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THE KING’S COUNTERPOINT

Choral Music to Stir the Soul

ABOUT THE KING'S COUNTERPOINT

Co-founded in 2014 by Dr. Judith Overcash Acres and David Acres, The King’s Counterpoint is a unique professional vocal ensemble that specializes in the performance of sacred and secular music from the Middle Ages through the modern era, combining polyphony, literature, art and dialogue to create exceptional music presented within an historical context. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, and utilizing vocalists from in and around the Lowcountry,  KCP has as its primary mission the exploration of the variety and beauty found in a cappella vocal music: from chant to 20th-century, medieval carols to the avant-garde, The King's Counterpoint is committed to the creation of delightful programs designed to entertain, educate, and above all to stir the soul.

Though a relatively new ensemble, KCP has behind it a rich history of choral excellence and experience.

Trained from the age of six in the English Choral tradition, David Acres, Musical Director and professional countertenor, brings with him an extensive background in both the direction and performance of multiple genres of a cappella music. He has founded and directed numerous successful ensembles throughout the UK, and continues in his role of Musical Director for all three of The King's Counterpoint's 'sister' ensembles: Contrapunctus Early Music (Cleveland, Ohio), Cantores Charleston (SC), and Counterpoint (Exeter, UK).  Tenor, countertenor and Assistant Director Gregory Pittman is an award-winning music educator whose choirs have earned Superior ratings in adjudicated festivals and whose students routinely earn acceptance into auditioned honor choirs throughout the Southeast. He is a 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator Award nominee, serves as President of the South Carolina Music Educators Association Choral Division, and has served as Adjunct Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University where he taught voice, music education, music appreciation, and directed CSU’s men’s choir.   Associate Musical Director, organist and professional baritone Paul Thomas holds a Master of Music degree and Certificate in Church Music Studies from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, and is also an accomplished choral director, bringing with him a wealth of experience in leading youth, University, and adult choirs.   And Executive Artistic Director Dr. Judith Acres is a professional Soprano and educator, holding both Master's and Doctoral Degrees in Historical Performance Practices and having served as Adjunct Faculty in music history, vocal pedagogy, graduate research methodology and applied voice at The College of Charleston, Hiram College, and Case Western Reserve University, where she also directed the CWRU Women's Choir. In addition to co-founding Contrapunctus Early MusicThe King's Counterpoint and Cantores Charleston with Mr. Acres, she is currently the Executive Artistic Director of all three ensembles and co-Manages Counterpoint (UK).

 

We invite you to learn more about our gifted Vocalists,

Musical Director David Acres,  Executive Artistic Director Dr. Judith Acres,

Assistant Director Gregory Pittman, Associate Director Paul Thomas, and our "sister" ensembles

via the links below - and thank you for your interest in The King's Counterpoint!

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Upcoming Events
Sat, Mar 14
The Parish Church of St Helena
Esther - The First English Oratorio
Handel's landmark work of 1732 was an incredible musical event, and KCP couldn't be more excited to bring back our dear friends for this wonderful event: members of the NC Baroque Orchestra and countertenor Charles Humphries! (Tickets are not needed 14-Mar: click “More Info” for additional details!)
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Sun, Mar 15
Synagogue Emanu-El
Esther - The First English Oratorio
Handel's landmark work of 1732 was an incredible musical event, one which launched the genre of the Oratorio. And KCP couldn't be more excited to bring back our dear friends - members of the NC Baroque Orchestra, countertenor Charles Humphries, and tenor Paul Thompson - for this wonderful event!
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Sat, May 23
Old St Andrew’s Parish Church
Nature's Exultation! Celebrating Flora and Fauna with Music from Medieval to Modern
The King's Counterpoint brings Charleston audiences incredible vocal music from across the ages - all in joyful celebration of the life and world around us!
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Sun, May 24
St. Philip's Church
PICCOLO SPOLETO 2020 - Nature's Exultation! Celebrating Flora and Fauna with Music from Medieval to Modern
Presented as part of the 2020 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, The King's Counterpoint brings Charleston audiences incredible vocal music from across the ages - all in joyful celebration of the life and world around us!
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Sun, May 31
The Cathedral of St Luke & St Paul
For the Fallen - Songs of Remembrance
*UPDATED EVENT* Join KCP and CSO Principal Trumpet Antonio Marti this May as we present a beautiful and moving concert featuring Songs of Remembrance, honoring those we hold so dear to our hearts who are no longer with us.
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Sat, Oct 24
Location is TBD
Spem in Alium - Masterworks of Renaissance Vocal Music
With it's gorgeous choral writing and incredible musical texture, The King's Counterpoint is incredibly excited to partner with Charleston Southern University to bring Tallis’ 40-voice landmark work to Charleston audiences this Autumn - along with works by Palestrina, Victoria, Padilla and more!
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Sun, Oct 25
Location is TBD
Spem in Alium - Masterworks of Renaissance Choral Music
With it's gorgeous choral writing and incredible musical texture, The King's Counterpoint is incredibly excited to partner with Charleston Southern University to bring Tallis’ 40-voice landmark work to Charleston audiences this Autumn - along with works by Palestrina, Victoria, Padilla and more!
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Sun, Dec 20
The Cathedral of St Luke & St Paul
Christmas Through The Ages - Volume VII
Join KCP for their Annual FREE Concert Event - no need for a ticket, though Donations are gratefully received! It's our gift to our Charleston audiences - so let The King's Counterpoint help you to ring in the Holiday Season this year!
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Mon, Dec 21
Old St Andrew’s Parish Church
Christmas Through The Ages - Volume VII
Join KCP for their Annual FREE Concert Event - no need for a ticket, though Donations are gratefully received! It's our gift to our Charleston audiences - so let The King's Counterpoint help you to ring in the Holiday Season this year!
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DROP, DROP SLOW TEARS

Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

Live concert recording - Piccolo Spoleto Festival, 2017

CONTACT KCP

The Parsonage, 123 Neyle St, Walterboro, SC 29488, United States

(216) 217-7721

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