Low Country Studios

Low Country Studios


I love to teach and coach singing, especially to young professionals. I have been following the studies here and abroad (Germany) for vocalists and sadly, the conclusion from NATS is that there is simply no safe way to sing in the presence of others until we get a handle on the coronavirus. That means no choral singing, no opera, no musical theater, no small ensemble singing, and no in person voice lessons for perhaps a year or longer. The reason is there is no way to protect others around you, including audiences in small venues, from the droplets that may hang in the air for extended periods of time. The exhaled breath from a singer can travel up to 27 feet and smaller droplets may remain suspended in the air for 24 hours or longer, especially if there are fans or circulated air mechanisms. I know I am not alone in saying I will miss the energy of working closely with other singers. Online singing lessons and performances are simply not the same. But it looks like that is our future for for the safety of others - at least for now.
I would like the dragonfly..

Music, Art, Education. Founded in 2004, Charleston SC. http://www.LowCountryStudios.org

Being environmentally friendly means that LCS focuses on: -Using artisanal methods which are non-toxic and have low energy requirements. These methods are the right choice for the protection of our environment. -Using naturally found shells and materials (we do not support or use harvested ocean life in our work) -Buying from local or USA based manufacturers to avoid the energy footprint of shipping foreign materials in from other countries. -Using recycled materials as much as possible with regard to our customers' health. (For example: main jewelry elements are made with sterling silver or, jewelry grade copper.) -Employing dead or vintage stock in creations -Upcycling vintage materials -Reusing packaging and shipping materials, safe disposal procedures, and energy efficient practices in the making of our creations. LCS is also rooted in music education and natural health awareness.

Original art by Charleston's own Dolly Lynn Paul, to wear, share, and display, inspired by life in the amazing city of Charleston SC; the Low Country - city to shoreline. Hand crafted art and fashion from sustainable, found and recycled materials, since 2004. Support local businesses.


Live Music Returns to Wigmore Hall in New Broadcast Series | Whats On

wigmore-hall.org.uk A message from Wigmore Hall's Director, John Gilhooly I am very pleased to bring you the happy news that Wigmore Hall will be broadcasting a new series of live lunchtime concerts every weekday in June, in collaboration with BBC Radio 3. You will be a...


Jim's Ukulele/Guitar/etc Songbooks | Jim's Ukulele Songbook

I want to give a shoutout to Jim over at Jim’s Ukulele Songbooks. This guy has gone over and above for players. If you haven’t downloaded his book yet for lessons, please do. (And leave him a tip if you can.) Printing off copies for students has gotten pretty expensive for me lately with the C-19 shutdown. So if you can, please find your instrument on his chart and download it to your device for your next online lesson with me. 🎶. Https://ozbcoz.com/songbooks

ozbcoz.com A site that is for passing on my Songbooks including Baritone, Mandolin and Guitar and other instruments Songbooks in the simplest way. It also contains songs taken from the songbook.

Classic FM

Well, someone’s students are practicing everyday. 💯🎹

(📹 Anke Chen 👉 http://clssicfm.co/D8phJNp)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Clavi-harpe. 💖❤


Class Video

Thaïs Vanderheyden

Timeline Photos

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

It's sunny today, Detroit! Assist. Principal Bassoon Michael Ke Ma is back with Paganini's Caprice No. 24 (including a surprise ending) for today's #playonyourporch.

It's been nearly two months since Orchestra Hall went dark and Michael thought you might enjoy hearing a bit of what you would have enjoyed on that very first cancelled concert.

How do you #keepthemusicplaying?


A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing

Of interrest to singers. Webinar recording begins at 6:18. https://youtu.be/DFl3GsVzj6Q

The National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, Barbershop Harmony Society, and Performing...


Singing, the Church, and COVID-19 | drheathernelson

drheathernelson.com I’m a music director at a mid-sized Baptist church in Missouri. We have been fortunate to have a low incidence of SARS-CoV-2 in our county so far. Our statewide Safe-At-Home order is set to expire in less than a week. With things getting ready to open back up, the church leadership and I are caref...

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos


Unemployment for the Self Employed and More

https://youtu.be/ObX_LA266Fs Information for South Carolina self-employed.

An overview of the unemployment insurance process, for the self-employed, contractors, gig workers, individuals who file a 1099 and more. This virtual meetin...

The Swannanoa Gathering

Many of you have heard by now via our website and by e-mail...

It is our sad duty to inform you all that Warren Wilson College has CANCELLED the 2020 Swannanoa Gathering due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

We don’t imagine this comes as much of a surprise to any of you, and while it is disappointing that so much hard work by our Coordinators, instructors, office staff and volunteers in preparation for the event will not be rewarded by another magical summer of music, the health and safety of the Gathering community is, and should be, paramount.

Here is the official announcement from the college’s President, Dr. Lynn Morton:

"After much discussion and careful consideration of the impact on attendees and guests at our wonderful, traditional summer programming and events, Warren Wilson College has determined that we must cancel ALL on-campus programs and events from mid-May through August. Typically, our campus is alive in the summer with music from the Swannanoa Gathering and the Carolina Chamber Music Festival and bustling with activity from summer camps, low residency Warren Wilson master’s programs, and other groups meeting in our beautiful mountain setting in the valley. It is hard to imagine a summer at Warren Wilson without music, writing, craft and friends on campus. However, the uncertainty about the trajectory of COVID-19 in the coming months and the likelihood of an extended stay-at-home order, along with concern about the health and safety of all who visit here, has led to the difficult realization that canceling events and taking our summer masters programs online is the responsible thing to do. Our campus will remain closed to the public until the beginning of our Fall term in late August. We eagerly look forward to resuming our summer activities in 2021."

After nearly three decades, it will be very strange for us not to be welcoming another eager, happy bunch of musicians to our mountains this summer. But the Gathering will be back.

2021 will be the 30th Anniversary of the Swannanoa Gathering and we’re planning on celebrating!

Here are the 2021 dates:

June 27-July 3, Fiddle Week/
Mando & Banjo Week
July 4-10, Traditional Song Week
July 11-17, Celtic Week
July 18-24, Old-Time Week
July 25-31, Guitar Week/
Contemporary Folk Week

Look for more information in the fall, and we hope all of you can join us in the summer of 2021 as we reaffirm our commitment to celebrate the priceless folk heritage we share as a community, through smiles and laughter, timeless music, dance and song.

Keep Well,
Jim Magill, Director
Kimberly Ann Clark, Operations Manager

Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

The 2020 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition has officially been cancelled. We hope to see all of you next year.

In the meantime please continue to follow our page with works of our artists.

The dates of 2021 Piccolo Spoleto Festival are May 28, 2021-June 13, 2021.

Yo-Yo Ma

I’m grateful not only for music’s comfort, but for its connections. I heard my friend Angélique Kidjo sing “Blewu” — a dirge for the dead and an anthem of thanks — almost two years ago, and it’s never left me. This is for those we have lost and for those who risk their lives so we don’t lose more.

“Blewu,” based on a traditional Ewe song, composed by Bella Bellow #songsofcomfort

[04/21/20]   Lessons will be continuing online this week. I know the Governor has lifted restrictions as of 5:00pm today. However, I will be continuing lessons online for at least another week - possibly more. He trusts the common sense of people more than I do....


U. Temirkanov Awards Ceremony. A. Zabel - "At the fountain" (Alisa Sadikova - 9 years old harpist)


"At the fountain" by Albert Zabel performed by Alisa Sadikova (9 years old harpist). Small Philharmonic Hall of Sankt-Petersburg, December 2012. Dear fellow ...

Folk Alliance International

The entire folk community mourns the loss of a legend today. Gene Shay was a seminal figure, an ardent supporter, a generous mentor, and an inspired programmer in the folk music world.

Born Ivan Shaner; March 4, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gene Shay was affectionately known as the “Dean of American Folk DJs” and held countless music roles. He was the first promoter to bring Bob Dylan to Philadelphia, wrote the original radio commercials for Woodstock, helped design the emblematic “smiling banjo” logo of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, served on the board of Sing Out! Magazine, was a partner at the Sliced Bread record label, and generated a rich archive of early interviews with Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, John Denver, Tom Rush, Tom Waits, Phil Ochs, Bonnie Raitt, and Judy Collins.

Gene was an inaugural member of the “North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance”, as Folk Alliance International (FAI) was originally named, served on its Board of Directors, and was a long-time attendee at the annual conference where he founded the “On the Griddle” workshop. He was the first inductee into FAI’s Folk DJ Hall of Fame, and a scholarship fund was established in his honor to enable emerging DJs to attend FAI.

Closer to home Gene served on the board of NERFA (the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance), where he also served on the programming committee and was a regular panelist and emcee. He was infamous for his “Midnight at the Marquis” and “Covers Only” parties.

At his essence, Gene Shay was a community-builder, peacemaker, and lover of music. His passing marks the end of an era. He will be sorely missed and forever remembered.

Thanks to Robert Corwin for this photo of Gene.

Bill Walsh - Live 5 News

HBD CHS!!!! #350Birthday


Here Are 100+ Brands That Are 100% Made in the USA - Clark Howard

Thank you, Arlyn. Sharing this so I can keep it.

clark.com When you buy American, you help to keep local businesses strong and support domestic job growth at the same time.

[04/17/20]   Today I rejoice with my student Srijita who received her letter of acceptance to the School of the Arts for Piano studies. Congratulations 🎉🎹🎵


Bonnie Raitt -- Message and performance from HOME

Bonnie shares a message of hope during the COVID-19 pandemic and a performance of the song "Home," which first appeared on her 1977 album, Sweet Forgiveness....


Elmo's Dad Sends a PSA to Overwhelmed Parents at Home: "You Are Doing an Amazing Job"

popsugar.com Elmo's dad, Louie, sent out a sweet Sesame Street PSA encouraging parents to take a moment for themselves.


Mort Drucker, Master of the Mad Caricature, Is Dead at 91

nytimes.com His illustrations of celebrities for Mad magazine’s movie and television satires inspired countless cartoonists. Actors, politicians and others knew they had made it when he drew them.

Yo-Yo Ma

This music has been with me for 60 years. It's seen me through times of stress, loss, joy, and transition. It's connected me to others all over the world, and helped me to understand life in new ways.

Bach: Prelude to Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major #songsofcomfort


Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto 2 - A. Larrocha - V. Fedoseyev

Alicia de Larrocha has always been my inspiration. Sharing her with you today.

Festival de Santander 1983 Gran Orquesta Sinfónica de la RTV Soviética Dir.: Vladimir Fedoseyev Solista: Alicia de Larrocha Concierto grabado en directo de T...

D'Addario and Co.

D’Addario’s engineering team has found a way to transform Evans G2 drumheads into protective face shields for medical workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to be in production by April 27th and to quickly ramp up to a capacity of 100,000 face shields per week.

We plan to manufacture these shields as long as they’re needed in NY or anywhere around the globe. We’ve watched the incredible efforts of our healthcare and essential services workers all across the world with great admiration. While we cannot match the immeasurable efforts of these selfless heroes, we feel an immense responsibility to do our part in overcoming this crisis.

We called this Project Excelsior after the New York State Motto, which means “Ever Upward” because it captured the extraordinary determination and can-do spirit of our small team of engineers and product designers. It also typifies our music company’s current credo during the crisis: #WeWillPlayOn.


John Prine - When I Get To Heaven (Lyric Video)

Rest in peace, John Prine. https://youtu.be/l0EiV423j0M

Lyric video for "When I Get to Heaven" off of 'The Tree of Forgiveness: "http://smarturl.it/treeofforgiveness Connect with John: http://johnprine.com http://...


Beth Albert - timpani talk!


CSO Principal Timpanist Beth Albert talks about the history and mechanics of playing timpani.


Sheldon Online Academy:Chris Thile-Pick Hold

Maybe if he says it....

Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile offers instruction on proper pick grip and hand and body positions for mandolin and other stringed instruments.

Throughout your life as an artist or musician you are asked to do work for free. The payment from the organization is always “think of the exposure.” When you are young you are naive and you do work for exposure. But soon you realize another job that pays never comes from giving your time, years of education, and materials away for exposure. Exposure doesn’t pay the light bill, mortgage, or feed the children. Never give yourself away. When well recognized musicians/artists put on fundraisers for others they are never out any money themselves - remember that. Now wash your hands and go practice.

Keep practicing!

Timeline Photos

C-D, D-E, E-F#, F#-G#, G#-A# are all whole steps. C up to A is a major sixth: it is the sixth that comes out of the C major scale. When you raise the A to the very next note - which is a half-step higher - you land on A#. The interval from C to A# is an augmented 6th. It is one half step larger than a major 6th.

Tuning up your Light

LCS is all about Tuning Up Your Light! Life is more enjoyable when it’s sprinkled with music and art. Low Country Studios & Faces Are Fun, Ltd. Co. was founded in South Carolina in 2004 and continues to share the joy. Thank you for being a part of our community and sharing your stories.

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