Our History

Celebrating 40 years of musical excellence, the Masterworks Choir of Florence, South Carolina 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 80 dedicated, auditioned singers from the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. 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, the Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Four Coronation Anthems, the Fauré Requiem, Dvorák’s Te Deum, and the exquisite Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams.

Always seeking to expand its reach beyond the local 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, SC, and at the South Carolina Pecan Festival. The choir has enjoyed successful tours to Italy, to Austria and Germany, as well as to Washington, DC.

The Masterworks Choir is dedicated to presenting extraordinary musical experiences for audiences in the Florence community and beyond. The ensemble is in residence at Central United Methodist Church, Florence, SC, and is supported by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance, the City of Florence, Florence County, the H.M. and Pearl Kyle Foundation, and the Aiken Foundation.

Our vision

The Masterworks Choir envisions a future where excellence in choral artistry is valued and supported for everyone in our community - bridging all cultures, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds.