BJU Music Students Participate in ASTA South Carolina Cello Choir

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 26, 2017) – Four music students from Bob Jones University participated in the 38th Annual American String Teachers Association (ASTA) South Carolina Cello Choir and workshops hosted by the University of South Carolina Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23, in Columbia.

Professionals, amateurs, teachers and students from around the region take part in this annual event, learning from renowned clinicians and music faculty. Cellists of all ages and ability levels are invited to participate in the festival.

This year’s festival featured clinician Zuill Bailey, a recent Grammy-winning cellist.

“This was an invaluable experience,” said Dr. Yuriy Leonovich, cello professor at BJU. “The students were given the opportunity to perform in a masterclass for Zuill Bailey and came away inspired by his abilities and sound.”

The BJU participants were Derek Eilert, a junior orchestral instrument performance major from Morrice, Michigan; Taryn Flower, a junior orchestral instrument performance major from Greenville; Nathaniel Carpenter, a senior music education major from Taylors; and Jonathan Simmons, a 2017 BJU grad with a Bachelor of Music in orchestral instrument performance from Simpsonville.

Dr. Leonovich also participated in the conference and taught one of the masterclasses.

The 39th Annual ASTA SC Cello Choir is scheduled to take place on the BJU campus Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.