The Conductor

Dr. Lillian Quackenbush

Dr. Lillian Quackenbush

As a performer, teacher, conductor, scholar and advocate, Dr. Lillian Quackenbush has been instrumental in the creation, performance, understanding and widespread exposure of choral music in innovative settings that engage artists and audiences beyond the expected reach of traditional choral presentations. In 2012 the SC Arts Commission awarded her the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

Dr. Quackenbush has served as the music director at several churches and organizations, including Shandon Presbyterian and Union and Main Street United Methodist Churches, and was the assistant and interim director of the Columbia Choral Society.  Dr. Quackenbush and her husband Dave founded the Sandlapper Singers, a 30-voice professional choral ensemble in 1996 where she served as Artistic Director for 20 years.

Dr. Quackenbush retired from Columbia College in 2009 after 34 years of service, teaching voice, conducting the choir and chairing the Department of Music. Dr. Quackenbush has dedicated her career to educating talented musicians and building appreciative audiences for today and for the future of choral singing. She currently serves as Artistic Director of the Palmetto Mastersingers and most recently assisted in the formation of the women’s choral group SHE Sings which she co-directs with Fredna Lee and Paula Wilson.


Your support is greatly appreciated, and vital to the continuance of this tradition. 

The funding to pay the professional musicians and other operating expenses of this event is provided soley by the members of Washington Street, audience donations, and donations by sponsors.

To make a contribution towards Sing-Along Messiah, click the link below.

Select the “Sing Along Messiah” fund when completing your gift.



In addition to all Washington Street United Methodist Church parking lots, free parking for the Sing-Along Messiah will be available at the following locations within one block of the church:

  • 1400 block of Bull Street between Hampton and Washington Streets (Spirit Communications and Wells Fargo lots)
  • 1531 Washington Street between Bull and Pickens Streets (Siebels lot)
  • 1320 Marion Street, corner of Washington and Marion Streets (Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union lot)
  • 1430 Marion Street, corner of Hampton and Marion Streets (Palmetto Health Parking Garage)

Parking for elderly and handicapped participants will be available in Washington Street United Methodist Church parking lot on the corner of Washington and Bull Streets.

City of Columbia Police Department officers will be on duty to direct participants to parking facilities and to assist them going to and from the church sanctuary.

For more information, contact Dwight Dockery, Director of Music, WSUMC @ or by calling 803-256-2417.