Dr. James Beaumier

James Beaumier just concluded his 30th season as the Artistic Director of the Hartsville Community Chorus and his 31st year as Director of Music at Wesley United Methodist Church. Dr. Beaumier retired in 2019 from Hartsville High School after 34 years in education. At HHS he was department chair, an International Baccalaureate instructor where his students had a 100% pass rate in either “Higher Level” or “Standard Level” examinations in music. Dr. Beaumier is a National Board Certified teacher. His choirs at HHS consistently received superior ratings in competitions (both in singing and sight-reading). In his last year at HHS, his students scored within the top 10 high schools in South Carolina in ratings at the state-wide Choral Festival, numbers of students in All-State, and the Solo and Ensemble competitioin. In 2018, one of his students had the highest score at All State, Solo and Ensemble Contest and was the top male high school student in the state National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. Dr. Beaumier was also a 2018 and 2019 Grammy Teacher of the Year Quarter-Finalist. He received a doctorate degree from the University of Southern California and also holds degrees from Western Washington University (MM) and the University of Washington (BME/BM). He served as a music professor at Coker College for 15 years, attaining the rank of Associate Professor. At Coker, he helped create both the Musical Theater and the Bachelor of Music Education programs. He is past President and Governor of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has held leadership positions with the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME).