Meet our director
Sandra Howard is the founding director of the Masterworks Children’s Choir under the auspices of The Masterworks Choir. She has been a music teacher in Florence School District 3 since 2011, currently teaching at Lake City Early Childhood Center, and has taught elementary and middle school music for 29 years. A composer of choral music for middle school choirs, Sandra presently has 16 published anthems. A native of Orangeburg, SC, Sandra is a graduate of Furman University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. She also holds a Master of Music degree with an emphasis in composition from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Meet our accompanist
Renée Taylor Orr began her musical training at the young age of 5 with piano lessons from her mother. In addition to her piano studies, band and chorus were big parts of her junior high and high school years. She continued her study of piano with several different teachers, ultimately receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of South Carolina in 1982, where she studied with Raymond Dudley. While at USC, Renée also sang with the Concert Choir. Currently, Renée serves as the pianist and choir director for Southside Baptist Church in Florence. She also does accompaniment work for schools in Florence District One and for local voice recitals.
Meet our Children’s Choir Assistant
Chrissy Welch is a general music teacher at Greenwood Elementary School where she also directs the Greenwood Chorus. Many of her chorus members also participate in the Masterworks Children’s Choir. She received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Furman University in 2006 and a Master of Education degree in Integrated Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2015. During her time at Greenwood, numerous music students have been chosen to participate in the SC Elementary Honor Choir and the F1S "Vocal Star" competition. Chrissy is an active member and frequent soloist for the Masterworks Choir and volunteers as an assistant with the Masterworks Children's Choir.