Kershaw County Music Association Benefit

KCMA Benefit Concert
Featuring Baritone, Reginald Smith, Jr.
Sunday, September 17 | 3:00 p.m.
Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church
1206 Lyttleton Street | Camden

The Kershaw County Music Association is sponsoring a benefit concert in order to raise funds for the annual Music Scholarship given to music students in Kershaw County to help them continue their musical education through special music workshops held at such institutions as the Brevard Music Center.

Baritone, Reginald Smith, Jr.,is the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Finale winner. He is an alumnus of Seagle Music Colony, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Filene Young Artist Program at Wolf Trap Opera in Virginia.

How important are these scholarships? Read on...

A Different Kind of Summer

Back in February the Kershaw County Music Association sponsored their annual scholarship competition.  The available scholarships included a Junior Scholarship for middle school students, a Senior Scholarship for high school students and the Margaret Beckley Upton Brevard Scholarship.  The Junior and Senior Scholarships awarded funds for private musical study.  The Brevard Scholarship funded 6-weeks of music study at Brevard Music Institute in Brevard, NC.  The winner of the Brevard Scholarship for 2017 was Clinton Washington, III.  While other rising seniors were spending time at the pool, on the golf course, or at the beach Clinton Washington was attending music theory classes, studying with a private marimba teacher, or working with Conductor Ken Lam of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.  Clinton auditioned and won the scholarship with a marimba solo selection, however, percussionists are expected to be able to play a wide variety of instruments--both in the marching band and in the orchestra.  Clinton spent the summer working to hone his timpani skills as well as working to perfect his marimba playing.  His extensive rehearsal time with the Brevard Concert Orchestra and the Brevard Symphonic Winds paid off. He performed several times during the summer and on closing weekend was the timpanist for Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 under the baton of Maestro Lam. Clinton is back home now in Lugoff working with Band Director Glenn Price at Lugoff-Elgin High School and planning his next round of auditions.  He is making big plans for college and a possible future as a professional musician.

Mr. Washington took his time at Brevard very seriously.  He met and talked with high school and college student musicians from all over the nation and talked with college faculty members from the nation’s best music schools.  He kept a journal both of his private lessons and rehearsal time, as well as of conversations with other students and faculty. The Kershaw County Music Association is very pleased to have such a dedicated student make use of the Brevard Scholarship.  A summer at Brevard Music Institute can be one of the most important times in a promising musician’s life.

On Sunday afternoon, September 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm the Kershaw County Music Association is sponsoring a Scholarship Benefit Concert presented by internationally acclaimed baritone, Reginald Smith, Jr.  Mr. Smith has sung in some of the great music halls of the world.  We are indeed privileged to bring such an enormous talent to Camden to support a worthy cause. The benefit concert will be in the sanctuary at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. There is no admission fee, however donations to the scholarship fund will be gratefully received.



September 17, 2017


  • 3:00 p.m.


Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church