• Did you say "School of the Arts?"

     All State Chorus

     The chorus, under the direction of Walter Graham, received the highest possible rating - Superior with Distinction - by the SC Music Educators Association assessment. In 2018 ten choral students were recognized as "All-State" performers:  Anna Boesl, Nia Burton, Clavin Coombs, Lauren Gantt, Jean Gonzalez-Flores, Leah Hug, Matthew McKnight, Jamel Reynolds, Raekwon Scott and Gabrielle Smyrl. 

     

     Not to be outdone, the concert band, under the direction of Dr. Chris Lee, also received the highest possible rating - Superior with Distinction - from the SC Band Directors Association assessment.  Selected to the 2018 All-State Concert Band were Ben Eidson, Luke Smoak, Bryson Stakely and Leon Wang. Selected to All-State Jazz Band were seniors Everett Aguirre, Delaney Dunn and Ben Eidson, junior Luke Smoak and sophomore Derreck Webber.   

     

    The South Carolina Band Directors Association awarded Dreher the top honor: Outstanding Performance Award.  The award is based on four special accomplishments this year:  the Marching Band received a Superior Rating; the Concert Band was rated "Superior with Distinction;"  four band members performed with the All-State band and fourteen with the All-Region band; and our musicians received fifteen Superior Ratings for Solo and Ensemble performances. 

     Marching Band

    Our band earned ninth place at the SC State Marching Band Championships.

     

    Members of the Bands of Dreher mentored several students in Ms. Smith-Hill's class this school year as part of United Sound.  See scenes from United Sound in concert with the Bands of Dreher:  United Sound

     

    Kelsi Under the direction of Jo Hanna the orchestra was rated "Superior" at the Concert Performance Assessment.  Kelsi Hallman was selected as 2018 All-State double bass player.  

    Thirteen orchestra students of earned a Superior Rating at the SCMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival:  Olivia Harvey, Hartland Mershon, Gabrielle Boyd, Kelsi Hallman, Grace Stricklin, Grace Benson, Morgan Benson, Rahul Bulusu, Noah Dornik, Blake Craig, Grace Franklin, Eleanor Wachtel and Catie Willm.

     

     

     

    Six students of guitar teacher Ben Broughton were selected to the first-ever All-State Guitar Ensemble:  Everett Aguirre, Aujaunae Brown, Ross Crowley, Quinlan Dandridge, Rex Hagins and Elizabeth Thomson.

     

    At the 2018 PDA/SCITS festival and competition Claire McConnell was awarded a scholarship based upon her performance.  Eleven students qualified for the National Competition:  

    Group Musical - Sydney Largent, Arrington Jones, Raekwon Scott, Demarcus Williams

    Solo Musical - Maggie Smith, Salathiah Campbell, Warren Hastie

    Monologues - Mary Devall Koenigs and Jamie Porter

    Short Film - Mary Devall Koenigs and Alexa Nyberg

    Stage Management - Jessa Philp

    Drama students also recieved awards for their performances:  

    Outstanding Set Design - Yedelsa Whitehead; Excellence in Acting - Keke Jones; Honorable Mention in Acting - Gus Burgess, Warren Hastie

     

     

    Jen Gorlewski AP art teacher Jennifer Gorlewski received the prestigious Mac Arthur Goodwin Award. This award is presented annually by the Columbia Museum of Art to an individual who has demonstrated a substantial hands-on commitment to arts education.  Among Ms. Gorlewski's contributions is encouraging her AP Art students to donate 4" by 6" canvases to the Artists for Africa fundraiser.  

     

     

     

    Mary Huth   Julia Rayfield

     

    Placing first in the photography division at the 2017 South Carolina State Fair was Mary Huth.  Julia Rayfield's submission won first place in 2-D Drawing.

     

    Anna Boesl

    Junior Anna Boesl was selected to participate as a Musical Soloist in the Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto Program.  The selection process was arduous with a large number of talented young people auditioning.  The goal of the Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto series is to provide classical artistically talented youth with a high profile performance venue that recognizes their exceptional talent.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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