Open Auditions – Gilmer Arts Community Chorus Resumes
“Gilmer Arts Community Chorus is not only back, but back on a regular basis, spring and fall,” says Gilmer Arts President John Rathbone. "We are thrilled to have wonderful participation from area choral directors which include Charlie Bryant, Charles Claiborne, Sarah Harbin, Lisa Lacey, Douglas Lee and accompanist Ellen Ottinger. Their support for a community-wide musical performance has been nothing short of fantastic,” he adds.
Join the chorus and make music with your friends and music lovers from around the community. Help us celebrate the wonderful renewal of Spring with our late April Concert. The Chorus will present a mix of secular and sacred works for choir representing a wide range of composers and arrangers. Styles from Gospel, Contemporary, Classical, Folk and Traditional will be represented in the concert selections. All ages welcome to audition. Please call Gilmer Arts at 706-635-5605 to register in advance. Auditions will be held in the evening on January 22 from 6:30 to 7 pm for last names A through M and 7 to 7:30 pm for last names N through Z. There is a $20 registration fee for all members to help cover the costs of music, folders, stands and other expenses. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Gilmer Arts beginning January 29, 2013 with a dress rehearsal Friday, April 19, 2013. The Spring Concert is planned for Saturday, April 20, 2013. We invite individuals to sponsor a particular work of choral music by making a donation to the Gilmer Arts Community Chorus. Your name and who you are sponsoring it in honor of will appear in the concert programs. We appreciate and welcome sponsorships!
Conductor Charles Bryant graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Music Education and has taught elementary band, middle and high school chorus, college guitar and voice and is also a private instructor in brass, voice and guitar. He was a member of the DeKalb Symphony orchestra, 113th Army Band, DeKalb Choral, and Cherokee Choral as a soloist. He is an active potter and metal artist. Charlie has been a Choral Director for 46 years and currently directs the music ministry at Ellijay First United Methodist Church.
Conductor Charles E. Claiborne taught high school choral music at Druid Hills High School in Dekalb County, at Campbell High School, and North Cobb High School in Cobb County. He has also served as Director of Choirs for the Knoxville Area Home School Coop and as Director of Music at Cumberland United Methodist Church in Smyrna, Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Kennesaw, and Kodak United Methodist Church in Kodak, Tennessee. He has previously been conductor of the Smyrna Community Chorus and Assistant Conductor of the Choral Guild of Atlanta. He has served two terms as Georgia Music Educators Association State Choral Chair, is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association, and has served as President of the Georgia Chapter. He presently serves as Head Adjudicator for GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations. He holds degrees from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University and presently lives in Woodstock, Georgia with his wife Nancy.
Conductor Sarah Harbin is in her 7th year teaching chorus and currently is the Director of Choirs at Gilmer High School. A native of Jonesboro, Georgia, Sarah received her Bachelors in Music Education from The University of Georgia, where she sang in the Concert Choir, Classic City Jazz and played sousaphone in the Redcoat Marching Band. She enjoys reading, playing piano and spending time with her husband, Patrick at their home in Acworth, GA.
Conductor Lisa Lacey grew up in Ellijay where she was active in the music ministry of First Baptist Church and the band and choral programs of Gilmer High School. She served as a youth member of the Gilmer Arts Council--the founding organization for Gilmer Arts. Lisa studied voice and piano at Berry College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Music with a minor in Education. She taught general music in the Gilmer County school system from 1988 until 1990, and maintained a piano studio in Ellijay for ten years. Lisa currently serves as pianist at First Baptist Ellijay. She has participated in local community chorus performances and directed "Some Enchanted Evening", a concert featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein in 2006. Lisa is married to Edward Lacey and has two sons, Davis and Mac.
Conductor Douglas Lee is originally from Cobb County, Georgia. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stetson University with a concentration in trumpet, and a Master of Education in Music Education from Auburn University with a concentration in choral music. Doug has been the Minister of Music at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church since 2002. He has been a bi-vocational music minister in various churches in Georgia for over thirty years. Doug has also taught music in grades 6-8 in the Cobb County School District and grades K-6 in the Cherokee County School District where he currently teaches. Doug and his wife Gennie have three adult children.
Accompanist Ellen Ottinger has extensive experience with church, school, and community music groups. She was accompanist at First Baptist Church, Ellijay for 24 years, has played for Ninth District Honor Choruses, the Gilmer Choral Department, and Gilmer Arts concerts. Ellen taught private piano for many years, plays handbells, and is a retired choral and general music teacher. She hold degrees in education and music, the latest being a Masters in Music Education in 1997 from the University of Georgia. She is currently Interim Accompanist at Hope Lutheran Church in Ellijay.