Begun in the fall of 1997, the Greenville Chorale Young Artist Mentor Program is an outreach project designed to recognize and encourage promising young singers in area high school choral programs. Each Young Artist is selected by a special audition with Conductor Dr. Bingham Vick, Jr. and a recommendation by their choral teacher or voice coach. Outstanding high school singers are paired with a veteran Chorale singer for rehearsals and performances during
the year.

The Young Artist Mentor Program enhances both the choral skills and leadership of these young musicians, contributing to their musical development and, at the same time, strengthening our local high school choral programs. In addition, this valuable experience has prepared Young Artists to continue their vocal training and pursue significant collegiate and personal careers. For the hard work and dedication that each of the Young Artists gives, the Greenville Chorale awards $500 to support each student’s high school choral program.

Potential Chorale Young Artists should mail the included application directly to Kelly Groom, PO Box 16851, Greenville, SC 29606 or e-mail

Virginia Kate Kirby is the daughter of Ruth and Bryan Kirby and is a junior at Christ Church Episcopal School. She is the co-leader of Bluebelles, the female a cappella group, and loves creating arrangements and harmonies for the girls. This is her second year in the voice program at the Fine Arts Center, where she is inspired daily by her teacher, Danielle Knox, accompanist, Sherry Parrini, and her classmates. She is a member of Trinity Church of Greenville where she enjoys singing in the church choir and being a part of the youth group. Some of her other interests are dancing, photography, Broadway musicals (especially “Anastasia”), and the MET Opera. As she begins to think about college, she is uncertain of where she will attend, but plans to focus on vocal performance and/or music education. Virginia Kate is so grateful for the opportunity to sing with the Chorale and follow in her sister’s footsteps.

Logan Campbell O’Kelley, Alto, is a Senior at Seneca Senior High School, where she is a member of the Honors Chorale and Madrigal Ensemble under Diane McFarlane. She is excited to further her experience and love of music with the Greenville Chorale. In addition to multiple choirs, Logan is involved in her schools marching band, yearbook staff, National Honors Society, and is an officer in the Future Educators Club. Next year, she plans to attend a four-year college and major in music education.

Ami-Faith Sherer, Soprano, is a Junior at Wade Hampton Highschool and the Fine Arts Center, where she studies classical and musical theatre voice with Danielle Knox, and Jazz with Steve Watson. She has also had the opportunity to take college level music theory classes at the Fine Arts Center. As she has done no more than a few church choirs, she is so excited to be starting this new journey into choral music with the Greenville Chorale. In addition to her love for music, Ami is involved in the Green Artists club at the Fine Arts Center. Ami is also passionate about her education, and plans to double major in vocal performance and education.



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