Philanthropist Darla Moore endows $1 million for Claflin University Department of Music

Claflin University received a major gift from one of South Carolina’s most prominent philanthropists and business leaders when Darla Moore committed $1 million to the institution’s Department of Music.

Two years ago, Moore stood in awe as she listened to the Claflin University Concert Choir perform at the opening of the Dr. Ronald McNair Life History Center in her home town of Lake City.  She was struck by the choir’s expansive repertoire, its high energy, and captivating musical presence.

That performance and those that followed made a lasting impression on Moore, herself an accomplished musician. It also inspired an amicable relationship with the choir and its director, Dr. Isaiah McGee. “Following our performance at the Ronald McNair Life History Center, Ms. Moore invited us back to Lake City to perform at the opening of the Bean Market. Then we were invited to the city again to perform Handel’s Messiah during a Christmas concert,” said McGee.

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