The Lowcountry Conservatory of Music, a newly established nonprofit music education program serving Georgetown and Charleston counties, announces its inaugural enrollment for Fall 2014. The Conservatory will offer individual and small group instruction to early childhood, pre-college and adult students at two locations: Eastbridge Presbyterian Church, 3058 North Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant and the Old Winyah High School 1200 Highmarket Street, Georgetown.
The Conservatory will offer applied lessons (private, semi-private and group) in a variety of disciplines including string, guitar, woodwinds, and brass. A robust academic program will feature casual community-oriented courses such as note reading, the art of listening, music theory and music history, and a college-preparatory certificate program.
Informational meetings are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Georgetown location and Monday, Aug. 25 from 7 – 8 p.m. in Mount Pleasant. The Fall 2014 semester begins Sept. 2. Students may enroll online at www.lowcountryconservatory.org or by calling (843) 619-7054. Need- and merit-based scholarships are available.
Founding directors Michael and Agnes Giuliani (pictured right) launched the music conservatory to promote excellence in music through high-caliber private music education and public performance.
“The Conservatory’s purpose is to serve the entire community with the highest caliber of private music education, ” said Michael Giuliani. “We want to be a school dedicated to excellence and student success — an institution the Lowcountry thinks of when considering private music education. An education in music and the arts is an education for life — it builds confidence through steady achievement, while developing focus and discipline and enriching lives through the appreciation of artistic expression.”
The Lowcountry Conservatory of Music is also offering several free performances throughout the year, including the ongoing Summer Concert Series, Music at Noon, each Wednesday through August 27 in Georgetown. The complete schedule is available online.
About Michael Scott Giuliani and Agnes Giuliani
Founding artistic director and president of the Lowcountry Conservatory of Music, Michael Scott Giuliani also teaches piano and music theory. He serves as director of music at Christ Church Presbyterian in Charleston, where he directs the choral and instrumental ensembles and oversees the Charleston Institute of Sacred Music. Previously, Michael has served churches in the Chicago area, where he also studied piano at North Park University with Terree Shofner-Emrich.
An active and sought-after collaborative pianist and conductor, Giuliani’s musical endeavors have taken him across the United States and Europe, having served as pianist and organist for Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass, an internationally renowned sacred brass ensemble, pianist for the North Park University Choir, and associate conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble.
Agnes Miriam Giuliani is the founding Dean of the Lowcountry Conservatory of Music, where she also teaches violin. Her story begins as a 5-year old when, motivated by her family’s love for classical music, she began to study violin. Progressing quickly, Agnes showed signs of mature musicality, passion, and a love for the instrument.
At 13, Agnes moved to Romania with her family and soon experienced a completely different approach to technique, as well as a better understanding of music history and theory. She studied intensely, performing and competing in festivals. She began teaching and found delight in sharing her passion with her own students.
Agnes earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance from Belmont University with Elizabeth Small and became concertmaster of the university’s orchestra. She regularly plays with various regional orchestras including the North Charleston POPS! and the Florence Symphony Orchestra.
Via: Lowcountry Conservatory of Music