Dr. Elizabeth M. Mears is the new Music Director of the Columbia Choral Society. Dr. Mears received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Furman University. She also holds a Master of Music Education and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina. An educator since 1983, Dr. Mears has worked with choirs of all ages. Her groups have performed in festivals at the state, national and international levels, and have consistently received superior ratings. Currently, she is the Choral Director at Richland Northeast High School, where she is an instructor for the Palmetto Center for the Arts Magnet Program. Dr. Mears is also the Director of Music at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church. A Columbia native, Dr. Mears has participated in many aspects of the musical life of the city. She has been a voice teacher, an adjudicator, and a clinician. She has sung with Colla Voce, and has been a singer and soloist for Sandlapper Singers, and well as the Columbia Choral Society. Dr. Mears is excited and honored to pick up the baton and lead the Columbia Choral Society into its 86th season.