Enjoy a lunchtime recital at 13:30 performed by Charleston Southern University. Admission to the recital is included in the regular cathedral entry.
Repertoire to include arrangements of American folk songs, hymns, spirituals, and music of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
The Holy City Consort at Charleston Southern is a select group of music students, professors, and friends of the School of Music. The ensemble performs chamber and cori spezzati literature available for instruments and voices both tutti and in smaller combinations, from the Renaissance through the 21st century. Professors and students from Charleston Southern University have performed in conferences and concerts worldwide, including for the Southern Division of the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Charleston Southern ensembles have completed numerous international performance tours, including three previous performances with the MidEurope Festival, and performances at San Marco Basilica, Canterbury Cathedral, Thomaskirche, Schlosskirche, and venues in England, Czechia, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany, and Hungary. Since 2002, Charleston Southern ensembles have performed three times by invitation for the S.C. Music Educators Association Conference.
Dr. Marshall Forrester is Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, as well as teaching conducting and arranging. He is the Founder and Director of the South Carolina Youth Wind Symphony and the Charleston Southern Summer Music Camp. Dr. Forrester was previously a professor with Carson-Newman University, where he was the recipient of the Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award and Music Director and Conductor of the Knoxville Wind Symphony. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and is a graduate of the NC School of Science and Mathematics. Dr. Forrester is active in the College Band Director’s National Association, and served as host for the 2016 CBDNA Southern Division Conference in Charleston. He has presented wind music research for conferences of Die Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung der Blasmusik. Dr. Forrester enjoys consulting on database design for education, performing arts, entertainment, aviation, wellness, and telecom organizations in the USA, UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Australia, and Sudan. He lives in Charleston with his wife, Lisa, sons Paul and Andrew (students at Yale and Duke Universities), and daughter, Katie, a student at Davidson College.
With a voice described as “voluptuous” and “beautifully clean and radiant,” mezzo-soprano Dr. Jennifer Luiken has gained a reputation as a versatile performer who transitions easily between many genres and styles. She has performed throughout the United States and internationally in England, Scotland, Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, Catalunya and Italy, and was the mezzo-soprano soloist for the European Premiere of Bradley Ellingboe’s Requiem in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. She performs both art song and chamber music for voice and instruments and has been frequently selected for the Spotlight Concert Series on the Piccolo Spoleto Festival as well as the “Sunset Serenade,” the opening concert of the festival. Known also for her stage presence and acting skills in both comedic and dramatic roles, her operatic credits include Hansel and Gretel, Candide, The Medium, Mikado, The Rape of Lucretia, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Die Fledermaus, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Rigoletto, Dido and Aeneas, and The Magic Flute. A native of Iowa, she is Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University where she teaches voice and vocal performance related classes and is the director of Lyric Theatre.
Matthew Swingle is Adjunct Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University. He is also the Director of Music and Organist for Faith Lutheran Church in Naples, Florida, where he currently resides. As Director of Music at Faith Lutheran Church he oversees all the musical ensembles and musical activities of the church. He also serves as the Artistic Director of the Faith Lutheran Concert Series, which features up to ten professional artists and ensembles every year. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Carson-Newman University and a Masters in Music Education from Bob Jones University. He holds membership in the American Guild of Organists (AGO), and serves as Dean of the Southwest Florida Chapter of AGO. As an active performer, Mr. Swingle has performed concerts throughout the United States, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Israel, and Jordan. In 2016 and 2018, Mr. Swingle had compositions and arrangements premiered at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference in Prague, Czech Republic and at the Mid-Europe International Wind Band Festival in Schladming, Austria.
Dr. Matthew McCurry currently serves as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at Western Kentucky University where his responsibilities include teaching courses in music education as well as conducting the Spring Symphonic Band and overseeing the athletic band program, including the Big Red Marching Band – The Pride of the Hilltoppers and the Spirit Pep Bands. Dr. McCurry is also an active organist in the Bowling Green area, frequently performing and highly sought after as a substitute organist throughout the region. He is presently the Principal Organist at the First Christian Church (DOC) in Bowling Green. Before moving to Kentucky, Dr. McCurry taught at West Virginia University and was in high demand as a performer with the WVU Wind Ensemble, WVU Symphony Orchestra, Morgantown Community Orchestra, WKU Choral Department, and local music organizations. Before his tenure West Virginia, Dr. McCurry spent fifteen years as an educator in the public schools of East Tennessee, where he spent twelve years as the Director of Bands at Knoxville’s Carter High School. During his time there, Dr. McCurry was the Principal Organist and Collaborative Pianist for the Fountain City Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN. During his tenure at FCPC, he designed and provided oversight for the installation of a new 64-rank sanctuary organ as well as multiple grand piano purchases. Additionally, Dr. McCurry often appeared as a guest performer for the Knoxville Area American Guild of Organists (AGO), the Knoxville Choral Society, and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.