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Guest Artists

Students have the opportunity to learn from the following guest artists this year.

Guest Artists Residencies for 2019-2020:

Shine with IndigoSOUL

Shine is a musical written and directed by Terrance Henderson and features Columbia’s local singing group, IndigoSOUL. Shine is a coming of age story about a boy who is overwhelmed with figuring out who he is, where he’s going, and what life has in store. This beautiful story features music, dance, shadow puppetry and reminds our students to look to always remember their past in order to move forward towards the future.


Katera is a Columbia based singer/songwriter whose style is rooted in R&B although she explores lots of different musical styles and that is reflected in her music. She’s graced the stage at some of the most well-known events and arenas in Columbia to include: bRhythm on the River, The Eau Claire, Jubilee, St. Patty’s Day and World Famous Hip-Hop day festivals, The Free-Times Music Crawl, and opening for Grammy-award winning artist Corinne Bailey Rae at the Columbia Music Farm (now known as The Senate). Katera will visit the school to perform some of her hit songs for the students. She will also hold a talk back session with the students discussing topics around how she got started as in artist in Columbia, and how she continues growing and being inspired daily.

Yuhas & Dancers

Premiering in January 2018, under the direction of Meredith Yuhas, Yuhas & Dancers works collaboratively to empower young dancers through presenting pre-professional and professional opportunities for dancers of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Presenting nostalgic images to serve as a catalyst for discussion, we are motivated by the world’s unbalance of power and have chosen to petition for genuine compassion in the face of adversity. Emerging out of the Columbia College Dance Program, the collective works as advocates of arts education, body confidence, and honest conversation. We seek to explore authentic emotion for the audience to enter in order to foster genuine community, empathy, and human connectivity through dance.

Columbia Marionette Theatre

Columbia Marionette Theatre will visit the students to perform the classic fairy tale “Rumplestiltskin”. This is a fast-paced comedic take on the original Brothers Grimm story in which Gwendolyn, the daughter of a poor miller, weaves straw into gold with the help of the troll, Rumplestiltskin, for the greedy king. However, Gwendolyn soon discovers that his help comes with a very high price. Following the show, the performers will have a short talk-back with the students to discuss the mechanics of the puppets and how science is integrated into this art. This will be part of MAC’s Arts Integration Week in March.

Lee Ann Kornegay and Dick Moons

Lee Ann Kornegay and Dick Moons will work with the MAC dance students to create a piece, in conjunction with Sinclair Jamison, that is rooted in West African Percussion and Dance. Lee Ann and Dick’s residency will take place over several weeks and will culminate in a performance that will be done at the December 10th showcase at the Koger Center.

Parker Quartet

The Parker Quartet performances are brought to us, in part, through the USC School of Music’s Quartet-in-Residence program. Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The Quartet has appeared at the world’s most important venues since its founding in 2002. Ensemble members Daniel Chong, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; and Kee-Hyun Kim, cello, welcome new member Ken Hamao, violin, described by The New York Times as having “especially eloquent playing.”