Bill Moody Performance Fund Recipients
With deep gratitude to all of you who have helped to honor our choir director of so many years, Bill Moody, through your contributions to the Bill Moody Performance Fund, we offer a listing of the wonderful performers who have honored us by performing during our services. These performers take our services to new spiritual heights and we are so honored to have them join us. Remember that it is possible to contribute to this fund at any time.
June 17, 2018
RYAN KNOTT is a performing cellist and teacher in the Columbia area. He studied with Dr. Robert Jesselson, distinguished professor at the University of South Carolina. Since graduating in 2014, Ryan began performing with several orchestras around the Southeast including the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and the Savannah Philharmonic. He has since taken his cello playing to new mediums and genres — performing and recording for artists including Josh Groban, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Cage the Elephant, Audiomachine, and more. Ryan also enjoys writing music and discovering new ways to push his cello to its creative limits.
SARAH LAND is a performing violinist, teacher, and yoga instructor in the Columbia, SC area. As an active orchestral violinist, Sarah has performed extensively throughout the Southeast with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the Savannah Philharmonic and the Asheville Symphony. Beyond the classical genre, Sarah is grateful to have performed with Disturbed, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, THE Dubber, and 2Cellos. Sarah received her certification in Ashtanga Yoga from the Miami Life Center in 2016 and is currently training to become a Yoga Therapist. Sarah completed her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at the University of South Carolina, graduating Summa cum Laude, and currently plays on a violin made in 1849 by George Craske. When she’s not performing, you can find Sarah practicing yoga, cooking vegan food, and spending time with her 3 rescue pups
February 17, 2018
Kiara Hayes, mezzo-soprano, is a freshman Music Education Major at the University of South Carolina School of Music. She is pursuing her Performance Certificate and studies voice with Dr. Donald Gray. In February of 2018, Kiara performed in a UofSC Voice Department Honors Recital dedicated to Dr. William J. Moody.
October 6, 2019
Celeste Wiest is from Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 2016. They received the John Phillip Sousa Band Award as well as participated in the SC Allstate band and orchestra. They are currently a Music Education major at the University of South Carolina. Studying under JD Shaw, they are also pursuing a Performance Certificate in French Horn. In their free time, they teach French Horn lessons to students around the Columbia area and volunteer to teach guitar for Girls Rock Columbia. They enjoy jazz and hanging out with their dog, Piper.