South County Chamber Singers, Early 2000s
Back Row, from left to right: Jack Grieves, Michael Sutherland, Virginia Bucklin, and Essie Dube.
Middle Row: Carol Boehmke, Carolyn Sovet, Donna Gilton, Janet Boutros, Cornelia Schacht,
Peter Bradley, Harold Bibb, and John Fraleigh.
Front Row: Shirley Boothroyd, Tina Butler, Margaret Bradley, Marilyn Shellman,
Rebecca Corbet, Marjorie Hollister, and Linda Adams.
Thanks to Carol Boehmke for the photo.
Effective July 1, 2016
Jean Maxon Carpenter is the Artistic Director of the South County Chamber Singers.
Jean comes to us with a wealth of experience in choral directing, teaching, and piano accompaniment. Last year she served as the music director for the Contemporary Theater Company's production of "Sweeney Todd." Indeed, she founded that theater's choral program and serves as its artistic director and conductor. She has been the music director at the Courthouse Center for the Arts, staff accompanist at URI, and piano instructor at the Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. That covers some of Jean's Rhode Island accomplishments, but I've left out almost all of her work in New York State: In 1997 she received her Bachelor Degree in Music Education and Piano at the Crane School of Music at SUNY, Potsdam. Jean served in many roles while in New York including: High School Choral Director, Accompanist and Mezzo Soprano Soloist for the Oswego Bach Chorale, Musical Theatre Director and Accompanist, and Pianist for the Lakeside Piano Trio, to name a few. In 2003 she earned a Master of Music in Music Education and Voice at the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Needless to say, we are very happy Jean has joined SCCS as Artistic Director.
A great pediatrician who happens to also be a wonderful musician,
Sandy Falconer began inviting friends into his living room to sing 47 years ago! All rehearsals and concerts were held in the living rooms of friends, under his direction, in true Chamber Music style. That tradition led to the formal incorporation of the South County Chamber Singers in 1984.
Early concerts included Tchaikovsky’s Mass of St. John Chrysostum, Haydn’s The Creation
and the works of more modern composers such as Leonard Bern-stein and Gordon Binkerd.
Handel’s Messiah was an annual treat, complete with figgy pudding and other refreshments, served to our audience after the concert, in the band room of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Rhode Island. Sandy’s popularity as a pediatrician at South County Hospital guaranteed us a standing-room-only audience for that annual Christmas concert.
Now living in Damariscotta, Maine and retired as Music Director of the Tapestry Singers, Sandy made the trip to Rhode Island to surprise the singers by sneaking into the bass section and lending his voice to our 30th Anniversary Concert in the fall of 2014.
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Dr. Harold "Sandy" Falconer
The South County Chamber Singers is a choral group of well qualified singers selected from the community by audition. The purpose of the Chorus is to provide cultural enrichment to the community through the performance of high quality vocal chamber music. Please see the Contact page if you would like to advertise in our concert programs. We welcome and appreciate donations as well. We are a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation, and donations may be mailed to:
South County Chamber Singers
P.O. Box 451
West Kingston, RI 02892-0451
South County Chamber Singers