We are happy to announce that our search for a new Artistic Director is complete. Ms. Keely Rhodes has been chosen to be our new leader. Keely is a mezzo-soprano who received a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas in Austin. In academia, Dr. Rhodes has served as a director of choirs, head of vocal studies, and an assistant professor of music. She has also had the honor of serving as a Fulbright scholar to Italy in 2006-2007. She joined USC-Aiken as an Assistant Professor of Music in 2019. Keely also teaches private voice lessons, performs as a soloist and collaborative artist for choral, chamber, and symphonic groups and as an opera singer in the United States, Europe, Central America, and South America.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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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.
Experience The South Boundary Singers (click to view)
Aiken Center for the Arts
Fund raiser for our endowed USCA scholarship.
Some interesting ways to hear each other!
St. Giles Cathedral
Sunday Service at Trinity UMCNovember 14, 2021 at 10:25 am – 11:25 amTrinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC 29803, USAWe will serve as the choir for the Sunday morning service.
Harvest HomeNovember 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pmFirst Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Ave NW, Aiken, SC 29801, USAWe will participate in this annual event in support of ACTS. We'll sing with the massed choir as well as do a couple of numbers on our own.
Aiken Sr. Men's ClubDecember 8, 2021 at 12:00 pm – 12:30 pmNewberry Hall, 117 Newberry St SW, Aiken, SC 29801, USAA short concert for the guys and guests at the Senior Men's Club. (Time is approximate.)
Cedar Creek Ladies ClubDecember 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm – 12:30 pmCedar Creek Golf Club, 2555 Club Dr, Aiken, SC 29803, USAWe'll sing a few tunes and lead the ladies in some holiday favorites.
Aiken Civic OrchestraDecember 17, 2021 at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pmSt John's United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St NW, Aiken, SC 29801, USAWe will participate in the ACO's Aiken Christmas Celebration.
Our Winter ConcertDecember 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pmTrinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC 29803, USAOur annual holiday concert. We'll do a variety of tunes that are sure to spice up your festive season. FREE admission!