FAC Weekly Update

October 22, 2021

Good morning, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope you had a wonderful week! The second quarter of the school year is underway, and we are looking forward to two amazing guest artist residencies at the FAC next week. We are also just two weeks away from our first FAC student performances under the new lights in the Recital Hall. Here is the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Get Over Yourself

"Many people believe that touching the lives of others can be done only by some elite group of specially gifted people. But that is not the case. Any ordinary person can make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Many people who struggle with chronic failure do so because they think of no one but themselves. They worry about what other people think of them. They scramble to make sure no one gets the better of them. They continually focus on protecting their turf.

If you continually focus all your energy and attention on yourself, I have a message for you: Get over yourself - everyone else has. If you have a history of repeated failure and you dedicate most of your time and energy to looking out for number one, you may need to learn a new way of thinking - where others come first."

John C. Maxwell - The Maxwell Daily Reader; page 226.

Artists in Residence Next Week

The Callisto Quartet

Thanks to a partnership between The Peace Center and the Fine Arts Center, the world-renowned Callisto String Quartet will be in residency at the FAC from October 25-29, 2021, and March 7-11, 2022.

The Callisto String Quartet is led by Fine Arts Center Alumnus Paul Aguilar. Praised for their “intensity and bravado” and the “cohesion and intonation one might expect from an ensemble twice their age” (Third Coast Review), the Callisto Quartet brings together four dedicated and passionate musicians who share a love for chamber music and a true desire for excellence. Since their formation in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the quartet has quickly garnered top prizes in nearly every major international chamber music competition and has been hailed by audiences across North America and Europe. Grand prize winners of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Second Prize Winners of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Callisto Quartet has also taken home prizes from the Bordeaux (2019), Melbourne (2018), and Wigmore Hall (2018) competitions.

The Quartet’s residency will include instructional components such as coaching sessions, guided rehearsals, chamber music seminars, individual and group lessons, open rehearsals, performances, and outreach to Greenville County elementary and middle schools. The quartet will also work with ensembles from the GCS ARMES program and the Greenville County Youth Orchestras. Public performances include a concert at the Peace Center’s Genevieve’s Lounge on March 9, 2022. Tickets are available at the following link - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-callisto-qaurtet

The Regions

Fine Arts Center instructor Steve Watson spent time during the pandemic reconnecting with people near and far. The outcome? The Regions, a new group formed by old friends and classmates (all are University of Miami Frost Music School graduates). Their first release features original compositions from Ron Miller, Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the University of Miami, in a reimagined format. The group includes:

The Regions will be working with the AM and PM Jazz Studio, providing masterclasses for and open rehearsals for our students.


Scholarship Opportunities

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - achievement-based scholarship for graduating seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve as well as their commitment to having an impact on their school and community. 150 Coca-Cola scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. More information at www.coca-cola scholars.org . Deadline October 31, 2021.

Horatio Alger Association—seeks to assist junior students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength in character, critical financial need, good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education and a desire to contribute to society. www.horatioalger.org/scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarships are micro-scholarships that high school students can earn by taking steps on their path to college. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger Cooke Scholar community. Deadline: November 18, 2021


Prudential Spirit of Community Awards – Largest youth recognition program based on volunteerism and community service. Open to students in grades 5-12. Details at www.prudential.com/spirit


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged

Our friends at Centre Stage want to let you know about their upcoming show The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. Centre Stage is excited to be presenting this fun, comedic show to upstate audiences from Oct 21st-Nov. 7th. Because they are performing all of Shakespeare's plays in one evening, they asked me to reach out to you and let you know about some deals that we currently have running. They are offering a $15 ticket to all students and educators using the discount code - "Shakespeare." Go to http://www.centrestage.org for more info.

Please note that one of our Theatre Performance students, Chaz Haines (grade 12), is serving as Assistant Director for this production. Please consider supporting his efforts by going to see the show!

The Greer Children's Theatre presents "Descendants"

Don't miss FAC Theatre students Shamiah Brown, Lauren Bennett, Nala Fisher, Ellie Hambrook, Karlee John, Erin Poinsette, and Ben Turner in the Greer Children's Theatre production of "Descendants." For more information, please click on the following link - https://www.greerculturalarts.com/greer-childrens-theatre.html#/

South Carolina Children's Theatre

Don't miss the South Carolina Children's Theatre performances of Spookley the Square Pumpkin - The Musical, running from October 22-31! The cast features FAC 9th Graders Bella Majarais and Ashley Smith, members of the Theatre Program.

"Annie" at SCCT

Congratulations to the following FAC students for earning a role in the South Carolina Children's Theatre production of "Annie."

  • 9th Graders Harper Bright (Architecture), Bella Majarais (Theatre), and Ayden Woo (Voice)
  • 10th Grader Claire Shirley (Voice)
  • 11th Grader Lexi Howard (Voice)

For tickets and showtimes, please click here - https://scchildrenstheatre.org/annie/.

Is Your Child Performing in the Community? The FAC is happy to publicize public performances and art exhibitions that feature our students. Please email Mr. Popat with any details of current or upcoming performances so that we can get the word out to our FAC Family!

Important Dates/Upcoming Events

  • October 25-29 - Chamber Strings Guest Artists in Residence: The Callisto Quartet
  • October 25-29 - Jazz Guest Artists in Residence: The Regions
  • October 28 - Callisto Quartet Concert at FAC, 7:00 p.m.
  • October 29 - The Regions at Genevieve’s, 8:00 p.m.
  • November 2 - Percussion Concert at FAC, 7:00 p.m.
  • November 5 - Posting of Audition Requirements on all FAC Studio Websites
  • November 9 - Winds Chamber Music Concert at FAC, 7:00 p.m.
  • November 12, 13, 19, 20 - Theatre Fall Production at FAC, 7:00 p.m.

The FAC Parent Guild Wants YOU

The FAC Parent Guild is looking for volunteers who want to support the FAC in a variety of ways. Please click on the following link to view our informational handout.


If you have any questions, please email our Parent Engagement Committee Co-Chairs:

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