South Carolina Philharmonic


October 25, 2010

Youth Orchestras alumna gives back

A star alumna of the South Carolina Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestras program spent an afternoon with current youth orchestras students during a recent visit to her home state with fellow music professionals from New York.

Cellist Claire BryantThough she now lives and works in New York City, Camden native, cellist and SCP youth orchestras alumna Claire Bryant returns to South Carolina for week-long residencies in Aiken and Camden to promote arts education and advocacy and community engagement through chamber music with “Claire Bryant & Friends.” The rotating ensemble includes musicians from The Academy: A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Weill Music Institute, all in New York City.

“Claire Bryant & Friends” are currently on a two-week trip to South Carolina, spending the past week in Aiken and the current week in Camden. On the way to Camden, the ensemble made time to visit rehearsals of the SCP Youth Orchestras three student ensembles on Sunday, Oct. 24. The group played for and took questions from the String and Repertory orchestras before doing the same and also sitting in with the Youth Orchestra ensemble for a coaching/mentoring session with the more advanced group.

Bryant played cello in the SCP Youth Orchestras program, the only community-based orchestra training program in the Midlands, for eight years during the 1990s before furthering her music education at The Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory. She is currently assistant faculty of cello at The Juilliard School, assisting Bonnie Hampton, and performs professionally around the world.

Her touring ensemble for October 2010 consists of violinists Owen Dalby and Anna Elashvili, violist Margaret Dyer and cellist Julia MacLaine. The group performs in Camden this week at the Venue on Broad and the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, among other appearances. Additional details can be found by clicking here.

“Claire Bryant and Friends” is a residency project that Claire hopes to take to communities nationwide in the near future. At the age of 14, Claire founded, produced, and was the artistic director of the acclaimed chamber music series With Strings Attached, which has raised over $10,000 for arts education in South Carolina. This September, Claire was awarded the 2010 McGraw-Hill Companies Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach.


Jason Rapp, Communications Director
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