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Jefferies, Woods, to perform in concert at FMU, Sept. 5

    FLORENCE, S.C. – Violinist Caroline Jefferies and pianist Benjamin Woods will perform in concert, Sept. 5, as part of Francis Marion University’s First Tuesday Chamber Music Series.

    The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

    Jefferies, a Hartsville native, graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance. As a “Friends of the School of Music” full scholarship recipient, Jefferies participated in the USC Symphony Orchestra and USC Chamber Orchestra. In 2001 and 2003, Jefferies won the S.C.M.T.N.A. Collegiate Strings Solo Competition and placed as the alternate in the Southern Division in 2003.

    Jefferies was featured on the soundtrack of the film “Postcards,” produced by Duke University in 2003. During the summers of 2001-2004, Jefferies attended the Sewanee Summer Music Festival where she was chosen numerous times as the concertmaster of the Sewanee Symphony. She was also an assistant to Charles Wadsworth at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in 2003 and 2004.

    As a member of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Philharmonic, Statesboro-Georgia Southern Symphony and Florence Symphony, Jefferies maintains a very active freelance career in the tri-state area. 

    Woods is a professor of music at FMU and a former music director/conductor of the Florence Symphony Orchestra. As a pianist, he performs solo and chamber recitals around the country, and he coordinates the monthly First Tuesday Chamber Music Series for the FMU Department of Fine Arts

    Woods has conducted concerts of the Francis Marion College Chorus, the Florence Choral Society, and the Florence Masterworks Choir and Orchestra. He earned the B.S. degree in performance and education as a scholarship student from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. As a graduate fellowship recipient, he received the Master of Music degree in performance from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina.

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Last Published: January 3, 2007 3:27 PM
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