Artists in Bloom honors alumnae

Artists in Bloom honors alumnae

The Foundation hosted its inaugural Artists in Bloom event on April 22, 2015 in downtown Greenville.  Memorably, two distinguished alumnae were present to receive the President's Young Alumni Award at the event.

Actress Nicole Beharie, from Orangeburg, is a 2003 graduate of the drama program at the Governor’s School. She was accepted into the highly competitive Drama Division group of Julliard School where she excelled and graduated in 2007.

Very soon thereafter in 2008, Beharie made her feature film debut where she played the leading role in American Violet. Her performance received much critical acclaim, and she has been working regularly since in film and television and on stage. Most recently she played the role of Rachel Robinson in the film 42 and currently plays the lead role of Abbie Mills in the Fox television series Sleepy Hollow.

Our second award winner is Violinist Maggie Gould. Maggie was born and raised in Greenville and graduated from the Governor’s School in 2008. She then went to Northwestern University, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance. Her professional career is just beginning, but in the brief 2 ½ years post college, Maggie has been performing regularly, building an eclectic, amazing and fun resume of work. Here are only a few of her recent gigs:

CBS Studios, Late Night with David Letterman alongside OK Go – November 2014
“Songs in the Key of Life” alongside Stevie Wonder, Madison Square Gardens – November 2014
NBC’s America’s Got Talent – full season studio and onstage orchestra member – 2014
NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon alongside Elvis Costello and The Roots – September 2013

The list goes on and on and includes impressive, extensive experience with symphonies, orchestras and ensembles. In addition to performing, Maggie is passionate about teaching. She teaches violin in New York City and works with all ages and skill levels. Maggie recently spent five months in Belize, teaching violin and helping to develop the National Youth Orchestra and Choir of Belize.