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.

KCP has at its helm 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 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 Music Faculty in music history, vocal pedagogy, graduate research methodology and applied voice at The College of Charleston, Hiram College, and Case Western Reserve University, in addition to serving as guest faculty and lecturer for a number of international workshops and festivals, teaching courses that include the interpretation and performance of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque vocal literature, ensemble technique, and choral studies.  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, Directors, 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

Sun, Nov 08
Online Event
A Pilgrimage to Canterbury! KCP ONLINE Season Launch Concert and Fundraising Event!
With wonderful music by The King's Counterpoint, an incredible Live Auction, and opportunities to directly support the members of KCP, our Season-Opening ONLINE Concert and Fundraising Event will be an afternoon of fun that you just don't want to miss!
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Sun, Nov 22
Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul
AVE MARIA - Songs in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Charleston's Premiere High Voices choir CANTORES CHARLESTON presents AVE MARIA - Commemorating the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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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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Sun, Jan 24
Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul
Star of Wonder, Star of Light - Ethereal Music for Epiphany
Charleston's Premiere High Voices choir CANTORES CHARLESTON presents it's Third Annual Epiphany concert event!
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Sun, May 30
The Cathedral of St Luke & St Paul
For the Fallen - Songs of Remembrance
Join KCP and CSO Principal Trumpet Antonio Marti on Memorial Day Weekend 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, Jul 31
Buckfast Abbey
Celestial Counterpoint
Featuring the Principal Choir of KCP along with vocalists from our 'sister' choirs of Counterpoint (Devon, UK), Contrapunctus Early Music (Cleveland, OH), and our High Voices ensemble, Cantores Charleston!
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Sun, Aug 01
Canterbury Cathedral
2021 Choral Residency at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England!
KCP is excited to return to England in the summer of 2021 and represent the Holy City of Charleston, SC! Click the "More Info" button below to find out more - and to support the vocalists of King's Counterpoint!
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Sat, Mar 12
Location is TBD
Esther - The First English Oratorio (Rescheduled from 2020!)
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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Sun, Mar 13
Location is TBD
Esther - The First English Oratorio (Rescheduled from 2020!)
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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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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