Fifty-eight students participated in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. Music Festival held at the University of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia. In individual voice competition the following students taught by Dr. Laura Ballard, high school chorus teacher, earned ratings of superior: seniors Gigi Moore and Laura-Clare Thevenet and juniors John Ballard, Wells Osteen and Kate Whaley.
The following members of the instrumental ensemble, directed by Mr. Scott Warren, received superior ratings: freshman Blake Alderson – piano, sophomore Sean Jackson – guitar, seventh grade student Sarah Jekel – harp and piano, senior John Eagle Miles – piano and saxophone, and junior Carl Smeltz – trumpet.
Receiving superior ratings for piano performance were the following students: sophomore Banks Burns, eighth grade students Maggie Ballard, Holly Poag and Katherine Grace Singleton, seventh grade student Waverly McIver, and fifth grade students Chanson Bullard, Mary Jones, Lucy Li, Tyler Mahr, Lucy McIver and Ellie Spencer. Earning an excellent rating for piano was freshman Emily Barnes.
Directed by Dr. Ballard, the upper school chorus received an excellent rating for large vocal ensemble. Lower school music teachers Mrs. Frankie Eldridge and Mrs. Jeanne Shaw also accompanied their students to the festival.