Featured Composer

Sarah Horick Headshot (Jan 2017)

Sarah M. Horick is a native of Charleston, SC. Currently based in Washington, D.C., she earned a D.M.A. in Composition from The Catholic University of America, an M.M. in Composition and an M.A. in Theory from Florida State University, and a B.M. in Theory from Furman University.  

Horick’s works have been performed in the United States, Canada, Europe and New Zealand on the programs of international festivals such as the Asolo Song Institute (Italy) and the Schlern International Music Festival (Italy) and on collegiate and professional festivals and recitals including the International Trumpet Guild Conference (2015), Navy Band Saxophone Symposium (2012), SCI Student National Conference (2010), Electronic Music Midwest (2009), Grand Valley State University’s FreePlay10 (2008), Florida State University’s Festival of New Music (2007), and Delta State University’s Electroacoustic Juke Joint (2007). In 2009, she served as a guest composer at the University of South Florida’s Women Composers’ Symposium.  Her 2012 work Lux infinita was premiered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and televised internationally on the Eternal Word Television Network.  In addition to her concert music activity, Horick has also worked with the ArtStream inclusive theatre program to develop original musicals for actors with disabilities.


Masterworks Choir Photo

Celebrating 38 years of musical excellence, the Masterworks Choir of Florence is one of the most prestigious choral ensembles in the state, known for their choral artistry and performing a historically diverse repertoire of both new and traditional music. Since its founding in 1979, the Choir has grown from a core of 30 singers to an ensemble of over 75 dedicated, auditioned singers from the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. William B. Mills was the founder and music director of the Masterworks Choir for 33 years. Today the ensemble is led by the energetic and engaging conductor Dr. William Carswell and accompanied by Beverly Hazelwood.
At the heart of all of the musical performances and activities of the Choir lies their mission –

Inspired by the power of music to enrich lives, the Masterworks Choir is dedicated to increasing the awareness and appreciation of choral music and musicians through performance, outreach, and education.

Recent works performed include such choral masterpieces as the Verdi Requiem, Te Deum by Anton Bruckner, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat, Gloria by Francis Poulenc, and the exquisite Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams.
Always seeking to expand its reach beyond the Florence community, the Masterworks Choir has performed at Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC, in Carnegie Hall with maestro John Rutter, with the Coker College Singers in Hartsville, and at the South Carolina Pecan Festival. The Choir has enjoyed successful tours to Austria, Germany, and Italy, as well as to Washington, DC.


Carolyn Abbott

Lyn Arthur

Andrea Coldwell

Linda Hodge

Jeanette Jackson

Linda LeMaster

Beth Lewallen

Echo Macdonald

Kari McKeone

Miriam Mick

Mary Ann Nash

Ann Nichols

Beth Rouse

Cynthia Schaefer

Sue Skipper

Julie Thomas

Chrissy Welch

Chris Williams


John Bertels

Julius Covington

René Josey 

Mike Rouse

Skip Swearingen

Joel Thayer

Robin Thompson

Shaw Thompson

Nick Townsend


Sandra Anderson

Lynn Barnard

Evelyn Childers

Elizabeth Dempsey

Marka Eckhardt

Darby Holley

Cara Jeffords

Marty Josey

Tara McCormick

Carol McCree

Kevin Miller

Cathy Nicholson

Lee Nunn

Sylvia Phillip

Joyce Shaw

Kathy Schuler

Traci Sutphin

Betsy Webb

Kim Wilberg




Curt Boswell

James Clark

Howard Efird

Dick Havekost

Bill Hazelwood

Cavender Holt

Thomas Howard

Matthew Jeffords

Steven Mapes

Kevin McCormick

William McCrary

J. William McRee

Andrew Raines

Raymond Taylor 

Kevin W. Verbe

Sheldon Withrow


Music Director and Conductor, The Masterworks Choir

Dr. William Carswell HeadshotIn 2012, Dr. William Carswell became only the second Music Director and Conductor of the Masterworks Choir in its history, succeeding Founder and Conductor William B. Mills.  Known for his innovative programming and thoughtful interpretations of classical and contemporary works, Dr. Carswell, in less than four years, has expanded the repertoire of the Choir and excited our ever-growing audience with highly acclaimed performances of great choral-orchestral literature.  Prior to his appointment with the Masterworks Choir Dr. Carswell served for five seasons as Music Director and Conductor of the Columbia Choral Society.

 A Coker College faculty member since 2002, Dr. William Carswell is a Professor of Music in the College’s Department of Music, Dance, and Theatre.  In 2012 he was named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Last summer Dr. Carswell was named the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the College. Prior to accepting the administrative posts, Dr. Carswell conducted the Coker Singers, Chamber Singers, and Men’s Vocal Ensemble. He also taught courses in choral literature, choral conducting and music education. 

Dr. Carswell has appeared as a clinician, guest conductor or adjudicator across the Southeastern US, as well as in Austria, Bulgaria, England, and France.  Coker College choirs under his direction have been heard in such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the U.S. Capital in Washington, DC, the Koger Center for the Performing Arts in Columbia, S.C., Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, along with four appearances in Carnegie Hall. An accomplished conductor and educator, Dr. Carswell received the prestigious Excellence in

Teaching Award by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities in recognition of his accomplishments and commitment to excellence in collegiate teaching.  Dr. Carswell holds a D.M.A. degree in conducting from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Music degree in conducting from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Appalachian State University.

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