As a performer, teacher, conductor, scholar and advocate, Dr. Lillian Quackenbush has been instrumental in the creation, performance, understanding and widespread exposure of choral music in innovative settings that engage artists and audiences beyond the expected reach of traditional choral presentations. In 2012 the SC Arts Commission awarded her the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
Dr. Quackenbush has served as the music director at several churches and organizations, including Shandon Presbyterian and Union and Main Street United Methodist Churches, and was assistant and interim director of the Columbia Choral Society. Dr. Quackenbush and her husband Dave founded the Sandlapper Singers, a 30-voice professional choral ensemble in 1996 where she served as Artistic Director for 20 years.
Dr. Quackenbush retired from Columbia College in 2009 after 34 years of service, teaching voice, conducting the choir and chairing the Department of Music. Dr. Quackenbush has dedicated her career to educating talented musicians and building appreciative audiences for today and for the future of choral singing. She currently serves as Artistic Director of the Palmetto Mastersingers and most recently assisted in the formation of the new women’s choral group SHE Sings which she co-directs with Angela Powers, Fredna Lee and Paula Wilson.