About

Formed in 2001, the Dutch Fork Choral Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community choir serving the Dutch Fork, Chapin and Irmo area. Through participation, members have the opportunity to share, preserve, and advance the art of choral singing in addition to developing their talents by performing a varied and challenging repertoire. From the sounds of Broadway to the spiritual works of composers such as Moses Hogan, this choral ensemble aims to please its audience through the gift of music!

The DFCS performs formal concerts throughout the year for the community, including The Lowman Home, a residential home for the aged. Rehearsals are held from 7-8:30pm on Tuesday evenings from January to May and August to November. Newcomers are always welcome!

Sarah Bridges, Artistic Director (August 2021-)

Sarah Bridges

Sarah Bridges received her Bachelor of Music Education in 2012 from Columbus State University, Columbus, GA and graduated with her Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina in May of 2014. In her career she has received the following certifications: South Carolina Education Certification in Music, P-12; Gordon Institute of Music Learning, Elementary General Level 1; and Gordon Institute of Music Learning, Early Childhood Level 1 and Georgia Education Certification in Music, P-12 2012

Prior to coming to Columbia, Sarah completed her Bachelor of Music in Education at Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music where she studied flute with Andre Martin, conducting with Paul Hostetter, vocal pedagogy with Michelle Debruyn and music education with Elizabeth Parker and Sean Powell. As a music educator Ms. Bridges is actively involved in multiple disciplines and has experience leading both children's and adult choirs, teaching flute, and providing visual and musical instruction for marching bands. Ms. Bridges participated in a field project, in March of 2013, which sent her to the island of St. Lucia, West Indies, to teach students and teachers the concepts of Edwin Gordon's Music Learning Theory. Her research on music education was then presented at the 4th International Conference on Music Learning, in Chicago, IL.

As a flutist and singer, Ms. Bridges has played under the direction of many of the nation's finest conductors including H. Robert Reynolds, Jamie Nix, Gary Green, Constantina Tsolainou and many others. She is a founding member of the Lambda Sigma chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, former Vice President of Georgia NAfME-Collegiate, a Student Ambassador for the Schwob School of Music, and is currently an active member of ACDA and NAfME, FUMWA.

Ms. Bridges has been the Director of Choral Activities at Mid-Carolina High School since 2016. 2021 will have many firsts for her including directing us, Dutch Fork Choral Society, directing a new high school choir at Swansea HS and getting married. Ms. Bridges is also the Director of Music at Salem United Methodist Church, where she conducts the Chancel Choir, Children's Choir, Youth Choir and assists with hand bells and assists in worship planning. In her tenure at Mid-Carolina, Ms. Bridges' ensembles have received numerous awards at festivals and consistently receive Excellent and Superior ratings at Concert Festivals and have numerous students who attend Honor clinics, Region Choirs, and All-State Choirs.

Bradley Fuller, Accompanist (August 2018-)

Bradley Fuller

A native of Greenwood, SC, Bradley Fuller began taking piano lessons at age eight. His study of the instrument continued throughout his middle and high school years, during which time he also played alto saxophone as a part his schools' marching and concert bands. A student of Phillip Bush, Bradley graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2016 with a BA in Music as well as a BA in Economics.

Bradley is currently the host and producer of South Carolina Public Radio's live, weekday classical music program, Sonatas & Soundscapes. He is also a pianist/accompanist for several churches in the Columbia area, which he calls home.


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