Scholarship Program

Young Artists' Competition

The Columbia Choral Society is proud to support the Columbia Choral Society Guthrie Darr Young Artist Scholarship for students. 2012 was the inaugural year for this scholarship. The scholarship is named for Dr. Guthrie Darr, our late music director emeritus who was the longest serving music director in the Columbia Choral Society's eighty-six year history. Our next scholarship will be awarded by a juried competition on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The recipient will be awarded a scholarship of $500.00 and may be selected to sing at our March 26, 2017 concert.

The Columbia Choral Society Guthrie Darr Young Artist Scholarship is available to students who reside in Richland and Lexington Counties who are currently enrolled in high school in grades 10-12 or in an equivalent home-schooled program. The scholarship exists to encourage and support young local artists who are interested in studying voice privately. Previous study with a voice teacher is not required but any scholarship awarded must be used for this purpose.

Please review the scholarship guidelines and application for additional details.

Michael Ntwa Wins the The Guthrie Darr Young Artist Scholarship Competition

February 11, 2017

The Columbia Choral Society held its annual Guthrie Darr Young Artist Scholarship competition on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The annual competition is open to students enrolled in grades 10-12 and reside in Richland or Lexington Counties.

Michael NtwaThis year’s winner, Michael Ntwa, received a $500 scholarship to be used for private voice lessons. Mr. Ntwa, a student at Irmo High School, who performed works by Vaughn Williams and Schubert. He has sung in choirs since a young age, including the prestigious Vienna Boys Choir, and currently sings with the Trinity Choir and the Irmo High School Chorus. Dr. Elizabeth Mears, the director of the Columbia Choral Society, Dr. Lillian Quackenbush, professor emeritus of Columbia College, and Dr. Diana Amos, professor at Columbia College, served as the jury for the competition.

In addition to the scholarship, Mr. Ntwa will perform at the Columbia Choral Society’s spring concert on March 26, 2017 at the Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia. This concert also features singers and musicians from Ridge View and Richland North East High Schools.