ALO students excel in voice and piano

2014-15 year-end recitals, successes celebrated

The PULSE Accelerated Learning Opportunities (ALO) classes celebrated several milestones at the end of the 2014-15 school year. Seventeen students earned dual credit for music arts classes at Coker College, including voice and piano.

Danielle Cottingham, senior at Hartsville High School (HHS), was selected by the Coker faculty to participate and perform at the college's Honors Recital. Her selection was based on grades, class deportment, improvement and clear demonstration of the characteristics of a dedicated music student.

Other successes throughout the year include:

Participation in a piano master class conducted by University of South Carolina professor Dr. Charles Fugo, an accomplished musician and instructor

HHS senior Jabria Bishop, vocal student, was cast in the lead of the school's musical production

Three vocal students from HHS participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competiton. ALO students have qualified all four years of the program. This year, three students scored superior, and four scored excellent in the state solo and ensemble divisions. Anisha Green qualified to move on to the regional competition held in College Park, Maryland, but she was unable to attend. The NATS competition is adjudicated by vocal teachers from all over the state and southeast region.  

Three ALO students who have participated in the ALO program for the last three years, graduated in 2015. Two of them, Cottingham and Matthew Little, are pursuing majors in music and have earned scholarships from several institutions. Jabria Bishop, who will attend Duke University on a full scholarship, is pursuing a degree in bio-engineering with a music minor.

In January 2015, rising junior Stone Martin enrolled in Piano Class I to learn basic keyboard reading skills with Professor Chandler. By May, under Professor's Chandler's tutelage, he was invited to participate in the Coker Community Music Spring Recital based on his excellent performance in Class Piano. After the recital, he received a scholarship to participate in the Coker College Summer Piano Institute (SPI). SPI provides intensive piano study to pianists in grades 7-12.