FAC Weekly Update
March 10, 2023
Good Morning, FAC Family
We hope that you had a wonderful week!
With one more week until Spring Break, we are making the most of each opportunity here at the FAC. This week featured the gallery opening of our Juried Architecture Exhibition, highlighting the phenomenal work of our Architecture students. The program is celebrating its 10th year, and continues to provide a one-of-a-kind educational experience for the students.
We also enjoyed the annual NEXT GEN concert on Thursday, where original music and spoken word pieces were performed by our talented students. This unique program is fostered by FAC Composer-in-Residence Samuel Hunter, and is designed to push our students to new creative heights. Congratulations to all of the participants on their inspiring performances!
DOUBLE IT Matching Donation Campaign Update - see below for our donation counter. We have ONE WEEK left in the fundraising window. I look forward to celebrating with our students and the rest of the FAC Family when we meet and possibly exceed our goal!
Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…
This Week's Student Leadership Lesson
"You cannot kill time without injuring eternity." - Henry David Thoreau
Thoughts About Time:
1. Time is an equal opportunity employer.
2. Lack of time is not the problem. It is lack of direction.
3. Time is more valuable than money, because it is irreplaceable.
4. Nothing else distinguishes effective people as much as their tender loving care of time.
- Dr. John C. Maxwell; The Maxwell Leadership Podcast
Congratulations to Norah Bailey!
On Saturday, March 4, Norah Bailey (Grade 12, FAC Voice) won the 2023 Georgia Regional Schmidt Vocal Competition at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Her first place award earned her a $2,750 prize and a spot to complete in the Schmidt National Vocal Competition in Sarasota, FL on June 2-4.
Norah was also named the recipient of the 2023 Spring Sing Scholarship. She will receive a $1,500 scholarship (sponsored by Greenville Federal Credit Union and the Pleasantburg Rotary) and will be the featured soloist at the 2023 Spring Sing concert on March 14 at the Peace Center. Way to go, Norah!
FAC Alumna Kelly Hall-Tompkins (Strings, 1989) has just reached another milestone with her ongoing humanitarian project, The Music Kitchen. The Music Kitchen stages classical music concerts with professional performers in NYC soup kitchens and homeless shelters, to the delight of the clientele. To celebrate 15 years of The Music Kitchen (100+ performances, 200+ musicians), Kelly collected 15 years of after-concert comments offered by homeless citizens and invited 15 composers to write songs for voice and strings using the comments as texts. A sold-out concert of the resulting compositions was staged in Carnegie Hall in March of 2022, and a multiple-award-winning short film, Face to Face: Forgotten Voices Heard, which tells the story of The Music Kitchen, is making the rounds of film festivals.
, a studio-recorded CD of the compositions from that concert has been released and is available for purchase. Included in the playlist is the song Save It in My Jewelry Box, by FAC Faculty Emeritus Jon Grier. The disc will be available across all the major digital channels: Apple Music, Spotify, etc., and directly from the label: https://www.avie-records.com/releases/forgotten-voices-a-song-cycle-for-voices-and-strings/
A trailer about the CD is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E251yHmXtY
Information about The Music Kitchen is here: http://www.musickitchennyc.org/
A Trailer for the film Face to Face: Forgotten Voices Heard is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipvaDvMtm4U
Upcoming FAC Performances
Is your child performing in the Greenville community?
GCS Spring Break - March 17-26
Scholarship Opportunities for FAC Seniors
Students may log on to https://www.schoolinks.com/ to access a comprehensive scholarship list. Click on “Finances” and “Scholarship Matching.”
AHAM - The Hispanic American Women’s Association is pleased to announce the 2023 scholarship award to eligible Hispanic students in the Upstate. Students can complete their application and submit all their documents directly to the following: https://www.ahamsc.org/scholarship. Deadline: March 15, 2023
Music Club of Greenville School Scholarship: Applicant must plan to major in music at any college, university or conservatory in the U.S to be eligible for this scholarship. Open to vocalists for performance degrees, music ed or musical theatre. Must apply and audition. Audition areas include voice, piano, strings (including guitar), winds, brass and percussion. Must permanently reside in Pickens, Greenville or Spartanburg counties. More details and application available at https://musicclubgreenville.org Deadline March 24, 2023
Regions Black History Scholarship Essay Contest | Regions https://www.regions.com/about-regions/diversity-equity-inclusion/supporting-communities/black-history-month/essay-contest-scholarship. Deadline: March 31, 2023
J E Sirrine Scholarship: Students may apply for a $2,000 Sirrine Scholarship by visiting the Sirrine Scholarship Application website. Renewable for a maximum of three (3) years, provided the student maintains satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her program of studies. Deadline: April 15, 2023
Duck Tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest - Over $20,000 in cash scholarships for high school students who make the best prom attire from Duck Brand Duct tape. Create an outfit and/or costume to be judged on originality, workmanship, use of colors, accessories and use of Duck Brand tape. 14 years and older are eligible. Details at www.stuckatprom.com March 29-June 7
- Tuesday, March 14 - Strings Chamber Music Concert; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults, free to GCS students and children 12 and under
- Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 26 - Spring Break
- Friday, March 31 - Elevate 2023 Showcase; Gunter Theatre, 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, April 6 - FAC Dance Spring Concert; Gunter Theatre, 7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 12 - Jazz Concert, AM Studios; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults, free to GCS students and children 12 and under
- Thursday, April 13 - Jazz Concert, PM Studios; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults, free to GCS students and children 12 and under
- Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21 - Voice Scenes; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; Ticket information coming soon
Fine Arts Center - Greenville County Schools
Preparing dedicated students for 21st-century careers through rigorous, pre-professional arts training in a dynamic, inclusive, collaborative learning community.
Location: 102 Pine Knoll Drive, Greenville, SC, USA
Phone: (864) 355-2550