Adam Parker wrote two informative pieces about Eugene Koester’s 40-year career as piano instructor at CSU and also Dr. Valerie Bullock’s fine leadership there in the Horton School of Music.
I have enjoyed Koester’s playing for about 18 years. His origins in Charleston speak highly of our local talent staying and flourishing here. That he still drives to Columbia to continue learning with his former teacher (who is 83 years old) is a lesson in life.
Dr. Bullock is another musical gem. One recent afternoon I was walking Meeting Street and I heard beautiful choral music from within First (Scots) Church.
I found my way inside and witnessed a rehearsal for the evening concert with harpsichord and violin accompaniment. The give-and-take among musicians and their very fine director, Dr. Bullock, was a special treat.
Last spring the Charleston Symphony Orchestra invited my husband and me and others to a dress rehearsal. How we enjoyed the couple of hours with cellos and other strings playing and replaying favorite portions from Saint-Saens.
Another article for Adam perhaps? I was captivated by the CSU men in tuxedos singing at Lightsey Chapel one evening, and to think Richard Bordas is here in the Lowcountry all the way from Barcelona, Spain. First (Scots) is fortunate to have his choir leadership, not just CSU.
Dr. Julia Harlowe, Second Presbyterian Church organist and choir director, helped tune the First (Scots) harpsichord for the rehearsal I heard. Another local talent we Charlestonians are lucky to have.
Martha F. Barkley