miss him.

 

Italy Tour

DSC00222 - compressedSeveral of us participated as part of a USC Aiken Festival Choir for a performance tour to Italy. In addition to us, this ensemble contained seven very talented students from the USC Aiken Concert Choir and many members of the Masterworks Chorale. We performed in Orvieto (Aiken’s sister city), Florence, Perugia, and Rome (St. Peter’s Basilica). What a humbling experience it was to sing in those historic cathedrals!

Welcome to South Boundary Singers

Welcome to the home of the South Boundary Singers. We are a male, mostly a cappella ensemble that performs in Aiken, SC and around the CSRA (Central Savannah River Area). We have been singing for our whole lives and have taken it as our task to help develop a culture of singing in our town. Take a look around our website and learn about us and our service to the community.

Want to sing with us? South Boundary Singers is always looking for talented singers. We rehearse on Thursday nights from 7 – 8:45 in the choir room at Aiken’s Trinity United Methodist Church.  Please use the Contact Us form to arrange an audition or to get in touch with us.

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On the Road Again

We had a great trip to Fairfax, Virginia last May and had a great reception by our hosts at Fairfax Baptist Church.  Thanks Charlotte Balis, Pastor Ritz and congregation for a great time.   Here is a picture of our Sunday … Continue reading

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Our third CD  “Still Hooked” is  available.  You can order it through our contacts page on this website by email.  The original artwork is by A.C. Daniel, at the time a student at Aiken High, and now in the fine … Continue reading

School-Based Choirs

18 boys are now singing Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Very exciting.

Nearly 30 at East Aiken – pretty exciting too.

And nearly 30 at Chukker Creek.  Yes, exciting