It is with mixed emotions that we said goodbye to our leader, our inspiration, Diane Haslam, back in October 2020. She decided to return to her homeland in England to be near her mum and family. We wish her only the best as she begins the next phase in her storied life.
The COVID-19 situation left us playing a wait and see game before seeking her replacement. That time has now come. We have formed a Search Committee to seek qualified candidates to take over as our Artistic Director. It is our intent to compile a list of interested candidates, complete an interview process narrowing down the number of potential candidates to three, and then have a series of rehearsals with each one so that the candidate will get a feel for us as well as us doing the same with him/her. Final selection will be made by a vote taken of the singers. In the case of a tie the Board will decide the winner.
If things go as planned, with our director search and the COVID-19 menace, we may be ready to resume limited singing again in the Fall. We anticipate resuming normal rehearsals and performances by Spring, 2022. Stay tuned for further announcements.
Our annual concert to support our endowed scholarship at USC Aiken will be held on Sunday, February 10 at 4 pm in the Etherredge Center. This fund was established and supported by us since our founding in 2007. Each year we award a scholarship to an aspiring vocal music student who is seeking a career in performance or music education. We will do a joint concert with the university’s choir with all money collected going to support this scholarship fund.
Saturday, April 22 we held our first full-fledged concert under our new music director, Diane Haslam. Here’s a copy of the program South Boundary Singers April program and a recording of the full concert. The young ladies ensemble, Belles Canto, is another of Diane’s ensembles and they joined us for a couple numbers from Randall Thompson’s Frostiana.
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:
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.
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.
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
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 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.
It 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.
Several 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!
May will see us preparing for a performance tour to Italy! Several of us will join with the Masterworks Chorale to sing in Florence, Orvieto, Perugia, and Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica!
South Boundary is always looking for good singers. We rehearse on Thursday nights from 7 – 8:45 in the Etherredge Center (room 125) on the USCA campus. You may use the contact form to get in touch.
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.