St. Andrews alumni to share music with special concert
Laurinburg - Tenor Walter Boyce and organist Bob Gant will share their talents with the community during a special concert at 2 p.m. on April 17 at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.
The 1966 St. Andrews Presbyterian College graduates are presenting the recital in honor of their 45th class reunion. Free and open to the public, the recital will include vocal works by Campion, Fauré and Mussorgsky and organ works by Reger, Bach, Schumann, Locklair, George Shearing, Grainger and Gigout.
The classmates have performed together on a variety of occasions in Charleston, and most recently at the Cathedral of Saint Philip in Atlanta, Ga.
Boyce, originally from Mayesville, S.C., was a student in the voice studio of Radiana Pazmor continued his education after St. Andrews with a Master of Music degree from Boston Conservatory in the studio of the widely acclaimed clinician Blair McClosky.
In more than 30 years in the Boston area, Boyce performed widely as a soloist for operas and oratorios. His teaching career has included positions at Tufts University, the Longy School of Music and Boston Conservatory. He currently resides in North Charleston, S.C., where he directs performances at the South Broadway Theatre including shortened versions of Bizet's Carmen and Puccini’s La Bohème.
Gant, a native of Walkertown, N.C., studied organ in high school at Salem College in Winston-Salem. Prior to his senior year at St. Andrews, Gant spent the summer as the organist, choir director at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. Following his senior year, he tied for third place in the American Guild of Organist's student competition. In 2007, he received the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award from St. Andrews.
For graduate studies, he received a Master of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma in Norman and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, N.Y. He has taught at the Universities of Central Arkansas and Northern Iowa. His recent solo performances have included New York City, Boston, and Paris, France. He is set to perform on April 10 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
For additional information about the concert, call 910-277-5670.
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