Dear Students,

Music has been my life's circle and I look forward to sharing music's beauty with you.  Like a circle, the Concert Choir has been a performing ensemble of continuous, connecting, and embracing lines.  Together, collectively, we make music, and our aspiration is to give each other and our many audiences OUR MUSICAL BEST!

Join me in this glamorous art.

Linda L. Kershaw, DMA
Conductor, BC Concert Choir

About the Conductor

Dr. Linda L. Kershaw, Associate Professor, serves as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Choral Conductor at Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina.  A returning native of Columbia, she is the daughter of the late Herbert N. Kershaw and retired educator, Wilhelmina M. Kershaw.  She received her Bachelor of Music Degree (Piano Performance) from Illinois Wesleyan University, where she studied under R. Bedford Watkins and the Master of  Music Degree (Piano Performance) from Temple University, where she studied with internationally acclaimed, the late Natalie Hinderas.  The University of South Carolina, where Kershaw was a student of Larry  D. Wyatt, conferred upon her the Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) Degree in 1998.

Dr. Kershaw is a former Associate Conductor, Vocal Coach and Accompanist for the Academy Boys Choir, Philadelphia, PA, which toured the continental United States and Europe from 1977-1989.  She has serve as Musical Director/Conductor/Pianist for over two dozen musicals in the Philadelphia and Columbia areas, and as keyboardist for the Carolina Alive Show Choir of the University of South Carolina.  For eight years she directed Vocal and Keyboard Studies at the Performing Arts School of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (now the University of the Arts).  There she was Vocal Coach for former Miss America, Suzette Charles, and Theory and Harmony Tutor for the jazz trio, Pieces of a Dream.

Since coming to Benedict College in 1990, Linda Kershaw continues to maintain a full teaching and administrative load, and a demanding performance schedule, not only with the College's Concert Choir, but within the regional music community.  She appeared as Musical Director for the North Carolina Indian Medicine Show and with the University of South Carolina Concert Choir and Chamber Ensemble, touring Austria, Italy, and Germany.  She was featured with this group as contralto soloist in Innsbruck, Austria, and as conductor in Munich, Germany.

A faithful member of Second Calvary Baptist Church, Dr. Kershaw is accompanist for the Youth and Men's Choirs and is active in several church organizations.  She holds membership in the following professional, learned, and public service societies and organizations:  Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society; American Choral Directors Association; Music Educators National Conference; Phi Delta Kappa; Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity; Association for Theatre in Higher Education; National Association for Black School Educators; American Association of University Professors; and Delta Sigma Theta Public Service Sorority, Inc.  Additionally, she is an active member of several boards, including the Board of Managers of the Southeastern African American Choral Consortium, which she co-founded in 1991, and outgoing Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Intercollegiate Music Association.

Tireless in her efforts to serve, Linda Kershaw is visible in a myriad of campus, church and community activities. She received the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award by Benedict College for the 2000/2001 academic year, has been honored by the her church, the NAACP, several Benedict College Alumni Clubs, and numerous other civic and community organizations. In March of 2002, Linda Kershaw was appointed by the Columbia City Council to serve as a member of its Arts Task Force.